Join Essence of Embodiment for

Our Movement Workshops

March 18th to 21st, 2021

SMUSH Gallery presents the Essence of Embodiment Festival as part of the Curatorial Fellowship in Dance '20-'21. All of our live dance and movement workshops will be hosted through Zoom and will be conducted in Eastern Time. We are capping our classes at 20 participants, please find the registration link below to sign-up. At this time we are not releasing recordings or replays of our classes. All of our classes are open-level. All are welcome.

For more information on how to register for our movement workshops, visit our Festival page


Day One - 3/18/21 - Thu

Psycho-Spiritual Movement

Tal Levy - Cohen

Founder of Tal Motion

9 AM ET / 6 AM PT / 3 PM CET

Afro Flow Yoga

Tina Monica Williams

Afro Flow Yoga

11:30 AM ET / 8:30 AM PT / 5:30 PM CET

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Stage World encounter with Therapy & Spirituality World - To know what you are feeling and to express it authentically through movement. In the workshop, through techniques of dance, theatre and expressive arts therapies - we will connect to our bodies, minds and spirits and we will give expression to ourselves entirely.

It can be useful if participants have their own ready solo that they want to deepen their expression in it and learn to perform it more authentically. However, it is not obligatory.

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Afro Flow Yoga® is an embodied practice that infuses dance movements of the African Diaspora with a meditative yoga sequence and live healing music. Deeply connect with the soulful rhythmic drums, gain strength and flexibility. Afro Flow Yoga® promotes individual and collective healing in a compassionate, non-judgmental, inclusive and safe environment. These sessions are open to all levels and abilities.


No experience necessary. Wear comfortable clothing, bring some water and a yoga mat (if you've got one).

For more information, go to www.afroflowyoga.com.

Four Elements

Doron Perk

Company Dancer in ZviDance

12:45 PM ET / 9:45 AM PT / 6:45 PM CET

Xsa Xercise

Zsameria Rayford

Dancer and Educator

Creator of SwapDC

2 PM ET / 11 AM PT / 8 PM CET

Self-Release Techniques

Lauren McIntyre, ATC

Harkness Center for Dance Injuries

3:15 PM ET / 12:15 PM PT / 9:15 PM CET

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The workshops explore ways earth, water, fire, and air manifest in the body using visualisation and movement. The aim is to create new and exciting connections between our understanding of the elements and the sensations that already exist within us.

Please bring:

A mat or carpet to be comfortable.

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To tune in to the basic awareness of the body through movement. When we put our awareness into a specific body part, like the heart or the feet, we recognize as time goes on we begin to sense what is really happening is that those places themselves are already aware and we are tuning into the awareness that already exists. This awareness is not limited to that body part, but throughout the entire body. The body is intelligent, so much more so than the ego (me/I) that we usually operate from. Let's get in touch with it through Xsa Xercise.

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In this workshop, we will discuss techniques for releasing soft tissue using foam rollers, massage balls, and other tools. We will look at anatomical images corresponding to the tissues we are addressing and cover healthy post-release stretching. Participants are strongly encouraged to have their own favorite foam roller (or massage ball or other self-massage tool) on hand.

Day Two - 3/19/21 - Fri

Holistic Dance Therapy

Tyde-Courtney Edwards

Founder of Ballet After Dark

9 AM ET / 6 AM PT / 3 PM CET

Expressive Flamenco

Laura Sánchez

Founder of LS Flamenco

10:15 AM ET / 7:15 AM PT / 4:15 PM CET

Guided Embodiment Practices: Body, Earth, and Nature Mapping

Tai Chou-Kudu

NYC-Based Craniosacral Biodynamic Therapist

11:30 AM ET / 8:30 AM PT / 5:30 PM CET

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A soothing, 60 minute session inclusive of gentle ballet technique and stretches, journaling, meditation and other self care strategies. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and expect to engage in light conversation.

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Expressive Flamenco© is an emerging expressive arts practice that explores holistic healing through the prescribed movements of flamenco dance. It begins by turning the dancer's attention inward, with the goal of connecting with the authentic self. In this 2-hour evening workshop, participants will be introduced to this new expressive arts-based method through a group experiential demonstrating the healing power of Expressive Flamenco©. Combining dance with other expressive arts activities, this practice promotes self-realization and wellbeing through the freedom of multimodal self-expression. This inclusive, arts-based approach provides participants with the opportunity to engage in a cross-culturally enriched activity that has therapeutic benefits on a variety of levels—not the least of which is expressing emotions from sadness and frustration to joy and jubilation during a pandemic time of uncertainty and restriction. No dance talent necessary. All are invited.

