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Sep
26
Fri
ROO presents: Hmong Bollywood by Katie Ka Vang
Sep 26 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Romp of Otters (ROO) is  the graduate theater company in the Brown University department of theatre arts and performance studies. The company consists of MFA students in acting and directing at Brown/Trinity Repertory Company, and playwriting and theater arts and performance studies doctoral students at Brown University.

As described by Eric Ehn, Chair, Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, ROO  is a sibling of FOO (the AS220 restaurant) – a practical foray into ambient art and hospitality-as-spectacle. A lo-fi and sudden way to generate cross disciplinary art pan-programmatically (pulling Brown and Trinity Theater MFA programs into tighter embrace), the venue is entirely student run. The collective produces what they like when they like, and as they like, in cooperation with 95 Empire.

Thalia Zedek Band, Mecca Normal, Mother Tongue, and 75 Dollar Bill @ AS220
Sep 26 @ 9:00 pm – Sep 27 @ 1:00 am

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Mother Tongue

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75 Dollar Bill

Photo by Damian Calvo

Photo by Damian Calvo

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Mecca Normal

Mecca Normal

Mecca Normal

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Thalia Zedek Band

Thalia Zedek

Thalia Zedek

Thalia Zedek (born 1961) is an American singer and guitarist. Active since the early 1980s, she has been a member of several notable alternative rock groups, including Live Skull and Come. Critic Heather Phares[1] writes that Zedek’s music can be defined by “the permanent, aching rasp in her voice, her guitar’s bluesy bite, the startlingly clear-eyed lyrics about life and loss.” http://www.thrilljockey.com/thrill/Thalia-Zedek#.U_-LsvldWSp https://www.facebook.com/pages/Thalia-Zedek-Band/534135196606206 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thalia_Zedek

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Sep
27
Sat
Saturday Switch Series @ 95 Empire Dance Studio
Sep 27 @ 10:00 am – 11:45 am

Saturday Switch Series Masterclasses 10-11:45am 2nd & 4th Saturdays// $15 per class; $60 for 6 class package

Fall Class Schedule:

September 13: Modern Dance with Bill Evans
September 27: Modern Dance with Danielle Davidson
October 11: Modern Dance with Jessica Howard
October 25: Modern Dance with Sydney Skybetter
November 8: Modern Dance with Lindsay Caddle Lapointe
November 22: Ballet with Kristi Liu
December 13: Dance Improvisation with Shura Baryshnikov

Upcoming Class Info and Teacher Bios:

September 13: Modern Dance with Bill Evans
The Evans Approach to Contemporary Dance Technique is a pedagogical method based on my four-decade investigation of Laban Bartenieff Movement Studies. Its fundamentals are: Trust, Relationship, Active learning, Validation, Differentiation, Student Empowerment, and Teacher Regeneration. I will share an introduction to my technique and pedagogy in the master class. It will include improvisation and an extended dance phrase and be appropriate for intermediate and advanced dancers of all ages.

September 27: Modern Dance with Danielle Davidson
This contemporary/post-modern technique workshop combines pedagogical ideas from Limón, Release techniques, Gaga technique and a dash of ballet! I hope to facilitate these ideas rather than teach them. Together we will aim at developing a balance between force and freedom, a directed impulse, a clarity of intention in performance and the release of weight in movement. After a short Gaga-based warm-up, we will approach challenging material and physicality using set exercises based on gravity, momentum and spirals. Emphasis will be placed on a tactile connection with the floor, the relationship between the body’s axis and space, and the equilibrium between muscular engagement, efficiency, and effort. Participants will explore new pleasures as they play with the forces of gravity, levity, momentum and inertia.

October 11: Modern Dance with Jessica Howard
This modern dance based class embraces technique and improvisation skills. Participants learn to embody a state of presence and grace. We will focus on moving with efficiency while testing endurance and increasing stamina. This dance practice moves in and out of the floor, upside down to right side up, and from the inside out.  This class encourages letting go, having fun and embraces confidence on the dance floor (wherever that may be)!

October 25: Modern Dance with Sydney Skybetter
Beginning with a comprehensive warmup of the spine using contemporary Bartenieff technique, and incorporating phrase material from recent works, Sydney Skybetter’s company class introduces the diversity of contemporary movement vocabularies in context of the skybetter & associates repertory. This class investigates how anatomy and movement mechanics interface with the qualitative aspects of dance performance, culminating with phrase work emphasizing floor work, jumping, musicality and personal performance choices.

