Driven by movement exploration and personal investigation, and rooted in both classical and contemporary techniques, this class allows dancers the freedom to cultivate their own artistic voice and tune into their subtle energetic body.
Dance Days Chania Summer Workshop
Class is guided using two movement concepts; the body being as soft and available as possible to receive information, nuance, and feel sensation, as well as discovering external tension providing a limit and resistance to the body to allow feedback to be understood and experienced. Utilizing movement exercises, guided prompts, and structured phrase work, the class is designed to unite both the physical, athletic body with the nuances of the body’s response in a way that offers dancers more insight into their own artistic expression. It is my intent to provide a space of self-discovery and growth in the dancers as they study and observe new ways to move, think, and feel.
Choreography, for me, goes beyond just the design and organizations of steps and patterns. It is the study of dance and the study of the human body. We have so much untapped information within our body, from the energy we were created from, to the energies, emotions, traumas, and experiences we have acquired over the years. Movement is the body’s way of unlocking these sensations and connecting to a deeper level of the self beyond the physical body.
Christian Denice – Contemporary and Movement Study
For this workshop series, I would like to guide participants through my movement vocabulary and concepts through guided improvisations, phrase work, and personal study. I am driven by the athleticism of the physical body, and the emotional reactions this movement creates. My objective would be to use this workshop series as an opportunity to start a work in progress and explore concepts and themes for new commissions with the talented dancers and artists at DDC 10. This workshop is designed to allow dancers a space to explore new movement styles and techniques as well as allowing me the opportunity to connect my background and style from the United States with the culture and history so prominent in Greek dance and art.
Christian Denice‘s professional dance experience includes Odyssey Dance Theatre, River North Dance Chicago, and Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal. Christian has spent the past two years on faculty with the Joffrey Academy of Dance and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s HS Pro Program. As a choreographer, he has created new works for Odyssey Dance Theatre, LEVELdance Chicago, DanceWorks Chicago, Interlochen Center for the Arts, METdance too, the Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company, Visceral Dance Chicago, Missouri Contemporary Ballet, Western Michigan University, METdance Houston, Modern America Dance Company, Modas Dance, SALT II, Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company, and Eisenhower Dance Detroit. Christian is the 2015-2016 winner of the University of South Florida’s Echo Choreographic Competition and the 2016 winner of the Joffrey Academy’s Winning Works Choreographic competition. Christian has been on faculty with Modas Dance, Open Doors Dance Festival, EPIC Dance Utah, Eisenhower Dance Detroit NEWdanceFEST, Kansas City Jazz Dance Fest, DanceWorks Chicago Dance360, and AXIS Connect Los Angeles. Recently, Christian had the opportunity to re-stage KOSMOS by Andonis Foniadakis on the dancers of the National School of Dance in Athens, Greece.
21 – 24 July
16:00 – 19:00
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