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Guided body-based meditative practices: Body scanning, An Earth, Body, Sky meditation, and a Safe Space/Place in Nature visualization

Four Elements

Doron Perk

Dancer in ZviDance

12:45 PM ET / 9:45 AM PT / 6:45 PM CET

Windows in the Sky

Mirah Moriarty & Rodrigo Esteva

Founding Directors of DANCE MONKS

2 PM ET / 11 AM PT / 8 PM CET

Dance, Mind, Body

Fadi J Khoury

Founder of

Fadi J Khoury Dance

3:15 PM ET / 12:15 PM PT / 9:15 PM CET

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The workshops explore ways earth, water, fire, and air manifest in the body using visualisation and movement. The aim is to create new and exciting connections between our understanding of the elements and the sensations that already exist within us.

Please bring:

A mat or carpet to be comfortable.

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Windows of the Sky is a workshop taught by Rodrigo Esteva and Mirah Moriarty, founding Directors of the internationally traveled DANCE MONKS based in the SF Bay area and Yucatan, Mexico. They will focus on the ancient acupressure system of the human body as a gateway to access your inner world, initiate healing and regain balance during times of turbulent change. This movement meditation practice includes holding specific points on your own body as a way to fine tune your intuitive listening and sensitize your perception. This class will also incorporate movement and breath as tools for releasing pent up or stagnant emotions and ignite our enlivened relationship with the environment. No previous experience is necessary.

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Workshop with demonstration of diverse movement cultures that incorporate Eastern and Western influences. Topics include: Rhythm - Body alignment - Community energy - Being present in the moment - The Impact of lines and colors on choreography.


Day Three 3/20/21 - Sat

Elements of Dance

CocoMotion

Founder of NuTribe Dance Company, LLC

10 AM ET / 7 AM PT / 4 PM CET

Interplay: Finding Inner Authority Through Body Wisdom

Nandita Batheja & Libby Mislan

Interplay

11:30 AM ET / 8:30 AM PT / 5:30 PM CET

Four Elements

Doron Perk

Dancer in ZviDance

12:45 PM ET / 9:45 AM PT / 6:45 PM CET

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This class will explore movement fundamentals from hip hop and afro styles; vocabulary will include grooves and isolations. Class begins with mediation, warm up and will conclude with short routine. Students should have cameras on, all styles and levels are welcome to join.

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InterPlay is form of creative expression that uses storytelling, movement, sound, stillness and connection to unlock the wisdom of the body. It helps to free your voice, center your internal authority, uncover stories and insights held in your body, and to create abundant joy!

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The workshops explore ways earth, water, fire, and air manifest in the body using visualisation and movement. The aim is to create new and exciting connections between our understanding of the elements and the sensations that already exist within us.

Please bring:

A mat or carpet to be comfortable.

Synergy Method

Paul Scott Bullen

UK-Based Performance Specialist and Choreographer

Class recording available

MORNING EXORCISE: dancing ecologies 🌱🐌🦋

Jas Lin

Tongva-Based (LA) Movement Artist & Facilitator

3:15 PM ET / 12:15 PM PT / 9:15 PM CET

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A meditative, enriching Pilates practice to strengthen and condition the body, increase flexibility, connect to breath and balance the mind.

Screening "Interstice" as part of our film programming.

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MORNING as in awakening– to our senses, our surroundings, our agency EXORCISE as in ritual– for purging the body of habitual, socialized choreographies grounded in the principles and elements of emergent strategy, “dancing ecologies” is a collective journey through breath, guided meditation, biomimicry movement experiments, and group reflections. according to adrienne maree brown, “emergent strategy is how we intentionally change in ways that grow our capacity to embody the just and liberated worlds we long for.” what are the competencies and capacities we need to expand in a time of repeating crises? what new speeds of moving do we need to cultivate attention, depth, and trust? what can we learn from the biologically indeterminate shape of fungal networks? how can we inhabit body in a way that honors our interdependence, that re-members what joanna macy calls the “ecological self which recognizes that the world is its body”? this movement workshop is open to all who are in the practice of shaping change towards life & liberation for all becomings. MORNING EXORCISE seeks to inspire the wholeness of all bodies, recognizing the body both as a technology of freedom and site for transformative potential.

