Saturday, December 5, 2009

Andrea Miller/Gallim Dance Workshop

Andrea Miller returns to Peridance to teach a workshop in technique and Gallim Dance repertory!

January 11-15, 2010; Mon - Fri
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Andrea is a graduate of The Juilliard School and former dancer with Ohad Naharin's Ensemble Batsheva. She created Gallim Dance in 2006 with a mission to create, to play inside the imagination, to find juxtapositions of the mind and body that resonate in the soul.

Andrea is one of the most sought after, young choreographers in the world and her recent commissions include, Ballet Hispanico, Ballet Bern, Noord Nederlandse Dans, HS2, Zenon Dance, Body Traffic, Repertory Dance Theater, Hedwig Dances among others.

Andrea Miller has the dance world buzzing. Watch the video below and discover why.

Great Oppertunity to Work with Julie Bour!

Julie Bour teaches a week of Contemporary technique classes at Peridance this December!

Dec 14, 2009 - Dec 18, 2009; Mon - Fri
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

***Julie is also looking for strong, experienced male and female dancers for an upcoming performance with shows on January 28, 29, and 30. Rehearsals will begin immediately.***

Julie Bour is a Bessie Award winning performer who has worked with such choreographers as Angelin Preljocaj, Maguy Marin, Dominique Bagouet, Carolyn Carlson, Jennifer Muller, and Inbal Pinto. She currently teaches, choreographs, and assists Mr. Preljocaj in re-staging his ballets around the world.

For more information about Julie and her work, visit her website!

Helen Pickett's Rave Reviews!

Peridance would like to thank Helen Pickett who recently conducted a successful workshop in Forsythe-based Improvisation.

Helen performed with William Forsythe's Ballet Frankfurt for over a decade, becoming a principal in 1991. Currently, she teaches Forsythe-based improvisation throughout the United States and Europe and choreographs works for many of America's leading ballet companies, such as Boston Ballet, Washington Ballet, Louisville Ballet, and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet.

We also congratulate Helen on the outstanding reviews she received for her piece Tsukiyo which the Boston Ballet premiered in October.

Here's what the critics had to say:

"Pickett’s language is profound, fluid and intimate." -Keith Powers, Boston Herald

"The beautiful choreography was exquisitely performed and created a powerful piece that stayed with the audience long after the curtain closed." -Shannon Brown, The Simmons Voice

"Helen Pickett’s world premiere, 'Tsukiyo,' with music by Arvo Part, [is] one of the most distinctive works to now join the troupe’s repertory." -Iris Fanger, Patriot Ledger

Thanks again, Helen and congrats!

Monday, November 30, 2009

January Bill T Jones Workshop

Peridance is proud to host a 2 week workshop with the Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company!

Week 1: Jan 11-15 10:00-11:30 Technique Only
Week 2: Jan 18-22 10:00-11:30 Technique / 11:30-1:00 Repertory

Week one of the workshop will be lead by the Company's Education Coordinator and Rehearsal Assistant, Leah Cox, who has been a member of the Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company since 2001.

Associate Artistic Director, Janet Wong, will teach technique and repertory during the second week of the workshop. Ms. Wong became rehearsal director of the company in 1996 and associate artistic director in August 2006.

"Class will explore the rigorous connection that exists between moving and thinking and the ways in which an intentional use of the mind while moving creates richer experiences, new and unexpected opportunities, and a deeper understanding of the body."

Registration is open now at!

Are you interested in finding out more about the Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company? Watch this video clip of the Company's latest work and visit their website.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Peridance Announces 2010 Summer Intensive

Peridance Center's Summer Intensive is a four-week comprehensive training program designed for dancers ages 14-18, whose goal is to develop and increase their level of technique, strength, self-confidence and artistry. Over the course of an intensive four-week period, dancers are encouraged to recognize and develop their artistic selves. Participants of the Intensive are given the unique opportunity to become immersed into Peridance Center's renowned training program and its diverse community, and will walk away with an amplified understanding of movement, performance skills and a fresh sense of artistry. The Program culminates in a pre-professional final Showcase, presented at Peridance's new in-house Salvatore Capezio Theater.

Fiery Flamenco, a Preview of Our New Teacher

Don't miss a chance to see our new flamenco teacher in action!

Nelida Tirado, the flamenco teacher for the new Peridance Capezio Center after the move, will be performing at Queens Theatre in the Park November 28, 2009.

Come out Thanksgiving weekend and bring your friends and family to TOMAAA!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Limon Technique & "Missa Brevis" Rep Workshop

Carla Maxwell, Artistic Director of the Limon Dance Company, returns to Peridance to teach a week long workshop in Limon Technique and Repertory.

