Avant-Groove
with Ari Christopher

Fifty minutes of fun, freedom, and flow. A modern dance inspired exercise class. 
Like Zumba, in that it's accessible to most, but we'll take elements from modern dance understanding such as movement qualities and somatic experience.

Who: ALL levels
Bring: movement clothes, layers, cotton socks
When: Wednesdays, Nov. 29 - Dec. 20, 2017 & Jan 3 - May 16, 2018 @ 12:05 - 12:55 pm
Where: FlyLoft, Studio 3
Cost: $12/class or $10 with a value card.

Beginning Modern Technique
with Olivia Jensen

This class is perfect for anyone who wants to add more varied, functional and FUN movement to their fitness routine. If you've ever thought: "Well, I'm not really a dancer.” Or if you're interested in dance as a discipline, but have no idea where to start: This is the class for you. We’re going to start from square one. 

We will pull from various techniques to bring students a rich classroom experience, working to build an understanding of the concepts that drive each movement. Each week we will focus on one of the fundamental principles of modern dance: contraction/release, breath, opposition, alignment, shift of weight. Class starts with traditional floorwork, progresses into standing work, then moves to travelling phrases across the floor, and culminates in a phrase that explores a full range of dynamic possibilities. Exercises are designed to improve strength, flexibility, balance, and musicality. The skills students develop in modern dance can easily carry over to work in other disciplines. 

Beginning Modern Technique is for anyone who wants formal dance training in a fun, supportive environment. Come to dance for the first time or get reconnected with the basics! All are welcome. 

Who: newcomers to Modern Techniques
Bring: movement clothes, layers, cotton socks
When: Sundays January 7 - May 20, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Where: FlyLoft, Studio 3
Cost: $18.75 drop-in or $15 with a value card.

Intermediate Modern Technique
with Ari Christopher

Class will begin with floor work from yoga, pilates, safety release technique and improvisation to build warmth, increase agility and strength and help us arrive more fully present in our bodies. We will introduce ourselves with an interactive warm-up activity in order to build a sense of trust and honor the communal nature of our experience together. Center work will focus on technique drawn from Ari’s training in Limon, Safety Release, and Graham. Improvisational tasks will explore the interplay of imagination and embodiment as we play with dynamic possibilities. Class culture will be friendly, uplifting and non-judgmental as we steer clear of the binary of right/wrong and direct our attention instead to cause and effect, the action and the result of our choices.

Who: Dancers with Modern technique training
Bring: movement clothes, layers, cotton socks.
When: Sundays, Jan 7 - May 20, 2018 @ 1:15 - 2:45 pm
Where: FlyLoft, studio 3, 117 North Boston
Cost: $18.75 drop-in or $15 with a value card

Advanced Modern MIX
with Ari Christopher

Class draws from release technique, classical modern dance, improvisation, and various somatic practices. We combine technique, interior awareness, and specific movement qualities in floor work and standing phrases and focus on uniting technical skill with the internal attitudes and motivations that make movement come alive.

* The 4th Wednesday of each month will be devoted to Contact Improv practice (CI) and is open to movers with CI experience. Newcomers to CI should attend Contact Improv with Instruction on the 3rd Friday of each month.

Who: Dancers with Advanced level Modern technique
Bring: Comfortable dance clothes, layers, cotton socks.
When: Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 pm
Where: FlyLoft, studio 3, 117 North Boston
Cost: Donations

Monthly Contact Improv with Instruction :: 3rd Fridays
with Ari Christopher

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. 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 -- 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 -- for the first 60 minutes and facilitate a jam period of approximately 45 minutes. Ari has practiced CI over 160 hours of classes, jams and intensives at EarthDance, Texas Dance Improvisation Festival and Pilobolus.

Who: all movers
Bring: movement clothes, layers, cotton socks, AND dance knee pads
When: 3rd Fridays of each month through May, 2018 @ 8:00 - 10:00 pm
Where: FlyLoft, Studio 3, 117 North Boston (downtown Tulsa)
Cost: $18.75 drop-in or $15 with a value card.

Monthly CI Jams :: 4th Wedsnedays
with Ari Christopher

These monthly sessions provide a place to continue your Contact Improv (CI) Practice. If you are relatively new to CI, please attend the class on the 3rd Fridays of each month, where you'll get instruction in CI fundamentals. 

Who: movers who have attended Contact Improv with Instruction
Bring: movement clothes, layers, cotton socks, AND dance knee pads
When: 4th Wednesdays, Jan 3 - May 16, 2018 @ 6:30-8:00 pm
Where: FlyLoft, studio 3, 117 North Boston
Cost: Donations