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Raised in the Limón tradition, Stephen’s technique classes move from swing, fall and recover fundamentals to ballet placement exercises to yoga-inspired strengthening practices to combinations exploring his own lyrical and idiosyncratic movement style. Each day’s movement material accumulates into a longer, final choreographic phrase that reinforces technical principles from earlier in the class. Movement dynamics, musicality and a passionate use of space are essential qualities of Stephen’s classes as are his insistence upon using humour as a means of breaking through our inhibitions, unifying the group and finding new dimensions in our dancing.
Stephen began dancing in New York at Purchase College then attended Connecticut College after which he danced and taught with numerous companies in Boston and San Francisco. In addition to working for his own company, Stephen has danced and choreographed with Boston Community Dance Project, Susan Rose’s Danceworks and Della Davidson. He currently teaches at Central School Of Ballet and gives company classes for New Adventures, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance and Yorke Dance Project for which he is currently associate director. Stephen continues to create his own work, most recently if you want to see me once more which premiered at DanceLive-Festival in Aberdeen in 2016.
Our Level 3 class is a dynamic class focusing on higher level technical abilities and an increase in physical fitness. Complex movement combinations and content will cover more advanced principles such as agility and the use of weight whilst simultaneously increasing musical awareness through a range of tempos and rhythms. You will increase your versatility in moving and introduce your own uniqueness to the movement with confidence.
Venue: at The Place
Level: Level 3