2020 Schedule 

Choose your own adventure!

 

We want to make Dance West available to suit your independent needs and desires as artists. When registering, you can select how many weeks and how many blocks in a day you wish to attend.

 

Each block has three classes available to choose from and new faculty are introduced each week. You can take one class for a single week, or three classes a day for the full workshop and every option in between.

Classes are Monday - Friday, making weekends available to rest or explore the magnificent surrounding Salt Lake City area. 

 
 

Class Descriptions

subject to change​

 

 WEEK 1 (June 8 - 12) 

 

 BLOCK 1 (9:15 - 11:05 am) 

 

Traditional Technique - Nina Watt

The class will focus on the traditional Modern Dance Technique of Jose Limon. Taught by Master Limon Teacher, Nina Watt, who has been called, "the perfect Limon dancer," "a dancer of genius" and "one of the most important modern dancers of her generation."

Contemporary Technique - Daniel Charon

Contemporary technique as taught by Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company's Artistic Director, Daniel Charon - detailed description pending 

Improvisation - Miguel Gutierrez

You Do You: Feldenkrais and Dancing, Scores for Improvisation
The Feldenkrais Method® reawakens, restores and revitalizes the capacity for movement and function in all bodies. It is a spectacularly generative practice for people who are devoted to movement as a means of exploration and expression. In this workshop we will begin each day with an Awareness Through Movement lesson and from there go into scores for embodied improvisational dance practices that can be used either in process, or as performances in-and-of themselves.

 BLOCK 2 (11:15 am - 1:05 pm) 

 

Physical Practice - Jesse Zaritt

physical practice: drawing lab
This lab will engage drawing as a visual and physical practice linked to dreaming, drafting, and materializing futures. Elements of drawing such as line, tone, texture, edge, fluidity, atmosphere, and spatial planning will be collectively explored and discussed. The act of drawing will create navigable terrains of study that will invite us to critically imagine what is possible, what we observe, and how we intervene within and beyond the present moment. This lab studies how drawing moves and how movement draws.

Creative Practice - Miguel Gutierrez

Making work (second block)
This workshop focuses on the creative process in making body/movement-based performance/dance. A variety of approaches to creating - intuitive, improvisational, and analytical - are exploited to uncover your individual interests, your process and your work. The workshop consists of unequal parts making, discussing, improvising and watching the work of other workshop participants. I distribute articles ranging from artist statements to critical theory to contribute additional “voices” to the mix. My interest is in creating a space in which traditional notions of dance are critiqued, absorbed or discarded in the service of creating performance that comes from a vital place. An ongoing question throughout the workshop is how to make work that is located in a contemporary context.

Repertory - Nina Watt

Nina Watt will be re-staging Jose Limon's Mazurkas (1958) for the RDT Company this season.  Join her and the company to learn material from the solos, duets, trios and quartets of the piece.
The Mazurkas was created in honor of the Polish people and cities devastated during WWII.  During a trip to Europe after World War II, Jose Limon was deeply moved by the courage of the Polish people and created the work as a tribute to their heroic spirit.  Mazurkas also stands as a remarkable example of how to translate national and character dance to the stage. 

 BLOCK 3 (2:10 - 4:00 pm) 

 

Media Engagement - Kate Mattingly

What is dance criticism? Against a common notion of a critic as someone who comments on or finds fault in artists’ work, this course proposes that criticism, historically and currently, generates frameworks that open ways of engaging with dance. Over five days, we will discuss the varied roles of critics, examine the value systems that are implicitly and explicitly revealed through writing, and explore platforms through which criticism is accessed. We will think creatively and critically about the ways that critics’ reviews have circulated as representations of artists’ performances, and how critics’ writing is tethered to value systems that designate some artists and creative processes as more worthy than others. Ultimately we will create approaches to criticism that generate more capacious and inclusive dialogue about dance.

Pedagogy - Lynn Larson/Daniel Charon

Explore the pedagogy of teaching with Ririe Woodbury's Dance Company Artistic Director, Daniel Charon and Repertory Dance Theatre's Artistic Associate/Education Director, Lynne Larson.  A variety of topics will be explored and experienced to help enhance your teaching skills.

Repertory - Jesse Zaritt

repertory: drawing a body - ritual, rapture, and distortion
This work will engage drawing as a visual and physical practice linked to dreaming, drafting, and materializing futures. Through a collaborative
creative process, we will study how the act of drawing leads to the discovery of strategies for intervening within and beyond the present moment, reshaping potential futures.