Dec 14, 2009 - Dec 18, 2009; Mon - Fri
Technique: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Solo Repertory: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Carla Maxwell joined the Limon Dance Company in 1965 and became it's Artistic Director in 1978. As Director, she received a 1995 Dance Magazine Award, a Bessie in 1998, and a 2002/2003 Isadora Duncan Award for her re-staging of José Limón’s Psalm.

Limon's Missa Brevis will be the focus of the repertory portion of the workshop; a piece that the Company will be performing in China this December.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Ring in the New Year with Kobi Rozenfeld!

Choreographer and teacher Kobi Rozenfeld is flying in from LA to teach Street Jazz at Peridance this December. Kobi will only be teaching THREE Master Classes, so take a quick break from all your holiday festivities and join us at Peridance. Don't miss it!

December 28th - 30th
Mon, Wed 5:00-6:30
Tue 6:00-7:30

Kobi most recently choreographed for Beyonce’s 2009 World Tour, participated in a special workshop with Britney Spears, and choreographed for “so you think you can dance”–Israel.

To learn more about Kobi and see videos of his work, visit his website!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Gaga Master Classes with Ohad Naharin!

Artistic Director of Israel's Bat-Sheva Dance Company, Ohad Naharin, is coming to Peridance in November to teach 2 classes in Gaga Technique.

November 9 & 10, Mon & Tues at 2:30pm

*Online Registration is CLOSED!! Interested, unregistered students may add their names to the Master Class' wait list. Entry into the master classes will be given on a first come, first served basis.

Naharin created Gaga over 20 years ago and it can be used to recognize the body's almost unlimited movement potential; to discover a sense of endless possibilities. Naharin has stated that Gaga is about becoming available:

"we discover our passion to move and connect it to effort, we discover both the animal in us and the power of our imagination. We learn to appreciate understatement and exaggeration, we discover the difference between joy and pleasure and use both to protect ourselves from injuring and hurting our body... We become more aware of people in the room and we realize that we are not in the center of it all. We never look at ourselves in a mirror, there are no mirrors."

Still curious about Gaga Technique? Watch the video below to find out more!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Nejla Yatkin Returns and She's Looking for Dancers!

Choreographer Nejla Yatkin is teaching a week long workshop at the end of November which will also serve as an audition for dancers who wish to be considered for a February 2010 performance of her work, “Salome’s Daughters.”

Nov 30, 2009 - Dec 4, 2009; Mon - Fri
Tech & Rep: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Nejla claims to draw inspiration from three sources:
-The human body as instrument: “The movement of the human body lies at the core of our existence and it has done so since the birth of humanity, predating even speech as a means of expression.”
-The dances and dancers of the past: She is interested in “resurrecting and re-exploring dance at the roots.”
-Her own diverse heritage and surroundings: a child of Turkish and Egyptian decent, Nejla was born and raised in Germany and currently resides in the United States.

Want to know more about Nejla and her work? Watch the video below and visit her website.

Nina Watt Limon Workshop

Fall and Recover after Halloween with the Nina Watt Limon Workshop this November!

Nov 2-Nov 6; Monday-Friday

Bessie Award winning dancer, Nina Watt, conducts a workshop in Limon Technique and Repertory.

Repertory workshop participants will have the opportunity to learn Limon’s Missa Brevis. Additionally, selected students from the workshop will be invited to perform the work in a showing on Nov. 21st.

Missa Brevis was choreographed in 1958, set to the music of Hungarian composer, Zoltán Kodály, who wrote it during the conclusion of World War II. The music was “A Mass in time of war, it was completed under great hardship during the siege of Budapest. Limon’s stirring choreography depicts an indomitable humanity rising up after near destruction. The piece is a memento to cities destroyed during World War II and to those unconquerable qualities in human beings that compel the spirit to rise in hope and to survive.” (

Don”t pass up this chance to learn an essential piece of modern dance history by one of America’s most prolific choreographers!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Ballet Legends Join Peridance Faculty

Two of America’s most celebrated ballerinas, Gelsey Kirkland and Susan Jaffe, are coming to teach at the new space this fall. Both known for their illustrious careers with the American Ballet Theatre, Peridance is honored to have these two extraordinary artists as additions to our already world-renowned faculty.

Peridance is excited to also be welcoming ballet greats such as Brian Reeder of New York City Ballet, Kenny Larson of National Ballet of Canada, Greg Zane of the Hawaii Ballet Theater and Jeffrey Edwards of New York City Ballet.

Class Schedules Available Soon!!

Want to learn more??

"Straight from the Heart," Dance Magazine article and interview with Gelsey Kirkland, by Kate Lydon.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

A Workshop to Remember

Sidra Bell Dance NY recently completed their 2009 Summer Workshop at Peridance Center and it was a huge success! Hear what one of the workshop participants had to say about their experience...

