Community Class

Community Movement Classes at Cadman Congregational Church

The following classes, offered during our May launch, were specifically geared towards all-levels.

Abrons AUNTSCommunity Class with Diana Crum
Tuesdays, May 5, 12, 19, and 26 : 7-8pm : FREE

Get moving with choreographer Diana Crum. She’s taught at colleges and universities, NYC public schools, senior centers and arts centers. Now she’s interested in working with you! Join her for a movement class designed specifically for the community at Cadman Congregational Church. Class will include a warm-up with gentle stretches and improvisations, learning a short, expressive dance phrase and creating a new routine together. Diana’s training is in improvisation, somatics, contemporary and postmodern dance. This is a trial run of classes, to gage community interest and collaborative possibilities. Your participation will help shape future projects.

Diana Crum is a Brooklyn-based choreographer and dancer. Her choreography has been presented nationally and internationally, in cities such as New York City; Atlanta, GA; Durham, NC; Roanoke, VA; Salt Lake City, UT; Vienna, Austria; and Nancy, France. She has performed at venues including New York Live Arts (with luciana achugar, 2014), MoMA (with Steve Paxton, 2012), Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors and Brooklyn Academy of Music (both with David Dorfman Dance, 2008 and 2006, respectively). She has taught at Abrons Art Center (NYC), Washington & Lee University (Lexington, VA), University of the Arts (Philadelphia, PA) and Hollins University (Roanoke, VA). She has an upcoming performance, titled Underneath, at Gallim Dance at Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew (520 Clinton Ave), on May 1 & 2 at 8pm.

Pat Catterson Workshop
Saturday, May 2 from 1-4pm : FREE

“You already know this and you cannot make a mistake: a movement improivsation workshop for dancers and other creators/performers”

This class is designed to assist dancers and non-dancer artists, no matter their artistic discipline or disciplines, that is, all who work with movement, or who are interested in working with movement or dancers. The goal is to expand participants’ awareness of their own movement patterns and possibilities and in relation to those of others, all in a non-threatening fun environment.Participants must be able to walk, run, get down and up from the floor and be comfortable in close contact with others. They should wear nonrestrictive clothing and no shoes for the class.

Pat Catterson is a NY based dance artist who presented her first concert at Judson Church in 1968. Since then she has choreographed 106 dance works for her own group and/or commissioned by companies, individual artists and schools. Her many accolades include a Guggenheim Award for Choreography, a Fulbright, and multiple NEA Grants. She has taught workshops in Denmark, Greece, Norway, Finland, Italy, and Sweden, been on the faculties of the Juilliard School, UCLA, Sarah Lawrence College, the Merce Cunningham studio and a guest artist in numerous schools. Her writing has been published in Dance Research Journal, Ballet Review, Attitude Magazine, the Getty Iris, and Dance Magazine Online. As a dancer and rehearsal assistant for Yvonne Rainer, as well as a custodian of Ms Rainer’s early work, she has toured nationally and internationally. She earned her BA in psychology and philosophy from Northwestern University and her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Godard College.


Trisha Brown Company “Early Works” Workshop
Saturday, May 9 from 10:30-12:30pm : FREE


Community class with Diana Crum and AUNTS at Abrons Art Center
Past participants of Community Class with Diana Crum and AUNTS at Abrons Art Center (Lower East Side)