New Class! Int/Adv Contemporary • Wednesdays 6:30pm-8:00pm

Int./Adv. Contemporary class with Andrea Ariel

Wednesdays, starting February 22


First St. Studio, 2400 E. Cesar Chavez.

$12 drop-in/$10 for four or more. Pre-register by emailing Andrea here.

You can pre-pay for classes here.

This class will focus on investigating our unique body structure and resources toward furthering our individual expression and experience of our dancing. We will prepare our bodies with exercises that bring attention to our breath, senses, spine, skeletal and joint functionality, and the muscles of deep postural support using a combination of somatic approaches, imagery, and improvisation including release, stretch, placement and floorwork. We will apply these explorations into center technique work and short phrases across the floor. The class culminates with phrase work providing an opportunity to move dynamically with awareness of initiation, directing energy and weight with momentum, changes in balance from a controlled center, incorporating athleticism, musicality, and attention to detail to find clarity, strength, ease and the artistry of active choices.

Andrea Ariel has been a teacher of dance for adults and children for over 25 years. She holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Illinois, where she was the recipient of the 1986 Creative and Performing Fellowship Award. Selected teaching credits include Austin Community College, University of Texas, Texas State University, Texas Commission on the Arts/Touring Roster, University of California, and the University of Illinois.

In her classes Andrea brings together a combination of her training influences – see CV – including principles from Laban/Bartenieff Fundamentals, Klein Technique, Alexander Release Technique, Skinner Releasing Technique, and Yoga.