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Dance New Amsterdam

Dance New Amsterdam


Saturday, October 13, 2012 - 6:00am

This Week In the Studios: Gaga and Trisha Brown, Dance for DNA Day and much more!

photo by Gadi Dagon

Gaga Classes at DNA

gaga Classes offered three days a week!

The language of Gaga originated from the belief in the healing, dynamic, ever-changing power of movement. Gaga has two tracks: Gaga/dancer, which is the daily training of Batsheva Dance Company members, now taught also for other dancers in Israel and abroad Gaga/people, open to the public and available for anyone at any age, without the necessity of previous experience. Gaga is a movement language which Ohad Naharin developed over the course of many years and which is applied in daily practice and exercises by the Batsheva Dance Company members. The Gaga/people track was developed for everyone and at every age, and it is studied by an increasing number of people at the Suzanne Dellal Centre, in Jerusalem, and in other locations in Israel and New York.


Gaga/people - Thursdays from 8:00 - 9:00pm

Gaga/dancer - Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:45 - 7:00pm


photo by Gadi Dagon

Trisha Brown Dance Company Weekly Wednesday Series
irene hultman Wednesdays 
7:00 - 9:00pm
starting October 17

Join us for a weekly class with the Trisha Brown Company. Faculty will be rotating. October 17th's class will be taught by company member Irène Hultman. Core principles of Trisha's work - whether aesthetic, compositional, or kinetic - are taught via the creative and physical practices of past and current Company members. Each teacher offers a unique focus and range of personal experience related to their understanding of Trisha's choreographic sensibility, with the goal of empowering students in their artistic pursuits.

Modern Guest Artists October 11-21



Sunhwa Chung

Gabriel Forestrieri

Daniel Giel

Donnie Mather

Christina Robson

Nicole Smith

Nicole Wolcott

John J Zullo


For a full MGA class schedule, please visit our website


Daniel Giel photo by Terry Notary; Donnie Mather photo by Denise Winters; Nicole Wolcott photo by Briana Blasko; Nicole Smith photo by Mariana Perera Photography

Substitutions October 11-21


Shoko Dubinski for Jennie Cohen

October 2 - 30 (Tuesdays) at 4:00pm 

Felecia Kutch for Lara Benusis

October 11 at 5:00pm 


Calvin Tsang for Jennifer Archibald

October 12 at 4:00pm 

Clara Belenus for Jennifer Archibald

October 12 at 7:00pm 

Melanie Swihart for Hunt Parr

October 13 at 4:30pm 


Sarah Burke for Matt Lopez

October 14 at 6:30pm 

Isabel Gotzkowsky

October 15, 17 & 19 at 10:00am 

Benjamin Wegman for Kendra Portier

October 16 & 18 at 10:00am
October 20 at 11:30am 


Akiko Tomikawa for Ambere Rogers

October 18 at 7:00pm 

Akiko Tomikawa for Diane McCarthy

October 21 at 12:00pm and 2:00pm 

Ambere Rogers for Benny Simon

October 21 at 2:30pm 


For a full list of subs, please visit our website


Benjamin Wegman photo by Zachary Z. Handler

FREE Class Friday for Members

ali schecherwith Ali Schechter

October 12

3:00 - 4:30pm

Uncover to Create


In this class, students will enter an open dialogue with themselves and others about where they get stuck. They will look at their postural tendencies as a reflection of deeper dynamics, and have a chance to unravel unhealthy habits through movement, drawing, writing and reflection. Yoga-based alignment exercises will help to open the body and prime students for honest expression. They'll turn improvisation into informed choices, funneling chaos into a unified creative experience. Come prepared to laugh at yourself, and to support others in full presence to get jiggy with their humanity. 


Class is FREE for DNA Members and 6.50 for nonmembers. More information can be found here


photo by Robert E. Goodman

Company Class Series:

Doug Elkins & Friends

doug elkins

Tuesday and Thursday

October 16-18

12:00 - 1:30pm


A self-described 'magpie' who likes to make dances from all sorts of found material, Doug Elkins conducts classes that pay homage to the great masters of modern, hip hop, martial arts, and ballet with a touch of Keaton and Chaplin veering towards Lenny Bruce. Fun and invigorating with the promise of good music, the session will go from warm-up to full out dancing. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring shoes/sneakers to dance in.


Coming up:

October 23 - November 1: David Parker/The Bang Group


Also, today is your last chance to take class with the Sean Curran Company at noon!


Visit our website for details. 

Dance for DNA Day

October 20

10:00 - 1:00am


If you come to DNA every day for your favorite morning class, or if you've stopped by once or twice for your nighttime hip hop fix, you have been a huge part of why DNA has been alive for the past 28 years. Today, we are asking to see you all in the space at once - from the loyal class taker to the interested prospective student. The easiest way to make an impact at DNA (and to get something amazing in return) is to simply take a class!

We want to fill the space with people, so come out and bring a friend (or ten) for an amazing day of dancing, performances, food, drinks, prizes, and more!


For more information on performances, the silent auction, and more, visit our website

madelyn kent
with Madelyn Kent

Fridays in November (excluding Nov 23)
5:30 - 7:00pm


FREE demonstration classes:
October 20 & 26 5:30 - 7:30pm  


Tsuyu Movement™ is a dynamic, creative method that allows you to find greater freedom in body and voice. The main tool is an elastic suspended from the wall or ceiling, supporting and opening both the body and vocal channel for a full-range of expression.


For more information, visit our website or contact Madeline Wilcox.

Simonson Method of Teacher Training
October 28 - November 18
Applications are still being accepted!
Lynn Simonson created the Simonson Technique more than 35 years ago when she began teaching individuals with previous injuries and/or alignment problems. The development of the technique came through anatomically studying the limitations and possibilities of each student's body. In Simonson Technique, dancers work within their natural turnout line without forcing their range of joint motion or hyper-extending their knees. Lynn's goal was to create an intelligent and logical way to prepare the body for dance without injury.

For more information or to register, visit our website or contact  Hannah Seidel


photo by Erika Latta

Kids @ DNA is Happening Now
kids @ dna
Session One: Story Time Theater
Saturdays 10:30 - 11:30am
Drop-ins Welcome!

Tap vocabulary and rhythms are coordinated with narrative possibilities of Musical Theater Dance. Students learn age-appropriate vocabulary and coordination skills, and are guided to use these skills in developing and choreographing a story they help create.

For more information or to register, visit our website or contact Nicole Touzien

Pilates Circuit Class for Dancers
mary burns
with Mary Burns
Tuesdays and Thursdays
9:00 - 10:30am
DNA Pilates Room

This Pilates class for professional or aspiring dancers will be offered in six week increments, incorporating weekly circuit sessions, mat and exercise ball regimes designed for dancers, utilizing all equipment and accessories at DNA's fully equipped Pilates studio.


Only six people maximum per class. To register, contact Mary Burns.


photo by J. Chong

In the Theater This Week:
DNA Townhall

kate peila

October 12



We know you all have had questions, comments and concerns. So here is your opportunity to talk about it. Come join us to ask your questions and get some answers regarding DNA's progress in our fundraising and our turnaround plans. 


For more information, contact Mari Meade Montoya.


photo by Joon Shin


Don't forget about DNA's daily classes in:


Modern . Contemporary . Simonson Technique . Cunningham Technique . Gaga . Ballet . Floor Barre . Hip Hop 

Social Dance . Yoga . Pilates . Thai Massage and more!


For a full class schedule, click here.

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