workshops &

master classes

*All classes are open to intermediate/advanced students 15 years of age and up. Youth classes on Sunday are open to students 10 years of age and up.

Dance into words: A Writing Workshop

Elizabeth zimmer

Fri. March 8: 2:00pm-4:30pm & Sat. March 9 10:00am-12:30pm: Epic Center Basement Classroom

In this digital era, everybody’s a critic, yet few of us are paid for our work. The “mind share” for live arts, so lovingly developed during the decades of the “dance boom,” is in danger of evaporating. It behooves universities and arts organizations to equip viewers to see clearly and to share, in a lucid way, their experiences in theaters. As blogs and websites replace print journalism, and professional critics and editors lose their jobs, word of mouth becomes the chief mode of getting opinions and responses out.

The Dance into Words Workshop, a two-day experience, immerses spectators in a process of observation, description, and writing about live performance, designed to allow them to hone their writing skills and share their experiences in any forum, public or private, print or electronic, available in the community.

Participants attend an introductory session focusing on the observation of movement. They then attend the Friday evening RAD Fest performances and write a review of those performances under deadline pressure; copies of this work will be shared with all participants, and each review will be discussed and “edited” in a round-table format. Elizabeth Zimmer, a working arts journalist and former dance editor of the Village Voice, will lead this workshop and take questions throughout.


Ashley McQueen

Friday, March 8, 2019 2:00pm-3:15pm: Epic Center—Judy Jolliffe Theater

With an emphasis on artistic exploration, Contemporary with Ashley McQueen is a fusion of classical modern techniques, improvisational structures, and the athletic and musically-driven style of the New York-based company Smashworks Dance. Students begin with a technical warm-up in the center, intermixed with improvisational moments that allow students to test physical boundaries while focusing on intention and dynamics. Class progresses across the floor with fast-paced floor work and full body movement. Finishing off in the center, dancers learn a phrase and explore the possibilities within it as McQueen creates space for variation, improvisation, and physical contact.

Dancing in a Big World

Kent De Spain

Friday, March 8, 2019 3:30pm-4:45pm: Epic Center—Judy Jolliffe Theater

This is a modern/contemporary technique class at the intermediate level that explores skills for moving out into the space and filling it with a fully engaged you. Using sound, rhythm, and momentum, we will fill a big world with big dance and have some fun in the process.

Power, Rhythm, Speed: Modern Technique in Action


Saturday, March 9, 2019 9:00am-10:15am: Epic Center—Judy Jolliffe Theater

Rooted in Daniel’s contemporary choreography, this energetic master class challenges the dancer’s coordination, stamina, and speed. Known for a unique style blending modern dance, theater dance, folk and ballet, Daniel cultivates the physicality of the athlete and the expressivity of the artist. This fun technique class blends virtuosity with pedestrianism, casualness with precision. Rewiring the body to tackle rhythmic work and unexpected coordination challenges the dancer both physically and intellectually. The objectives: to gain a total awareness of the entire body at all times; to cultivate a versatility; to aid in the development and proficiency of dance regardless of genre.

Disconnect to Reconnect

jodie randolph

Saturday, March 9, 2018 10:30am-11:45am: Epic Center—Judy Jolliffe Theater

This class utilizes and explores principles in contact improvisation as seen from the postmodern movement of the 60's and 70's. Participants will learn how touch, sight and sound relate to physical and emotional interactions while trust, risk, and a sense of self are developed. Through the use of physics, both personal and environmental circumstances give way to an understanding of our relationship to the elements around us.

Contemporary Street Jazz

Gierre Godley

Saturday, March 9, 2019 12:00pm-1:15pm Epic Center—Judy Jolliffe Theater

Fusing together elements from jazz, contemporary, & hip hop the class focuses on the body as a moving rhythmic instrument. During the class emphasis will be placed on increase plie' depth, technique, musicality, and ease of movement. Dance should feel good. After this class, you are sure to feel good!

BodyPoetry: Improvisation & Meditation

Paris Cian Williams & Blair Ebony Smith

Saturday, March 9, 2019 1:30pm-2:45pm: Epic Center—Judy Jolliffe Theater

Through a contemporary and improvisational framework, we will collectively explore our relationship to movement, Black feminist poetics and sound. This class will focus on mindfulness through movement, grooving, freedom, breathe, and personal reflection. Our time together will call for creative movement that dreams with others and highly recommended for people committed to building worlds that celebrate Blackness, resist capitalism and transgress gender binaries.

Stability and Release (Youth class)

melanie swihart

Sunday, March 10, 2019 10:00am-11:15am: Epic Center—Judy Jolliffe Theater

Based off of the aesthetic principles of José Limón and Doris Humphrey, Stability and Release proposes intricate phrase work that requires dancers to quickly find their center. Floor work is utilized as a tool to connect dancers to the power of gravity, and our power to resist. Throughout warm-up, across the floor, and center movement phrase, dancers are challenged to let go: to release into gravity, suspend momentum and let their weight guide them to effectively move through space. Dancers will find themselves constantly shifting between states of complete abandon and control, while simultaneously absorbing the intricate reflections this form shares with the nature of our lives.

Contemporary African

nekeshia wall

Sunday, March 10, 2019 11:30am-12:45am: Epic Center—Judy Jolliffe Theater

This contemporary class is a fusion of contemporary dance, house, and traditional dances of guinea, senegal, mali, and burkina faso.