Day Four 3/21/21 - Sun

Gospel Dance 'n Tone

Marlene Watts

Dancer - High School Educator - Actress - Fitness Model/Instructor - Creator

9 AM ET / 6 AM PT / 3 PM CET

Crip Time, in Real Time

Dani Cole

Collaborator with jill sigman/thinkdance and ECHOensemble, Founder and Artistic Leader & Organizer of Mobilized Voices/M O B I V

10:15 AM ET / 7:15 AM PT / 4:15 PM CET

Contemporary Graham

Wendy Powell

ZCO/Dance Project and Agoci Inc.

11:30 AM ET / 8:30 AM PT / 5:30 PM CET

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Gospel Dance ‘n Tone is 60 mins of upbeat dance-cardio and bodyweight strengthening exercises set to motivational Contemporary and Afro-Caribbean Gospel music. WARNING: This is not your average praise dance experience! It is definitely “exercise in disguise” that’s heavy on the spiritual/healing vibe.

No props/equipment necessary.

Great for all bodies.

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"Crip Time, in real-time" disrupts the continuing pressures of capitalist movement and productivity that negates and blocks disabled+ bodies from moving in their own time(s) and with disabled+ communities. Real-time is often attributed to computing systems, quick-pacing, and short deadlines. How may our bodies reclaim and reorient real-time in multiplicative Crip space? Through stasis-filled meditations, movement improvisation, accessible “listening" activities, and optional conversation, we will simultaneously practice individual choice-making and collective engagements while creating redefinitions in current time. No rush, being with the ongoing and ever-changing liberated pacing of each body. Participants are encouraged to have somewhere to author text for this workshop (i.e. voice to text, pencil and paper, computer/cell phone notes app, etc.). This workshop is open to those who identify as disabled+ and non-disabled.

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This class covers the basics of the Graham modern dance technique: the exploration of floor work, spirals, contraction, and release and use of the back through fourth position on the floor. It further explores safe knee work and standing center floor with simple fun patterns of movement. The class ends with a short combination utilizing all the elements learned in class.

Four Elements

Doron Perk

Dancer in ZviDance

12:45 PM ET / 9:45 AM PT / 6:45 PM CET

Ballet & LMA for Everyone

Seyong Kim

Western Michigan University

2 PM ET / 11 AM PT / 8 PM CET

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The workshops explore ways earth, water, fire, and air manifest in the body using visualisation and movement. The aim is to create new and exciting connections between our understanding of the elements and the sensations that already exist within us.

Please bring:

A mat or carpet to be comfortable.

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"BALLET + LMA" is a holistic ballet class integrated a concept of LMA (Laban Movement Analysis). This class will help people to understand individuality of each own body and to explore fundamental kinesthetic concepts such as body connectivity, dimensional quality, spatial intent, and somatic awareness. My teaching philosophy is based in an ongoing curiosity to invite new body understanding in ballet in contemporary society and a training of unprejudiced noticing to appreciate the unique gifts in each dancing body. The goals of this class are to discover body awareness and the shape of moving body in space.


Note: Set up a Barre. If you don't have one, you can grab something stable like chairs, table... (this class will be performed in body-half activity holding something !)

Mantras in Motion

Betti Joann Guerra

Founder of Ballet de Guerra

3:15 PM ET / 12:15 PM PT / 9:15 PM CET

Moving Your Story

Teresa Fellion

Founder of BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance

4:30 PM ET / 1:30 PM PT / 10:30 PM CET

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Mantras in Motion is a movement class designed by Betti JoAnn Guerra to culminate a space for individuals of all movement backgrounds to investigate the many facets of our humanity by adhering to simple tasks of repetition. Through moving meditations we will focus on the poetic narrations that reside within the body whether consciously or unconsciously. We will uncover the many variables that make up our human behavior such as "passivity" (the study of accepting, being still and not reacting) and its dual partner "activity" (the study of doing, responding and resisting). Within the nature of these dualities we will begin to unlock the pure joy that excretes from conducting corporeal labor and how it compliments the passivity of rest. In all of this, we meditate on the mundane and the minor in order to find the pure joy that surpasses external experiences however painful or satisfying. We let the honesty of these intimate dances and poems that we will create be our mantras for how we want to live.

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Moving Your Story incorporates guided movement, improvisation, composition to process the current social climate, and to reflect on lived-experience of fear or trauma, in order to re-shape and move through. With each new exercise participants will build communities, reflect via movement over past lived experiences, and stimulate a process of healing.

Please bring a writing/doodling utensil and paper.

Screening "Healing Currently Downloading" as part of our film programming.

Teacher Bios

Tal Levy - Cohen

She/Her/Hers

Founder of Tal Motion


Fadi Khoury

He/Him/His

Founder of

Fadi J Khoury Dance

Tina Monica Williams

She/Her/Hers

Afro-Flow Yoga

Bio

"Stage World encounter with Therapy & Spirituality World"

Stage Artist - Creator & performer & Dance & movement Therapist.

Teaches stage artists & women the way to an authentic performance & authentic personal expression.

MA - Expressive arts Therapies, Leslie University Boston.

Professional Diploma in Dance Studies, Laban Center, where she received the The Mary Zemke Fund award, as an appreciation for creating a positive student experience for the students.

Graduated acting studies - Method Studio & The City Lit, London.

Teaching "Psycho Spiritual Movement" on Thu 3/18 at 9 AM ET

Screening "TAL" as part of our film programming.

Bio

Since 2018, he has been the Dance Artist-in-Residence at Kings County Hospital/Brooklyn in the Wellness and Recovery Division, Behavioral Health Services. The goal of the program is to use dance to help remove the stigma of, and to help the public better understand, mental illnesses. He teaches a probono class for staff in conjunction with the "Helping Healers Heal" program in providing mental health care services to staff. Through his dance company, FJK Dance, Inc., he's developed a unique program challenging traditional cultural stereotypes, "A Fusion of Culture and Dance" that brings diverse people together. He has also taught students in the Arabic Studies Center at Hunter College, CUNY, and at Brooklyn College, CUNY.

Teaching "Dance, Mind, Body" on Thu 3/18 at 10:15 AM ET

Bio

Tina is delighted to bring Afro Flow Yoga® to this year’s Essence of Embodiment Festival.

Tina has been teaching dance and movement for over 20 years. Her introduction to dance began at a young age through the use of American Sign Language and gesture when communicating with her hearing-impaired parents.

Tina’s study and curiosity of movement and the inherent wisdom that our bodies offer developed. After training on fellowship at The Ailey School, Tina Monica joined the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, performing on international stages for over 10 years. As well, she is a RYT 200 certified yoga teacher with a focus on curiosity, embodiment, and alignment awareness.

Tina was instantly drawn to the practice of Afro Flow Yoga® after being reconnected with Founder, Leslie Salmon Jones, who she trained with at The Ailey School. The practice creates space for non-judgement, self regulation, movement curiosity, and self-discovery.

Tina strives to hold space and offer support within the practice to encourage self-dialogue with the physical body to access the wisdom it holds.

Teaching Afro-Flow Yoga on Thu 3/18 at 11:30 AM ET

Doron Perk

He/Him/His

Dancer with ZviDance

Zsameria Rayford

She/Her/Hers

Dancer and Educator

Creator of Swap DC

Lauren McIntyre, ATC

She/Her/Hers

ATC, Clinical Specialist, Emergency Management Liaison at NYU Langone’s Harkness Center for Dance Injuries

Bio

Doron is a dancer, choreographer and Gaga movement teacher. Danced in Croatia(HNK), Spain(CND) and Israel(The Batsheva Ensemble - The Young Company). Currently living in Brooklyn as an independent dance artist and recipient of the O1 - Extraordinary Ability in the Arts visa.

Teaching the "Four Elements" workshop everyday 3/18 to 3/21 at 12:45 PM ET

Bio

Zsameria Rayford is the co-creator of SwapDC, a Washington, DC based company aimed to bring awareness to the consequences of consumerism on our environment and culture. She hopes to creatively promote recycling and cultivate community engagement by way of up-cycled fashion. Known for her unique style approach, this DC native uses her eclectic background, years in the fashion industry, and strategic community development to pave the way to create and build environmental literacy.

Teaching "Xsa Xercise" on Thu 3/18 at 2 PM ET

Bio

Lauren McIntyre, ATC, Clinical Specialist, Emergency Management Liaison at NYU Langone’s Harkness Center for Dance Injuries.