"It was a refreshing way to learn material and work hard, I felt like the creative, individual aspect of dance was really put first. Your workshop really made me think about how I can get a strong training in dance where my individual way of moving and the artistic aspect of dance are emphasized. Then, the physicality and form follows." -Workshop Participant, 2009

Below is an excerpt, take a look!

See you again soon, Sidra!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Shen Wei Winter Workshop

After Thanksgiving this year, get back into the swing of things by joining us at Peridance for two weeks of technique and repertory with
Kate Jewett and Sara Procopio, of Shen Wei Dance Arts.

Shen Wei Dance Arts "creates interdisciplinary, cross-cultural performance for forward-looking audiences. Each work by Artistic Director Shen Wei develops an original dance vocabulary incorporating visual and storytelling elements from the theater, Chinese opera, Eastern philosophy, traditional and contemporary visual art, and sculpture."

This holiday season, exercise your mind, explore new movement possibilities, surrender yourself, through improvisation, to your own unique artistic voice through the techniques of one of the world's most respected and commended choreographers.

Nov. 30-Dec. 11
Monday through Friday
Mon-Thur: Technique
Fri: Repertory

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop will fill to capacity quickly, early registration is recommended. See the website for details

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Way to go, Diego!

Peridance Center's very own Diego Funes is featured in Dance Spirit Magazine!

The article, written by Giannella Garret, is part of a five week series which focus' on Diego and his choreography for the revival of the 1961 musical, Subways are for Sleeping.

To see the article, click the links below:
First installment
Second installment
Third installment
Fourth installment
Fifth installment
Sixth installment

Diego's moves caught Dance Spirit's attention; find out why and join Diego's classes in Urban Lyrical and Stretch on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Peridance.

Go to to find out more information about Diego and his classes.
To find out more about the musical Subways are for Sleeping, click here!

Members of de funes dance company perform "Uninvited" and dance at the Avant-Garde Festival.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

BAILA Society at Int'l Salsa Congress

Congrats to BaSo!

Peridance is proud of our salsa partner, BAILA Society, who was invited to perform at the International NY Salsa Congress 2009!

Check out some of the photos from the weekend event.

See more photos and connect with Baila Society on FACEBOOK!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Get Ready for the Big Move

Get Excited, Peridance is getting ready to move to its new home!

126 East 13th Street

The new, state of the art studios are only a short walk from 890 Broadway and we, at Peridance, want to make sure you know how to get there.

For quick and easy directions, click on this link

Stay tuned for more information about our exact moving date

Explore Forsythe Technique with Helen Pickett

Helen Pickett Returns to Peridance this November to teach 2 Master Classes in Forsythe Technique and Improvisation!

Nov 23 & 24; Monday & Tuesday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Helen Pickett, who performed for over a decade with William Forsythe's Ballet Frankfurt, leads two unique master classes in which students will be given the opportunity to learn and gain an understanding of the basic foundations of Forsythe Technique and Improvisation Modalities.

All dimensions of your body will be challenged; a fun and invigorating workout for the mind and body!

Curious about Forsythe Technique and what it looks like? Watch this video!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Gallim Dance Residency

Don't miss out on this opportunity to work with one of New York's most original and innovative choreographers!

Due to circumstances beyond our control
Andrea Miller/Gallim Dance Residency has been postponed until further notice. Please keep following up with us about a new starting date which will be advertised on our website and Facebook soon. We apologize for the inconvenience!

Peridance is pleased to announce Andrea Miller's Gallim Dance as the first company in residence at the new 13th Street space!

3 Week Residency
Oct 26, 2009 - Nov 13, 2009; Mon - Fri

Andrea Miller will select 6 dancers to participate in the full residency which includes 3 weeks of daily technique and repertory classes and daily rehearsals with the company. The 6 chosen dancers will have the possibility of performing with the company on Nov 10 at Jazz at Lincoln Center and MUST be available October 26 - November 13 , Mon-Fri 11:30-3:30pm for ALL rehearsals related to the performance. *2 additional dancers will be chosen from class and will be considered for the full residency .

The Company will hold an audition at City Center for the participants of the full choreographic residency on Sunday, October 18th from 6:00-9:00pm.
Click Here for directions.

$5 audition fee applies

Daily Company Classes: Mon-Fri 11:30-1:00 DROP-IN CLASSES ARE PERMITTED
Daily Company Rehearsals:

Pre-register for Company class now at PERIDANCE.COM.

Check out this video of Gallim Dance in Miller's Blush

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Taichi Classes Coming this Fall to Peridance

Join us this Fall at Peridance for invigorating new classes in Taichi and Bagua led by Master Teacher Joseph Zeisky.

What is Taichi?

