117 N Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
Wed. Feb. 15 6:30-7:50 pm $10/$20 students/adults
Master Class with Marin Leggat Roper
This full-bodied, fluid, and musical class will begin with a sensory-based improvisational warm-up, followed by center sequences and culminate with a dynamic across the floor combination drawing from various movement theories including release technique, yoga, and Bartenieff Fundamentals. Come with the bodies and spirits you have, right here and right now, and in an environment straddling play and work, we will deepen sound reflexive habits, increase the connection between inner functionality of the body and outer expressivity of movement in space, hone performance skills, and discover inroads towards more transformative dancing. We recommend this class for students of intermediate and advanced levels in modern dance technique.
Marin Leggat Roper, MFA, CLMA has taught at George Washington University, Ohio Wesleyan University, and Brigham Young University and has recently developed Moving Out Loud!, a curriculum for adolescent girls and young women applying somatic principles to bold living and bold leading. For the full bio visit the Facebook event page.
Open Company Class
Wednesdays 6:30-7:45 pm Donation
Modern movement for advanced and intermediate dancers. We draw from many traditions, both classical and contemporary, for a 75-minute class focused on preparing the dancer to be multidirectional, multitasking, and multifaceted. Provided on donation basis thanks to the generosity of the Tulsa Community Foundation.
Contact improv is about choices, listening, sharing and generosity. It is a partner dance form based on the physical principles of touch, momentum, shared weight, and most quintessentially - following a shared point of contact. The form was founded in 1972 by Steve Paxton. Integrating his background as a modern dancer and his studies in the martial art form Aikido, Steve developed Contact Improv through explorations with his students and colleagues at the time. This dance practice explores the skills of falling, rolling, counterbalance, lifting using minimal effort, how to make ourselves light when being lifted, centering and breathing techniques, and responsiveness to our partners and surroundings. It is an intuitive practice that develops community awareness and allows participants to push against their own limitations without words or promises, judgment or competition.
Ari Christopher will teach CI fundamentals for the first 30 minutes and facilitate a jam period of approximately 45 minutes. Ari has practiced CI over 160 hours of classes, jams and intensives at EarthDance, TDIF and Pilobolus and TuMM.
Beginning Modern for Adults
$ 90 + reg. fee