 

 WEEK 2 (June 15 - 19) 

 

 BLOCK 1 (9:15 - 11:05 am) 

 

Traditional Technique - Kate Skarpetowska

Lar Lubovitch based technique class - detailed description pending

Contemporary Technique - Jesse Zaritt

technique: studio practice
In this studio practice workshop, training is approached as research. Together, we will study a wide variety of modes of moving/thinking expansively and expressively, drawing influence from the work of artists such as Sara Shelton Mann, Shen Wei, Netta Yerushalmy, Deborah Hay and Faye Driscoll.
Each class begins with practices that help to release excess tension and invite wonder. Improvisational and choreographed exercises research radial connectivity, efficient force distribution through the joints, and length/width/depth in our bodies.
Critical to the workshop are encounters with intricate, stylistically varied choreographed passages. Alongside the challenge of quickly learning and analyzing complex sequences of movement, the practice of engaging set phrase material has broader implications: Can we approach the constraint of these choreographed passages as researchers - examining and questioning the physical and aesthetic forces that create the material?

Improvisation - Molly Heller

FINDING (HEART): Practices in Improvisation

Facilitated by Molly Heller, alongside members of the Heartland Collective

 

This class will access improvisation as a practice in self-expression, social and communal engagement, and performance presence. FINDING is a moveable exchange where leadership and creative autonomy are distributed. We will practice non-hierarchy within class as we lean into:

 

Impossibilities: Paradox in the body and within space (such as: precariousness and stability, buoyancy and density, ease and resistance, containment and expansion)

 

Expressivity: Capacity for the whole body to animate, punctuate, and communicate

 

The idioms, sensations, and physical spaces of the heart

Cultivating connection

Magnification, bursting BIGness

 

…curating our beginnings

beginnings that curate…

 

Imagination. Curiosity. Potential.

 BLOCK 2 (11:15 am - 1:05 pm) 

 

Physical Practice - Jacob Jonas

Physical Practice: Students learn the fundamentals of the Jacob Jonas The Company vocabulary, a mixture of contemporary ballet, street dance, partnering and acrobatic techniques. Class includes a fast paced, dynamic warm up, delivery of exercises and teaching of excerpts of JJTC repertory.

Creative Practice - Jesse Zaritt

creative practice: solo/un-solo studies
How can solo practice be a means of engaging relationship - a way to link ourselves in complex association rather than a means of setting ourselves apart? What are ways of engaging research and creation that re-imagine/extend/open rather than replicate our realities? In this workshop we will move and draw and write and speak together. We will study the works and methodologies of contemporary artists and thinkers (including Sara Shelton Mann, Adrienne Maree Brown and Deborah Hay). We will identify/clarify/amplify the pressing questions and curiosities that fuel our making. We will build solo research practices that emerge out of engagement with our questions. In sharing our practices with each other - we will move into deeper dialogues that reckon critically and imaginatively with contemporary social and political existence. It is my hope that we’ll develop practices that will activate and sustain us over time, feeding us creatively beyond a singular workshop or choreographic project.

Repertory - Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company

Learn repertory from Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company's library of diverse choreography - detailed description pending

 BLOCK 3 (2:10 - 4:00 pm) 

 

Media Engagement - Maura Keefe

DANCERS AS DANCE WRITERS: A Crash Course in Writing DanceIn this course, participants will draw on imaginative and critical thinking, as well writing and public speaking skills, to experiment with writing about dance. We will view dances on video and learn to quickly and orally describe and analyze what we've seen. Short writing assignments will follow; targeting different ways of writing about dance for different readers (e.g. dance criticism, blogging, grant writing, press releases, artist statements). Engaging in lively and challenging conversation and exploring brief related readings will guide participants to broaden and deepen their definitions of dance.

Pedagogy - Brian Gerke

In this course, we will challenge our preconceptions regarding Somatics. We will [re-]ask ourselves:

-What does a somatic practice look like?
-Why is somatic practice useful?
-How “should” a somatic practice be taught?
-Where can we apply somatic practice throughout a dance curriculum?

By considering these questions and more, we will examine how by taking a first-person perspective in our movement experiences, we gain greater function through efficiency and therefore greater agency and articulation within many forms– technique, improvisation, choreography, and performance.

Repertory - Jacob Jonas (requires registration for week 2&3)

Repertory/Creative Practice: Students experience the professional artistic processes and practices that Jacob Jonas uses in the studio with his company to develop new movement concepts and choreographic processes.