Ms. McIntyre provides backstage care to Broadway shows and dance companies as well as injury prevention assessments and educational lectures to the dance community. She is an on-site certified athletic trainer for the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College, SUNY.

Teaching "Self Release Techniques on Thu 3/18 at 3:15 PM ET

Tyde-Courtney Edwards

She/Her/Hers

Founding Director of Ballet After Dark

Laura Sánchez

She/Her/Hers

Founder of LS Flamenco

Tai Chou-Kudu

She/Her/Hers

NYC-Based Craniosacral Biodynamic Therapist

Bio

Tyde-Courtney Edwards is the Founding Director of Ballet After Dark, a classically trained ballerina, art model and survivor of sexual assault. Born and raised in Baltimore City, she is a graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts and has over 20 years of dance training and experience. Trained in various styles of dance including classical and contemporary ballet, pointe, modern, lyrical, jazz, tap and hip-hop, she conceptualized Ballet After Dark after struggling with recovery following her sexual assault. Tyde-Courtney has trained with Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Peabody

Conservatory, Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey and other institutions while receiving training from local dance pioneers such as Anton Wilson and Stephanie Powell. She currently resides in Baltimore City.

Teaching "Ballet After Dark" on Fri 3/19 at 9 AM ET

Screening "Ballet After Dark" the documentary as part of our film programming

Bio

Laura Sánchez is an expressive dance artist, choreographer and educator originally from Cádiz, Spain. She began her flamenco education as a child and received professional training from the Dance Conservatory of Madrid. Laura holds a Professional Certificate in Expressive Arts Therapies from Lesley University where she developed an emerging therapeutic dance practice, Expressive Flamenco©. She facilitates workshops, presents this work internationally and continues to serve annually as Guest Professor for the Lesley University Expressive Therapies Master’s Program. Laura actively performs in flamenco venues in the Eastern U.S., and placed 3rd at the 2016 Flamenco Certamen USA, an international competition that takes place in NYC annually. She works as independent choreographer for organizations including Boston College of Fine Arts, Massachusetts Government, Bridgewater University, and Kingston Theater. In her most recent work, AFTER DARK, Laura found herself a filmmaker; telling the resilience stories of a community affected by the Covid-19 global pandemic.

Teaching "Expressive Flamenco" on Fri 3/19 at 10:15 AM ET

Screening "After Dark" as part of our film programming.

Bio

Tai is a Blasian Somatic Practitioner who is passionate about body-based trauma healing and reconnection in POC and LGBTQ communities.

Teaching "Guided Embodiment Practices: Earth, Body, and Nature Mapping" on Fri 3/19 at 11:30 AM Et

Mirah Moriarty & Rodrigo Esteva

She/Her/Hers &

He/Him/His

Founders of Dance Monks

Coco Motion

She/Her/Hers

Founder of NuTribe Dance Company, LLC

Nandita Bethja

She/Her/Hers

Dancer with Interplay

Bio

Rodrigo Esteva and Mirah Moriarty are the co-founding directors of DANCE MONKS, currently living in the San Francisco Bay Area of California in the Xučyun (Huichin) Ohlone lands and in Yucatán, Mexico of the Yucatec Mayans. They founded DANCE MONKS in the year 1999 while living in the mountains of Xalapa, Mexico, and Ook'ot International Dance Festival in 2020. They have dedicated their lives to interdisciplinary, experimental work that delves into the intimate and ancient relationship between people and Nature. They view dance as a potent medium to rekindle our relationship with the mythic and mend the stories that are held in our bodies and in the land. Rodrigo and Mirah have taught and performed internationally over the last 20+ years as a duet and extensively with world-renowned companies in major festivals, universities, and venues throughout the United States and Mexico as well as in Canada, Peru, and Europe. http://www.dancemonks.com

Teaching "Windows of the Sky" on Fri 3/19 at 2 PM Et

Screening "Fire in the Mountain" as part of our film programming.

Bio

As founder and artistic director of NuTribe Dance Company, LLC. The company's mission is to create work which explores the world using a sociological lens. N.T.D.C believes the culture of Black social dance should be celebrated and recognized in spaces that represent our styles but exclude our people. We aim to showcase the stories of the marginalized and oppressed through hip hop, funk and spoken word.

Teaching "Elements of Dance" on Sat 3/20 at 10 AM ET

Bio

Nandita Batheja is a somatic facilitator, artist and educator who works across sectors, advocating for justice, liberation and creative being. Their work explores ancestral stories buried in the body, memory & migration, and movement as poetry & philosophy.

