The New York Baroque Dance Company is conducting a FREE workshop for PROFESSIONAL DANCERS. All dancers must audition for the workshop.
The audition is scheduled for Saturday, January 7th from 4-6 at the Lower Studio at the 92nd Street Y located at Lexington Avenue and East 92nd Street in Manhattan.
Two men and two women from the workshop will be chosen to join our company-in costume- to demonstrate two 18th century c ountry dances at our February 9th lecture/demonstration taking place at lunchtime in the World Financial Center in NYC. The free class instruction from the workshop plus the performing opportunity are offered to you as compensation for your participation in the lecture/demonstration. (Please note that not everyone who passes the audition and takes the workshop will be in the lecture/demonstration.)
The purpose of the workshop is to stimulate interest among professional dancers in historical dance and to develop new dancers for historical performances with our company and others. We will be able to accept 10-12 dancers for this workshop.
Classes will be from 5:30-7 on Wednesday nights, January 18, 25, February 1 and February 8. Description:
1. Caroline Copeland will teach the first class and introduce Baroque style, technique and step vocabu lary. There will be an exploration of mirror symmetry as experienced in excerpts from a danse a deux published in the first quarter of the 18th century.
2. The second class will be taught by Sarah Edgar and Tim Wilson, focusing on bouree and rigaudon step combinations which will be used later in the country dances. Beaten ornaments in cadence phrases of duple meter will be covered.
3. The third class will cover both country dances to be learned for the lecture/demonstration.
4. In the fourth class students will refine these dances and learn proper bows, walking, taking of hands, how to stand, etc. – all in the 18th century manner.
This is a rare opportunity to expand your vision and physical experience of dance. Anyone who wishes to audition must register first by email to Sarah Edgar at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Catherine Turocy directly at 212-662-8829
We hope to see you there!
Happy Holidays from The New York Baroque Dance Co.!
PS: no previous historical dance training necessary and just wear class attire…ballet or jazz shoes.