 

 WEEK 3 (June 22 - 26) 

 

 BLOCK 1 (9:15 - 11:05 am) 

 

Traditional Technique - Kate Skarpetowska

Lar Lubovitch based technique class - detailed description pending 

Contemporary Technique - Molly Heller

FINDING (HEART): Practices in Technique

Facilitated by Molly Heller, alongside members of the Heartland Collective

 

An emphasis is placed on the practice of contemporary technique as it relates to dynamic choice making, whole body movement, and personal expression. This class will offer participants a deeper knowledge of the body with awareness placed on easeFULL dancing/learning, the antennas of the body (hands, feet, and eyes), and spinal articulation. This class aims to train and foster adaptability in one’s dancing – promoting vitality, resiliency, and expansion (physically, energetically, spatially, and communally). Within class, we will honor our proclivities and what “feels good” while simultaneously challenging what we avoid or resist (with an intention to not overly attach to either). Class is not an escape from reality. Rather, it will serve as a mirror to physicalize the inter-workings and intra-workings of the heart (and how courageous this is).

Improvisation - Stefanie Batten Bland

Dance -Theatre: Physical Perspectives
This class will explore and increase creativity for performers looking to frame and support alternative movement methods. Theatre training generates creative ways of being for dancers. Movement exercises liberate actors allowing a dynamic decision making both physically and vocally. This class enables action and reaction to learnt and improvised material. Participants will leave with concrete scenic tools and theories to address social and communal issues within work and explore their performative skills and limits.

 BLOCK 2 (11:15 am - 1:05 pm) 

 

Physical Practice - Scotty Hardwig

Utterance
Workshop | performance module
In this intermedia workshop we will experiment with interactive audio and visuals cued from the performance elements being created. Movement and vocalization is the medium of human-computer interaction, creating shifts in projected visuals and coded environments. The interplay between organism and mechanism are revealed both as autonomous structures and collaborators. We’ll develop trio and duet sections of partnering, morphing into larger group sections with sound and spoken word that bring forth the bizarre, detailed, and subtle texture of the utterance as a social and performative gesture.

Creative Practice - Jacob Jonas

Creative (Choreographic) Practice: Under the direction of Jacob Jonas, students participate in a workshop environment to explore tools, tasks and exercises to deeper understand and develop their choreographic practice.

Repertory - Repertory Dance Theatre

Learn repertory from Repertory Dance Theatre historical library of choreography - detailed description pending  

 BLOCK 3 (2:10 - 4:00 pm) 

 

Media Engagement - Scotty Hardwig
Utterance
Workshop | performance module
In this intermedia workshop we will experiment with interactive audio and visuals cued from the performance elements being created. Movement and vocalization is the medium of human-computer interaction, creating shifts in projected visuals and coded environments. The interplay between organism and mechanism are revealed both as autonomous structures and collaborators. We’ll develop trio and duet sections of partnering, morphing into larger group sections with sound and spoken word that bring forth the bizarre, detailed, and subtle texture of the utterance as a social and performative gesture.

Pedagogy - Stephen Koester

Teaching of improvisation and composition. There is an art, much like choreography, to guiding creative practices - setting structures, providing prompts and leading evolving experiences to allow for productive, guided and focused work while leaving enough space for individual expression and voice. We examine how to develop a creative process class, particularly for improvisation, that allows a participant to tap into one’s unknown and expand known movement choices. How can we bring work, fun, curiosity and wonder into class?

Repertory - Jacob Jonas (requires registration for week 2&3)

Repertory/Creative Practice: Students experience the professional artistic processes and practices that Jacob Jonas uses in the studio with his company to develop new movement concepts and choreographic processes.

 BLOCK 4 OVERVIEW - ALL 3 WEEKS 

 

 BLOCK 4 (4:10 - 5:15 pm) 

 

Seminars (Mondays/Wednesdays)
Each week we will invite the current faculty to speak to participants about their trajectory and artistic visions and other seminars including Marketing/Sustainability will be available to host in conversations about alternative career paths, sustaining one's self as an artist, and more. This is free to all participating students of any degree. See schedule for specifics. 

Mentorship Project (Tuesday/Thursday)

Dance West offers limited students attending all three weeks of the workshop for 1, 2 or 3 blocks to be mentored by visiting and resident artists. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, mentorship students will have studio space made available the opportunity to work on personal choreographic visions and research, with intimate support. Mentorship is an additional $50 and first come first serve upon registering and limited to 6 students.

Showings (Fridays)

Each Friday, we will gather to view any works in progress or repertory that faculty and students would like to present in an informal showing.

 

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