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  Classes with INSPIRIT, Hollis & Dante  

Liquid Strength And Opulence of Integrity Repertory class

with Ricarrdo Valentine
of INSPIRIT Dance Company

Monday, August 7 | class/7:30-10:00pm

Tuesday, August 8 | class/5:00-7:00pm; Repertory/8:00-10:00pm

Wednesday, August 9 | class/5:00-7:00; Repertory/8:00-10:00pm

Thursday, August 10 | class/5:00-7:00; Repertory/8:00-10:00pm

Friday, August 11 | class/4:00-6:00pm; 5:30pm- presentation & small reception

(Repertory classes are progressive and must be taken all together.)

Class Description: These rigorous movement experiences draw heavily on Christal Brown's (Artistic Director) eclectic movement vocabulary that includes, Release Technique, West African, Hip-Hop, Martial Arts, and Ballet. Participants warm-up with Brown's signature training module; Liquid Strength and then delve into phrase work from The Opulence of Integrity.

Repertory Description: Ricarrdo Valentine will teach excerpts of Christal Brown/INSPIRIT, dance company evening length work, The Opulence of Integrity. This work was originally performed at the 2011 Guggenheim Works in Process series with collaborator, Fred Ho, and was reconceived in 2013 as multimedia dance theater production that illustrates the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali. Because the work is created from Christal Brown’s eclectic movement background, Ricarrdo Valentine will challenge the students physically and artistically throughout the process.

Bio: Ricarrdo Valentine uses art as a vehicle for activism. Ricarrdo’s education includes Urban Bush Women: Summer Leadership Institute, Bates Dance Festival and Earl Mosely Institute of the Arts. He has presented his choreography at Bates Dance Festival, Brooklyn Museum, El Museo de Barro and LaGuardia Community College. Ricarrdo continues to collaborate and work with Christal Brown/INspirit, Edisa Weeks/Delirious Dance, Paloma McGregor, Dante Brown/Warehouse Dance, Malcolm Low/Formal Structure, Jill Sigman/Thinkdance, Ni'Ja Whitson-Adebanjo/NWA project, Andre Zachary/RPG and Emily Berry/B3W. He is the co-founder of Brother(hood) Dance! In addition, Ricarrdo is the 2015 Dance/USA DILT mentee and 2015/16 Dancing While Black Fellow.

Intermediate/Advanced Contemporary

with Hollis Bartlett

August 14-18 | 6:30-8:30pm

Class Description:Throughout the class, we will investigate the articulation of the arms, legs, and torso in order to integrate the whole body in motion. The warm-up is designed to familiarize you with your body, which will allow us to progress into large energetic phrases. Hollis’ approach to movement is through dynamic energy rather than static forms, and he constantly plays with traditional placement and wild abandonment. Dancing is a lively communal experience and together we will sweat, groove, and let loose.

Bio: Hollis Bartlett is a performer, teacher, creator, and advocate for the arts. He was born and raised in the Midwest, and began dancing at a young age. His family moved to Massachusetts before he began high school and his curiosity for movement and performance followed. After high school, he moved to New York City to attend NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. There he was introduced to contemporary modern dance, worked with a variety of guest artists, studied abroad at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance, and received his BFA in Dance. Since graduation he has had the pleasure of working with Doug Varone and Dancers, as well as Brian Brooks, Adam Barruch, Steeledance, Sydney Skybetter, and the Metropolitan Opera. Hollis has taught at SUNY Purchase, UNC School of the Arts, The Hartt School, Connecticut College, and Hofstra University; and has ongoing open classes at Gibney Dance Center. From 2010-2015, Hollis was a member of Dance/NYC’s Junior Committee; an incubator for the next generation of dance leadership working to bolster the dance community through research, discussion, and community action.

Contemporary Class and Repertory

with Dante Brown

August 11-15, 2017 | Class/4:00-6:00pm; Repertory/6:00-8:00pm

(Repertory classes are progressive and must be taken all together.)

Class Description:Class begins with improvisatory exercises (either individually or in groups) and progresses to shorter technical exercises and movement phrases that include plies, footwork and floorwork. Class ends with a dynamic, communal and highly physical phrase performed with vigor – dancers moving in and out of the floor, taking risks and eating up space.

Repertory: Dante will lead an expedited choreographic process to collaboratively build material for a new work centered around body politics.

Bio: Dante Brown began his dance training at Wesleyan University, which led him to The Ohio State University to receive his MFA in Choreography. As a performer, Dante has worked with artists such as Esther Baker-Tarpaga, Christal Brown, David Dorfman, Nicole Stanton, Noa Zuk and at the Dance Exchange.

Since its founding in 2010, Warehouse Dance has shown work at Bates Dance Festival (ME), Boston Contemporary Dance Festival and Dance Complexl (MA), Columbus Dance Theater and Wexner Center for the Arts (OH), Dance Complex (Boston), Dance Gallery Festival (NY & TX), Dixon Place, GAP Green Building, LaMaMa Moves Festival, Movement Research at Judson Church, Triskelion Arts and The Wild Project (all NYC), Sam Houston State University (TX), and YourMove Dance Festival (NJ).
Dante has had the opportunity to teach a range of classes at Broadway Dance Center, Dancewave, East Village Dance Project, and Gibney Dance Center (all in NYC), and The Ohio State University. He has held collegiate positions as an Adjunct Professor at CUNY Westchester Community College, Lecturer in Dance at Bates College, and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Wesleyan University. Most recently, he was awarded the Schwartz Center for Performing Artists Fellowship at Emory University. He is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Amherst College.

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General Registration

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