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DANCE CLASSES AT BYRDCLIFFE

Fall and Winter 2016/2017 Dance Workshop Schedule

The Dance Workshop series continues this fall and winter season at Byrdcliffe’s Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock on Fridays with clyde forth’s dance workshop series, starting in October. Each series is taught around a particular theme and includes repertory choreography from Clyde Forth Visual Theatre and Lokasparsa Dance Projects.

Classes with clyde forth combine somatic warm-up; exercises in various techniques to build awareness, skill and strength; improvisation; and composition. Anyone age 14 and up is welcome to attend class! The level of the class is Intermediate, but adjustments are made based on the experience of the participants. We start on time, so please arrive at the studio no later than 10 minutes before the posted start-time.

Subject to minimum enrollment. Please register by one week before the first class in your series.

The Line: Between Drawing and Dance
Fridays: October 28 – November 18, 2016, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm (four classes)
Price for workshop: $20 per class or $75 for the series
Description: Using drawing media and three dimensional materials, we will explore the translation of spontaneous movement into lines, shapes, and colors on the page and on the stage. Participants will also learn how to translate visual material (drawings, diagrams, maps) into movement in a skilled and expressive way, create visual scores and personal notation systems, and work with time and the elements of design in movement.

Dancing within Darkness & Light
Fridays: December 9 – 23, 2016, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm (three classes)
Price for workshop: $20 per class or $55 for the series
Description: Leading up to the longest night of the year – the Winter Solstice – we will move by touch, temperature and sensitivity to the changing light of the studio as we explore “eyeless” dancing. In composing, we’ll address the question of what we keep “in the dark” of our private expression and what we allow into the light for others to experience.

Not Going Gently: Dancing with our Ever-Changing Bodies
Fridays: January 13 – February 3, 2017, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm (four classes)
Price for workshop: $20 per class or $75 for the series
Description: In this series, our vulnerabilities become our teachers as we welcome various age- and injury-related conditions to emerge as the foundations for improvising and composing. We’ll study the movement possibilities of limitation, trading “tricks” for depth of research as we give detailed attention to the state of our bodies in various conditions. Mature dancers and those with physical limitations are encouraged to sign up.

A Quiet Storm: Creating Powerful Presence with Silence and Stillness
Friday: February 10, 2017, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, special one day workshop!
Price for workshop: $40 in advance or $50 on day of workshop
Description: When you are still, how is your desire to move generating expression? When you are moving radically, how do you maintain a stillness of intention? Each class will begin with deep centering meditations and guided visualizations. We will move from and within stillness that includes rather than prevents deeply connected movement. Using ambient noise and composed sound as landscape and inspiration, we will work with many techniques to maximize the power of alignment, subtlety, and directed energy to command space.

“Like You Mean It!”: Dancing from the Depths
Fridays: April 21 – May 26, 2017, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm (six classes)
Price for workshop: $20 per class or $110 for the series
Description: What does it mean to work at the edge of your technique (whether beginner, advanced or “starting over”), and to go beyond your comfort zone? How do you define “good technique”? What technique do you need to build in order to communicate through movement? In this series we will mine our personal histories and individual movement lexicons for intimate observations of the world, and compose from invented and technically unlikely movement. Experience in contemporary dance is not required, but this series is recommended for those with some movement background. No acute injuries.

Pay your dance workshop fee online! Or you can call us at 845.679.2079 to pay over the phone with a credit card.

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ABOUT OUR INSTRUCTOR

clyde forth is an improviser, choreographer and visual artist whose creative work crosses the boundaries of dance, drawing, sculpture, video and poetry. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from Bennington College and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University. Ms. forth has received residencies through Dance Omi and The Field, and has been a guest artist at several colleges and universities including University of the Arts, Towson University, Goucher College, and Montserrat College of Art.

Ms. forth’s company, Clyde Forth Visual Theatre, has been presented in NYC through Movement Research, Williamsburg Art Nexus, Artists Space and Merce Cunningham Studio among others. Recent work and collaborations with other choreographers and composers were presented in NYC, Woodstock NY, Baltimore MD, Washington DC, Troy, NY and Edinburgh Scotland.