Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Modern Dance Workshop with Kate Skarpetowska

Defy Gravity!

Jul 5, 2010 - Jul 9, 2010
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Participate in this five day workshop in which dancers use both traditional and contemporary technique to explore highly physical and athletic movement as well as smooth and quirky ways of moving.

Graduate of The Julliard School, Kate Skarpetowska currently works with Battleworks Dance Company and Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. She was a member of The Parsons Dance Company for seven years and performed on Broadway in the musical Metro. As a choreographer her work has been performed by universities and prestigious companies such as Hubbard Street 2 and The Parsons Dance Company.

Register Today!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Are you looking to extend your training?

Peridance Introduces a Two-Year Pre-Professional Program for Dancers!

Designed for the intermediate to advanced, this program acts as a platform for students looking to become professional. Students can chose from two tracks of study and train with top teachers, gain connections and gather performance experience!

Check out the flyers around the building and please visit the website for more information.
The start date is fast approaching so register to audition today!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Free Arts NYC and HBO Organized an Event at Peridance!

“Days like this will help the children to develop the resiliency needed to endure the tough times in their lives...”
-Sarah Sabourin, Free Arts NYC

Free Arts NYC and volunteers from HBO organized an event at Peridance Capezio Center for a group of low-income children to receive much-needed care, attention and friendship.

For more past events and to read testimonials please visit our website.

Leigh, dancer and intern at Peridance, shares her Peridance Experience!

Almost exactly four years ago, I was taking my second trip to New York for a dance science internship. It would last all summer, which meant I'd planned to be doing a lot of dancing! My previous visit had only been for one day with no time for even a single class. Thus, I needed insider information on where to go for the best New York dance experience. It appeared that most of the large dance institutions had been in existence for several decades, so I asked one of my former dance teachers, who was a professional dancer here in the early- and mid-eighties, what her recommendations were from her time in the City. Other than a few prolific instructors who have been teaching dance since the eighties and are legendary for it now, her one recommendation was Peridance. Peridance was always her favorite. She cited the excellent faculty and selection of classes, and she was particularly pleased with how non-competitive and nurturing the atmosphere was in spite of the high caliber of dancers. So, I tried it out, and she was right. In fact, it's amazing that now, almost thirty years later, Peridance still exhibits these same qualities, and more, to make it an exceptional place to be. I continued to come to Peridance to satisfy my dancerly whims each summer through grad school, and, when I moved out to New York last fall, I quickly made Peridance my home as well.
I've been extremely fortunate to serve as a work-study and, now, as an administrative intern at Peridance. I've also been asked to work with a faculty member's company after being seen in classes and workshops. Amazing things happen every day here both on and off the dance floor, and I am so excited that I am a part of it.

Leigh Schanfein, M.S., Professional Dancer.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Modern Technique with Risa Steinberg

Study modern technique with the Associate Director of Dance at The Juilliard School and an artist hailed as “one of our great modern dancers.”

Jun 28, 2010 - Jul 2, 2010
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The class will be taught to allow the dancer to move in his or her fullest potential. Some principles include fall and rebound, use of weight suspension, isolation and active breath.

Through investigating movement concepts, as well as focusing on music, the dancer gains the ability to approach dance with poetry in addition to using his or her strong technique.

Do not miss this excellent opportunity, so register today!

*Register in advance for 3 complete workshops and receive a 5% discount!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Hip Hop and House Workshop at Peridance!

Do you watch hip hop? Are you fascinated by this dance form? Do you wish you could participate but you don't know where to begin?

Now is your chance to learn the fundamentals of Hip Hop and House with Brian Green!

Jun 22, 2010 - Jun 25, 2010
Tues/Wed/Thu: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Fri: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The class will focus on the basic techniques, isolations, and rhythm patterns of hip hop and house. Attention will also be paid to the styles of dance that influenced them. Students will leave with the ability to understand choreography and improvise.
Learn more about Brian Green and register today!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Kevin Irving leads a Nacho Duato Repertory Workshop

Experience the line and precision of classical combining with the fluidity and weight of contemporary dance.

Jun 21, 2010 - Jun 25, 2010
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Former artistic director of The Gothenburg Ballet and guest ballet master with The Royal Danish Ballet teaches highlights from Duato's choreography!

Kevin Irving, a longtime associate of Nacho Duato, approaches the style by placing emphasis on articulation and phrasing, and by encouraging dancers to find expression.

He knows the style well having served as a ballet master in Duato's The Compañía Nacional de Danza, working alongside Nacho Duato for eight seasons. Irving has staged productions of the extremely popular Spanish choreographer's ballets on companies all over the world.

Check out Nacho Duato's electrifying style!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Meaning in Moving with Monica Bill Barnes and Kate Weare

"How does a dancer make meaning while moving?"

Come investigate this with Barnes and Weare!

Jun 21 - Jun 25 2010
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Technique class turns into a laboratory as
both choreographers follow the development of the individual student's interpretive choices within a phrase that is built on thoughout the week.