November 8: Modern Dance with Lindsay Caddle Lapointe
Modern dance  comes from the individual and the past that lives inside them.  For Lindsay, influences from yoga, improvisation, other approaches to modern dance, ballet technique, jazz and hip hop expressions are molded into what she calls her in-motion modern dance style. Students in her classes learn through repetition and the experience of moving, following along until it feels correct for their bodies.  Slowly, the steps tack onto one another, building the dance phrase.  It is her goal for people to dance as long in their lives as possible.  In keeping this goal she reminds students to relax, find proper placement and rely on the support of the floor.

November 22: Ballet with Kristi Liu
Hoping to share insights of this art form using examples of every day life, this class will be designed to build a stronger technique through visual thinking. Using an anatomical approach, the class will emphasize on the body mechanics through fun and simple combinations. This will allow progression to more complex combinations that will get you freely moving through the music and into the space.

December 13: “Find the Self, Further the Whole”- Improvisation with Shura Baryshnikov
In this improvisation workshop, we will work to strike balance between individual voice and collective action.  Designed to integrate performers of all disciplines, we will work with movement, sound and language to discover free and authentic impulse.  Actively listen and witness in order to cultivate clear intention.  Clarity will propel us through time and space.

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SPG_8735Shura Baryshnikov is a Rhode Island-based educator, improvisor, dancer and movement designer.  With a background in physical theatre, contemporary dance and and a range of improvisation practices, Shura seeks the creative space where these mediums overlap to inspire somatic exploration and performer versatility.  Shura has worked as a choreographer and movement consultant for Trinity Repertory Company, The Wilbury Theatre Group, Bridge Repertory Theater, Elemental Theatre Collective and on a number of Brown/Trinity MFA productions;  her performance work has been presented by the RISD Museum, the Providence Fringe Festival and in Earthdance’s Moving Arts Lab.  As a freelance dancer, she has performed in works by Heidi Henderson, Ali Kenner-Brodsky and Betsy Miller and with Aerplaye Dance, American Dance Legacy Initiative, Festival Ballet Providence and Lostwax Multimedia Dance.  Shura is a Teaching Associate in the Brown/Trinity MFA Programs, a faculty member at Festival Ballet Providence School and has also taught movement at at MIT, Dean College, Rhode Island College and at Earthdance in Plainfield, MA. Shura has studied Viewpoints and Suzuki with Anne Bogart and SITI Company and is also actively engaged in the practice of Ruth Zeporah’s Action Theater.  These methods, as well as a rich Contact Improvisation practice, inform Shura’s pursuit of embodiment and honesty in performance and in the classroom.
photo 4Danielle Davidson received her early training at L’Ecole Superieure de Ballet du Quebec. Upon graduation,  she was invited to join Le Jeune Ballet, and toured Europe and North America, working with internationally-renowned choreographers such as Thierry Malandain/Ballet Biarritz, Jean ­Grand Maitre/Alberta Ballet, Hélène Blackburn/Cas Public, Francoise Vaussenat, Brian MacDonald and Dominique Khalfouni/Opera de Paris. In 2001, while earning her Theatre Diploma at George Brown College in Toronto, she began her career as an  independent dance artist. Danielle has since worked with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, The Banff Festival Company, Opera Ontario, REAson d’Etre, Ballet Ouest, AmpleMan Danse and Le Groupe Apogée/Debra  Brown. She is currently working with Productions Fila 13/Lina Cruz on a new work that will be presented in January 2015. Danielle is also a teacher and dance maker and has been the guest choreographer at FDanse Compagnie since 2011. She has been commissioned to set new works on SBDC, DanseKF, 360 Degré Danse and  for Concordia University’s Casa Cares Fundraiser. She has presented her work at the fFIDA (Fringe Festival of Independent Dance Artists) in Toronto and at Le Festival International de la Danse, in Montréal at La Place des Arts. She is recipient of Le Prix du Jury from Le Festival International de Danse Encore.

