Classes: Solo Dancing with Dawne Carleton

In Classes on March 11, 2011 by danceumbrella

10 weeks ($300/$200 CADA members)*

Saturday afternoons from 2pm to 4pm
April 16 – June 25, 2011 (No session May 21)
Parkdale Prana Room
1273A Queen Street West (2 blocks West of Dufferin at Elm Grove)

Maximum 6 participants. No drop-ins, except in week 1 if class is not full.

In this master class we’ll use the pared-down structure of unaccompanied solo improvisation to discover what each participant is doing when they improvise, clarify what they would like to be doing, and practice staying connected to their intention, or score, in performance.  Beginning with one-minute improvisations, students will be led in a focused process involving dancing, reflecting, observing and more dancing as they build toward 10-minute improvisations in the final class.  Additional exercises will be introduced to elucidate and facilitate working through specific concerns as they arise.  Each class will begin with a 30-minute silent self-directed warm-up. An optional public showing of work will be discussed with participants.

This class was designed for dancers who are interested in moving beyond habitual blocks and limitations, developing their presence, skill and impact in improvised performance and/or establishing their own body of improvisation-based work.  Individuals with related practices who are seeking in-depth study are welcome and all contributions to class will be equally valued.

For more information and to register, please contact Dawne Carleton at 416-530-2960 or

Instructor Dawne Carleton is a dance artist who specialises in improvisation.  She most recently performed at ‘24h of butoh and it is not butoh’ and at double bassist Rob Clutton’s Grand Special Event.  She received professional training at the New York Dance Intensive under the tutelage of Nina Martin and at the European Dance Development Center in Arnhem, The Netherlands.  Carleton has been described as a choreographer who is “examining what the art form is… enhanc[ing] our understanding of who and what we are as embodied creatures” (The Dance Current).  She also works as a creative facilitator.

*Please contact instructor if class fees are a barrier to participation.

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