2017 DDCF Workshop

For all dancers ages 13 and up, classes will be provided by a number of instructors that will be performing and presenting work during the festival. Classes will included contemporary, modern, ballet, congolese, improvisation, jit, and more. Bring together these artist provides an opportunity for dancers to learn from the best in the industry from around the globe!

Friday 8/18

9:30-11:00

Joori Jung - Contemporary

11:00-12:30

Autumn Eckman - Contemporary

12:30-2:00

Chris Babingui - Congolese

2:00-3:30

Ziomara Hormaetxe-

Saturday 8/19

9:30-11:00

RE|dance group - Modern

11:00-12:30

Nick Neagle - Contemporary

12:30-2:00

Cat Manturuk - ModHopJazz

2:00-3:30

Valerie Alpert - Ballet

Sunday 8/20

9:30-11:00

Amy Morrow - Gaga/Dancers

11:00-12:30

Amy Cova - Contemporary

12:30-2:00

Kelly Hirina - Double Skin/Double Mind

2:00-3:30

Mikemansontht - JIT

Fees:   Drop-In Class $20, One Day Pass $55, Two Day Pass $100, Three Day Pass $140

Location: Wayne State University Old main campus

   4841 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48201 *On 3rd floor in studios

Cat Manturuk is the founder and artistic director of DANCE CAT-ALYST, a soul-driven contemporary dance company. A native of Detroit, MI, she holds a BFA in Dance and BS in Exercise Science from Western Michigan University.  Her music video credits lie with BET and MTVIndia, and she has been featured in Dance Spirit, Shape, and Elle magazine. DANCE CAT-ALYST seeks to educate audiences about health and dance through their style of movement called ModHopJazz.  Outreach programs and performances include: Nanjing, China; the NY Jazz Choreography Project; Battery Downtown Dance Festival; Brooklyn Dance Festival; Detroit Dance City Festival; Wellspring Cori Terry & Dancers; NYC’S Chelsea Piers Sports Center and Sky Rink; and Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival. Cat is a recipient of the ACDF Excellence in Performance and Choreography Award, a Harkness Scholarship, a National Dance Association Outstanding Scholarship, and Presidential Award. Her choreography has been noted as “creating heat…” by the LA Times and teaching role as “crisply alive…” by the NY Times. http://www.DanceCat-alyst.net CLASS DESCRIPTION: Cat Manturuk—a.k.a. Special Agent C—is the Artistic Director of Dance Cat-alyst Company, which specializes in a unique style called ModHopJazz. It combines the elements of Modern, Hip Hop, and Jazz to many funky grooves, including her song “Motown Soultown," "Groovematic," and "Get Up and "Get Up and Get Movin." Cat’s class utilizes a strong technical warm-up and progressions across the floor that easily morph into a combination filled with grounded floor patterns, footwork, and isolations. One minute you may be doing a jazz kick slide, the next minute a helicopter, then finessing the end sequence with a cabbage patch! In addition, Cat incorporates postural awareness due to her strong background in exercise science and dance. 

Cat Manturuk is the founder and artistic director of DANCE CAT-ALYST, a soul-driven contemporary dance company. A native of Detroit, MI, she holds a BFA in Dance and BS in Exercise Science from Western Michigan University.  Her music video credits lie with BET and MTVIndia, and she has been featured in Dance Spirit, Shape, and Elle magazine. DANCE CAT-ALYST seeks to educate audiences about health and dance through their style of movement called ModHopJazz.  Outreach programs and performances include: Nanjing, China; the NY Jazz Choreography Project; Battery Downtown Dance Festival; Brooklyn Dance Festival; Detroit Dance City Festival; Wellspring Cori Terry & Dancers; NYC’S Chelsea Piers Sports Center and Sky Rink; and Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival. Cat is a recipient of the ACDF Excellence in Performance and Choreography Award, a Harkness Scholarship, a National Dance Association Outstanding Scholarship, and Presidential Award. Her choreography has been noted as “creating heat…” by the LA Times and teaching role as “crisply alive…” by the NY Times. http://www.DanceCat-alyst.net

CLASS DESCRIPTION: Cat Manturuk—a.k.a. Special Agent C—is the Artistic Director of Dance Cat-alyst Company, which specializes in a unique style called ModHopJazz. It combines the elements of Modern, Hip Hop, and Jazz to many funky grooves, including her song “Motown Soultown," "Groovematic," and "Get Up and "Get Up and Get Movin." Cat’s class utilizes a strong technical warm-up and progressions across the floor that easily morph into a combination filled with grounded floor patterns, footwork, and isolations. One minute you may be doing a jazz kick slide, the next minute a helicopter, then finessing the end sequence with a cabbage patch! In addition, Cat incorporates postural awareness due to her strong background in exercise science and dance. 