In a stressful world, Taichi class can become the perfect haven. It's flowing movements and graceful postures are world renowned for their healing benefits, as well as, their self-defense effectiveness. Joseph's classes focus on Grand Master Cheng Man Ching's 37 Movement Yang Style Taichi Form, enhanced with core Qigong-internal energy practices, rooting, and self-defense skills. Taichi can be practiced by anyone, regardless of age or physical ability, and is known to improve flexibility, increase energy, stamina, and agility, relieve chronic pain, and reduce stress, anxiety, and depression.

What is Bagua?
Bagua is a dynamic internal martial art that teaches how to adapt to changing circumstances with less effort, and without losing one's center or energy. Its spiraling and fluid-like movements reconnects practitioners with a more natural rhythm and flow.

For more in depth information on Joseph and his philosophy and teaching, visit the Zeigua Internal Arts website.

Details about the new studio's schedule coming soon.

Ron K. Brown/Evidence Workshop

Ron Brown teaches a workshop at Peridance in Evidence Modern Technique!



Ronald K. Brown founded the New York-based contemporary dance ensemble EVIDENCE, A DANCE COMPANY in 1985. Through his company, Brown seeks to "promote understanding of the human experience in the African Diaspora through dance and storytelling and to provide sensory connections to history and tradition through music, movement, and spoken word, leading deeper into issues of spirituality, community responsibility and liberation."

Brown’s technique class draws on the Evidence vocabulary, which is a fusion of dance forms from the U.S., the Caribbean, and West Africa. The students will learn exercises that focus on alignment and increasing ones’ physical range. Rhythm and liberation of the spirit are also critical components to the class.

Visit the Evidence website for more information about Brown, his choreography, and company.

Brice Mousset at Peridance this Fall

Contemporary choreographer Brice Mousset will be joining the Peridance faculty this Fall in the new space!

Brice just finished a great workshop at Peridance. It went so well that he has been invited to start his own classes here in our brand new space currently being renovated.

Check out this video of Brice's class from his last Peridance Workshop and visit Brice's website for more information.

Stay tuned for more information about class dates and times!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Petronio 4 Week Master Class Series

Oct 12, 2009 - Nov 6, 2009; Mon - Fri
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Stephen Petronio Company is coming to Peridance to teach a 4 week Master Class Series.

The internationally acclaimed Stephen Petronio Company is celebrating its 25th Anniversary. To mark this milestone, the Company will be holding ongoing morning classes for the discerning dancer in New York City! Stephen and Company Members will present the first installment in a month-long Master Class Series at Peridance Center.

Petronio Technique is a uniquely sophisticated language of movement that has been developed with a varied and talented group of dancers. Classes are focused on developing a rigorous and intelligent movement practice. The phrase movement is derived from Company Repertory addressing Stephen’s unique focus in dynamic sequencing, poly-rhythmic initiations and a sense of fearlessness within a complex architectural form.

A 10% discount will be given to participants who register for all four weeks.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Limón Tech & Rep Workshop with Betty Jones

Oct 5, 2009 - Oct 9, 2009; Mon - Fri
Technique: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Repertory: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Betty Jones, former principal dancer with the José Limón Dance Company, will be teaching a Limón technique and repertory workshop in early October. Betty Jones danced with the Limón Dance Company from 1947 to 1970, creating leading roles in Missa Brevis, A Choreographic Offering, There is a Time, The Moor's Pavane and many other classics of modern dance.

See The Moor's Pavane, a work created on Ms. Jones, featuring José Limón.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

PeriChild Program 2009 Registration

If you haven't done so already, it's not too late to register your child for for the Fall session of the PeriChild Program 2009.

We have so many different styles of classes for dancers from toddlers to teens!

Register on the Peridance website or by calling 212-505-0886.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Modern Master Classes with Amy Marshall

Nov. 9- 13, 2009
Monday through Friday, 10-11:30 AM
Nov. 16-20, 2009
Monday through Friday, 11:30 AM- 1 PM

Amy Marshall’s choreography is known for its athleticism and dramatic dynamic. This workshop, based on Ms. Marshall’s style, is centered on the intricate use of the back, spatial expansion and awareness, and the juxtaposition between powerful and fluid movements. Particular focus will be spent on dancers muscular awareness and discussing realignment to prevent common repetitive stress injuries.

"Igniting people’s excitement for dance is my passion. To leave the viewer with a lasting impact my choreography uses a combination of athleticism and a lyrical intricacy of movement. Mixing contemporary themes with classical structure I fuse these elements into an enduring emotional experience. That which lasts beyond the performance itself is the essence of my work."

Seán Curran Fall Workshop

Nov. 16-20, 2009; Mon - Fri
Monday - Friday: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

An Irish step dancer as a young boy from Boston, Massachusetts Séan Curran was a lead dancer with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and an original member of the off-Broadway hit Stomp.

