Thursday, May 27, 2010

Looking Forward to Summer?

Summer is here!What better way to spend it than at Peridance taking class and participating in workshops with renowned teachers, directors, choreographers, and performing artists! For a look at what is to come and to register please visit the Peridance website.

***Special: Register in advance for three complete workshops and receive a 5% discount!

Modern Master Class With Amy Marshall

Jun 7, 2010 - Jun 11, 2010; Mon - Fri
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

A five day workshop of advanced modern technique with choreographer and founder of Amy Marshall Dance Company!

Known for testing the physical boundaries of dance and using strong athleticism in her choreography, the workshop based on her definitive style will be centered around spatial awareness, the juxtaposition between powerful and fluid movements, and the intricate use of the back. There will also be a particular focus on muscular awareness and proper alignment as a means of injury prevention.

Please visit the website to register and for more information.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Try Something New This June!

Victorio Korjhan's Flamenco class on Thursday evenings is a great introduction to the dance form for dancers from various backgrounds. The class is centered around traditional Flamenco and focuses on the rhythms, as well as the importance of the upper body, arms, and hands.

Please visit the website for further details.

For new students: Join Victorio's Flamenco class during the month of June and receive a free Spanish Dance Technique DVD.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Audition for Male Dancers

Audition for male dancers who are needed to perform in a collaborative work of Igal Perry and Taka Hiro in Japan!

Performance Dates: August 14th and 15th in Tokyo, Japan

Rehearsal Dates: June, July, and August at Peridance

Audition Date: Monday, June 7th 11:30 - 1:30 at Peridance Capezio Center
Dancers need to be excellent in Contemporary Ballet and Hip-Hop. Acrobatics are a plus.
**Please visit Peridance website for further audition details

This is a paid engagement

Friday, May 21, 2010

Ron Brown/Evidence Workshop

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

Jun 7, 2010 - Jun 11, 2010; Mon - Fri
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Limón Workshop with Betty Jones

Participate in a workshop with Betty Jones, a founding member of the José Limón Dance Company!

Betty Jones is a world-renowned teacher, having served on the faculty of The Julliard School and American Dance Festival. The two week Advanced-Intermediate Limón workshop will focus on technique and highlights from the Limón repertory all while centralizing around the concept of “Apollonian verses Dionysian”. Visit the Peridance website to learn more and register today for this rare and unique opportunity.

June 7, 2010 - June 18, 2010; Mon - Fri
Technique: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Repertory: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Teacher Feature: MAY 2010

Advanced Contemporary Jazz
Tuesday & Thursday 7:30pm-9:00pm

Who was your favorite dancer growing up? Who inspired you to be a dancer?
Growing up in a small town in Oregon, I didn't have much exposure to art or dance so I taught myself to dance by watching old movie musicals and MTV.
I was really inspired by such artists as, Bob Fosse, Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson.

Who would you say is your favorite dancer/choreographer/company now?
DV8, Rubberbandance Group, Batsheva, La La La Human Steps, William Forsythe, and Mats Ek.

Name a living choreographer whose latest work you are always interested in seeing.
I am always excited to see what Ohad Naharin and his company are doing.

What books, movies, music, or works of art have most recently inspired you?
I recently discovered a visual artist named Andy Goldsworthy, who does art installations in nature using only natural materials. He creates sculptures using ice, rock, leaves, branches; and they are only temporary, as the sun, wind or tide eventually takes the organized creation back to it's original state. His art is so inspiring because of his detachment from the work and his ability to make things that are harmonious with the chosen environment. He has a book called Time and a documentary called Rivers and Tides, both of which I highly recommend.

Name an upcoming performance or class (besides your own) that you recommend everyone attend.
Go see the show Fuerza Bruta! and check out Move at

What are your favorite qualities in a dancer?
I especially value imaginative, hard working dancers that have a strong sense of self and a desire for growth and evolution.

Name one thing that no dancer should be without.
No dancer should be without the uncontainable and unexplainable need to tell their story through movement.

Are there any personal or professional updates that you would like the Peridance community to know about?
I just choreographed Gwyneth Paltrow and Leighton Meester in a movie musical called Love Don't Let Me Down, which will be released in the fall. I am currently writing, directing and choreographing a dance short film that will be produced in the South of Italy this summer. I am really excited about this project since portions of it will include underwater choreography.

What do you think of the quality of the Peridance facility, students, and fellow faculty members? What is unique about Peridance?
I love that the rooms don't have poles, which is rare in NYC studios! The students work hard and have great focus. Furthermore, I am honored to be included in such an amazingly talented and diverse faculty.