The Training Society of Vancouver
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April 1/3/5

Natalie LeFebvre Gnam


Class Description:  Contemporary Ballet Class

OK, so, this is a class that will follow a lot of the traditional constructs of a ballet class. But with the hope of bringing the body towards kinaesthetic sensation and functionality and away from pure aesthetic. I will propose and you can choose if/how to engage. I get it, not everyone likes to high kick, including me. On offer: bend, stretch, reach, soften, stand on one leg, turn. Also jump. Sometimes without jumping. Weight transfer and coordinating arms to make it all happen (they drive the bus). Homolateral and bilateral patterning, delineating and driving through space. Stack the skin, flesh, bones. Find verticality. Find centre. Ride the edge of kinesphere to author your own dance story. Oh yeah, and work your glutes and inner thighs like crazy.

Natalie LeFebvre Gnam is a dance artist, teacher, mother and the artistic producer of plastic orchid factory, an interdisciplinary performance company and founding member of Left of Main, whose projects she co-imagines with James Gnam. Born in Prince George, BC, Natalie trained at L’École supérieure de danse du Québec, in Montréal and since 1994 has worked across the country with repertoire companies and independently including Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, dancersdancing, Coleman Lemieux & Co and MACHiNENOiSY. Natalie teaches contemporary movement practices in various training programs across British Columbia. She is chair of the Training Society of Vancouver, a board member of productions 2par4. Natalie lives and works in Vancouver with her two sons and husband.

*Photo credit: Vanessa Goodman