Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Ken Swift Breaking Workshop

Start September with a little Hip Hop!

Never tried Breaking? This workshop is the perfect introduction for any dancer interested in learning Breaking or BBoying/BGirling. Ken Swift, a pioneer from the early years of the scene will teach an intensive workshop that incorporates both the history and the current state of the dance.

Sept 6, 2010 - Sept 9, 2010
Mon, Wed, Thu

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Read more about Ken Swift and the upcoming work he collaborated on in the Village Voice.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Summer 2010 Showcases

Peridance's First Faculty and Student Showcases were a Huge Success!

Student Showcase

Bravo to the August 8th, 2010 first Student Showcase performers, who playfully entertained the audience, with everything from Bollywood to Samurai Sword! The Student Showcase is a wonderful opportunity for Peridance's students and guests, who come from a variety of educational and cultural backgrounds, to perform and share their talent with the local community. We hope to see you at our next Showcase!!

Faculty Showcase

On Saturday, August 7th, 2010, Peridance Capezio Center presented its first Faculty Showcase in its new Center! The evening was a huge success and the performance was sold out!! Twenty two of Peridance's Faculty members presented their choreographies in this well paced evening, demonstrating an incredibly diverse array of styles, from Contemporary Ballet to Afro-Caribbean and from Hip Hop to Flamenco! This captivating show was an inspiration for us all to get back in shape and into the dance studio! We hope to see you at our next performance!!

Diego Funes' dancers

Nina Buisson's dancer, Ryoko Goto

Images by Todd Carroll

Friday, August 27, 2010

PeriChild 2010 Fall Session!

The PeriChild 2010 Fall Session starts September 11th!

Enrollment has begun so, don't forget to register your child!

To register or for an questions regarding the PeriChild program call 212.505.0886 and ask for Shelley Grantham.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Last Week of Summer Workshops Don't Miss Out!

Forsythe Technique with Helen Pickett

Aug 30, 2010 - Sep 3, 2010; Mon - Fri 11:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Lean the basic foundations of the Forsythe technique and its improvisational nature will help you lean to move rather than pose.

MBDance Tech & Rep with Maria Bauman

Aug 30, 2010 - Sep 3, 2010; Mon - Fri 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Take with Urban Bush Women member Maria Bauman and get the exciting opportunity to lean repertory from her latest work "50 Ways to Say..."

Modern Tech & Rep with
Seán Curran

Aug 30, 2010 - Sep 10, 2010; Mon - Fri
Technique: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Repertory: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Seán will teach a dynamic workshop that explores gravitational pull in movement and spatial relation. The workshop will enrich your understanding of action, phrasing, and timing.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Free Event!

Free Experimental Dance Meditation Night with Swami Veet Vikalpa!

Awaken your inner body rhythm feel the inner beauty everyone has!

August 24, 4:00-7:00pm, Studio 6

For more than 20 years, Dr. Swami Veet has deeply researched and experienced at the aspects of Taoism, Dhyana, Esoteric Buddhism, Tibet pulsations, art creation, Sufi dance art treatment, ect. Veet integrates the essence wisdom of Eastern philosophy and Western psychology, creating a system suitable for the growing needs of modern people. Since the beginning of the 1990s, he has travelled around the world to Canada, America, India, Germany, Japan, Southeast-Asia, etc. preaching the Taoism.

Space is limited, researce early:
email to veetmeditation@hotmail.com

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Change in Limon Schedule

Like what you have been seeing from Peridance new addition Becky Brown?

She will now permanently be teaching the Limon class on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6pm-7:30pm.

Monday, August 16, 2010

New classes this week

Two of Peridance's newest additions to the faculty are starting their new classes this week!

Ron Brown, director of Evidence, A Dance Company is teaching a new section of Open-Modern

Tuesdays and Thursdays

Andrea Beeman, director of Sparks in the Dark is bringing Belly Dancing to Peridance

Thursdays 8:30-9:45pm
Sundays 5:30-6:45pm

Friday, August 13, 2010

Ron Brown Workshop

Evidence Modern Technique with Ron Brown

Aug 23, 2010 - Aug 27, 2010; Mon - Fri 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Founder and Artistic Director of Evidence, A Dance Company, Ronald Brown will be sharing his unique technique! Evidence Modern technique combines dance forms from the U.S., the Caribbean, and West Africa. In the workshop students will have the opportunity to focus on alignment, increasing their physical range, and rhythm.

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Modern Workshops at Peridance

So many modern opportunities! Take one or take them all!

Modern technique and repertory with Andrea Miller founder of Gallim Dance Company.

Aug 9, 2010 - Aug 13, 2010; Mon - Fri
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Gallim Dance plays inside the imagination and looks to find juxtapositions of the mind and body that resonate in the soul. She uses extreme physical movement and range shifting between still tension and explosive power. The company has performed at major venues and holds residencies at leading dance schools and universities. This year the company will bring I Can See Myself in Your Pupil and Blush on tour throughout Europe.

Look for the company performing at the Joyce Theater August 9th,11th, 13th and 14th

Learn modern technique and repertory with Pascal Rioult, artistic director of RIOULT.

Aug 9, 2010 - Aug 13, 2010; Mon - Fri
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Mr. Rioult was a principle dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company and interpreted many of her most famous role. Since starting his own company in 1994, he has gone on to create his own style. In technique he softens classical Graham and adds a unique phrasing and musicality. He accentuates clarity, contrasting dynamics and finds the connection through the floor and a sound. His repertory melds European contemporary with American modern dance. His company has received much praise for its technique and strength, as well as finding artistry.