Amy Morrow is a teacher, choreographer, consultant & founder of AM Arts. The TBX [ Toolbox Series ] provides professional workshops with international choreographers in Austin, Texas. TBX hosted 200+ artists through 22 residencies in partnership with The University of Texas, and Texas Performing Arts Center. Professional development includes training in Gaga, CounterTechnique®, Repertoire with Black Grace (New Zealand), Multi-media Labs with Jason Akira Somma, & Choreography Labs with Deborah Hay. AM Arts manages tours for award-winning Israeli choreographers such as Idan Sharabi & Inbal Oshman, SOL Dance Company. Her collective, The Theorists, are artist citizens who collaborate internationally to present homegrown accessible art in Austin. AM Arts hosted screenings, receptions & masterclasses for the award-winning documentary, Mr. Gaga at SXSW with the support of The Consulate General of Israel Southeast & Ballet Austin as well as the Santa Fe JFF, National Dance Institute, OKDFF, Circle Cinema, & ERJCC. Gaga/dancers classes are open to professional dancers or advanced dance students ages 16+. These classes last for an hour and fifteen minutes and are taught by dancers how have worked closely with Ohad Naharin. Gaga/dancers classes are built on the same principles as Gaga/people classes but also employ the specific vocabulary and skills that are part and parcel of a dancer’s knowledge. The layering of familiar movements with Gaga tasks presents dancers with fresh challenges, and throughout the class, teachers prompt the dancers to visit more unfamiliar places and ways of moving as well. Gaga/dancers deepens dancers’ awareness of physical sensations, expands their palette of available movement options, enhances their ability to modulate their energy and engage their explosive power, and enriches their movement quality with a wide range of textures.

Amy Morrow is a teacher, choreographer, consultant & founder of AM Arts. The TBX [ Toolbox Series ] provides professional workshops with international choreographers in Austin, Texas. TBX hosted 200+ artists through 22 residencies in partnership with The University of Texas, and Texas Performing Arts Center. Professional development includes training in Gaga, CounterTechnique®, Repertoire with Black Grace (New Zealand), Multi-media Labs with Jason Akira Somma, & Choreography Labs with Deborah Hay. AM Arts manages tours for award-winning Israeli choreographers such as Idan Sharabi & Inbal Oshman, SOL Dance Company. Her collective, The Theorists, are artist citizens who collaborate internationally to present homegrown accessible art in Austin. AM Arts hosted screenings, receptions & masterclasses for the award-winning documentary, Mr. Gaga at SXSW with the support of The Consulate General of Israel Southeast & Ballet Austin as well as the Santa Fe JFF, National Dance Institute, OKDFF, Circle Cinema, & ERJCC.

Gaga/dancers classes are open to professional dancers or advanced dance students ages 16+. These classes last for an hour and fifteen minutes and are taught by dancers how have worked closely with Ohad Naharin. Gaga/dancers classes are built on the same principles as Gaga/people classes but also employ the specific vocabulary and skills that are part and parcel of a dancer’s knowledge. The layering of familiar movements with Gaga tasks presents dancers with fresh challenges, and throughout the class, teachers prompt the dancers to visit more unfamiliar places and ways of moving as well. Gaga/dancers deepens dancers’ awareness of physical sensations, expands their palette of available movement options, enhances their ability to modulate their energy and engage their explosive power, and enriches their movement quality with a wide range of textures.

Creative partners, Lucy Riner and Michael Estanich, established RE|dance group in 2009 as a means to explore long distance collaborations and present dance theatre works that examine the many facets of human relationships.  Executive Director, Lucy Riner, is a Chicago based dance artist and teacher.  Artistic Director, Michael Estanich, lives in Stevens Point at the University of Wisconsin as an associate professor of dance.  Their creative process embodies rich emotional content and dramatic imagery through the layering of music, text and sculpture.  They seek to establish physical memories that enrich their dancing and the relationships created in their works. 

Creative partners, Lucy Riner and Michael Estanich, established RE|dance group in 2009 as a means to explore long distance collaborations and present dance theatre works that examine the many facets of human relationships.  Executive Director, Lucy Riner, is a Chicago based dance artist and teacher.  Artistic Director, Michael Estanich, lives in Stevens Point at the University of Wisconsin as an associate professor of dance.  Their creative process embodies rich emotional content and dramatic imagery through the layering of music, text and sculpture.  They seek to establish physical memories that enrich their dancing and the relationships created in their works. 