Co-Teaching "Interplay: Finding Inner Authority through Body Wisdom" on Sat 3/20 at 11:30 AM ET

Libby Mislan

She/Her/Hers

Dancer with Interplay

Teresa Fellion

She/They

Founder of Bodystories: Teresa Fellion dance

Jas Lin

They/Them/Theirs

Tongva-Based (LA) Movement Artist & Facilitator


Bio

Libby Mislan is a poet and community-based artist in Queens, New York. Her work weaves the personal and the political in explorations of ancestral lineage, personal, collective and ecological healing, and radical re-imaginings.

Co-Teaching "Interplay: Finding Inner Authority through Body Wisdom" on Sat 3/20 at 11:30 AM ET

Bio

Teresa Fellion founded BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance in 2011, after choreographing independently since 2004. Teresa completed a Dance MFA from Sarah Lawrence, and has taught regularly at The Ailey School, Sarah Lawrence, DreamYard Project, and Ross School Summer Dance Program. Teresa has worked in social justice activism since the 1990’s.

Teaching "Moving Your Story" on Sat 3/20 at 2 PM ET

Screening "Healing Currently Downloading" as part of our film programming.

Bio

jas lin (they/them) is a movement artist and facilitator born, raised, and based on unceded Tongva land (los angeles). they are committed to creating and holding alternative spaces grounded in un-learning and un-teaching oppressive, Othering, and superficial ways of moving, being, sensing, and knowing. lin stages exorcisms for purging choreographies of the learned body and shutting down internal and external surveillance cameras that suggest there is a Proper way to move through the world. lin’s workshops, choreographies, and films have been shared around the world, including NAVEL LA, Kassel Dokfest, British Museum, and MoCA Shanghai.

Teaching Morning Exorcise: Dancing Ecologies on Sat 3/20 at 3:15 PM ET

Screening "Or...?" and "Beauty Ritual" as part of our film programming

Marlene Watts

She/Her/Hers

Dancer - High School Educator - Actress - Fitness Model/Instructor - Creator

Dani Cole

She/Her/Hers

Collaborator with jill sigman/thinkdance and ECHOensemble, Founder, Artistic Leader & Organizer of Mobilized Voices/M O B I V

danicoledance.com

Wendy Powell

She/Her/Hers

Dancer with ZCO/Dance Project and Agoci Inc, CCNY M.S. ED Educational Theatre Candidate

Bio

She has a big smile and an even bigger heart for serving and inspiring others to be their best self, inside and out. Marlene is a Dancer - High School Educator - Actress - Fitness Model/Instructor - Creator - dog-mom of two rescues (Nala Rai, 9 and Q-Tip, 4). She has such a gift when it comes to movement and teaching, and for the past 14 years of her life, she has managed to marry the two in private dance studios, public schools, and group fitness classes.


“Queen Marlene” as she is affectionately known, is a Houston, TX native. She earned her BFA in Dance at NYU and a Master’s of Arts in Dance Education at Hunter College. Marlene’s passion for fitness/dance and education are inextricably connected. Marlene is dedicated to making every class a unique and creative experience for the mind and body. While performing in cirque style shows, music videos, with pro-cheer teams, and various live theater venues, Marlene has simultaneously dedicated years to honing her craft as a true educator who values bringing healing, health, and wellness to every person who takes her class.

Teaching "Gospel Dance 'n Tone" on Sun 3/21 at 9:00 AM ET

Bio

Dani Cole lives on the unceded land of the Lenape & Canarsie people as an interdisciplinary artist, educator, and writer. Previously, Dani served as the Editorial Associate of Imagining: A Gibney Journal and as the Curatorial Associate & Artist Coordinator at Gibney, working directly with Eva Yaa Asantewaa, Sarah A.O. Rosner, and Beau Banks. Dani’s artistic work centers body politics, improvisation, and the interdisciplinary; movement, text, and sonic vibration weave together reflections, current-ness, and imaginative realizations of disabled+ existence(s). Recently, Dani has shifted away from choreographic work to focus on facilitation and multidimensional movement spaces with access centered in process. She founded the collective Mobilized Voices/MO B I V in 2018 and received generous support from residencies at Mana Contemporary and the Steffi Nossen School of Dance, among others. Dani was also part of the 92Y’s Dance Up! next generation of young choreographers. Her writing has been featured through Gibney and shared on The Dance Enthusiast. Currently, she is a collaborator with jill sigman/thinkdance and ECHOensemble while teaching embodied writing workshops, guiding movement classes for disabled+ and non-disabled bodies, and serving on guest faculty at various movement centers. danicoledance.com