_JCD5840 (818x1024)William (Bill) Evans is artistic director of the Bill Evans Dance Company Seattle, then Albuquerque, and then Greater Rochester, New York). BEDCO celebrated its 40th anniversary in April, 2014. It has performed in all 50 states, throughout Mexico and Canada, and in 22 other countries. It was among the most-booked companies in the U.S. for several years under the Dance Touring and Artist-in-the-Schools Programs of the National Endowment for the Arts. William founded the Evans Rhythm Tap Ensemble in 1992. He was formerly artistic coordinator, choreographer and dancer for Utah’s Repertory Dance Theatre and artistic director of Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers and its professional training programs. He has choreographed more than 250 works for more than 60 professional companies throughout the world and been awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship, numerous grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and more than 75 other awards from public and private arts agencies in the U.S. and Canada.His book, Reminiscences of a Dancing Man:  A Photographic Journey of a Life in Dance, was in 2005. He received the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and two Awards for Excellence in Dance from the Albuquerque Arts Alliance He was named National Dance Association Scholar/Artist and is one of only three honorary members of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science. He was voted one of the three top world tap dance artists in the most recent Dance Magazine Readers Poll. His most significant life’s work has been as a dance educator. He is professor of dance emeritus at both the University of New Mexico and the State University of New York College at Brockport. He is currently a professor of dance and artist in residence at Dean College in Franklin, Massachusetts. He founded the Bill Evans Summer Institute of Dance in 1977 and has taught thousands of students and teachers in the past 38 years. He created the Evans Method of Teaching Modern Dance Technique, which is passed on through a four-summer certification program. He was awarded Lifetime Achievement Awards from the National Dance Education Organization and Dance Teacher Magazine.He earned BA and MFA degrees from the University of Utah and is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst. He received an Honorary Doctorate from Cornish College of the Arts and the Outstanding Service Award from the National High School Dance Festival.       www.billevansdance.org

554100_545735368786807_505597106_nLindsay Caddle LaPointe is a dancer, teacher, videographer and video editor.  She received her BA in Dance/Performance from Roger Williams University and her MFA in Dance and Technology from The Ohio State University. She has taught dance at The Ohio State University, Ohio University and Muskingum University and currently teaches courses at Regis College. LaPointe has performed in over 60 works in Rhode Island, Boston, MA and Columbus, OH.  She is a company member of Quicksilver Dance under the direction of Mariah Steele and a performer for Audra Carabetta and Peter DiMuro. In 2010 she started her own video production company, Linden Tree Productions, which provides video support to dancers and artists. During the summer, she works at the Bates Dance Festival as part of the video production team.

JessicaHowardJessica Howard is the Founder and Managing Director of The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio. She is Steward of the P.O.T.E.G.P. Spiritual Guidance center as well as apprenticing under Greg Squillante in the studies of spirituality, meditation and world religions. Jessica graduated with her Bachelor of the Arts in Theatre and Dance and recipient of the Alta Lu Townes Memorial Endowment and the Charles Hildebrandt Award in 2009. She has continued education in various forms of healing and mind-body awareness through workshops and Festivals that include: Mark Morris Dance Group Dance for PD training, Ideokinesis, Bates Dance Festival, Southern Vermont Dance Festival, Cultivate! festival amongst other professional retreats. Jessica is a lead instructor for the POTEGP Instructor Training Program, she is a certified E-RYT 200 with the Yoga Alliance. Jessica is an independent performance artist & dance educator. She is on her fourth season performing with Lorraine Chapman, the Company and currently performing with Ali Kenner Brodsky & Co. Jessica has presented her own work in Cambridge MA, Keene NH, NYC, and Bethlehem, NH. 

KristiLiuA native of the Washington DC area, Kristina Liu began her dance training at the Conservatory Ballet in Reston, VA, under the direction of Julia Cziller Redick.  Starting at age 13, Kristina attended summer programs at Eglevsky Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and Orlando Ballet. Kristina was accepted into the prestigious dance program at Butler University in Indianapolis, IN, where she earned her BFA in Dance Performance and graduated in May 2013. After graduation, Kristina joined the Festival Ballet of Providence, under the direction of Mihailo Djuric. She is also part of the faculty at Rising Stars Dance Academy, where she teaches ballet and private lessons. For more information: http://kristinaliu.weebly.com

20110405_Skybetter_Christopher.Duggan_176Sydney Skybetter is a technologistchoreographer, and writer. His dances are regularly performed around the country, most recently at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Boston Center for the Arts, Jacob’s Pillow and the Joyce Theater. As a Founding Partner with the Edwards & Skybetter | Change Agency, he has consulted on issues of change management and technology for The National Ballet of Canada, Barnes & Noble, New York University and The University of Southern California among illustrious others. He lectures on everything from dance history to cultural futurism, and is a frequent speaker atJuilliard, Boston Conservatory, Dance/USA, and OPERA America. He is a contributor to The Clyde Fitch Report, and was the first to get the word “Frack” in print at Dance Magazine. @SydneySkybetter

 
Traditional Irish Music Session @ AS220 Bar & FOO(D)
Sep 27 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Hosted by Jimmy and Hannah Devine with Mark Roberts, Andrea Cooper, Teddi Scobi and Friends!

