“Safety Release Technique (SRT) is my collective, responsive, engagement of work between synergies of experiences as a dancer, performer, teacher and choreographer. The methodology combines health practicalities of human movement with the breadth and depth of artistic possibility. SRT serves as a continual investigation and an evolving reflection of my inquiry and passion for dance. I approach my teachings as a lifelong learner, facilitating and blending multiple layers of movement principles while informing dancing with a mixture of somatic and release applications. In preparation for full-bodied and vivid expressiveness, the classes begin on the floor with fundamental exercises designed for joint range and spine articulation. Core support is the integral emphasis as the primary skeletal movement sequences progressively develop into full-range vertical and multi-plane combinations. The thematic premise of the work supports comprehension of circular pathways, encouraging flow of motion through the body and through changes in level, and creates awareness in protecting the body through my vocabulary of ‘safety foot and safety rolls series.’ The class is designed for all levels attending with a desire to embody and expand their technical palette.” — B.J. Sullivan
about the instructor
Choreographer B.J. Sullivan is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Dance at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. B.J. began dancing with Sandy Stramonine in Walworth, N.Y. and went on to receive her BFA from The Juilliard School and MFA from University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. Engaged in teaching traditional and post-modern dance techniques, and ballet, her research explores movement possibilities, body/mind practices and structural systems that support the discovery of artistic capabilities within dancing. Notably known for her Safety Release Technique, this original and substantial body of work provides a foundational profile and technical vocabulary for the dancing artist. SRT has impacted the dance field worldwide. B.J.’s unique style and methods have attracted dance practitioners globally, and SRT’s terminology is referenced extensively. In 2016, B.J. will again join the faculty of the American Dance Festival in Durham, North Carolina, as well as The Korean Dance Festival in Seoul, South Korea.
About This Event
ADF's Samuel H. Scripps Studios, 721 Broad Street, Durham, NC 27705
April 30, 2016
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm