Contemporary Practice with Jessie Young

What do we want to learn? Why do we return to dance class and physical practice? Contemporary Practice builds off of these questions in order to find space within training to love and respect our individual and collective bodies when we dance together. We will build each class from a deep/heated warm up, improvisational scores, and then end with learning phrase work. In this class, we work to translate our internal body awareness into rigorous and athletic movement–to achieve an understanding of how we learn and interact with challenges such as memorizing a phrase, translating a sequence of movement from the floor to standing, taking care and honoring one’s body while increasing a capacity for endurance. We will use floor work (spinning, balancing, passing through ledges of the body) as a lens for looking at other planes and orientations of movement and phrase work.