Masterclasses with Dance-Literature Artist Sarah Chase

In Classes on February 14, 2011 by danceumbrella

Dreamwalker Dance Company in association with The Toronto Dance Community Love-In presents The Whole Shebang Community Festival Masterclasses with Dance/Literature Artist Sarah Chase for dancers and writers

Dates: March 7-10, 2011
Times: 10am-1pm
Location: Dovercourt House, 805 Dovercourt Road, 3rd Floor
Fees: $100
To register please send an email to Natasha at

*Participants can also purchase tickets for $20 (regular prices $22-$38) to see Sarah Chase perform in Dreamwalker Dance Company’s The Whole Shebang 2011 – The Village at the Enwave Theatre March 11-12, 2011

Masterclass Description
Sarah Chase will be teaching a master class in different techniques of combining storytelling and movement. The class will begin with an extensive warm-up, designed particularly to enable to participants to tap into the unique co-ordination necessary to successfully combine spoken word and movement. The class will explore how two lines of concentration – the body and the mind – can weave together in random patterns, creating chords of meaning. The warm-up exercises focus on cross-patterning exercises that Sarah has created or adapted from other sources; the aim of these exercises is to get both sides of the brain bright and alert as the body moves and are very specifically focused on integrating the right and left hemispheres of the brain.
Other parts of the class will concentrate on biography and techniques Sarah has developed to stimulate memory and to find patterns and symbols embedded in biographical stories. The course will give the participants new ways to view their own creative work and will provide practical techniques on how words and movement can cross-pollinate to create unexpected and rich material.

Sarah Chase – Biography
Sarah Chase is an internationally renowned dancer/choreographer and teacher. She has been teaching modern dance technique classes since 1991. She studied for a year with Irene Dowd in New York and has taught aspects of the Dowd work to students in Amsterdam and in Arnem at the School for New Dance Development. For several years she taught at the Teacher’s Collective in Toronto, and as a guest teacher at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre as well as for the company. She has studied Skinner releasing technique since 1993 and in 1995 she received her teacher’s certification from Joan Skinner. Since then she has taught this work in Leuven, Belgium at Klapstuk, in Salzburg for the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance, for Ballet Met in Ohio and has taught many workshop intensives throughout Canada. In the last ten years she has been teaching workshops in story telling/movement and has developed an extensive pedagogy in relation to her unique performance style that she calls “dancestory”.

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