A riveting performer, Mr. Curran explores aspects of movement that use gravitational pulls to expand dynamic ranges and awaken spatial relations between inner and outer focus.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Brice Mousset Company Workshop

Sep 8, 2009 - Sep 11, 2009; Tue - Fri
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Join Brice in his provocative style, a fusion of European and American contemporary. Exploring new energies and movements, Brice encourages the students to explore new ways to move and to find into the movement organic and emotional intentions. You will go through a warm up introducing the release work, floor work, stability and connection with it, opposition of energies, extension of the movement. Then you will dance! Brice will teach you a new contemporary dance routine step by step.

For more details about the Brice Mousset Company, see his website.

Absolute Beginner Jazz Workshop

Beginner Jazz Workshop with Grant Chang and Courtney Wissinger
Aug 31, 2009 - Sep 4, 2009; Mon - Fri
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

In this workshop, you will be introduced to the basics of jazz dance. Starting from scratch, you will learn (or brush -up on) the fundamentals you need to move on to higher levels of class and performance. We will break down the jazz basics for the first time (or returning) dancer . Working through a traditional warm up routine, we will concentrate on plies, tendus, footwork, proper stretching and strengthening techniques and an in-depth explanation about how turns and leaps "work". Everything will be explained and questions are strongly encouraged! Across the floor (traveling steps) and center combination work will be broken down in detail and used in a short, fun, multi-level choreographed piece to be performed at the end of our two weeks! Even if you have never danced before, are a dancer looking to return to your training, or just want to brush upon your basics and techniques- this is the workshop for you !!

Sidra Bell Dance NY Workshop and Showing

Aug 24, 2009 - Sep 4, 2009; Mon - Sat
Monday through Friday: 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Saturdays: 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Sidra Bell has crafted a unique approach to unlocking the creative potential in each dancer. In a workshop that explores an articulate body through effort, risk, impulse, breath, gesture, weight, touch, space, direction and line, artists of various backgrounds and experience can discover their individual voice and physical potential. Throughout the workshop phrase work from the repertory of Sidra Bell Dance New York will be introduced. The phrase work challenges the dancers to investigate an extreme sense of physicality and specificity. They are asked to use their imagination and intellect to find a greater sense of freedom within the movement.

There will be a special showing at the end of the class on Saturday, performed by the workshop participants.

Click here to see a preview of Sidra Bell Dance New York.

Trisha Brown Dance Company Technique and Repertory

Aug 24, 2009 - Aug 28, 2009; Mon - Fri
Technique: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Repertory: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Students will learn excerpts of Set and Reset from long term company member Vicky Shick. Class begins with a warm-up emphasizing the coordination of alignment, breath, and weight to bring space, direction, and flow of energy through the joints. Students will learn phrases that Trisha developed with subconscious movements and gestures created before the mind is engaged, which she calls "delicate aberrations."

The Trisha Brown Dance Company has presented the work of its legendary artistic director for more than 35 years. Founded in 1970 when Trisha Brown branched out from the experimental Judson Dance Theater to work with her own group of dancers, TBDC offered its first performances at alternative sites in Manhattan’s SoHo. Today, the Company is regularly seen in the landmark opera houses of New York, Paris, London, and many other theaters around the world. The repertory has grown from solos and small group pieces to include major evening-length works and collaborations between Ms. Brown and major visual artists.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Matthew Bourne Theater Workshop

Aug 17, 2009 - Aug 21, 2009; Mon - Fri
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Please Note: Students must pre-register for the entire week.
Drop-in classes are not permitted.
This class is open for both men and women.

with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures:
the United Kingdom’s premier contemporary dance theater company.

A great opportunity to work with Etta Murfitt(associate director\principal performer) and Nina Goldman (principal performer) of Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures to learn the diverse and exciting repertory of TONY award winner, Matthew Bourne, and to explore the collaborative process that Bourne uses with his performers to create movement and characters within his works.

New Adventures repertory includes some of the most successful dance productions in decades. As well as being an international touring company, it is the resident company at Sadler’s Wells and employs over seventy dancers each season in its various productions.
Classes will explore character work through material from the following company productions, SWAN LAKE, DORIAN GRAY, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, HIGHLAND FLING, and THE CAR MAN.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Diego Funes- New Stretch Class Added!

In addition to Diego's current JAZZ class Tuesday's and Thursdays, 2:30-4:00 and STRETCH class Tuesdays 1:30-2:30, there will now be a New Thursday STRETCH class from 1:30-2:30 (Beginning Aug 6).

