August Intensive Course Descriptions

Fundamentals | Christine Wright
Christine has developed a wide range of extremely refined exercises to address issues of articulation, strength and integration. These exercises are geared toward anatomical goals on a very specific level, a level too detailed to attend to in the complex setting of a regular dance class.

Opening and Connecting | Sahara Morimoto
Sahara Morimoto shares techniques for preparing oneself for class, rehearsal or creation. Exploratory and limbering, the work focuses on breath, imagination, the senses and internal lines of action.

Ballet for Contemporary Dancers | Christine Wright
This is a professional level ballet class geared toward the contemporary dancer. Based on sound principles of anatomy, the focus of this class is movement, flow, and musicality. Ms. Wright’s emphasis is on teaching dancers skills that enable them to bring out their own innate abilities, resulting in freedom of movement built on a firm foundation.
Available as part of full intensive registration, full week registration, or drop-in (space permitting). 

Contemporary Technique | Peggy Baker
Peggy Baker brings the richness, depth, and immediacy of her physical practice into play in a class driven by dynamism and musicality, and focused on the expressive and kinetic potential of our bodies. The work unfolds fluidly, and with refreshing shifts of focus, through a wide range of vivid and invigorating movement explorations that address essential issues of impulse and action. Fundamental to her material and methods are the influence of neuromuscular specialist Irene Dowd, teacher Christine Wright, and choreographers James Kudelka, Molissa Fenley, Paul-André Fortier, Lar Lubovitch, Mark Morris, Tere O’Connor, and Doug Varone.
Available as part of full intensive registration, full week registration, or drop-in (space permitting).

Repertoire and Repertory Coaching | Peggy Baker & Sarah Fregeau 
Dancers participating in the repertory stream will spend the first 2 hours each afternoon working with Sarah Fregeau on choreographic material from Phase Space (2016). Elements integral to the movement exploration include:

  • fluid, highly articulate action along spiral pathways within the body
  • the chaining of turns and expansive action with floorwork
  • precise gestural vocabulary
  • rhythm and tempo defined by the dancer outside the context of metered music

During the concluding hour of each afternoon, Peggy Baker will coach the dancers and develop a group staging of the work for presentation on Saturday, August 19.

Peggy Baker Dance Projects August Intensive partners with Dance: Made in Canada / Fait au Canada to offer a sensational performance opportunity for dancers in the Repertory Stream. Participation in this performance extends the Repertory Stream through Saturday, August 19. The schedule for the day extends from 10am through an afternoon performance (time TBC).

Creative Practice | Peggy Baker 
Creative Practice is devoted to an exploration of powerful and innovative possibilities for exploring the choreographic process and for deepening interpretation through self-directed rehearsal. Drawing from an expansive catalogue of techniques learned, discovered, developed, and practiced over the four-decade span of her career, Ms. Baker assigns a succession of creative tasks that each offer unique entry points for consideration, experimentation, observation, and discussion. Participants will each work at their own pace, pursuing themes and areas of interest they identify themselves. The final hour of each afternoon is an open studio for the use of creative practice participants.

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