Current offerings

Repertory Workshop on Performance Technique:

Led by choreographers Mathew Heggem & Emma Batman, this workshop is an opportunity for students to experience Left Side Labs’ unique style & approach towards playing with movement and preparing for performance.  There will be a light warm-up, but dancers must practice self-care and treat this as a professional rehearsal. The dance material requires technique, but also the ability to break that technique in order to discover one’s unique voice as a mover. After learning past & current contemporary dance repertory material, we will explore authenticity and dynamics with a focus on intention, character development, and relationship to time, space, sound, sight, and audience. We will challenge ourselves to live on the edge and be spontaneously present within the constructs of choreography.

Awareness Through Movement:

This workshop can improve posture, flexibility, coordination, athletic and artistic ability and to help those with restricted movement, chronic pain and tension. But, it’s so much more than that! Created by Moshe Feldenkrais, The Feldenkrais Method® is an approach to human movement, learning and change that can have a transformative impact on a dance artists’ physical and psychological well-being. The method is based on principles of physics, neurology and physiology, and the conditions under which the nervous system learns best. Through our personal history, upbringing, culture, injuries, illness, etc., every person adopts patterns of physical and psychological behavior. These patterns are deeply embedded in our nervous system, and often become outmoded or dysfunctional, creating unnecessary limitations. The Feldenkrais Method uses a process of organic learning, movement, and sensing to free you from habitual patterns and allow for new patterns to emerge. 

Inter.-Adv. Contemporary Dance Technique:

Organic. Sensual. Expressive. Dynamic. This is how we describe our movement. Heavily influenced by a blend of ballet and modern dance, inspired by such things as Feldenkrais, Butoh and even pop forms, this technique provides a great framework for exploring your own movement potential as a contemporary dancer.  We will explore movement through the spine, articulation in the joints, rotation & flow, length in the body, head to toe presence, the effects of breath, and the power of ease and comfort. Upper body strength will be tested (we LOVE the floor). Getting a work out, for sure! And, we embrace the creative force housed within the diverse human anatomy, so personal style is celebrated. We are here to move – and have fun – as we are! Key components include a warm-up, floor sequences, strength exercises, moving in/out of floor, sequencing through body, freedom and range of movement in the torso, coordination of breath, release, and dynamics.

Partnering Technique:

What does it mean to share space with another dancer? And, how do you find the freedom of expression and joy in moving when working within the constructs of partner choreography? We will explore these questions as we enjoy play time with fellow classmates. It’s all about having fun, being your fullest, authentic self, and daring to curiously explore a movement-based relationship with other human beings. This session will include some lifts, light contact and sharing space, so be prepared to interact with others. We will discuss various principles of weight sharing and examine the role of improvisation in partnering technique too. Key components: upper body and core warm-up, light partner stretches, touch, press, push, pull, balance, seeing, hearing, feeling, and we will conclude with a structured improvisation that employs the tools learned throughout the class.

ARTSLAB: What is Arts Entrepreneurship?

This is an informal, round-table conversation exploring the topic of arts entrepreneurship. We are specifically interested in how to create a sustainable career in dance. We will examine what it takes to make work consistently as a choreographer, and discuss the key business skills necessary to start, maintain, and grow an arts business?  We will discuss the intersection of the arts and business worlds in order to uncover unique approaches towards solving challenges faced by the artistic community. Key topics: marketing, sales, partnerships, collaboration, growth & strategy, leadership development, operations, talent management, finance, accounting, business models (esp. lean startups), and practices of capitalism.

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