Every Saturday (except for the first Saturday of the month) from 4-7pm at the bar at AS220!

No cover charge!

A full menu of food and beverage will be available, so come in for a pint or make this your regular spot for dinner while enjoying some of the best traditional Irish music around!

ROO presents: Hmong Bollywood by Katie Ka Vang
Sep 27 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Romp of Otters (ROO) is  the graduate theater company in the Brown University department of theatre arts and performance studies. The company consists of MFA students in acting and directing at Brown/Trinity Repertory Company, and playwriting and theater arts and performance studies doctoral students at Brown University.

As described by Eric Ehn, Chair, Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, ROO  is a sibling of FOO (the AS220 restaurant) – a practical foray into ambient art and hospitality-as-spectacle. A lo-fi and sudden way to generate cross disciplinary art pan-programmatically (pulling Brown and Trinity Theater MFA programs into tighter embrace), the venue is entirely student run. The collective produces what they like when they like, and as they like, in cooperation with 95 Empire.

The Rupert Selection, Nymphidels, Karma and the Truth, and Heather Rose in Clover @ AS220
Sep 27 @ 9:00 pm – Sep 28 @ 1:00 am

 

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The Rupert Selection 
Nymphidels
Karma and the Truth
Heather Rose in Clover 

 

 

 

Sep
28
Sun
Core Workout with Daniel Shea @ 95 Empire Dance Studio
Sep 28 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Core Workout with Daniel Shea // Sundays @9-10am //only $5!

A gentle workout that uses floor barre, dance and training techniques to improve core strength, balance and flexibility. Bring a hand towel; dance shoes or bare feet. Open to everyone- no dance experience required.

Daniel Shea is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, a dance and fitness instructor. Since training and fitness are his business (www.shea-training.com) he is passionate about form & discipline…but it has to be enjoyable and fun. Daniel has been dancing and teaching for over 30 years. He has studied dance at the – Joy of Movement Center (Boston), Pacific Ballet (San Francisco), Joe Tremaine Dance Center (Los Angeles), Stanley Holden School of Ballet (Los Angeles), Debbie Reynolds Studios (Los Angeles), MJDC Dance Studio (Rhode Island).

Beginner Ballet @ 95 Empire Dance Studio
Sep 28 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Beginner Ballet with Stephanie Albanese // Sundays @ 10:30-11:30am // $13 per class; $60 for 6 classes

If you’ve always wanted to try ballet, this class is for you. In this fundamentals-based class, students develop basic ballet vocabulary, strength and coordination. Stephanie’s deep knowledge of her craft combines with a warm, good-humored manner to create a comfortable yet challenging learning environment. This is the perfect class for people who have little or no ballet experience.

Stephanie Albanese is a graduate of The School of American Ballet where she studied with teachers Alexandra Danilova, Helen Dudin, Suki Shorer and Stanley Williams. She danced in a repertory company created by former New York City Ballet member Wilhelmina Frankurt. Stephanie has also danced with choreographers Matthew Brokoff, Marcus Galante, Mary Miller and Felice Lesser and also worked in Cabaret, performing at The Lido in Paris and Jubliee in Las Vegas.

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Intermediate Ballet @ 95 Empire Dance Studio
Sep 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Intermediate Ballet with Stephanie Albanese // Sundays @ 12:00-1:30pm // $13 per class; $60 for 6 classes This ballet class makes classical dance a joy! The class focuses on fundamentals, beginning with a thorough warm up at the barre and progressing to the center for choreographed combinations.  Students build muscle as they refine body alignment and learn weight placement to develop coordination. Stephanie’s deep knowledge of her craft combines with a warm, good-humored manner to create a comfortable yet challenging learning environment. This is the perfect class for people who have some prior ballet experience. Stephanie Albanese is a graduate of The School of American Ballet where she studied with teachers Alexandra Danilova, Helen Dudin, Suki Shorer and Stanley Williams. She danced in a repertory company created by former New York City Ballet member Wilhelmina Frankurt. Stephanie has also danced with choreographers Matthew Brokoff, Marcus Galante, Mary Miller and Felice Lesser and also worked in Cabaret, performing at The Lido in Paris and Jubliee in Las Vegas.

