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Improvisational Dance
Improvisational Dance

Sundays, February 3, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Catamount Arts Center
Cabaret Room
115 Eastern Ave.
St. Johnsbury, VT

Instructor: Claire Côté

Warm up this winter with a multigenerational dance workshop for all levels of experience! Expressive, free movement connects the spirit with the body - one feels much joy and stress relief when the body can express itself freely in new, physical ways. The workshop begins with a guided meditation to center the body and mind - focusing on deep breaths and scanning our body with our mind to bring the energy flowing throughout and opening our chakras. Students then move through improvisation exercises guided by the "Gaga" movement language, created by Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin to inspire new ways of moving. Dancers explore different movement qualities (flowing, spiraling, shaking, quaking, staccato) using all levels of space (ground, mid and high) and especially focusing on the pelvis as their grounding, centering and guiding force. Dancers will also learn the basics of “contact improvisation” dance - exploring weight share (giving and taking the weight of a partner) and body communication. Finally, they will learn the basics of composition, applying compositional tools to the new movement material they discovered and create simple choreographic phrases.

No dance experience necessary…just a desire to move! Please dress comfortably and bring a water bottle.

Class fee: $25 (10% discount for Catamount Arts members and students under age 18). Catamount Arts is committed to offering quality arts programming to students regardless of ability to pay. Please call 802-748-2600 ext. 109 and speak to Anne about scholarship availability.

Parents of students under age 18: after paying for the class, please complete the Enrollment Form HERE.

Claire Côté started dancing at St. Johnsbury Ballet School and St. Johnsbury Academy, and studied advanced modern dance, ballet and choreography at Goucher College. She has also studied contemporary dance, contact improvisation, and the Gaga movement language. She performed and choreographed with the effervescent collective in Baltimore, then moved to Berlin, Germany, where she has since been creating and performing dances and teaching improvisation workshops.

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