Virtual Class: Movement Has Meaning – Choreography for Teens
Explore how dancers infuse movement with meaning as we make, share, and move. Working from chosen text, imagery, and our surroundings, we’ll find what inspires us, build our toolboxes as movers and dance artists, and create unique solos and group collaborations. All levels and abilities welcome!
This workshop will begin with a guided warmup of taught movement phrases rooted in release technique, focusing on proper alignment and activating our spines to let movement travel freely through the body. Then we’ll move on to discussing and exploring different dynamics – how dancing with different qualities automatically brings up different emotions for both dancer and viewer. Finally, we’ll find what makes us tick as creators! Engaging in compositional tasks based on words, pictures, and the physical space around us, participants will then select the inspiration points that most interest them and create an accompanying dance as their final project.
Please wear comfortable clothes you can move in, and socks. Bring a notebook and something to write with. Any floor surface at home is fine (hardwood, carpet, outdoors), only cement is not encouraged. Try to find a room with minimal obstructions; class will offer lots of flexibility so a minimum of 6x6 feet of cleared space will allow students to participate fully.
This class will be live-streamed. We will send you details about how to access your class before the class meeting. Technology requirements for participants:
- High speed internet connection
- Electronic device (laptop recommended) with working camera, microphone, and speakers
For more information about Artistree virtual classes, please contact Wendy Seiple at 802-457-3500 and firstname.lastname@example.org
Erin McNulty is a contemporary dance artist, improviser, and educator. She holds a B.S. from Boston University’s College of Communication and a Postgraduate Diploma in Community Dance from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance in London. Erin is a company member with Natalie Johnson Dance in Boston and a former principal dancer with Kairos Dance Theater; she has also danced in projects with Eliza Malecki Dance, Rachel Linsky, Zoe Dance Company, Kelley Donovan & Dancers, Bethan Peters, and Paula Josa-Jones. Erin has choreographed for stage and film, including a 2018 dance film supported by NEFA's New England Dance Fund, and a 2020 short film commission for the international fringe Shawna Shea Film Festival in collaboration with dance artist Suzannah Dessau. Her live work has been presented by Trinity Laban, Providence Dance Festival, Artbeat, Salem Arts Festival, NACHMO, and Dance for World Community among others. Erin is passionate about thoughtful arts access and inclusive, rigorous dance education. She is a Teaching Artist & Instructional Coach for Boston Ballet's Education & Community Initiatives; and is on dance faculty at Boston University and several local studios. Erin also teaches fitness through Forme Barre Fitness. For more information about Erin, visit her website: erinkmcnulty.com