DOUBLE SKIN / DOUBLE MIND THE METHOD The workshop Double Skin/Double Mind reflects the basis of the artistic work by Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten. Over the years, this workshop developed into a clear structure in which the participants are challenged to develop their own creativity by becoming aware of new ways of dealing with the body. Breathing, Jumping, Expanding, Reducing and Transfer are the words that denote the different elements of the workshop, in which body and mind work together to achieve a physical metamorphosis by which the form of the movement matches the intention.

DOUBLE SKIN / DOUBLE MIND THE METHOD

The workshop Double Skin/Double Mind reflects the basis of the artistic work by Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten. Over the years, this workshop developed into a clear structure in which the participants are challenged to develop their own creativity by becoming aware of new ways of dealing with the body. Breathing, Jumping, Expanding, Reducing and Transfer are the words that denote the different elements of the workshop, in which body and mind work together to achieve a physical metamorphosis by which the form of the movement matches the intention.

Valerie Alpert is a native of Chicago and received her BFA in Dance from the University of Illinois, her MFA in Dance from The Ohio State University, and her Ph.D. in Dance from Texas Woman's University. In between her school years Alpert performed, choreographed, and taught dance both nationally and internationally. Since forming VADCO in 2000, Alpert’s choreography has drawn praise at many festivals across the United States and internationally as well. As a performer, Alpert toured with professional repertory dance companies in Chicago, Minneapolis, and Texas. As a company member with Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth and Zenon/Jazz Dance Company, she worked with internationally known choreographers and performed assorted repertory across the United States. Along with her extensive performing and choreographing experience, Alpert is equally enthusiast for sharing the experience of dance with people of all ages. She has been teaching dance classes in modern, ballet, jazz, composition, and improvisation to students of all ages and abilities since 1998. Alpert is currently on faculty at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois. Contemporary Latin/Ballet Technique: This class is designed to enhance technique for students/professionals interested in applying physical proficiency and performance skills to movement phrases. Along with expanding kinesthetic awareness, musicality, body strength and flexibility, there is a focus on dance as dynamic artistry. The class will explore Latin cultural styles fused with classical ballet technique. 

Valerie Alpert is a native of Chicago and received her BFA in Dance from the University of Illinois, her MFA in Dance from The Ohio State University, and her Ph.D. in Dance from Texas Woman's University. In between her school years Alpert performed, choreographed, and taught dance both nationally and internationally. Since forming VADCO in 2000, Alpert’s choreography has drawn praise at many festivals across the United States and internationally as well. As a performer, Alpert toured with professional repertory dance companies in Chicago, Minneapolis, and Texas. As a company member with Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth and Zenon/Jazz Dance Company, she worked with internationally known choreographers and performed assorted repertory across the United States. Along with her extensive performing and choreographing experience, Alpert is equally enthusiast for sharing the experience of dance with people of all ages. She has been teaching dance classes in modern, ballet, jazz, composition, and improvisation to students of all ages and abilities since 1998. Alpert is currently on faculty at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois.

Contemporary Latin/Ballet Technique: This class is designed to enhance technique for students/professionals interested in applying physical proficiency and performance skills to movement phrases. Along with expanding kinesthetic awareness, musicality, body strength and flexibility, there is a focus on dance as dynamic artistry. The class will explore Latin cultural styles fused with classical ballet technique. 

Nick Neagle founded the NSquared Dance Company in 2014 shortly after graduating with a BFA in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College. While in school, he studied composition and found a passion for choreographing.  Nick has produced three shows in New York City and is a reoccurring choreographer for the Queensboro Dance Festival and the Moving Beauty Series.  He is also the resident choreographer for the Lower East Side Shakespeare Company.  Nick has choreographed two shows, one of which he has nominated for“Outstanding Choreography” in the 2016 Planet Connection Awards.  Nick has shown work in over twenty-five festivals and is excited to show more dances through the end of June.  Nick is branching out of NYC wanting to share his work throughout the states.  Class Description: Class begins on the floor as dancers explore movement on the spine with a simple phrases designed to encourage the dancer to move skeletally and become aware of the connection between their breath and movement. Upon Its completion, the technique portion of the class begins.  The prior floor work is woven throughout to encourage softness of energy, even when executing difficult or fast movements.  This includes three sets of exercises that utilize principles from both classical and contemporary vocabulary. The class draws in keen body awareness, strength, power, balance, and flexibility.  Phrase work concludes the class where the dancer can put all their knowledge to work.

