This class advances ideas of shape, alignment and movement systems of classical ballet pedagogy. Starting with everyone’s unique body structure, practitioners analyze the cause and effect of shifting weight in space with a focus on musicality and techniques of arrival in space. Building knowledge of functional movement through focused observation, application and discourse as a group, we will work toward answering questions of time organization, efficiency, strength and injury prevention. Continual practice will help practitioners establish a relationship to ballet as a method of research, which can be advanced upon and utilized in a spectrum of contemporary dance languages. All levels welcome.
Andrew Champlin started dancing in Portland, Oregon at age four. Since then he’s moved to New York and worked with a variety of dance practitioners and makers. He offers this class as an extension of his work with Janet Panetta who he’s assisted at The New School, Gibney Dance Center, and ImPulsTanz Vienna International Dance Festival.