Sunday Master Classes

Sunday Master Classes

June 24–August 26, 10–11:30am
Learn from Festival Artists on the stage of the Doris Duke Theatre! Certain classes are open to intermediate/advanced dancers ages 16+, while others are for participants at all levels (no experience required) ages 12+. Quiet observation welcome unless noted otherwise.

Registration required online or call 413.243.9919 x166. Registration opens Monday at 9am the week of class. Walk-ups are accommodated as space permits.
All participants require a liability waiver. Participants younger than 18 require a parent/guardian signature.

2018 Sunday Master Classes

June 24 | Ragamala Dance Company

Special time: 10am-11am

For all experience levels, ages 16+

Co-Artistic Directors of Ragamala Dance Company Aparna and Ranee Ramaswamy lead this master class and introduces participants to the Pandanallur lineage of Bharatanatyam, focusing on the rhythmic, gestural, and expressive vocabularies that are the underpinnings of the form. In addition to active dance instruction, the class explores concepts of lineage, aesthetics, the close relationship between music and movement in Bharatanatyam, the evolution of culturally rooted art forms, and their ongoing relevance in the 21st century.

Please wear loose fitting pants and comfortable tops. Participants are barefoot for the class.

July 1 | Ephrat Asherie Dance

For all experience levels, ages 12+

Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie, Artistic Director of Ephrat Asherie Dance, leads a class that covers some of the fundamentals of House, including aspects of footwork, floorwork, and the importance of a freestyle approach to the form. The cultural context in which this dance is created and where it continues to thrive is discussed and underscored in the movement of the class.

Please wear sneakers and comfortable clothes to move in.

July 8 | Nicola Gunn

Nicola Gunn will teach a 90-minute master class open to all intermediate and advanced dancers ages 16 and over. Quiet observation is welcome.

July 15 | PHILADANCO!

For intermediate/advanced dancers, ages 16+

PHILADANCO! dancers Janine Beckles and Joe Gonzales lead a Horton technique class. Beginning with an introduction of the teachers/dancers, their personal histories, and involvement with PHILADANCO!, participants will perform center floor exercises, across the floor progressions, and brief combinations. The class concludes with repertory excerpts that show the use of this technique in PHILADANCO!’s work. If time allows, a brief Q&A session will take place at the end to answer questions about the benefits of using this and other techniques and life as a company member.

Please wear comfortable clothes to move in (bare feet/socks recommended–no shoes).

July 22 | Cie Art Move Concept

For all experience levels, ages 12+

Cie Art Move Concept Breakdancer Artem Orlov leads a master class that guides participants through breakdancing footwork and groundwork, including practicing drops and floor variations.

Please wear comfortable clothes to move in, preferably wide and stretchy, and sneakers.

July 29 | Compañía Sharon Fridman

For intermediate/advanced dancers, ages 16+

Director Sharon Fridman leads a class that shares the most relevant aspects of the contact as a method of scenic composition, elements Fridman has been researching throughout his career as a philosophical approach to understanding human relations. The class is organized around the analysis of questions that Fridman deals within his work and their execution to reveal new answers. Concepts such as organic, need, instability, fall, cooperation, and support (the basis of Fridman’s creations) rule the development of the class.

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

August 5 | Faye Driscoll

For intermediate/advanced dancers, ages 16+

Faye Driscoll leads a fun, messy, transformational performance practice where more not less is possible. In this workshop, participants investigate the rigor of play, activate sensorial aliveness, move through image-based improvisations, and explore ecstatic states as tools to relax perceptual rigidity. Using voice and story, participants will learn to play with their own experiences.

Please wear comfortable clothes to move in and be prepared to use your voice. Socks or bare feet are fine.

August 12 | Netta Yerushalmy

Netta Yerushalmy will teach a 90-minute master class open to all intermediate and advanced dancers ages 16 and over. Quiet observation is welcome

August 19 | Sonya Tayeh

For intermediate/advanced dancers, ages 16+

Sonya Tayeh Dance Company Member leads a class that will teach contemporary forms based on repertoire from the work you’ll still call me by name.

Please wear comfortable clothes to move in and knee pads (if available). Socks or bare feet are fine.

August 26 | ODC/Dance

For intermediate/advanced dancers, ages 16+

Founding Artistic Director Brenda Way along with Co-Artistic Director KT Nelson lead a compositional workshop. In collaboration with the 10 ODC/Dance dancers, participants dive into the unique choreographic process that is the foundation of ODC/Dance’s aesthetic.

Please wear comfortable clothing to move in. Socks, bare feet, or ballet shoes are fine. No street shoes.