Register today!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

World Jazz Workshop with Cecilia Marta

Cecilia Marta, artistic director of the Cecilia Marta Dance Company, will be conducting a five day workshop this summer!

Jun 28, 2010 - Jul 2, 2010
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

An extended class of two hours combining Latin roots mixed with African, hip hop, funk, contemporary and ballet, make for a unique experience of World Jazz. The warm-up will enhance strength and develop awareness of body alignment preparing dancers to fully experience this distinctive technique.

Cecilia Marta is a Peridance faculty member and internationally sought after and acclaimed choreographer. Her dynamic force in dance has built bridges and inspired other choreographers to create works for artist like Beyonce, En Vogue and Janet Jackson.

A combination of skill, sensuality, intuitive musicality, and absolute self expression enable her to maintain her status as one of the freshest and most exciting forces in dance today.

Learn more about Cecilia Marta and register today!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

GYROKINESIS® Pre-Training & Foundation Courses

Want to learn how to teach GYROKINESIS®?

Hurry there are only a few spots left to gain the necessary skills and work under the guidance of GYROKINESIS® Master Trainer, Naoko Moriyama-Robbins!

June 18,19,20 and 25, 26, 27 (6 days)

GYROKINESIS® Foundation Course
August 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28 (9 days)

By the end of both courses students will understand the essential exercises and teaching techniques, setting them on the path to helping others find the incredible benefits of this restorative and strengthening practice.

Learn more and register today!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Modern Workshop with Elisa Monte

Study modern technique and repertory with acclaimed artistic director and choreographer!

Jun 21, 2010 - Jun 25, 2010
Technique: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Repertory: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Elisa Monte has been identified as an important innovator and contributor to contemporary dance. Her works, known for their passion, energy and athleticism, have been presented all over the world and featured in prestigious festivals.

Please Note: For technique, drop in classes are permitted, however repertory classes are a full week commitment.

Learn more and register today!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Waacking Workshop with Alyssa Briteramos

Interested In Learning About Waacking?

Jun 14, 2010 - Jun 18, 2010
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

This beginner level workshop will introduce the fundamentals of Waacking to students through a series of soul dances, exercises and patterns.

The course will culminate in a final, highly charged choreography, fusing together all components allowing participants to truly understand this powerful, unique style.

Register Today!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Contemporary Ballet & Improvisation with Johannes Wieland

Learn from one of Dance Magazine's 2003 "25 to Watch".

Jun 14, 2010 - Jun 18, 2010; Mon - Fri

The workshop is separated into two separate classes. One, an intermediate/advanced contemporary ballet technique class, prepares dancers for a range of choreographic styles. Unexpected timing and weight shifts provide challenge. The second class, an improvisational and repertory class, utilizes collaboration and experimentation to explore possibilities.
This excellent opportunity is not to be missed!

Contemporary Ballet:
Tue/Wed/Thu 4:00-5:30

Mon/Wed 1:00-2:30
Tue 6:00-7:30
Thu 5:30-7:00
Fri 2:30-4:00

Read more about Johannes Wieland

June Teacher Feature: James Kinney

We are so glad to have James Kinney on faculty. Come check out his advanced-intermediate theater dance class Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 - 2:30. Experience theater dance from a totally different perspective!

James Kinney
, a new faculty member, is this month's teacher feature. What started as a discussion about his background, transformed into one about today's musical theater world and what dancers need to do to survive in its unique environment.

In addition to being on faculty at Peridance in New York, Mr. Kinney shares his expertise with programs around the nation, Mr. Kinney is a celebrated performer and choreographer. His first professional show came at fourteen and now a number of credits cover his resume. He has appeared on Broadway in Fosse, Dance of Death, Barry Manilow’s Harmony, and Sweet Charity for which he also served as dance captain on the national tour. He has had numerous film and television appearances and has performed at landmarks Carnegie Hall and at The White House. As a choreographer, one of his more recent works, MARCH, created for The New Jersey Ballet, has seen success. Set to the music of Stephen Sondheim and George Gershwin, it is now in a three-year repertory run.

When questioned about choreographing MARCH, Mr. Kinney could not have been more excited to share the process with me. He agreed that having experience as dance captain in Sweet Charity prepared him for the role of choreographer deeming it “the apprenticeship program." Serving in this position allowed him to learn “the tricks from masters” by watching and assisting. Now, he too has found his own voice and style to bring together elements—melding jazz with contemporary, a characteristic he brings to his classes. When staging, his goal is to take the pulse of the scene and bring it to life. To achieve this he encourages dancers, directors, and choreographers to focus on the intention of the movement. For James Kinney, having a sense of purpose makes the number all the more powerful.

