Masters of Dance Series
Wednesday October 7, 2015, 10:15-12:15 (Gym 104)
This class will explore Mr.
Almatuer’s unique style and approach rooted in a strong classical base. This
master class is designed for the students at the advanced level of ballet
Almaguer graduated from the school of Ballet de Camaguey, where he began
his professional dancing career under the direction of the Father of the Cuban
Ballet, Fernando Alonso. Mr. Almaguer was hired as a Soloist with the National
Ballet of Cuba in 1989 fallowing his two Gold Medals in 1988 in the
International Ballet Competition in Peru. While being a Soloist with BNC under
the direction of world-wide legendary Prima Ballerina Alicia Alonso, Mr.
Almaguer toured extensively throughout Europe and Latin America, and performed
as a Guest Principal Dancer in several International Ballet Companies.
Currently, he is an Artistic Director of Dance Peninsula Ballet, and he has been featured in TV in
many of these countries and the USA.
Hae Kyung Lee,
Thursday, October 29, 2015, 10:15-12:15 (Gym 104)
Postmodern/Improvisation (Embodying Culture
This class will
explore the aesthetics and spiritual strengths of Lee’s Korean ancestry in a
creative process that is both ancient and postmodern. This class will also
introduce Lee’s works that traverse the extremes of stark minimalism and
high voltage energy, focusing on dancer’s integrity and individualism.
Lee received Bachelor of Arts from Ewha University in Seoul, Korea and
Master of Arts from UCLA. She is the artistic director, founder and
choreographer of “Hae Kyung Lee & Dancers,” and has performed throughout
Canada, France, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Switzerland, Taiwan, and
the United States. She is a founding
member of the Chopsticks & Sneakers Dance Company, Fall Ahead Dance and
Performance Festival, and Contemporary Dance Company. Currently she is a
faculty member in the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance at California
State University, Los Angeles.
Thursday, November 19, 2015, 10:15-12:15 (Gym 104)
experiences facilitated by Holly Johnston in the context of a contemporary
dance practice or 'technique' class address the connectivity of body to
sensation and surroundings. This class will give attention and value to the
progression of sensation, to the expansion of the imagination and to the
openings of body dancing into infinite possibility.
Johnston is a choreographer, movement researcher, dancer and educator. She is
the artistic director of LEDGES AND BONES, a bi-city contemporary dance company
working in both Los Angeles and San Francisco. Holly is an international dance
artist receiving commissions and residencies from numerous colleges and
universities around the United States. She is a movement researcher currently
training dancers and professional athletes in what she calls "Integrated
Functional Kinetics" which are somatic techniques for improving the performance
of the body as it moves through the kinetic chain. She has been guest artist at
Stanford University as a contributing choreographer to Stanford production of
the Cinderella Principle by Robert Moses as well as UCLA, Cal State Long Beach,
Dance New Amsterdam, San Jose State, Idyllwild Arts Academy, UC Irvine and
several others. Holly holds a BA in Dance from Loyola Marymount University and
established her career as a dancer, rehearsal director and artistic
collaborator for Tongue Contemporary Dance, AD: Stephanie Gilliland.
A Tribute to Director and Dancer
October 17, 2015 at 7:00 pm in HSS
165 – FREE Event
film "The Turning Point"
Josh Kanin SMC Film Dept and
Judith Douglas SMC Dance Department.
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