Most folks who find their way to my Absolute Beginner Modern Workshop are adults who have either studied danced once upon a time and always wanted to get back to it, people who are looking for a more satisfying way of exercising than what they’re used to, and individuals who are just plain curious. “What is modern dance anyway?”
These days modern dance is an amalgam of different dance forms and traditions. Depending on the choreographer or teacher, there may be significant traces of ballet or jazz, floor work, improvisation, and even some gymnastic moves. Likewise, many classes will also incorporate yoga, Pilates, or other approaches to conditioning and strengthening the body. Some teachers and choreographers even use various mediation practices to prepare dancers. As an art form, modern dance is constantly evolving and being redefined by the people who do it.
That’s why it’s important to get good, solid training from the start. My aim is to prepare students to move with confidence and without fear of injury within the many different approaches to modern and contemporary dancing.
My Absolute Beginner Modern Dance Workshop welcomes students with little or no knowledge of modern or contemporary dance as well as long-time dancers looking to reconnect with the basics. We work on fitness and conditioning so students can improve overall strength, flexibility, and stamina. And there’s a special emphasis on injury prevention and working with physical limitations. In fact, for many, minor aches and pains are relieved by learning healthy alignment and improving movement mechanics through these workshops.
But the main focus is always on dancing – moving through space with intention, nuance, and musicality. There’s nothing like it for freeing the body and the mind.
And speaking of music, I love using a huge range, from Miles Davis, to Amy Winehouse, Stevie Wonder to Yo Yo Ma, Aerosmith to Blind Boys of Alabama, and everything in between.
To start dancing or start dancing again, and to register for one of my Absolute Beginner Modern Dance Workshops, click here.