Sunday Master Classes

Sunday Master Classes

June 23–August 25, 10–11:30am
Learn from Festival Artists on the stage of the Doris Duke Theatre. Classes are open to intermediate/advanced dancers ages 16+. Certain classes are open to participants at all levels (no experience required) or ages 12+.

Pre-registration required online or call 413.243.9919 x166. Pre-registration opens at 9am on Monday the week of class. Walk-ups are accommodated as space permits. Quiet observation welcome unless noted otherwise.

All participants require a signed liability/media release waiver. Participants younger than 18 require a parent/guardian signature. Liability/media release waiver can be completed online when you pre-register or by downloading a hard copy

2019 Sunday Master Classes

June 23 | Circa

Open to all intermediate and advanced performers ages 16+

Circa’s work has been seen in 40 countries by over 1 million people. At the core of Circa’s practice is 4 space theory – a performance and analytical framework created by Yaron Lifschitz. Todd Kilby, Tour Director and member of the Circa ensemble, will lead participants through a practical introduction of this framework that will explore how the theory and some key features function, and how they are used in movement creation and improvisation.

Please wear comfortable clothes to move in. Participants welcomed to dance in socks or barefoot but may be asked to remove socks.

June 30 | Abby Z and the New Utility

Open to all intermediate and advanced performers ages 16+

Led by founder Abby Zbikowski, this workshop takes participants inside of an Abby Z and the New Utility training process. Participants will dive into physicality that sits at a nexus of movement disciplines, including modern dance, hip hop, West African dance, basketball, tap, and postmodern dance. Participants will experience firsthand the correlation between the physical, philosophical, and cultural properties of movement.

Please wear comfortable clothes to move in,sneakers, and bring knee pads if accessible.

July 7 | David Roussève/REALITY

Open to all intermediate and advanced performers ages 16+

Learn movement from David Roussève’s Halfway to Dawn with members of the dance/theater company, REALITY. After a brief warm-up, the class will focus on the work’s unique fusion of modern, postmodern, and jazz dance vocabularies and include the teaching of dynamic, full-bodied phrase material.

Please wear comfortable clothes to move in. Participants welcomed to dance in socks or barefoot.

July 14 | Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group

Open to all intermediate and advanced performers ages 16+

Choreographer Reggie Wilson teaches a class through his particular movement idiom, merging contemporary Technique and post-modern structures with rhythmic folk traditions.

Please wear loose fitting clothes to move in. Socks or bare feet are fine.

July 21 | Umanoove/Didy Veldman

Open to all intermediate and advanced dancers ages 16+

Led by Didy Veldman, this class will focus on a mixture of contemporary techniques, warming up the body slowly by incorporating floor work, and structural exercises. Participants will experience a grounded movement language which utilizes the breath and natural flow of the body while focusing on body and spatial awareness and transfer of weight.

Please wear comfortable clothes to move in. Participants welcomed to dance in socks or barefoot.

July 28 | Caleb Teicher & Company

Open to all experience levels ages 16+; class will take place in the Ruth St. Denis Studio.

Join Evita Arce and Nathan Bugh in an introduction to momentum and rhythm-based partnered dance. Through the fundamentals of Lindy Hop, participants will be introduced to the founding principles of connection, leading, following, momentum, and rhythm that contributes to embodied social dance.

Please wear comfortable clothes and clean street shoes with light grip to move in.

August 4 | Wendy Whelan

Open to all intermediate and advanced dancers ages 12+

Wendy Whelan, legendary dancer and recently named New York City Ballet’s Associate Artistic Director, leads a classical ballet technique class and shares the expertise gained through more than 30 years with the New York City Ballet. Participants will be led through a warm-up and exercises that will explore diverse dance techniques from Whelan’s repertoire while focusing on the strong positioning and energy of the body.

Please wear comfortable clothing to move in and ballet shoes.

August 11 | Red Sky Performance

Open to all levels ages 16+

Led by Red Sky Performance Associate Artists, this master class will provide participants with an energizing and refreshing movement experience. Participants will be led through a series of exercises and prompts including a warm-up, improvisation, repertoire, and Indigenous cultural movement.

Please wear loose fitting clothing. Participants welcomed to dance in socks or barefoot.

August 18 | Artists of Sara Mearns: Beyond Ballet

Open to all intermediate and advanced dancers ages 16+

New York City Ballet principal Sara Mearns leads a ballet class based on her Balanchine technique and combinations attained over the years from her most influential teachers.

Please wear comfortable clothing to move in and ballet shoes. If advanced, participants can switch to pointe shoes for center exercises.

August 25 | Urban Bush Women

Artists of Urban Bush Women will teach a 90-minute master class open to all intermediate and advanced dancers ages 16+.