Fundamentals of Magic workshop
Sep 28 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This class will center around the art of magic. The class will be 1and a half hours and will teach students various basic materials needed in learning magic and then teaching actual tricks. These tricks will vary from coins, to cards, and then basic materials such as pens and cups. At the end of class you as a student will be able to perform these tricks on your own. It will be sleight of hand lessons, allowing all the students to do tricks with materials that do not need to be rigged or prepared in any way and can be performed anywhere, at any time. All students will also learn basics of presentation, such as rolling a quarter along the fingers and shuffling a deck of cards with only one hand. Come sign up today!

REGISTER HERE::::  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fundamentals-of-magic-tickets-12900990209

 

Sep
29
Mon
Salsa Fitness w/ Mori Granot @ 95 Empire 3rd Floor Dance Studio
Sep 29 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Salsa Fitness with Mori Granot // Mondays @12-1pm //only $5!

Salsa Fitness was inspired by the love for salsa music and dance and was created to bring awareness to the history of Latin dance and music. Salsa fitness incorporates Afro-Cuban body movement, basic fundamentals of Salsa NY style footwork and techniques from professional dancers training exercises. The music used in the class is an authentic salsa, Latin cha cha cha, and Afro-Cuban music. Salsa Fitness is for EVERYONE and is a unique fun aerobic low impact exercise. You will not only sweat, but you will work on your balance, core straightening, develop stamina, and burn a lot of calories while dancing and learning new moves you can use on the dance floor.

Mori Granot, originally from Israel, has been dancing Salsa for over 14 years. Starting with Ballet, Jazz,  and Modern, in 2000, Mori continued her dancing journey with Cuban style salsa. She then learned Salsa on1, La Style, which then led her to Salsa on2, NY Style Salsa, where she fell in love. Besides Salsa, Mori also teaches lady styling, body movement, Casino Rueda, Bachata, and Merengue. Mori is currently teaching at different studios throughout Rhode Island and is offering a new fun workout program called “Salsa Fitness”, which is based on the fundamentals of Salsa on2.

Intermediate/Advanced Modern Dance @ 95 Empire Dance Studio
Sep 29 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Intermediate/Advanced Modern Dance with Betsy Miller // Mondays @ 7-8:30pm // $13 per class; $60 for 6 classes

This is a contemporary release technique with a solid base in ballet. Class begins with a full-bodied warm-up designed to activate the core and connect breath with movement while finding anatomically efficient pathways. Structured improvisations and set exercises explore dynamics, weight shifts, and flow to develop a quick mind and a listening body. Class finishes with a vigorous, high-energy dance phrase.  Students will be encouraged to explore, take risks, and develop as versatile technicians. For intermediate and advanced dancers of all ages.
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Sep
30
Tue
Stretch & Strength @ 95 Empire Dance Studio
Sep 30 @ 5:45 pm – 6:45 pm

Stretch & Strength with Myah Shein // Tuesdays @ 5:45-6:45pm // $13 per class; $60 for 6 classes

If you would rather hang out on your mat than at the gym, and if plies sound better than squats, make Stretch and Strength part of your routine.  Drawing from Pilates, yoga and dance, this class promises a total body workout toning muscle, building flexibility and even throws in a little cardio.  All fitness and experience levels welcome!  Bring your own mat or use one of ours.

Myah Shein is a dance and theatre artist from Chicago. She has trained in a variety of contemporary dance techniques, as well as maintaining a person practice that includes yoga and Pilates. As a founding artistic ensemble member with Red Tape Theatre, she served as resident choreographer and a performer, and performed in work for independent choreographers around Chicago. Outside of dancing, Myah produced the annual Chicago Fringe Artists Networking Night, served as dramaturg and assistant director for various store front companies, and is a makeup artist who designs for dance and theatre. Myah is the Public Relations and Advertising Manager for Trinity Repertory Company and holds a degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign in International Studies and French and a post-bac degree from the Dance Center of Columbia College in Dance with a focus in Dance Studies.

