JAMAL CALLENDER || THE PLAYGROUND NYC
THE PLAYGROUND NYC
August 26, 2019
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Class Cost: $5
Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center, 280 Broadway NYC
Entrance 53A Chambers
The Playground NYC allows dancers to experience various choreographic styles and ideas, engage with a new community of dancers, and gather resourceful information and inspiration from the array of choreographers involved. In turn, established choreographers are paid for their creative investigations, are given free space to explore new movement with professional dancers, and are provided with the opportunity to establish relationships with new dancers and fellow choreographers.
Founder of Barbados Dance Project BDP and Princess Grace Award winner, Jamal was born in the U.S. and raised in Barbados. At a young age, Jamal began dancing at Ballet Tech and Brooklyn College Preparatory Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. He attended the Professional Performing Arts School/The Ailey School under the late Denise Jefferson, Restoration Dance Theatre and the Harlem School of the Arts. Jamal also attended Perry-Mansfield and Springboard Danse Montreal. A graduate from The Juilliard School in 09' under Lawrence Rhodes, he has worked with The Atlanta Ballet, Peridance Ensemble, Buglisi Dance Theater, Loni Landon Project, Formal Structure Inc., Hubbard Street II, Ballet Hispanico, and Kevin O'Day Ballet at National Theater Mannheim. Theater credits include CHICAGO (Fred Casely)-RMT. He has guest taught workshops all over the U.S. and internationally including summer intensives for Ballet Hispanico, New Orleans Ballet Association (N.O.B.A), the National Cultural Foundation (Barbados), and Institute of the Arts Barcelona (Spain), and MOVE(NYC). His choreographic works have been showcased in the USA, Germany, Spain, and Barbados. An advocate of the arts, he served as a member of Dance/NYC junior committee. Jamal currently is a soloist at the National Theater Mannheim NTM TANZ under Stephan Thoss.
A laboratory for self-exploration and identity, Jamal’s class focuses on absorbing your personality within the technical form of training. The class invites you to dive deep into your inner being in order to execute the movement, ideas, and patterns. Beginning on the floor, exploring the tactile feel of the surfaces. Continually climbing and elevating making a pit stop to stabilize and activate the core muscles followed by releasing and stretching and later while learning complex dance phrases that will help you understand dynamic choices by using music as a driving force and enabling breathing to help facilitate any action. I’m thrilled to be back home in NYC! Let have fun!