Class Description: I will teach a movement exploration class which is rooted in a mixture of contact dance based partnering techniques and somatic improvisation scores. It has been my experience that contact dance and improvisation can build imagination, spontinety, strength, endurance and help to create a more resourceful and versatile dancer.
Every class is a laboratory in which we pose a question to be researched through the play of dance. And every person, no matter what their experience, is an artist in their own right capable of answering that question for themselves.
My classes are designed to shed the weight of habit and hesitancy in dance and create a body engaged and ready, alight with attention. By focusing each class on specific movement challenges we begin to increase our perceptive capacity and allow the imaginative world of dance to emerge.
I am an established local artist with over 25 years of professional experience in contemporary dance. I have been artistic director and choreographer with MACHiNENOiSY Dance Society for 11 years. I’ve been teaching dance since 2001. I have taught dance to people of all ages, abilities, genders and nationalities. I have taught across Canada, throughout the United States, Austria, France, Greece and Finland, as well as locally for, EDAM Dance, The Bachelor of Performing Arts Program and SFU. Currently I am teaching for Modus Operandi and with MACHiNENOiSY co-artistic director Daelik, at Left of Main.
I have been teaching yoga for 16 years and have an extensive knowledge of anatomy and bio-mechanics.
I am an advocate for trans-disciplinary dance that incorporates the theory and practices of other disciplines in a way that gives equal value to all elements of a performance. I am interested in creating a dance language that acknowledges the intra-relation of a dancer with their environment; a language that is not concerned exclusively with the technical prowess of the dancer but one in which our attention moves between space, object, dancer, light etc.