TECHNIQUE, MUSICALITY, AND THE JOY OF MOVEMENT WITH GERRI HOULIHAN
Sundays 1-2:15pm on ZOOM
September 13-December 13
These classes are offered to dancers of various skill levels to bring us together in an open and supportive way and connect us all to our love for dance and community. Grounded in the fundamentals of traditional modern technique, particularly the work of José Limón, the class focuses on concepts of alignment, core strength, and the use of breath for efficiency of movement. The class will begin with simple floor exercises and develop into standing warm-up combinations and a center movement phrase.
Because music and its relationship to movement is such an important focus for Gerri’s approach to dance, we are delighted to say that music for these classes will be provided by our wonderful long-time ADF musician, John Hanks.
Connecting with Balance is a series of workshops tailored to helping seniors reconnect with their bodies and environment. Exercises in movement and balance guide participants to maintain and improve balance, think creatively, and build community through social engagement. This class is open to all levels of ability - even those who remain seated throughout.
Tuesdays at 10am at the Litchfield Community Center, Litchfield, CT
About BAX Virtual Studio Classes In keeping with BAX’s core commitment to social justice, BAX Youth Education programs foster authentic voice, creativity, collaboration, and provide a positive and nurturing environment for all! This Fall BAX is offering live zoom classes in dance, drama, tumbling, visual art and early childhood for ages 2-18. Community Building is at the heart of these programs and there are a variety of activities to nurture valuable social exchanges. Scholarships available!
Mark DeGarmo Dance broadcasts its first Virtual International Arts (VIA) Festival for Social Change: 138 artists and scholars from 18 countries present artist-scholar works, October 27-29, 2020 at 7PM Eastern Time on Zoom.
Tuesday, October 27: Cutting Edge Global Video Series (Curated from Melbourne)
Wednesday, October 28: El Grupo Folklórico P'urhépecha (Indigenous Dance from Mexico)
Thursday, October 29: MDD’s Virtual Salon Performance Series (Emerging Dance from the U.S.)
Performances begin promptly at 7PM Eastern Time (Portal opens 6:30PM) on Mark DeGarmo Dance Zoom*
1 donation = 1 ticket for 1 evening. When making a donation via PayPal or Venmo, please indicate which night you plan to attend. If you'd like to attend more than one night, please make a separate donation.
*Zoom Link will be sent to attendees at 5PM Eastern Time the date of the performance. If a donation is made after that time, MDD staff will send the link via email as soon as possible.
Mark DeGarmo Dance welcomes 138 artists and scholars from 18 countries and 12 of 24 time zones to present their original works in its Virtual International Arts Festival (VIA) for Social Change held on Zoom on Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday October 27, 28, and 29, 2020 at 7PM Eastern Time. Separate tickets available by donation for each evening.
The international festival creates a space for artists, scholars, and audiences to share, respond, and reflect beyond traditional, commercial performance spaces that often exclude people and limit access. Tuesday’s Cutting Edge Global Video Series presents a set of short experimental videos created by collaborative teams of scholars and artists, curated from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and the University of Toronto. On Wednesday, founder and director of indigenous Grupo Folklórico P'urhépecha in Michoacán, Mexico, José Alberto Velázquez Campoverde, presents selections of traditional dance work performed by the youth group. On Thursday, Mark DeGarmo Dance presents the Global edition of its Virtual Salon Performance Series 2020-2021, dance works-in-progress with a facilitated audience response, to begin the series’ upcoming season.
“We are excited to connect with our local, national, and global colleagues reflective of our BIPOC and inclusive reality and to experience the possibilities explored by these artists and scholars for contributing to our societies,” says Mark DeGarmo, the festival’s curator, host, and facilitator.
Mark DeGarmo Dance recognizes the impact of COVID-19 on global artists and our communities and is committed to offering opportunities for artists to safely share and develop their work. Through virtual programming, MDD connects the embodied imaginations of the international arts and scholar community.
About the Curators, Artists, & Scholars
Anne Harris is an American-Australian artist, academic, Director of Creative Agency research lab, and RMIT Vice Chancellor’s Principal Research Fellow..
Annette Markham is an ethnographer, critical pedagogy scholar and professor at RMIT in Melbourne.
M.E. Luka is a Toronto-based award-winning scholar, activist and digital media producer.
José Alberto Velázquez Campoverde is the founder and director of the Grupo Folklórico P'urhépecha from that ethnic indigenous group occupying ancestral lands west of Mexico City.
Rachel Cohen’s company Racoco fuses raw materials, absurdist visuals, and quixotic choreography.
Sofia Engelman and Em Papineau are dance artists and co-founders of freeskewl, an experimental, donation-based platform for online teaching.
Dawn States is invested in ways to make dance more accessible after experiencing 2 spinal surgeries.
Teresa Fellion founded Teresa Fellion Dance in 2011, after her work as a choreographer since 2004.
Founded in 1987, Mark DeGarmo Dance is a nonprofit organization that educates New York City communities and children; creates, performs, and disseminates original artistic work; and builds intercultural community through dance arts. MDD commits its resources to serving social justice, equity, and equality issues across multiple fronts through dance arts in NYC, the U.S., and internationally.
About Mark DeGarmo
Mark DeGarmo, Ph.D., is a New York City-based dancer, choreographer, writer, and researcher. Dr. DeGarmo is Founder, Executive & Artistic Director of Mark DeGarmo Dance, New York City; Dance Director of Crossing Bridges International Artist Residency, Michoacán, Mexico; and an Artist-Scholar with Creative Agency, Australia.
We are grateful that this program is supported in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
October 27th, 7PM ET
October 28th, 7PM ET
October 29th, 7PM ET
TOTAL FEAR is a twenty-minute horror dance-theatre production based on research of Total Theatre and the process of generating fear for stage through live dance and theatrical performance. The production is the capstone project of Katie Burks’ graduate research at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in pursuit of an MFA in Choreography.
TOTAL FEAR will be presented live in over 10 global locations through various capacities - outdoor, socially-distant cinema screenings, indoor watch parties, theatrical venues, and more. Live performers will be included in cities where restrictions allow.
This online event invites any who dare to join together in isolation and experience TOTAL FEAR from home or work via global livestream.
The livestream link will be posted closer to October 30th.
Please check katieburks.com/totalfear for details or visit the Facebook event via https://fb.me/e/1NNqBqF7m. Thank you.
Over 10 Global Live Locations and Streamed Live at 1pm EST
On Saturday, November 7, Flushing Town Hall will celebrate the Festival of Lights with its sixth annual Diwali Festival–reimagined as a FREE virtual event. Our virtual celebration mixes live and pre-recorded content and opens with footage of a home traditionally decorated for Diwali and an explanation of the holiday and traditional foods. Then Nupur Arora, owner of Queens Curry Kitchen, will demonstrate mouth-watering authentic Indian dishes with ingredients that you can find at your local grocer, including aloo gobhi (spiced potato and cauliflower), tikka marsala sauce for chicken or tofu, and chai tea. Then move the furniture and get ready to move as master Indian dancer Abha B. Roy and the Srijan Dance Center shows you traditional, folk and Bollywood dance moves. Once you are warmed up, keep moving as DJ Rekha spins the music for a Bhangra dance party.