Saturday & Sunday 2:00-3:00, 3:15-4:15, 4:45-5:45, 6:00-7:00
2 class options at each time, 16 total class options
Breathe, Embrace, Breathe, Begin.
Breathe, Embrace, Breathe, Begin is an all levels class designed to focus on the key elements of an excellent micro dance. Through a series of breathing, hugging and embracing exercises we will slow down the process of starting a dance, connecting with our partner and moving slowly with intention.
For the beginner, this class will serve as an intro to the basics of micro's shared breathing and close embrace. For the advanced dancer, the exercises will bring a new focus to the details of the connection and the removal of bad habits. As novice dancers drill basic concepts, advanced dancers will be encouraged to explore different angles of embrace, split weight isolations, relaxing and other slight variations that add texture to the dance.
Tiny Boxes II: A Micro Dance Creativity Workshop
Back by popular demand, come try all new games and exercises. In this class, we are going to learn from our limitless creativity and unlock our dance potential by boxing in our movements. Within this series of exercises around movements limits, you will have a vocabulary explosion! And these new movements will be yours to keep and play with outside of the box!
In each boxed challenge, the lead and follow will be assigned separate restrictions that shape their movement for an entire dance. Some of these challenges are complementary and others are designed to create tension. As each person tries to be true to their movement restrictions, unique dance situations will spontaneously arise requiring the development of new moves and stylizations.
Timing Twisters: Belly Dance Poly-Rhythms
Disclaimer: This is an intermediate concept that may leave you feeling confused and all twisted up. Extremely rare side effects include turning into a pretzel or melting into a puddle of laughter.
Ideally you will be familiar with basic isolations and how to count 4/4 music, including note values - Full time, half time, quarter time, double time, and rests.
In this class poly-rhythms (as influenced from belly dancing) will be introduced into micro fusion. We will play with moving different areas of the body on different counts of the music at the same time. For example we might try an undulation (body roll) full time, while stepping side to side half time.
May the Fours Be with You: Deciphering Song Structure
In the fusion community, we have the opportunity to hear and dance to a lot of new music. But if we have not heard the song before, how do we know what to expect? In this class, we will dive into the art of active listening to better predict how a song can play out, and up our improvisation game while we're at it. This class will be mostly lecture/discussion, some movement.
From Nano to Micro
Remember one of those magical moments in a dance where you were flowing together and didn’t matter whose idea something was? What if we already have all the tools to have a magical dance every time? In this class, we will play with ways to improve your sensitivity, explore the connection between your physical and emotional body, and stretch the concept of what we consider “a dance move”.
Building the Four-Legged Dancer (blindfolded)
A person's body map is their perception, understanding and experience of their own body, how and where their joints move and how their body functions (from the Alexander Technique). We will apply this concept to take a deep dive into your partner’s body, building a sixth sense of where your partner is in space and how their body moves. The result: An unbelievable connection that will enable you to be one with your partner as if they were the other half of your four-legged self.
Maximize your creativity through a technical lens by exploring planes, fixed points, tracing and angles. Manipulate shapes and figures in a 3D micro space grid. Drawing on techniques from the hip hop style tutting, discover how to embody these cerebral concepts and relax into your micro dance.
Textures in Motion
Rough, smooth. sharp, gooey jagged. In this class we will explore turning the auditory into tactile sensations. Dive into a way to bring another dynamic element into your micro!
Mark Carpenter & Kelly Howard
Micro isn't something you dance, it's an experience shared within a partnership as a moment, when a connection is approached without an agenda. Come willing to strip away habits and preconceived notions of what "micro dancing" is.
How does your attention affect your dance? This class will answer this question through an exploration of the range and placement of your focus. You’ll develop your attentional skills and learn optimal timing for shifting focus, for more effective communication and new conversational possibilities.
The Language of Tone
Underneath lead and follow hides the hidden language of tone. This language allows us to express ourselves in unique ways and communicate things to our partner that would be hard to put into words. We will be learning how quickly this language allows us to communicate emotion and intention, and even use it to negotiate the intricacies that lead and follow breaks down into, initiation and incorporation.
Dance as a Metaphor for Life
You've spent years crafting your dance, diligently studying physical communication (connection), improvisation, technique and musicality. What good does that do you off the dance floor? Come learn how to apply your dance skills to the rest of your life, and maybe even how to break through the walls in your life through dance. This is sensitive material, come prepared to experience some depth in a safe container. (Intermediate+)
Dancing Under the Music
Telind Bench & Caroline Wong
We've all had that moment where we wonder what the hell the DJ was thinking. You start having a sweet, connected dance, but then the beat drops and all you can think of is to bounce like a caffeinated squirrel. This is the class where you learn to dance to that music. You no longer need to live in fear of breakbeat, drum and bass, dubstep, or anything over 80 BPM. Join us and get comfortable dancing micro to the heavy, loud, and fast. Learn secrets about rhythm, dynamics, and musical structure, and grab a collection of sweet moves while you're at it. You can apply these techniques everywhere from fusion venues to festivals, and dance comfortably all night long. Never fear another hi-hat again.
If Level 1 is leading and following, and Level 2 is switching, this is a class about Level 3 and Level 4. Roles? Where we're going, we don't *need* roles. Experience what it feels like when you and your partner are so in sync that ideas flow effortlessly. This class will cover fluid switching and beyond! By the time you leave, you will be able to pull dance moves out of your partner’s head (or sneak them in) before they even know they’re there.
[Intermediate/Advanced, Switch: Students should have a firm understanding of how to use tone to switch roles mid-dance.]
Beyond Switching: Musical Transference
Telind Bench and Matthew Matsunami
Intro to Fusion 100: Poise
Vanessa Yxcea Corpuz
Poise: “graceful and elegant bearing in a person.” How can we poise ourselves to be sought after dancers? We’ll examine and practice nonverbal cues of confidence and sociability, including how to ask someone to dance. We’ll also discuss of the modern cultural differences between a few social dance styles. This is an introductory level class that will focus on interpersonal communication, dance culture, and dance etiquette rather than dance itself.
Vanessa Yxcea Corpuz
Have you ever been called a “feisty” dancer? Or do you want to learn some ways to exercise more agency as a follow? This is a switch and follower-focused class on methods to redirect energy and movement without derailing the partnership. We will practice selective disruption, differentiate between steals and hijacks, and how to communicate transgressions clearly and assertively without becoming an antagonist to the partnership. This is not a beginner class, students should feel comfortable with role-switching and dancing in both roles in both a class and social dance setting.
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