Open Life Drawing @ AS220
Sep 30 @ 6:00 pm – Sep 30 @ 8:30 pm

Open Life Drawing – Drop -in
$6
Bring your own drawing materials, we supply seats and model.

Intermediate Ballet @ 95 Empire Dance Studio
Sep 30 @ 7:15 pm – 8:45 pm

Intermediate Ballet with Betsy Miller** // Tuesdays @ 7:15-8:45pm // $13 per class; $60 for 6 classes

Classical ballet with an anatomical approach and an emphasis on the joy of movement! This class is designed to build on ballet basics and introduce more advanced movement vocabulary and complex combinations, while approaching the form through a clear understanding of body mechanics. Come discover how to use your body safely and efficiently to create clarity and expression in your dancing.

** Class will be taught by Michael Bolger from 7/1-8/12

 

Krill, Brunch (UK), and Ex-Pet @ AS220
Sep 30 @ 9:30 pm – Oct 1 @ 1:00 am
Oct
1
Wed
Vinyasa Yoga with Julie Shore @ 95 Empire Dance Studio
Oct 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Lunchtime Vinyasa Yoga with Julie Shore // Wednesdays @ 12-1pm // only $5 per class! A one-hour beginner Vinyasa yoga that focuses on the foundations of classical Vinyasa flow, emphasizing movement and breath as synchronized experience. Attention to fundamental asana (postures) will prepare students for their flow sequence and is designed to help beginners develop their own practice.

Make and Break Wednesday: Postponed to November 5th @ AS220 Labs
Oct 1 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

UPDATE: Unfortunately we had some problems with the parts in the new version of this kit, so we have to potpone until November 5th. Sorry about that!

Register Here

Make and Break Wednesdays are after work electronics project workshops. We’ll show you how to solder if you never have before (or are rusty), or you might just want to come and build an interesting kit with friends. Each workshop features a different kit; sometimes more than one if we have kits left over from previous workshops.
Make and Break workshops take place in the AS220 Performance Space on Empire street. It’s right next to the bar and restaurant so you can eat and solder (we use lead free solder, by the way). All materials are provided and we usually have enough for 20 people. You can reserve a slot here or just show up but it is first-come-first served with prepaid folks getting preference. The workshop is before the LULZ comedy night, so there’s a hard stop around 8:00pm. Stragglers are welcome to set up in a corner of the bar however, and can return during Lab hours to finish up if needed.
The Fall projects are:
Open Level Modern Dance @ 95 Empire Dance Studio
Oct 1 @ 6:30 pm – Oct 1 @ 8:00 pm

Open Level Modern Dance with  Katie McNamara // Wednesdays @ 6:30-8pm // $13 per class; $60 for 6 classes 

This open level class welcomes a wide spectrum of movers who want to explore fundamental physical connections and integrate those within expressive movement. The class begins on the floor in explorations of weight, momentum and range of motion in joints. Moving to a mid-level we will take time to condition the muscles within efficient patterns. In standing we investigate the dynamics of opposition in balance, gesture and weight shift to alas traverse the space across,  under and around.   All are welcome! 

Katie McNamara is a dance artist, a cook, a mother and a teacher. Along with her husband Olase Freeman, she co-directs their company, BaldSoul, within which they strive to find the locus where art and life coexist.  Their most recent work is parenting a beautiful boy, Kayin Effie. Katie spent her preliminary professional years in Philadelphia where she danced with Group Motion, Scrap Performance Group and Leah Stein Dance Company. She was deeply influenced by the city’s diverse artistic community and the raw spontaneity of it‘s stage.  During this time she also co-founded and directed the Bald Mermaids, named “best new modern dance company” by Philadelphia’s City Paper.  Her work has been shown at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Philadelphia’s Painted Bride Art Center, the Carriage House, Galapagos Art Space, the Projekt Theatre (Dresden, Germany) as well as during the Silesian Dance Festival (Bytom, Poland).  Her recent choreographic residencies include Rhode Island College Dance Company, Providence College Dance Company, Roger Williams University and Salve Regina University.  Katie currently teaches Dance Composition at Dean College and has had a fourteen year career as a Pilates teacher-certified through Pilates Method Alliance. She is pursuing a MFA in dance at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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Oct 1 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Wizards is a 1977 American animated post-apocalyptic science fantasy film about the battle between two wizards, one representing the forces of magic and one representing the forces of industrial technology. It was written, produced, and directed by Ralph Bakshi.