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The Dance Enthusiast Takes Class (...and Writes About It.)
Tara Sheena Takes Class with Raja Feather Kelly
The Dance Enthusiast Takes Class and Writes About It
Dancing, class-taking writer ,Tara Sheena for The Dance Enthusiast
The Class: Raja Feather Kelly’s Modern Class
Location: Dance New Amsterdam
280 Broadway, 2nd Floor (entrance on Chambers St.)
The Days and Times: Varied
The Cost: 6.50/class (5.50 for DNA members)
What You Should Bring: Your biceps, quick thinking, and willingness to use your mind as much as your body
Why Tara Attended:
Raja Feather Kelly, a fellow contributor to The Dance Enthusiast, keeps busy as a bi-coastal boy. As a member of Seattle-based zoe I juniper and New York-based David Dorfman Dance, he is constantly on the move and juggling the companies’ respective styles and demands (see, “My Own Private Black Swan” http://www.dance-enthusiast.com/features/view/224). Naturally, I was interested to see how Raja would synthesize all his current work into one cohesive class.
Raja In Action
The quickest two hours of my life!
By the end, I had created about four or five different versions of the final combination. The goals were my own. I never felt like there was anything I couldn’t
accomplish. Kelly says it best,“ You know what to fill in, be confident in that.”
And, I was. I left the class feeling empowered, refreshed, oh, and just a tad exhausted.
with zoe I juniper as part of FOCUS DANCE at The Joyce Theater Jan 3rd and January 7th
See Raja's own Performance Project at Triskelion Arts on Jan 6th and Jan 12th
Catch Raja with David Dorfman Dance in The Joyce Theater in Prophets of Funk January 24th -January 29th