June 16: Trina Parks, Katherine Dunham Technique.
"Very wise and intriguing instructor. I enjoyed taking from her and looking forward to more Dunham Technique from Trina."
"Trina Parks gives a rich and cultural experience straight from the her Dunham Dancing soul. Thank you for an amazing class."
"Fantastic class - if you have an ongoing class, I will be there."
June 23: Susan McLain, Martha Graham-based Technique, with Eric Ruskin, piano.
"Susan's class was exhilarating! She's a generous teacher and wonderful repository of the Graham technique, sharing history and lovely anecdotes and comments straight from Martha's own lips, like encouraging dancers to discover 'the passion of the inner thigh.' The live music by Eric Ruskin was an added treat. Thank you Susan for a delicious experience."
"Susan McLain's class on Graham technique was masterful. In an hour and a half she expounded upon such a rich firsthand history and explanation of the topic, balanced by an experiential learning opportunity that included warm-up, traveling, and traditional phrases. Ms. McLain's stories were fascinating, clearly communicating the eccentricity of Martha Graham combined with a genuine respect and reverence for the artist. The phrases she taught were excellent examples of Graham's work, geared appropriately for the diverse population in the class. It was also a pleasure to have the accompaniment of Eric Ruskin on the piano."
June 30: Diana MacNeil, Bella Lewitzky Technique, with Norman Beede, piano.
"Wonderful class. Loved the partner work and the "listen" choreography"
"Diana is a great teacher, so observant, and with that subtle demand for excellence. I really like feeling connected to this part of modern dance history and that it is still alive and vibrant."
"SO grateful to be able to take classes with master teachers with incredible dance lineages!!"
"Excellent as always!!"
"Really enjoy these classes that are so intelligent, full of whimsey, and most of all, full-bodied dancing! Yeah!"
July 7: Jeff Slayton, Viola Farber Technique, with Eric Ruskin, piano.
"Thank you so much for offering the classical Modern Dance series! I absolutely loved Jeff's Farberian/Cunningham class. His choreography is absolutely georgous. It was technically challenging and with such a strong sense of musicality, making his artistry gleam inside the combinations. With each movement, I felt like I was given vintage treasures that are timeless, intelligently crafted, and will never loose their beauty or quirky 1970's originality. I got to revisit and embody the excellent teaching I had been given years ago. I've taken classes from dozens of master teachers and he is definitely one of the best I have ever had. "
"Thank you so much for this wonderful time. All of my parts were challenged, my brain, my problem-solving skills, my soine, my feet, articulation, and above all, dance, dance, dance. My heart and soul are smiling!"
"This was a total pleasure and so interesting to experience the genesis: Cunningham, Farber, Slayton..."
"Thank you, Jeff, such an eye-opener! Wonderful the way the movement has journeyed from early influences to create your very own vocabulary, in which to succeed you have to let go and still maintain control."
July 14: John Pennington, Bella Lewitzky Technique, with Aaron Perez, percusssion.
"I love John's masterful classes. The shifts from standing to floorwork to moving through levels of the space is such a delight, and makes me think on my feet (and sometimes hands)!"
"I am so happy to be taking class with John. He brings so much vibrant energy to his demonstrations and teaching."
"John emphasizes all the values I cherish as a teacher, and in his class I get to re-investgate them as a dancer and lifelong student of modern dance. It's wonderful."
July 21: Tamsin Carlson, Merce Cunningham Technique, with Norman Beede, piano.
"Loved it! Thanks so much!"
"Thank you, Tamsin, for a great re-connection with Cunningham. It was a challenge, but a good one."
"What a great introduction to a totally different way of moving. I love the tilts and different curves and precision!"
July 28: Sharon Kinney, Paul Taylor-based Technique, with Eric Ruskin, piano.
"I had so much fun! I've never had this technique before and I really enjoyed it. "
"Such a joyful class and teacher. Very freeing, while being technical and informative about Taylor."
" This was the dessert, after a full seven weeks of delightful dance journeys. Full of delight, and what a joy to learn some of Taylor's choreogtaphy. Bravo!"
"What a joy to move in such a freeing way. I loved the class. Great instructor!"
"Thank you, Sharon, for sharing Paul Taylor's technique and explaining the initiation and shape of the movement. We got to move joyfully through the space filled with Eric Ruskin's piano music."