International Student Program

Interviews from current students!

Peridance is home to many styles of dance and many students from around the world who take them! Our students are from countries on almost every continent—Brazil, the United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, Vietnam, Greece, Italy and more! From locals across the street to those across the globe, Peridance Capezio Center unites dancers looking for professional training.

The International Student Program at Peridance offers students the opportunity to work with renowned faculty and artists through several programs—the Open Program, the Limon Program (through the Limon Institute),the GYROTONIC® Teacher-Training program, and the new Certificate Program. International students spend from one year, but many stay for longer, preparing themselves to enter the professional dance world. True to Peridance’s individualized education, students participating receive professional guidance and make strong connections, further aiding them in their professional endeavors.

Five students: Yoshiko Furuse, Licia Calcagno, Noemi Digregorio, Angeliki Karamina, and Ly Hoang, all currently participating in the ISP program, gladly donated their time to share their experience. Each has a different dance background and goals, yet across the board they agree Peridance is getting them closer to becoming professionals. The training here is a jewel in the crown of New York dance schools. The professional quality, yet individualized attention draws students like these five, and hundreds of others to Peridance Capezio Center.

What is your dance background?
YF I started ballet training when I was four until I was fifteen, when I stopped intense training. I came to the U.S. to attend college. I still had feelings toward dance. I enrolled as a dance minor. Professors really inspired me to pursue a dance career again… and so here I am.
LC I am advanced level in ballet—I did it for ten years. I never did modern, but now I take Limon.
ND I did three years of training at a dance academy in Switzerland. Before that I was an ice skater.
AK I started dancing when I was very young—4 years old. I started studying classical ballet and later modern, Limon, flamenco and jazz. I graduated from the Ministry of Culture’s Department of Dance Teachers and from a Professional Ballet School in Greece, with a license to teach.
LH My background is not in dancing. During 3 years that I studied in London, I did Ballroom dancing as a hobby. During this time, I realized that dancing is truly my passion.

Why did you come to New York, and most especially why did you chose Peridance for your dance studies?
FY I wanted practical training and people who have passion for art come to New York. I came to Peridance to take a class. I really loved the atmosphere and people here. Peridance has a homey atmosphere. Also, they have various classes and I really wanted to challenge myself.
ND I wanted to do the Limon program and Peridance is the only one that offers this. There are also a lot of very nice workshops; my first was with Betty Jones. I feel so honored to have learned from a former company member!
AK I came to New York to further my studies in dance, and to focus on a dance related program that is not yet widespread in Europe, and Greece in particular. I chose Peridance, it offered a variety of dance programs, in conjunction with Gyrokinesis® which is my program of focus.

Is there anything new that you discovered in your technique; details to focus on? (For example use of hands, footwork)?
YF I am working on my gaze. My face is really dead while I am taking a class. One of my teachers told students that, "you are not just taking a class, but you are also dancing." I need to express something. On stage, each audience member might get a different feeling from the piece, but the important point is that I make them think. I don’t want to just move my body, but I actually want to dance from my heart.
LC The relationship with my body. I take care of what my body wants and I am more aware of it, even when pushing it. I was also introduced to Limon. I had only done ballet so it was all high legs and pointes. It was so different and a big shock—the first class was a mess. I learned to let it go and now I am working on being advanced in both.
AK Besides the support that the school provides, the ability to study in this vast variety of dance classes, allows you to learn new things and broaden your dance horizons. In modern dance I learned how to improve my breathing. In classical dance; [teachers] pay attention to what I am doing in class and correct even minor details in a supporting manner. In Limon Technique, due to my background in classical dance, I had some difficulty using my head correctly during fall, extensions and recoveries. However, the methodology Mr. Danielson [head of Limon Program] followed in class, using gradual difficulty levels in each exercise, helped me build this part of my technique by adding small parts each time. His comments and feedback helped me understand the concepts behind this and improve a great deal.
LH I've discovered a lot in technique: the use of hands related to the back, suspension, and the use of the feet in relation to the floor. The thing I love the most, is in whatever kind of dance I'm doing, techniques are very inter-related to each other.

Will you be extending participation in your training here?
YF I just started my second year here. I decided to extend my stay because I was using my time productively and having exciting experiences. Also, Peridance just moved to the new space—which you must experience. You will feel so amazing if you take a class here. I am interested in the Certificate Program. I have a passion for dance, but I still need to improve my skill. I believe the program gives students a great opportunity to improve technique and also artistry.
LC I am extending another year, I want to be a dancer and I need more training. At Peridance you begin to make connections and gain more opportunities.
ND I feel I am not done yet with New York. 9 months passed fast. I need to work with my connections. I am already choreographing and dancing in a small company, which I found through Peridance.

Anything Else?
YF I am fortunate to be here. I really appreciate the people who support me and give me such wonderful opportunity. Thank you!!
ND I am happy to be here at Peridance everyday, and meet new people in this nice building!
AK Peridance is really good with international students. All my paperwork was ready on time before I started my studies, and whatever needs I had, have been promptly met. Mrs. Naoko, who is responsible for international students, is very pleasant and helpful and guided me on both my studies in general but also in regards with studying in the Gyrokinesis Program. She has made my studies in the US and Peridance an easy and pleasant journey.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

BASo Performance Class!

Baila Society choreography workshop starts this Saturday!

Clips from this unique class!

To register: Call Peridance (212-505-0886) or arrive before 5:00 pm this coming Saturday

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Peridance Student Showcase Summer 2010

Peridance students choreograph and perform!
It promises to be an exciting range of styles including Modern, Bollywood, Martial Arts and more!