Thursday, Febreuary 23rd at 12:00 PM in CPC 304
Come learn about the Dance Department classes, faculty, performances, guests and more. FREE and Open to All.
Dance Major Meeting
Thursday, March 23rd at 12:00PM in CPC 304
Learn about the Dance Major, A.A. Degree, transfer, careers and more. FREE and Open to All.
Masters of Dance Series
Saul Choza (Pilates, Body Integration For Dancers)
Thursday March 2, 2017, 12:30PM-2:30PM in CPC 304
Saul Choza has a passion for transforming bodies through the art and science of Pilates. His twenty-year evolution as an instructor, combined with a desire to incorporate complementing fitness modalities, has attracted a loyal client roster that includes Hollywood’s elite in film, music, and fashion, along with powerhouse corporate executives who require a healthy dose of fitness to balance their stressful careers. His personal development as a trainer includes certification by Romana Kryzanowska, and workshops from top Pilates instructors. Saul also holds a Fitness Instruction certificate from UCLA extension and first level certificate in Kettle-bell training and Crosscore180.
Pilates is an exercise method that integrates the whole body to create action. In this master class, students will learn how to be efficient with their instrument through Pilates movements as Saul teaches the sequence of exercises that can help the body move effortlessly through space.
Jennifer Fisher (Sex, Love, and Ballet -Lecture)
Wednesday March 29, 2017, 12:30PM-2:30PM in CPC 308
Jennifer Fisher, a professor at University of California, Irvine, wrote Nutcracker Nation: How an Old World Ballet Became a Christmas Tradition in the New World (Yale, 2003), which won the Special Citation of the De La Torre Bueno Prize, and co-edited with Anthony Shay When Men Dance: Choreographing Masculinities Across Borders (Oxford, 2009). A former dancer, actor, and journalist, she has published widely in scholarly journals, and for ten years, contributed dance criticism to the Los Angeles Times. In 1993, she made an unlikely comeback on the stage by appearing with the Kirov Ballet, and in 2001, she appeared alongside Mikhail Baryshnikov in his PastForward program at UCLA. Her most recent manuscript is called Ballet as Blueprint, an ethnographic memoir of the way ballet becomes interwoven in a lifetime of experiences and decisions. She is also a ballet coroner whose most recent inquests into the death of Giselle were held at the San Francisco Ballet.
In ballet, how do you tell when people are in love? Over time, ballet couples have changed, from the age of Giselle to Romeo and Juliet to contemporary ballets like those of Alonzo King, William Forsythe, or Wayne McGregor. In this master class, Jennifer Fisher will discuss a topic; if all dance reflects the culture in which it develops (and it does), what do ballet’s dancing couples tell us about relationships and the contexts in which they occur?
Marlita Hill (Modern)
Thursday, May 11, 10:15AM-12:15PM in CPC 304
Marlita Hill is the Artistic Director/Choreographer for Speak Hill Dance Project. She holds a BFA in Dance Performance with K-12 Certification from Towson University, Towson, MD. In 2009, Hill co-founded the dance department at the Cortines School for the Visual and Performing Arts, in downtown Los Angeles, where she taught tap, modern, and choreography. Her choreography has been presented at venues including ARC Pasadena, Lineage Performing Arts Center, Diavolo, Towson University, Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage (in collaboration with VT Dance), Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (MD), and Carpenter Center Performing Arts.
This class will introduce Ms. Hill’s unique technique/approach of movements in modern dance. Students will learn how to use their body fluently and expressively while exploring diverse rhythmic and directional changes.
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