Dance New Amsterdam
This Week In the Studios: Gaga and Trisha Brown, Dance for DNA Day and much more!
Gaga Classes at DNA
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
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
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
October 2 - 30 (Tuesdays) at 4:00pm
October 11 at 5:00pm
Calvin Tsang for Jennifer Archibald
October 12 at 4:00pm
October 12 at 7:00pm
October 13 at 4:30pm
Sarah Burke for Matt Lopez
October 14 at 6:30pm
October 15, 17 & 19 at 10:00am
October 16 & 18 at 10:00am
Akiko Tomikawa for Ambere Rogers
October 18 at 7:00pm
October 21 at 12:00pm and 2:00pm
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
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
Tuesday and Thursday
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.
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
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!
For more information on performances, the silent auction, and more, visit our website.
with Madelyn Kent
Fridays in November (excluding Nov 23)
FREE demonstration classes:
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.
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.
Kids @ DNA is Happening Now
Session One: Story Time Theater
Saturdays 10:30 - 11:30am
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.
Pilates Circuit Class for Dancers
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:
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.