Class Description: Jazz
Diego Funes’ class starts with a warm-up designed to reinforce body alignment, balance, strength, stretching and technique. Following the warm-up is a series of across the floor exercises consisting of turns and jumps in combination. Finally, original choreography is taught in which musicality and expression are emphasized along with good technique. Diego's style is formed through a combination of different techniques of ballet, jazz, and contemporary dance. He calls his musical theatre work “Contemporary Theatre” and his lyrical work “Urban Lyrical". Diego believes in a holistic, individualized approach to teaching. Each student is evaluated individually and held to his or her own standard regardless of body type. A student can have all the potential in the world but without the eagerness to learn and expand, the potential never reaches the kinetic. As a teacher, Diego motivates each student to become the best dancer possible.

Class Description: Stretch
This active and deep stretch class is excellent for gaining flexibility and body alignment. Throughout a series of interacting exercises students will focus on lengthening the hip flexers, spine, and hamstrings so as to develop healthy body awareness. This class also focuses on the importance of breathing, relaxation and the relation between mind & body.

Foundations Workshop with Brian Green

Aug 17, 2009 - Aug 21, 2009; Mon - Fri
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Class focuses on the foundations in the dance styles of House, Hip-hop, and Popping. This class also focuses on the foundations in other styles of dance that are connected to the lineage/influence of these three very popular dance styles. This class will focus the basic techniques, isolations, and rhythm patterns of these dance styles. Leaving the student with tools to work on for years to come within their individual freestyle (improvisation) as well as the ability to understand and to express the artform of these three styles in a possible routine or choreography. Sign up for 1 day or the full week.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

PeriChild Annual Performance

What's the latest with the PeriChild Program?!

This years annual performance was a huge success! Each spring semester culminates with an Annual PeriChild Performance featuring PeriChild students involved in Pre-Ballet and up, ages 4 to their late teens. This is an excellent way for the dancers and classes to showcase what they've learned throughout the year. This year's Annual PeriChild Concert was on June 6th & 7th and held at the Marien Anderson Theater at Aaron Davis Hall, attended by over 700 parents and family members. The concert included Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap and Hip-Hop and was rich with creativity, energy, a variety of styles and techniques and a whole lot of excitement!

Below is a slide show of pictures from this year's concert - all photos were taken by professional photographer Melissa Birnbaum / Meems Images.

The PeriChild Summer program is currently in progress. The upcoming Fall Session is beginning September 14, 2009. See the website for more details!

Give your child the best gift, the gift of dance!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Battleworks Summer Workshop

Robert Battle will be teaching a week long workshop at Peridance beginning August 10. Battle is a graduate of the Juilliard School and performed with Parsons Dance for seven years during which time he set several pieces on the company which they continue to perform worldwide. He founded Battleworks in 2001. Battle has re-staged his choreography as well as set new works on companies such as The Hubbard Street Repertory Ensemble, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Koresh. See their website for more information.

The Peridance Workshop will take place
Monday - Friday, August 10 - 14,
11am - 1pm, Register Now!

In this New York Sun review, Joy Goodwin explains why New-York based Battleworks is one of the hottest companies in modern dance today.

Mr. Battle's four-year-old company, Battleworks,consists of a group of high caliber dancers who also dance for other people. Their training and bodies are reminiscent of any number of good modern companies, but their sizzle is all their own. They have a flair for drama without being phony, and they have the fearlessness of actors; if Mr. Battle asks them to mime cannibalism or hurl their bodies at the floor, they don't even blink... continue reading.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Interview with Gallim Dance's Andrea Miller

Check out this exclusive interview with Summer workshop teacher Andrea Miller, the Artistic Director of Gallim Dance. Click here to read a review of their recent performance at Jacob's Pillow.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Petronio Company Member, Amanda Wells

Company member, Amanda Wells starts teaching a 5-day workshop at Peridance Center the first week of August.

Aug 3, 2009 - Aug 7, 2009; Mon - Fri
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

AMANDA WELLS was born in San Francisco where she began her formal dance training at the San Francisco Ballet School. Her training and performance experience continued with the Boston Ballet and Richmond Ballet Company. In 1998, Amanda relocated to New York to attend NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Graduating in 2001 with a love of modern dance, she entered into the Stephen Petronio Company and has since toured and taught extensively throughout US, Europe, Asia and Australia.

This class is geared toward working, expanding and refining each dancer's technique and unique approach to dance. Combinations will include elements of ballet, yoga and Klein. There will be a strong emphasis placed on proper alignment, stability and efficiency. Phrase work will be taught at the end of each class focusing in the articulation of feet and legs, sequencing of the spine, gestural movement of the arms and some floor work. Set to contemporary music.

Keigwin + Company Week Long Workshop

Keigwin + Company will be teaching a week long modern workshop at Peridance Center.

Jul 27, 2009 - Jul 31, 2009; Mon - Fri
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Keigwin & Company lives to create provocative, witty and engaging dances. Utilizing a collaborative process, K+C combines physicality with theatricality, samples a variety of mediums and, ultimately, fuses art with entertainment.

