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Workshop Programs:

Adults -

Aerial Dance Workshops
Our aerial dance workshops focus on the use of aerial apparatus as an additional partner in the creation of dance movement.  Instruction in modern dance technique, partnering, and aerial skills provide the necessary tools to explore the fusion of dance and aerial work.  Participants explore movement qualities from such diverse dance techniques as ballet, Duncan, Humphrey-Limón, and contact improvisation, and apply these to the performance of choreographic sequences in the air, on the ground in relationship to the apparatus, and in relationship to dancers on the ground or in the air.  Through guided experimentation and structured improvisation, meaning is fleshed out of movement technique, in order to express ideas about human relationships and individual experience.  The workshop can be designed to focus on ways in which this movement approach applies to the work of Above and Beyond Dance, by learning segments of company repertory.  The workshop can also be structured to enable participants to develop their own choreographic ideas and sequences.  Aerial apparatus/techniques available include:  aerial harness, static trapeze, fabric sling/hammock, and aerial silks.
 

Youth -

Above and Beyond Dance is pleased to offer a series of workshop programs designed for schools, youth organizations, gymnastics centers and dance studios.  Options range from lecture-demonstrations to short term or ongoing workshops with students. 

Acro-dance workshops: (ages 7 & up)
Our acro-dance workshops focus on the blending of basic gymnastics elements with modern dance and basic partnering work.  Participants will gain a familiarity with these techniques and explore their fusion through teacher-generated phrase work, structured improvisation, and student choreography.  A special focus is placed on fostering life skills such as cooperation, mutual support, personal and group responsibility, and confidence in participants' physicality.

Stilt dancing workshops:  (ages 9 & up)
Our stilt dancing workshops can be enjoyed both by participants who want to learn stilt dancing and by participants who are interested in dancing on the ground in collaboration with others on stilts.  Instruction in the basics of stilt work, modern dance technique, and partnering will serve as the foundation for the fusion of the stilt and dance elements.  These skills will be integrated through the use of structured improvisation and the creation of student choreography, under the supervision of Above and Beyond Dance instructors.  A special focus is placed on the development of life skills such as trust, responsibility, cooperation, mutual support, and confidence.

Aerial dance workshops:  (ages 9 & up)
Our aerial dance workshops focus on the use of aerial apparatus as an additional partner in the creation of dance movement.  Instruction in modern dance technique, partnering, and basic aerial skills provide the necessary tools to explore the fusion of dance and aerial work.  Students will perform teacher-generated material and develop choreography of their own through guided experimentation and structured improvisation.  The fusion of dance and aerial techniques heightens our perception of gravity, momentum and force.  In a school setting, this could be paired with formal instruction in principles of physics, in collaboration with school science faculty.  Throughout this workshop, a special focus is placed on the development of life skills such as trust, personal and group responsibility, cooperation, consideration for others, and confidence in participants' physicality.  Aerial apparatus/techniques available include:  aerial harness, static trapeze, fabric sling/hammock, and aerial silks.

 

Please contact the company in you are interested in bringing one or more of these workshop programs to your school or organization.  We will work with you to customize the workshop to suit the needs and size of your group.  Please note that for certain workshops space and technical needs apply.  The company is happy to work with you to determine which workshops your space can accommodate. 
For workshop inquiries, please email us at: info@aboveandbeyonddance.com

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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