Pieces of a Dream, Inc. has just concluded in four-part 2nd annual Summer Modern Series. This year's workshop featured master classes in each of the four major modern genres: Dunham, Horton, Graham, and, newly-added, Limon.
The summer kicked off with a high-energy workout in the Dunham technique with certified instructor Saroya Corbett. In addition to the traditional floor and barre work that is a foundation of Katherine Dunham's technique, Ms. Corbett also led the dancers through an energetic series of across the floor exercises, emphasizing the poly-rhymthic and poly-centered work that is common in the West Indian cultures that influenced Ms. Dunham in her choreography.
Part two of the Summer Modern Series focused on the Horton technique with Roberto Rodreguiez-Garcia. Mr. Rodreguiez-Garcia, founding member of the Mambo Kings and former principal dancer with Eleone Dance Theatre, taught two groups of dancers the essential components of this technique, created by Lester Horton and made famous by Alvin Ailey and Carmen de Lavallade. This workshops focused on the straight lines and grounded movements that comprise the Horton technique.
Part three of the SMS was a double-header of Martha Graham and Jose Limon techniques. Ashley Brown led the dancers through the Graham class, complete with spirals and contractions. Durell R. Comedy taught the Limon workshop, emphasizing the breath and release that are essential to performing the Limon choreography. During the hour lunch-break, Ms. Brown and Mr. Comedy shared their experiences as dance professionals, including their pursuits in collegiate study, dance performance, and instruction.
If you missed this year's intensive, you MUST make sure you attend the Summer Modern Series 2016. Save the date: Registration will open in May 2016. See you in the studio!
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