Bio

Wendy Ann Powell is an African American woman and was born in Brooklyn, NY. Wendy attended Public Schools and studied dance at Brooklyn College. She studied and performed with Dance June Lewis & Company. As an original member of Ayitia la Dance Company, Dance Danamaria, Agoci Inc. and Alden Moves Dance Theater she performed in an immersive version of the Nutcracker. Over the years, Wendy has performed for elected officials, religious institutions, hospitals, schools, cultural institutions and senior citizen centers. As a Girl Scout leader, she has taught dance workshops to Daises, Brownies, and mentored various Girl Scout dance projects. In 2015, she was invited to perform by National Teaching Artist, Margaret Elaine Plaza of Omega Dance Company. She’s a 2016 Brooklyn Arts Council Grant recipient. She teaches Modern, Haitian, Ballet, Jazz dance and is a certified Zumba Instructor. Wendy is an MS. Educational Theatre Candidate at City College Education Department and has joined ZCO/DANCEPROJECT, an inclusive disability dance company. She is also a member of Agoci Inc. a contemporary modern dance and Haitian dance company in East New York, Brooklyn.

Teaching "Contemporary Graham on Sun 3/21 at 11:30 AM ET

Seyong Kim

He/Him/His

Western Michigan University

Betti Joann Guerra

She/Her/Hers

Founder of Ballet De Guerra

Paul Scott Bullen

He/Him/His

UK-Based Performance Specialist and Choreographer

https://paulscottbullen.wordpress.com/

Bio

Seyong Kim, Assistant Professor of Dance at Western Michigan University, holds an MA in Dance Education from New York University and an MA/BA in Dance from Sung-Kyun-Kwan University in South Korea as well as an ABT® Certified Teacher and a Certified Movement Analyst. He has taught for Rutgers University, Kent State University, Randolph College, Peridance, American College Dance Association, Alabama Dance Festival, Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, and Charlottesville Ballet. Seyong has danced with Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Albania Opera Ballet Theatre, Traverse City Dance Project, Neglia Ballet, TAKE Dance, and Oakland Ballet Company. His choreographies were performed at the BAM Fisher, Jazz in Lincoln Center, Landestheater Coburg in Germany, Dance in ITALY Festival, Dzul International Dance Festival in Mexico, JueDai Taipei International Dance Festival, Seoul International Dance Festival in TANK, Dumbo Dance Festival, Battery Dance Festival, Lindenwood University, Cleveland Dance Festival, Midwest RAD Festival, Chicago International Dance Forum, Detroit Dance City Festival, and Boston Contemporary Dance Festival.

Teaching "Ballet and LMA for Everyone" Sun 3/21 at 2 PM ET

Bio

Rebekah “Betti” Guerra began her dance career as a member of Riverside-based dance

companies Counterpoint/Shift and Intersect Dance Theatre. Further into her career she transferred to University of California, Riverside where she received scholarships such as the Dorella Anderson Award, the Chancellor's Performance Award

in Dance as well as the opportunity to be a Gluck Fellow. From 2018-Present, Guerra continues to develop her craft by

training with artists such as Sidra Bell, Bobbi Jene Smith, Ohad Naharin, Daiane Lopes da Silva, Hillel Kogan,

Micaela Taylor, Nader Hamed, Yin Yue & Ballet Hispanico. Her movement practices are rooted in movement

research, dance theatre and poetic narration.


As a choreographer she is interested in the somatic & visceral responses that reside within our bodies and our connection to the memories, imaginations and impossibilities that are simultaneously lodged within the crevices of the human experiences.

Teaching "Mantras in Motion" Sun 3/21 at 3:15 PM ET

Bio

As a queer choreographer and performer I make autobiographical solo work which falls under the grouping of ‘performance art’.

These solos are live performances or films and are multidisciplinary in nature. My interests lie within gender, eroticism, behavioural tendencies, life and death from a queer point of view.

Teaching Meditative Pilates on Sun 3/21 at 2 Pm ET

Screening "Interstice" as part of our film programming.