In talking with James Kinney it is easy to see his extensive knowledge about and passion for dance and theater. This zeal is something he has possessed since childhood. He grew up surrounded by music. His mother was a Jazz singer and during her parties Kinney, intrigued by the ability of Michael Jackson, would dance around in a white sequin Jacket mimicking Jackson’s style. Kinney’s parents noticed his talent, and decided to enroll him in a local dance studio in Florida, at the age of twelve. He then switched studios to study with Janet Sydnor, “a place you went just to train.” In a big warehouse with a 2x4 as a barre, he not only advanced his technique, but his knowledge of dance history, being exposed to the likes of Gene Kelly and Bob Fosse. After encouragement from Sydnor to pursue a career in the field, Mr. Kinney switched to a specialized arts high school and he began training with The Florida Ballet, later becoming an apprentice to the company. His intentions remained jazz and theater dance, but even at a young age he knew the importance of a solid foundation. At 16, Kinney was given the opportunity to participate in what is now the Broadway Theater Project. He attended the summer training program in Tampa working with founder Anne Reinking and other musical theater heavyweights. Learning and working on repertory with talented established and aspiring performers, Mr. Kinney felt comfortable, “this was my tribe” he told me, he had made his decision. The rest is history.

What does he think of the changing landscape of Broadway? With more alternative shows like Spring Awakening and 9 to 5 appearing, what does this mean for theater dance as a genre? Mr. Kinney embraces this change calling it, “fantastic” and citing Spring Awakening as “genius.” He joyfully chirps “who knew Dolly Parton would be theater?” Therefore, he concludes, theater dance is without lines. “In order for dance to survive in this media it must evolve.” He challenges skeptics to look at the works of George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, and Michael Bennett. From an artistic standpoint it is vital, “the minute you box yourself in, there is no more opportunity for creativity.”

In this modern age, Mr. Kinney’s biggest piece of advice to aspiring musical theater performers is “to be well rounded.” You must be a great dancer—in every style possible. He especially emphasizes the importance of classical technique. “Jazz can not exist without ballet,” he says, “a strong technique is needed to mess up technique…you can’t turn in without turning out first.” While he concedes it is not impossible to have a career in musical theater without ballet, he warns that a dancer can only go so far until ballet crosses his or her path. Because, candidly he states, “that show will close and you will need to find work…One day you will be doing 42nd Street, the next Green Day… You have to do everything—sing like bird, dance like Baryshnikov and sing like a bird—while upside down .”

Mr. Kinney will be in an upcoming issue of Dance Magazine this fall, he was most recently mentioned and pictured in the January 2010 issue. In addition, this summer he will be participating around the country in the Broadway Dreams Foundation workshops and the Musical Theater Performance Project in New York.

Read more about his exciting class!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Improvisation with Michelle Mola

Study improvisation with recognized choreographer, dancer, and founder of dance troupes.

Jun 14, 2010 - Jun 18, 2010; Mon - Fri
Monday through Friday: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

The course will develop the artist and technician. There will be emphasis placed on technique and expression, as well as giving the dancer choice in performance. The workshop intends to prepare the dancer to develop a range of intensities not conclusions.

Please visit the Peridance website for further details and to register.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Don’t miss this opportunity to spend the summer dancing at Peridance Capezio Center!!!

Dates: July 5th - July 31st, 2010

This four-week summer intensive is designed for dancers ages 14-18 who want to increase their level of technique and strength while developing their self-confidence and artistry.

Peridance Capezio Center is still accepting applications, but there are only a few spots left!

An experienced and well-known faculty will work with you daily. Led by Mr. Igal Perry - Artistic Director of Peridance, this year’s teachers include: Sidra Bell- Artistic Director of Sidra Bell Dance New York, Brian Carey Chung – Artistic Director of COLLECTIVE BODY/DANCELAB, Nina Goldman- of Matthew Bourne's New Adventures (London), Kevin Irving- former Artistic Director of The Gothenburg Ballet (Sweden) & longtime associate of Nacho Duato, JoLea Maffei- master teacher of Horton, Kate Skarpetowska - of Lar Lubovitch, Marnie Thomas - formerly of The Martha Graham Dance Company, Jeanne Solan (Holland), and Korhan Basaran (Turkey).

...and more!

Rigorous daily classes include Ballet, Jazz, Theater Dance, Improvisation, Contemporary, Graham, Limon, Horton, and Repertory. Dancers will have the invaluable opportunity to learn and rehearse choreography as they work closely with professional choreographers! In addition to classes and rehearsal, we offer workshops through the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries, Hanna Somatic class with Laura Gates, and college prep Q&A sessions.

Come enjoy our state-of-the-art studios in the heart of New York City!

For more information please visit our website @ www.peridance.com/summerintensive and contact Samantha Ringstaff at summerintensive@peridance.com

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Kun-Yang Lin Modern Technique

Jun 8, 2010 - Jun 11, 2010
Tue - Fri
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Experience Modern Dance Through a World Lens!

Explore the fusion of Eastern and Western contemporary movement in this four day workshop led by choreographer, teacher, and artistic director of Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers .

The workshop will focus on the dynamic quality of dance from its rapid bursts to its absolute stillness. Dancers will be guided to reach an expanded view of dance and challenged to experience this "post-postmodern" dance form.

Register Today!