In addition to Larry's choreographic work with K+C, his recent commissions have included The New York City Ballet's Choreographic Institute, The Martha Graham Dance Company, The Juilliard Dance Ensemble, The NYU/Tisch School's Second Avenue Dance Company, Paradigm, Hofstra University and California Institute of the Arts.

His other choreographic credits include work with the pop band Fischerspooner, comedian Murray Hill and as an Associate Choreographer for both the The Radio City Rockettes and the Off-Broadway musical "The Wild Party". As a dancer Larry has danced at the Metropolitan Opera in Doug Varone's "Le Sacre Du Printemps" and Julie Taymor's "The Magic Flute" in addition to his work with Mark Dendy (receiving a Bessie Award in 1998 for his performance in "Dream Analysis"), Robin Becker, Jane Comfort, John Jasperse, Doug Elkins, Zvi Gotheiner, and David Rousseve.

In his spare time, Larry has created "Keigwin Kabaret," a fusion of modern dance, vaudeville, and burlesque acts presented by the Public Theater at Joe's Pub and by Symphony Space. For more information, please visit the Keigwin + Company website.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Kate Skarpetowska's Modern Workshop

Kate Skarpetowska Summer Workshop
Jul 27, 2009 - Jul 31, 2009; Mon - Fri
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Using the traditional and contemporary techniques, the class will concentrate on introducing highly physical and athletic movement.

Kate is a native of Warsaw, Poland. She is an alumna of the NYC High School of Performing Arts and received a BFA from The Juilliard School in May 1999 under Artistic Director Benjamin Harkarvy. In 1992 she performed on Broadway in the musical Metro, directed and choreographed by Janusz Jozefowicz. She was a member of The Parsons Dance Company from 1999 until 2006. Currently, Kate is working for The Battleworks Dance Company and Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. She has had the privilege of setting the works of David Parsons and Robert Battle in The United States and abroad. In addition, her own choreography has been performed by various universities, Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, Hubbard Street 2 and The Parsons Dance Company.

Peridance Testimonials

We asked the teachers, students, and parents for feedback on their experience with Peridance Center. The response was a positive testimonial to our affirmative position in both the local and international dance community. Take a look.

Longtime teacher, Graciela Kozak, shares her thoughts on the school.
"Many, many times I have witnessed the start of careers from within our student body and have seen dancers, teachers and choreographers alike emerge. It is thanks to our studios and unique environment that these artists were able to enjoy the freedom to develop their talents..." -continue reading.

Monday, July 13, 2009

PeriChild's End of Year Performance

The end of year concert for the students of the PeriChild program was a tremendous success. Photos by Melissa Birnbaum / Meems Images.

Friday, July 10, 2009

BAILA Society (BASo) instructs NY Salsa at Peridance Center

BAILA Society (BASo) instructs NY Salsa at Peridance Center every Friday and Saturday. Teaching absolute beginners and professional dancers!!

NEW promotions* for Salsa classes at Peridance Center -
Expires August 31st
New students special! Take a Salsa class at Peridance and receive your first class for $10!!
Introduce a friend to Salsa: Bring a friend for their first Salsa class at Peridance and receive your salsa class for $10! Peridance Student and friend must both be present to receive discount.
*promotions cannot be combined

Baila Society Classes at Peridance:

Fridays, 7p - 9p Performance and Spinning technique All levels
This class is offered for both men and women. Training exercises used in every class will utilize fundamental dance techniques from ballet, jazz, ballroom, hip hop and salsa in order to present a clear and effective process for achieving total body control. The class covers variations in head, arm, and body movement that can be used to enhance simple salsa footwork. Isolation exercises and training routines will be drawn from other dance disciplines to encourage flexibility, body control, and rhythm.

Saturdays, 3:30p - 5:30p New York Salsa for Beginners
This course is an introduction to "New York" style salsa for both members and non-members of BAILA Society (no partner required). Students will learn the fundamental footwork and partnerwork figures of salsa social dancing. Students will progressively build on these basics to form figure combinations that can be improvised on the dance floor.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Peridance New Student Promotion

New Students, after taking their first class at Peridance Center, receive a free class when they purchase a 10 class card, and 2 free classes when they purchase a 20 class card.

*Offer valid for a month only, from the day of registration.
Valid for New Students Only. 10 Class Cards valid for 14 days- NO EXTENSION. 20 Class Cards valid for 60 Days and may be extended for additional $10 fee. Cards will not be replaced if lost or stolen. Cards are Non-Refundable and Non-Transferable.

