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Mario Spinetti & Gregory Dolbashian || The Playground NYC

Mario Spinetti & Gregory Dolbashian || The Playground NYC




280 Broadway Entrance 53A Chambers
NEW YORK, NY 10007


Friday, May 8, 2020 - 1:00pm




Mario Spinetti & Gregory Dolbashian

Friday, 5/8

1:00-2:00pm EST

Donation Based

Venue: Online

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Registered participants will be emailed a link to the class 15 minutes prior to the start


The Playground NYC, in partnership with Gibney, is offering Online Studio, digital dance space. Join us, wherever you are for LIVE online classes with teaching artists in New York City and around the world. Let’s keep moving together and finding new ways to connect. Classes are open to movers of all levels!

Classes will be streamed live via ZOOM. Participants must pre-register for class and create a (free) ZOOM account to join.  Registration will close 20 minutes before the class time.  Fifteen minutes before class, you will receive an email with the ZOOM link.

Let’s dance it out!  Community Strong.

*We look forward to you joining us.  Please learn this phrase prior to the session: https://vimeo.com/413188379


Class Description:

The musicality for dance workshop is designed to provide dancers with detailed insight into the exactitudes of the music they are moving to. Just as there is a specific vocabulary for understanding and executing ballet with mastery and with grace, so too is there a language of sound, which speaks to the meanings and the metaphors therein.  Equipped with the knowledge of how to decode the meaning in sound, the dancer is enabled to make clearer, fuller, more artistic, more joyful statements within the framework of moving to music. 

Class includes phrase-work set by Gregory Dolbashian, and both music and musicality instruction by Mario Spinetti, whose credits in this capacity (as a musician, educator, and recording artist) include being a fellow for Misha Baryshnikov, collaborations with principal dancers from companies like Martha Graham, Nederlands Dans Theater, Bat Sheva, Parsons, and Complexions, pairings with commercial superstars from So You Think You Can Dance and World Of Dance, as well as course offerings, workshops, and/or creative partnerships with academic institutions like NYU, Pace Commercial Dance, and LaGuardia Arts High School. 


Mario Spinetti, BIO:

When asked to describe Mario Spinetti's singing, Garth Brooks, the best-selling solo artist of all time, said: “It's the most beautiful treatment I've ever heard, of any music, at all.“ And since publishing his music performances in late 2018, Mario has received accolades from dozens more artists, including the likes of legendary singer-songwriter Judy Collins, pop phenom Lizzo, multi-Grammy Award-winner Seal, and soul crooner Sam Smith, along with some of the most influential and successful writers and producers in the music industry. But Mario wasn't always exclusively a solo artist -- his history as a teacher has been equally illustrious, having worked with multi-platinum vocal recording artists, while educating at such prestigious establishments as NYU's Clive Davis Institute and LaGuardia Arts High School, with his own patented method of vocal pedagogy. He has also won John Lennon and Bertelsmann songwriting awards, and has taken solo bows at Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center. Now, as Mario sets out on a path to release more of his own music, he is choosing to give back to the forthcoming young artist community with a series of workshops and private lessons on contemporary vocal craft, as well as with his “Musicality For Dance” curriculum, created after over a decade of collaborations with movement artists from companies and programs such as Nederlands Dans Theater, Batsheva, Martha Graham, Parsons, So You Think You Can Dance, World Of Dance, and more.  The “Musicality For Dance” program was inaugurated at the Martha Graham School in New York City at the end of 2019.


Greg Dolbashian, BIO:

Born and raised in New York City Gregory Dolbashian received his dance training at the Alvin Ailey School, then graduated cum laude from SUNY Purchase dance conservatory. He debuted his own company The DASH Ensemble, in December 2010 at The JOYCE SoHo. DASH Company performance credits include The JOYCE Theater, Baryshnikov Arts Center, NYLA, Guggenheim Works and Process Series, as well as domestic touring all over the U.S. including Dallas, L.A., and North Carolina. 

He has additionally created original works for American Ballet Theater, Atlanta Ballet, American Dance Festival, and Hubbard Street 2. His collegiate and training program commissions include Juilliard, Point Park, LINES Ballet, NYU, and SUNY Purchase. Faculty positions include Broadway Dance Center, Gibney Dance, and Peridance Capezio Center. He has conducted multiple masterclasses around the country including Juilliard, NYU, UNCSA, UC Irvine, SUNY Purchase, and Point Park. In addition, Gregory, alongside fellow choreographer Loni Landon, is the co-founder of The PlaygroundNYC, a choreographic initiative that was voted 25 to Watch in 2013 by Dance Magazine.

pc: Mike Esperanza


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