Dance Through the Ages
with Robin Nasatir & Toni Silver

Tue/Thur Jan 27 - Mar 5

$150 for full seriesAdvance Registration on or before January 15
15 drop in during the first 4 weeks only, pay at front desk only

This is a 6-week series for anyone who loves to dance (no previous training required). Each week, the simple routines will focus on dances and music from a particular era from the 1920ís through the 1990ís such as the shim sham from the 1920ís, swing steps from the 40ís and Broadway musical theater movement from the 60ís. This workshop will be a great place for people to learn simple, fun movement in an environment where they can meet others and feel the accomplishment of mastering the routines. The music and movement introduced in each class will be upbeat and nothing but fun. We welcome any adult who wants to move in a supportive setting including active older adults, parents with school-age children and absolute beginning dancers of any age. The warm-up and cool down will be consistent from week to week and will serve to get people ready to move while introducing basic steps that are integrated into the routines. The workshop will culminate in an informal gathering on the last day. Students interested in showing some of the dances will have the opportunity to perform for friends and family


Advanced Modern Master Class
with Jenna Riegel of the Bill T.Jones/Arnie Zane Company

Wed, January 28 2015

$15 - Advance Registration

As class begins, a soft internal focus is emphasized as students warm, align and prepare their bodies through simple Bartenieff-inspired floor work, Pilates-based or Yoga-based stretching and strengthening or improvisational scores. As class progresses to standing center work and traveling phrases, attention is shifted outward to learning movement material from an external source and being inspired by the fellow artists in the classroom. Musical phrasing, details of body part initiations, tonal quality and dynamics are expected to be replicated as precisely as possible as a way of practicing seeing and experiencing the teacher’s body habits, rhythms and choices. In a culminating center phrase, individual expression and freedom is cultivated through repetition of material and guided exercises in shifting attention and awareness to different aspects of dancing. Movement material is derived from and explores the dichotomies of being centered versus off-centered, still versus momentum driven, upright versus inverted, released versus explosive and shape versus sensory-oriented.


Hip-Hop Performance Workshop
with Marjorie Ortiz

Saturdays 2-3:30pm for 8 weeks
$100 (before Feb 1)
$120 after Feb 1st

This 8-week series, taught and directed by Marjorie Ortiz, will give adult dancers the opportunity to experience the process of creating and performing a choreographed hip-hop routine in a live production. Dancers will be challenged to pick up a variety of hip-hop dance styles, learn/retain choreography, staging and formations, as well as build confidence, character, and improve stage performance skills. The workshop concludes with a performance in front of community, family, and friends at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center. Final showing time and date TBA. This is a great way to train for hip-hop dance companies, meet other talented dancers in the Bay Area, and have fun!





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