Igal Perry presents at Dance Library of Isreal Ceremony

Peridance Center's Artistic Director, Igal Perry, was invited to present his choreography for the Dance Library of Israel's annual award ceremony this past October of 2008. Mr. Perry is a previous honoree of the Dance Library of Israel Hall of Fame. Other former honorees include Anna Sokolow and longtime board member, Pearl Lang, who recently passed away (see article). Blogger, Amber Connors, sat down with Mr. Perry for an interview about this exciting event. Photo from left: Igal Perry, Mary Kantor, Shen-Wei, Jose Manuel Carreno, Melanie Hamrick. Photo Credit: International Committee for the Dance Library of Israel photography-Alex Erikson

Can you tell us what is the Dance Library of Israel? What was celebrated and who attended?
The Dance Library of Israel in Tel Aviv, houses books, magazines, videos and archival materials covering all aspects of dance from around the world. It is the 2nd largest dance library in the world, with Lincoln Center's library being the first.

This year the Dance Library of Israel bestowed its Documents of Dance Award at the Penn Club to dance supporter Mary Yung Kantor. The Gala dinner dance event included Jose Manuel Carreno, principal dancer of ABT, Shen Wei, choreographer who recently choreographed the 2008 Olympic Opening Ceremonies in Beijing, Paul Trezili, CEO of Capezio Balletmakers Inc., and Anna Kisselgoff, dance critic of The New York Times. Past recipients of the Documents of Dance Award include Paul Taylor, Eliot Feld, Ann Reinking, and Martha Graham.

Why did you decide to choose these specific pieces of choreography?
The contribution to dance is important and personally I’m happy to participate in their cause. It’s a mutual relationship. It is my choreography, but this time I also wanted to perform something with a common denominator. So I presented choreography that had received success in galas and competitions for my students.

Tell us a little about the performers.
Two of the dancers are trained at my colleague Valentina Kozlova's school of dance. Whitney Jensen, presented "Prey" with which she has won many competitions, including recently the Grand Prix at Varna, (the renowned competition that made Baryshnikov famous). Jensen is the first American ever to win the Grand Prix in the youth category in which she competed. 11 year old Maggie Horowitz performed "Tender Love" which I choreographed for her for competition in New Jersey. Also performing was Kuei Hsien Chu, who presented the piece with which he won silver medal in Orlando, Florida.

What is it like to be asked to choreograph for such a prestigious ceremony?
For me it’s not about prestige but being a part of an organization that I think does important work and good work. Of course the exposure is a plus, but it’s not my goal. I’m always happy to contribute to a good cause. Photo Credit: International Committee for the Dance Library of Israel photography-Alex Erikson

Experimental Dance/Theatre Workshop with Company XIV

Aug 24, 2009 - Aug 28, 2009; Mon - Sat
Monday through Friday: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Saturday, August 29: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Austin McCormick's Company XIV is coming to Peridance Center to teach a unique workshop for women only.

Austin McCormick continues his exploration of the female archetypes present in the poetry of Charles Bukowski in this experimental dance/theatre workshop.

Open to Advanced and Professional female dancer/actors. Students will begin with a rigorous warm up taught by Laura Careless consisting of yoga and borrowing from acting techniques (Lucid Body, Stanislavski etc.) Teaching of Company XIV repertory as well as development of new choreography will follow with emphasis on personal interpretation and in depth coaching.

Subject matter is not for the light of heart and will deal with femininity, objectification, sexuality, and relationships. Performers will be asked to work on characters outside of their usual “type”. Material developed in the workshop may be included in McCormick’s BETTING ON THE MUSE an ongoing performance project in New York. Please bring character shoes/heels and journal.

See the company's website

Related Articles:
Company XIV's The Judgement of Paris review from Broadway

Pilobolus Workshop Promotion with the Joyce


Experience Pilobolus to the fullest!

Sign up for Pilobolus workshop at Peridance by July 12 and get a FREE DRINK when you come see Pilobolus at The Joyce Theater! Show proof of class registration when you buy your tickets at The Joyce Theater Box Office to receive your free drink.

The Pilobolus Workshop at Peridance will take place
Monday - Friday, August 3 - 7, 3:30pm - 5:30pm at Peridance
Pre-registration is highly recommended.
Call 212-505-0886 or register at

Pilobolus is at the Joyce Theater from July 13- Aug 8
more details about the performance here,

Register for three complete workshops at Peridance and
receive 5% discount!
Photo by: John Kane

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Rituals, Modern Technique Workshop with Nathan Trice

Jul 13, 2009 - Jul 17, 2009; Mon - Fri
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

A New York based dancer/choreographer Mr. Trice has trained at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center and with Aulani Chun in San Diego. Having danced with Momix, Donald Byrd, Complexions and Kevin Jeff, this former Navy crewman combines a stunning athleticism and power with musicality and emotional vulnerability that is thrilling. He is a master phrasemaker and brings astounding speed and intensity to his multi-faceted movement combinations. He is a positive role model for all youth and will draw on his richly layered experience to blend text and composition with music and technique.