Nick Neagle founded the NSquared Dance Company in 2014 shortly after graduating with a BFA in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College. While in school, he studied composition and found a passion for choreographing.  Nick has produced three shows in New York City and is a reoccurring choreographer for the Queensboro Dance Festival and the Moving Beauty Series.  He is also the resident choreographer for the Lower East Side Shakespeare Company.  Nick has choreographed two shows, one of which he has nominated for“Outstanding Choreography” in the 2016 Planet Connection Awards.  Nick has shown work in over twenty-five festivals and is excited to show more dances through the end of June.  Nick is branching out of NYC wanting to share his work throughout the states.  Class Description: Class begins on the floor as dancers explore movement on the spine with a simple phrases designed to encourage the dancer to move skeletally and become aware of the connection between their breath and movement. Upon Its completion, the technique portion of the class begins.  The prior floor work is woven throughout to encourage softness of energy, even when executing difficult or fast movements.  This includes three sets of exercises that utilize principles from both classical and contemporary vocabulary. The class draws in keen body awareness, strength, power, balance, and flexibility.  Phrase work concludes the class where the dancer can put all their knowledge to work.

Autumn Eckman (Atlanta, GA) received her ballet training from the Houston Ballet Academy. In her twenty years as a professional dancer, Autumn had the privilege to work with and perform the works of some of the world’s leading contemporary dance makers including Benjamin Millepied, Ohad Naharin, Nacho Duato, Robert Ballet, Randy Duncan and Harrison McEldowney. Her performance career began with Giordano Dance Chicago before dancing with companies including Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Luna Negra Dance Theatre, Lucky Plush Productions, Ron De Jesus Dance and the State Street Ballet in Santa Barbara, CA. From 2009-2014 she served as Assistant Artistic Director of Giordano Dance Chicago and Director of its second company, Giordano II. As Giordano’s Resident Choreographer, she created nine original works for the company including JOLT which was recognized by Dance Magazine as a top choreographic pick of 2012. Autumn has also served as Artist-In-Residence for State Street Ballet and choreographed for DanceWorks Chicago, Visceral Dance Chicago, Big Muddy Dance Co., Wylliams-Henry Dance Company, Missouri Contemporary Ballet, Western Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, Stephens College, University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point and the University of Missouri- Kansas City as an awarded of their 2013 Choreographic Fellowship. Autumn is currently a member of The Cambrians- a global dance production network based out of Chicago. Autumn is an Iowa Arts Fellow at the University of Iowa where she received an MFA in Choreography and is thrilled to join the faculty of the University of Arizona in the fall of 2017.

Autumn Eckman (Atlanta, GA) received her ballet training from the Houston Ballet Academy. In her twenty years as a professional dancer, Autumn had the privilege to work with and perform the works of some of the world’s leading contemporary dance makers including Benjamin Millepied, Ohad Naharin, Nacho Duato, Robert Ballet, Randy Duncan and Harrison McEldowney. Her performance career began with Giordano Dance Chicago before dancing with companies including Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Luna Negra Dance Theatre, Lucky Plush Productions, Ron De Jesus Dance and the State Street Ballet in Santa Barbara, CA. From 2009-2014 she served as Assistant Artistic Director of Giordano Dance Chicago and Director of its second company, Giordano II. As Giordano’s Resident Choreographer, she created nine original works for the company including JOLT which was recognized by Dance Magazine as a top choreographic pick of 2012. Autumn has also served as Artist-In-Residence for State Street Ballet and choreographed for DanceWorks Chicago, Visceral Dance Chicago, Big Muddy Dance Co., Wylliams-Henry Dance Company, Missouri Contemporary Ballet, Western Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, Stephens College, University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point and the University of Missouri- Kansas City as an awarded of their 2013 Choreographic Fellowship. Autumn is currently a member of The Cambrians- a global dance production network based out of Chicago. Autumn is an Iowa Arts Fellow at the University of Iowa where she received an MFA in Choreography and is thrilled to join the faculty of the University of Arizona in the fall of 2017.

Joori Jung  Joori, of Seoul, Korea, is ARTLAB J and Artistic Director and Choreographer of ARTLAB J DANCE. She received her B.A and M.A in dance from Kyung Hee University. She toured internationally with the Seoul Dance Theatre. She danced with various dance companies in Korea before moving to NYC, where she pursued her own choreographic work. In 2012, she moved to Detroit and established ARTLAB J, to expand to contemporary dance and the arts community.   

Joori Jung 

Joori, of Seoul, Korea, is ARTLAB J and Artistic Director and Choreographer of ARTLAB J DANCE. She received her B.A and M.A in dance from Kyung Hee University. She toured internationally with the Seoul Dance Theatre. She danced with various dance companies in Korea before moving to NYC, where she pursued her own choreographic work. In 2012, she moved to Detroit and established ARTLAB J, to expand to contemporary dance and the arts community. 

 


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