DDCF is proud to present a series of master classes, taught by accomplished local, national, and international practitioners in DIVERSE fieldS of dance. Many of our classes will be led by the same exceptional instructors, artists, and choreographers who will be performing and presenting their work during the festival. For all dancers ages 13 and up, our Master Class series provides a unique opportunity for dancers to learn from the best in the industry from across the globe!

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MORE ABOUT DDCF MASTER CLASSES

Contemporary Movement, with Alexander Dones

Friday, 9:15 - 10:30 am

This class will focus on exploration of the self and the artist's surrounding environment and the creative choices that present themselves within both. Class will start with a warm up of the body and mind using a series of guided improvisational games/tasks followed by a choreographed phrase. This workshop will culminate with an improvisation circle and a communal moment of appreciation. All levels/styles encouraged to participate.

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Improvisation, with Amy Chavasse

Friday, 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Warming up and tuning in using prompts that coax and encourage fearlessness, audacity,  alertness, fierce physicality and playfulness, we will build solo and small group compositions. We'll seek inventive and unexpected encounters that honor the ways our bodies react in unfamiliar situations. Humor and absurdity will be prioritized.

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LMA + Ballet, with Seyong Kim

Saturday, 9:15 - 10:30 AM

The class LMA + Ballet is a practical ballet class based on the integration between LMA (Laban Movement Analysis) theory and fundamental movement concepts of classical ballet method. This class allows the dancers to explore whole body coordination/connectivity focusing on Stability/Mobility, Function/Expression, Kinesphere/Atmosphere, and Body Phasing. The goal of this class is to discover body awareness and the form and shape of the moving body in space.

Be sure to catch Seyong Kim’s choreographic work, featured in DDCF’s Dance and Celebration performance!

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Contemporary, with Carmelo Segura

Saturday, 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Through guided improvisation and choreography, we will investigate different states of energy, sensation and intention. We will explore how to exhaust these physical places to go beyond the patterns of comfort and habit. Skills that increase the relationship with the group and performance.

Joining us all the way from Madrid, Spain, Carmelo Segura will be a featured performer in DDCF’s Dance and Celebration performance!

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Partner Ring, with Dong-Won Lee

Sunday, 9:15 - 10:30 AM

This workshop is a movement creation class using the center of gravity of the body. The basis of movement is to use contact improvisation. Please prepare by wearing long clothing and have a friendly mind.

Be sure to catch choreographer Dong-Won Lee’s work that will be featured in DDCF’s Dance and Celebration performance!

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Double Skin/Double Mind, with Kelly Hirina

Sunday, 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

The workshop Double Skin / Double Mind represents the basis of Emio Greco | PC’s creative work. This workshop through the years has developed a very clear structure in which participants are challenged to explore their own creativity by learning new ways of dealing with their bodies. Breathing, Jumping, Expanding, and Reducing are the words that describe the main parts of the workshop, in which body and mind cooperate to achieve a physical metamorphosis, melting the form of the movement with its intention.

Utmost concentration, extreme effort and physical exhaustion play important roles in the work of Emio Greco| PC. By moving on the boundaries of the achievable, the dancers lose control over the image of the movement. They find themselves in a state that not only transcends the social body, but also, in a sense, the private. Because of the organic development of the movement repertoire, the dancer cannot conceal himself by using decorative variations; he is forced to concentrate on how the movement comes into being and what differs each time it is made. The trancelike quality thus created can only be generated by a consciously agitating dancer and a highly lucid articulation of the body.
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All DDCF Master Classes take place on the Detroit Film Theatre stage, at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

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