As the hot summer days of July slowly pass, we are looking at next year’s Dance of the Month. Responding to the feedback from students, The Dance of the Month will be a workshop of exploration into different aspects of 18th century dance. Subjects for study include contredanse notation, period gesture for dancers and actors and danceability in Bach French suites aimed towards musicians with questions of tempi and phrasing… to name just a few.
Teachers include Caroline Copeland, Meggi Sweeney Smith, Catherine Turocy, Ani Udovicki and Seth Williams. These teachers are not only dancers in our company but they hold (or will hold) advanced degrees from Sarah Lawrence, Columbia University and Barnard College. In the past we have had guest teachers Beatrice Massin, Thomas Baird and Carlos Fittante. We hope to continue with inviting guests this year.
Information is forthcoming on our website. We have kept the tuition down to only $15 per class and the time slot will remain 3-4:30pm.
I am very excited about the evolution of the Dance of the Month. Classes will continue to be open. It is vital to any form that a mixture of people participate. Professional performing artists and teachers from all fields are welcome as well as the passionate amateur dancer. Writers, visual artists, critics and social dancers from any era are encouraged to attend.
Ages 10 to 100 can take the class. If your movement capabilities are limited, please watch and enrich us by participating in the discussion.
Looking forward to seeing you on my dance card!
Catherine Turocy, Artistic Director
CAROLINE COPELAND TEACHES SATURDAY, AUGUST 4TH DANCE OF THE MONTH
La Chaine, a most beautiful contredanse, is the perfect metaphor for our workshops. Be a link in the chain of our cultural history and click this link to the Early Dance Network:
MARK MORRIS DANCE CENTER OPEN HOUSE, SEPTEMBER 8th
AND DANCE OF THE MONTH
In the spirit of “tasting dance” for the Open House, CATHERINE TUROCY will bring the Dance of the Month to the open house. She will teach concepts of the body and movement from Da Vinci to Cahusac to Austin, spanning 5 centuries of thought of the body in motion which are still in practice today. She will focus these principles through teaching a short comic dance for a Zani inspired by her work with Gregorio Lambranzi’s book, The New and Curious School of Theatrical Dancing (1716).
Videos of Interest
1. Mary Anthony: A life in Modern Dance, produced by Tonia Shimin
This video is available on the internet at Dance Horizons:
You can email Tonia Shimin at firstname.lastname@example.org and order a copy. It is incredibly inspiring and informative as the 65 minute award winning documentary takes you from 1917 to the present and one sees the world of Mary Anthony, a journey of a modern dance visionary spanning the 20th and 21st centuries who is still teaching and still offering scholarships to deserving young dancers.
2. Baroque Dance Unmasked: Workshop to Performance which is advertised on this website is still available for purchase from Dancetime Publications: