Moving Target Portland w/ Kathleen Hermesdorf and Albert Mathias
Oct
27
1:00 PM13:00

Moving Target Portland w/ Kathleen Hermesdorf and Albert Mathias

This is a SPECIAL event GENEROUSLY SPONSORED BY Bates College and Colby College in celebration of Portland Dance Month. Special thanks to Carol Dilley and Annie Kloppenberg!

COST:
FREE for Bates & Colby College students
$5 for all other college students w/ ID
$12-20 sliding scale for everyone else!

CLASS DESCRIPTION

You may already know Kathleen from her previous visit to Moving Target or from multiple years at the Bates Dance Festival. To quote Delanie McDonough, "If you like improvising, pretending to be a ninja, going upside down, and badass dance parties, DONT MISS THIS CLASS!" Check out their website http://www.la-alternativa.us/home.html

GUT Motives [alternative dance techniques]


- An ongoing practice/research investigating corporeality from internal impulse to external expression.
- An intimate/animated arena for physical/creative exploration, deeply informed by live/original music.
- Motivated by interpretations of GUT, including good, general unified theory, viscera, center of gravity, gravitas, courage, instinct, intuition and expressive vulnerability.
- Exploring states/acts of motion/imagination through a hybrid of traditional /contemporary /alternative /intuitive forms.
- Utilizing embodiment/mobility/motivity as ways and means of perception/intuition/action.
- Deepening awareness/understanding of the body with energy work, hands-on experiments, kinesthetic/somatic improvisation, technical modalities and three-dimensional choreography.
- For movers who are curious/serious/adventurous about sensate virtuosity, kinetic efficiency, interactive intelligence and performance-level dancing.


BIO
Kathleen Hermesdorf is an international dance artist, educator and producer based in San Francisco. She directs ALTERNATIVA, with musician Albert Mathias. Hermesdorf has been dancing in the Bay Area since 1991 and teaches, performs, improvises, creates and curates around the world. Her work has been presented in the Bay Area, New York, Seattle, Berlin, Amsterdam, Ballydehob and Dakar, amongst other locations, in commission for universities, companies and independent dancers, and in collaboration with art partners worldwide. She was a member of Bebe Miller Company, Contraband/Sara Shelton Mann and Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, and co-director of Hermesdorf & Wells Dance Company with Scott Wells and Collusion with Stephanie Maher. She is the co-director of PORCH summerschool at Ponderosa in Stolzenhagen, Germany. Hermesdorf brings over 20 years of experience from the field, studio and stage to her work and holds a BFA and an MFA in Dance Performance + Pedagogy.


ALTERNATIVA is an apparatus for deeply integrated contemporary dance and music via collaboration, creation, improvisation, performance, production, curation and education. Active in San Francisco since 1998, the organization supports the creative work of the directors, known for radical dance classes, multi-disciplinary performance projects and visceral musical endeavors delving into the corporeality and ineffability of human conditions, behaviors and other curiosities. Activities engaging an extensive population of artists, audiences and participants include an annual FRESH Festival of Experimental Dance, Performance + Music in San Francisco; ongoing classes and workshops in the Bay Area; and residencies at universities, festivals and studios worldwide. ALTERNATIVA is fiscally sponsored by Dancers’ Group and has received support from the Zellerbach Family Foundation, William + Flora Hewlett Foundation, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, Fleishhacker Foundation, Dancers’ Group’s Matching Grant and CA$H Grant, CHIME/MJDC, the San Francisco Arts Commission and The Suitcase Fund.
www.la-alternativa.us | www.freshfestival.org

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Moving Target Portland w/  Michael Figueroa @ Mechanics Hall
Nov
3
1:00 PM13:00

Moving Target Portland w/ Michael Figueroa @ Mechanics Hall


Class/Workshop Description:

I teach classes that vary in structure. You offer desires/suggestions that shape the content and order of the class to bring about a deeply involved, sweaty, midday moment. Class can consist of improvisation (guided or task-based), contact skills, dense phrase material, floor work, and somatic information. Class pace is geared towards pre-professional/professional dancers. My class is designed in real-time to activate and develop intuitive/instinctual decision-making skills, improve recall of long movement phrases and instill a desire to take risks. Through repetition, we interrogate action and sweat. I encourage you to treat choreography as improvisation and improvisation as choreography.

Biography:

Michael Figueroa is a Boston based performance maker, teacher, server and performer. His dances deal with rulebreaking, rote memory, audience participation, and improvisational situations. His work has been commissioned by the Dance Complex, the Mobius Artists Group, Dance Now Boston and Outside the Box Festival. He has taught workshops at College of the Holy Cross, Cambridge Rindge & Latin School, Moving Target (Boston and Portland, ME), and NACHMO Boston. Michael teaches weekly classes (every Tuesday) as a part of Midday Movement Series, a class series founded by Marissa Molinar that takes place at Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre. Most recently, Michael taught two weeks of Access 8 at Gibney Dance in New York and performed in Dance Now at Joe's Pub in collaboration with Alex Davis. Michael holds a BFA in dance from The Boston Conservatory.

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Moving Target Portland w/  Michael Figueroa @ SPACE
Nov
9
1:00 PM13:00

Moving Target Portland w/ Michael Figueroa @ SPACE


Class/Workshop Description:

I teach classes that vary in structure. You offer desires/suggestions that shape the content and order of the class to bring about a deeply involved, sweaty, midday moment. Class can consist of improvisation (guided or task-based), contact skills, dense phrase material, floor work, and somatic information. Class pace is geared towards pre-professional/professional dancers. My class is designed in real-time to activate and develop intuitive/instinctual decision-making skills, improve recall of long movement phrases and instill a desire to take risks. Through repetition, we interrogate action and sweat. I encourage you to treat choreography as improvisation and improvisation as choreography.

Biography:

Michael Figueroa is a Boston based performance maker, teacher, server and performer. His dances deal with rulebreaking, rote memory, audience participation, and improvisational situations. His work has been commissioned by the Dance Complex, the Mobius Artists Group, Dance Now Boston and Outside the Box Festival. He has taught workshops at College of the Holy Cross, Cambridge Rindge & Latin School, Moving Target (Boston and Portland, ME), and NACHMO Boston. Michael teaches weekly classes (every Tuesday) as a part of Midday Movement Series, a class series founded by Marissa Molinar that takes place at Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre. Most recently, Michael taught two weeks of Access 8 at Gibney Dance in New York and performed in Dance Now at Joe's Pub in collaboration with Alex Davis. Michael holds a BFA in dance from The Boston Conservatory.

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Moving Target Portland w/ Grace Kapinga
Nov
10
1:00 PM13:00

Moving Target Portland w/ Grace Kapinga

$12-20 sliding scale
If cost is prohibitive, email studio408dance@gmail.com at least 24 hrs in advance to request a cost that you can afford.

Learn traditional Congolese dance! Dancer Grace Kapinga will share folkloric dance from her home country of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This class is open to all levels and will be taught in English, French, and Lingala based on participant needs.

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Moving Target w/ Hans Barklis
Nov
17
1:00 PM13:00

Moving Target w/ Hans Barklis

CLASS DESCRIPTION

Hans’ capoeira classes weave a variety of footwork, kicks, dodges, acrobatics, arm balances, music, and ritual into a community celebration that is challenging, engaging, and rewarding.

Have you met capoeira before? Just in case you haven't: capoeira is a physical, musical, community game; it was originally a martial art developed by african slaves in NE Brasil, and hidden from slave masters as a dance.

In Hans’ classes, those that are new to the game of capoeira learn their basic movement vocabulary: the ginga. Those that have a longer history with capoeira gain insight into improvised, interconnected movements. For all practitioners, novice and seasoned, there is a strong focus on actively learning the conversational play that takes place in the roda (capoeira circle where 2 practitioners “play.'') Also, for all practitioners, there is a strong focus on sharpening a felt sense awareness of the body in space, partially owing to Hans’ multi-decade background with Iyengar-based yoga, and alignment principals.

Musicality is a big part of capoeira and participants in Hans’ classes have the opportunity to learn traditional rhythms and choruses in voice and in body!
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BIO

Hans was boppin before he was born, dancing belly dance with his Mother when she performed 4 months pregnant. Since then music and movement arts have brought him to Latin America and all over the west and east coasts, studying with masters of living arts. For the last 12 years, Hans has been lucky enough to be the student of Mestre Pedro Cruz from Salvador da Bahia, in NE Brasil. Hans has taught capoeira extensively in Portland, OR (including at Reed College), the west coast, and Mexico. In addition to a long history with capoeira, Hans has spent much time honing folkloric, jazz, and classical idioms on multiple string and percussion instruments. Hans holds a degree in jazz studies from Portland State University (Oregon) and has worked with artists and ensembles (including Son de Madera, Laura Rebolloso, Rejoice Diaspora Dance Theater, Radio Jarocho, and others) on the west and east coasts and into Mexico and Brasil.

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Moving Target Portland w/ Junichi Fukuda
Oct
20
1:00 PM13:00

Moving Target Portland w/ Junichi Fukuda

$12-20 sliding scale
If cost is prohibitive, email studio408dance@gmail.com at least 24 hrs in advance to request a cost that you can afford.

CLASS DESCRIPTION

Junichi Fukuda shares his choreographic study based on the concept of defining invisible paths and directions. He leads the workshop focusing on awakening the students' physical and psychological relationalities with space through instructed improvisation.

FUKUDANCE Promotion video: https://vimeo.com/352623783

TEACHER BIO

Junichi Fukuda has been an instrumental dancer to such companies as Ballet Tech/NY, Oakland Ballet, Smuin Ballet/SF, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, the New York Baroque Dance Company, Buglisi Dance Theatre, Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, Christopher K. Morgan & Artists, City Ballet of Boston and Peridance Contemporary Dance Company. He has received Emerging Choreographer residency from Bates Dance Festival, CATALYSTS Artist residency from the Dance Complex, and Rehearsal and Retreat Fellowship from Boston Dance Alliance as well as receiving grants from Somerville Arts Council, New England Foundation for the Arts, Boston Cultural Council, Fidelity Charitable Foundation and the Boston Foundation. In 2014, Junichi formed his company “Fukudance” (www.fukudance.com) as a vehicle to continue his artistic journey from dancer to choreographer and director. His works have been presented at 18MASDANZA in Spain, Mexico City's Festival Internacional de Danza Contemporánea de la Ciudad, Dance St. Louis’ Spring to Dance Festival, DanceNow at Joe’s Pub Festival, Provincetown Dance festival and Bates Dance Festival as well as the local festivals in New England region. The Washington Post states Junichi's work as "tasteful proposal" and "a work of easeful harmony." He is a native of Japan where he continues to be involved with the community he has spent his youth as well as on collaborating with the local artists. In recent years, he has appeared in the events in Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Kobe, Fukuoka, and his hometown Yamaguchi. He holds MFA in Choreography from Jacksonville University.

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Moving Target Portland w/ Riley Watts
Oct
6
1:00 PM13:00

Moving Target Portland w/ Riley Watts

$12-20 sliding scale
If cost is prohibitive, email studio408dance@gmail.com at least 24 hrs in advance to request a cost that you can afford.

Riley Watts will be leading a dance workshop based on the fundamentals of William Forsythe improvisation and choreography, honing in on the body’s physical strength, coordination, and articulation.

Watts is based in Portland, and his work explores consciousness through movement. He trained at Bangor Ballet and Walnut Hill School for the Arts and received a bachelor’s degree in dance from The Juilliard School in 2007. He has danced across Europe and works as a freelance teacher, choreographer, researcher and performer. Watts is on the faculty at the Bangor Ballet, a member of the advisory committee for the Bates Dance Festival and a dance and performance advisor for Space Gallery. He is the recipient of a Princess Grace Award. 

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Contemporary Class w/ Cookie Harrist
Sep
29
1:00 PM13:00

Contemporary Class w/ Cookie Harrist

This event is presented in collaboration with Casco Bay Movers and The Living Room Dance Collective.

$17 AT THE DOOR*
(Contact us if cost is prohibitive)

BIO
Cookie Harrist is a dancer who moved from Maine to San Francisco in 2017. She has performed in works by Joe Goode Performance Group, Sara Shelton Mann, Larry Arrington, Catherine Galasso, LEVYdance, Hana van der Kolk/Asher Woodworth and others. She is a faculty member at the ODC School in San Francisco where she teaches contemporary/release and contact improvisation.

CLASS DESCRIPTION
Cookie's contemporary class is a playful mix of improvisation and choreography. The first half of class is a series of improvisational studies that asks how we create legible meaning through our dancing vocabulary. We explore this question through working with a partner/witness, activating the emotional body and confusing proprioceptive and visual senses to strengthen the inner eye. In the latter portion of class, we lean into a contemporary/lyrical framework and learn choreography to a specific piece of music with a narrative and emotional arc. We play with the expression of the choreography, allowing ourselves to be too much and/or just enough. All experience levels welcome! adults and teens.

*CASH OR CHECK AT THE DOOR. NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED. NO CREDIT CARDS!

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Moving Target Portland w/ Laura Nicoll
Apr
21
1:00 PM13:00

Moving Target Portland w/ Laura Nicoll

CLASS DESCRIPTION
Learn and play with material that Laura is using in a new piece called Private Dancer. Private Dancer is a kind of solo that Laura made in a partially finished house in Tilson, NY in January 2018 and then shared at Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston, ME in July 2018. The movement pattern can be hard to do exactly the same way as someone else does it and that is OK. Laura will ask you to problem solve and make the solo your own while working on your awareness of what you are actually seeing, hearing, and feeling as you do so. Stillness, breath, gaze, and questions of how to be alone together might come up. We'll do a very brief warm up. Please wear what supports modest full-range of motion for your body’s movements.

At 2:30pm we will perform and document what we've created. All are welcome to come in to watch and/or respond via photo, video, drawing, writing, or other mediums.

BIO
Laura K. Nicoll is originally from Mt. Desert Island, Maine and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. After training with American Ballet Theater and Pacific Northwest Ballet, Nicoll joined Pittsburgh Ballet Theater’s corps de ballet where she was also a union representative. With PBT, she performed in a diverse repertoire that included works by George Balanchine, Matjash Mrozewski, Dwight Rhoden, Lynn Taylor-Corbett, and Twyla Tharp. She has an ongoing, decade-long collaboration with new media artist/director Reid Farrington which includes roles as a performer in The Passion Project (2009-2012, 2019) and A Christmas Carol (2011-2012), and as choreographer for Tyson vs. Ali (2014) and CasablancaBox (2017) and BrandoCapote (2019). She has also created several site-specific dance performances between 2015-2018 in collaboration with choreographer Jessica Nicoll performed in a Brooklyn home and The Kraine Theater in the East Village, NYC.

Since May 2017, Laura has been developing solo material in outdoor and indoor spaces, work-shopping it at Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston, Maine, where she was an artist in residence in 2018. She recently participated in Portland Dance Month 2018 with PROMENADE, a 2 hour journey between the Casco Bay Ferry Terminal and Creative Portland.

She co-founded KREILKAMP NICOLL, a performance art company with her brother Rufus Morgan Kreilkamp Nicoll, as a platform to make and share performance, art, and services of all kinds. They are currently working on an evening length work featuring performers, labor and art movement practices, music, text, materials that were familiar to them growing up on an island on the coast of Maine.

In addition to choreographing and performing, Laura has experience in strategic planning, branding, and communications for non-profit arts organizations, individual artists, and projects across all disciplines.

kreilkampnicoll.com
@lauraknicoll

PHOTO:
PROMENADE as part of Portland Dance Month 2018. Photo by Arthur Fink.

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Moving Target Portland w/ Kelsie Steil
Apr
7
1:00 PM13:00

Moving Target Portland w/ Kelsie Steil

VERY CLOSE (TOGETHER)   

Description: 

-Body Part Focus (Warm up)

-Clumpy Unison (Warm Up) 

-Gestural Choreography Learning 

Bio: 

Kelsie is a Portland, ME based Movement Artist, Choreographer and Outdoor Experiential Educator. She graduated from Plymouth State University with a Bachelors in Adventure Education and Dance in May, 2018. She received the 2018 Contemporary Dance Ensemble award for her achievements in choreography. Her most recent major work was a three-part film project based in Lithuania. Kelsie has had the joy of living, dancing and teaching internationally. While in Norway, she taught community dance classes in the village she lived in and was featured in a clothing commercial where she danced in a mossy forest. Feel free to view her website to learn more:  https://kmsrandomdesigns.wixsite.com/movement 

Photo credit: Khand Tenney 

If class cost is prohibitive to you, please email studio408dance@gmail.com at least 24 hours beforehand to request a rate that you can afford.

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Moving Target Portland w/ Nora Petroliunas
Mar
17
1:00 PM13:00

Moving Target Portland w/ Nora Petroliunas

Class will begin with a simple and feel good follow along warm-up to get to know our bodies and classmates a bit better. From there Nora will begin the introduction of some short movement phrases drawing inspiration from classics a grapevine? perhaps a polka or a waltz? We will then have time to build on these phrases creating a personalized movement vocabulary through a series of improvisation games and provocations. There will be time to layer in thoughts and feelings and by the end of class together we will have created a moment of masterpiece. The music will be good and it will be fun!

BIO
Nora Petroliunas is a 2006 graduate of the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase. She is the artistic director of the Pharmacy Project, a group of friends working together since 2009 to create narrative dance performance pieces for atypical spaces with the help of the Brooklyn Arts Council, and a series of wonderful collaborators and producers. Settings have ranged from dingy and dark Brooklyn Veterans Post 8903 to the ethereal rooftop garden of the Chelsea Hotel. Her work has been presented by Gowanus Art and Production, Dance Now NYC, Triskelion Arts, Be Electric Studios, Little Theatre, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Dixon Place, Links Hall, The Bushwick Starr, LIGO Project, Certamen Internacional de Coreografia in Burgos, Spain as well as the Cape Dance Festival in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Nora was a guest artist at SUNY Purchase for the Spring 2018 semester before relocating to Portland. The Pharmacy Project made their Maine debut in the Fall of 2018 as part of The Moving Body in Space at SPACE. Nora is excited to spread her love of approachable modern dance to a new community. Please visit www.thepharmacyproject.com to see the company in action.

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Moving Target Portland w/ Kimberly Bartosik
Mar
10
1:00 PM13:00

Moving Target Portland w/ Kimberly Bartosik

In partnership with Bates Dance Festival, the Living Room presents Moving Target Portland w/ Kimberly Bartosik. MOVING TARGET PORTLAND is an all-levels, contemporary adult dance class. Cost is $12-20 sliding scale (If this is prohibitive, please email studio408dance@gmail.com at least 24 hours beforehand).

Class Description:
NYC-Based Choreographer, performer and educator Kimberly Bartosik leads a rigorous technical/somatic based warm-up followed by sharing movement material from her recent work, I hunger for you.

BIO
Bessie Award-winning performer Kimberly Bartosik creates viscerally provocative choreographic projects that are built upon the development of a virtuosic movement language, rigorous conceptual explorations, and the creation of highly theatricalized environments. Bartosik’s work has been commissioned and presented by BAM Next Wave Festival (2018), Wexner Arts Center, LUMBERYARD Center for Film & Performing Arts (2018), New York Live Arts, 92nd St. Y Fridays @ Noon (2019), American Realness festival, Dance Place, American Dance Festival, Dance Theater Workshop, Gibney Dance, Abrons Art Center, The Yard, MASS MoCA/Jacob’s Pillow, Danspace Project, French Institute Alliance Francaise’s Crossing the Line Festival, Festival Rencontres Chorégraphique Internationales de Seine-Saint Denis (France), Artdanthe Festival (France), BEAT Festival, The Kitchen, La Mama, Mount Tremper Arts, and Movement Research.

She has been in creative residence at New York Live Arts, Live Feed and Studio Series; Marble House Project; NCCAkron; Centre Chorégraphique National-Ballet de Lorraine; LUMBERYARD Contemporary Performing Arts Center; Gibney Dance Center’s DiP Residency, Centre Chorégraphique National de Franche-Comté à Belfort, France (FUSED); Governor’s Island through Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space Program; Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University; Joyce Soho Artist Residency Program; LaGuardia Performing Arts Center; Jacob’s Pillow; Kaatsbaan International Dance Center; Mount Tremper Arts; White Oak Plantation; and Movement Research.

Bartosik was a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company for 9 years and received a Bessie Award for Artistic Excellence in his work. She received her BFA from North Carolina School of the Arts, and MA in 20th Century Art and Art Criticism from The Graduate Faculty of Political and Social Research of the New School University. She performed in the 2011 restaging of Robert Ashley’s 1967 opera, That Morning Thing, as part of Performa. She was a 2016 Princeton Fellowship Finalist, and has been a guest artist/faculty at Princeton University, The Juilliard School, Rutgers (2019) University of North Carolina School for the Arts, Arizona State University’s Hergberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Purchase College, Colorado College, and University of Buffalo (2019).

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Moving Target Portland w/Riley Watts
Mar
3
1:00 PM13:00

Moving Target Portland w/Riley Watts

Riley Watts will be leading a dance workshop based on the fundamentals of William Forsythe improvisation and choreography, honing in on the body’s physical strength, coordination, and articulation.

Watts is based in Portland, and his work explores consciousness through movement. He trained at Bangor Ballet and Walnut Hill School for the Arts and received a bachelor’s degree in dance from The Juilliard School in 2007. He has danced across Europe and works as a freelance teacher, choreographer, researcher and performer. Watts is on the faculty at the Bangor Ballet, a member of the advisory committee for the Bates Dance Festival and a dance and performance advisor for Space Gallery. He is the recipient of a Princess Grace Award. 

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Moving Target Portland w/ Vanessa Anspaugh
Feb
24
1:00 PM13:00

Moving Target Portland w/ Vanessa Anspaugh

MOVING TARGET PORTLAND is an adult, all-abilities contemporary dance class series with a different visiting teacher that meets at Mechanic's Hall ::most:: Sundays from 1-3pm. Cost is $12-20 sliding scale.

BIO
Vanessa Anspaugh is a choreographer and performance based artist born and raised in Los Angeles, CA amongst a wackadoo family of film and performing artists. After a childhood spent between the ballet studio and acid trips on Venice beach, Anspaugh found her way out of California creating various homes in Ohio, Arizona, New Mexico, West Virginia, Massachusetts and eventually New York. Once in New York, her work has been both commissioned and presented by Danspace Project, Dance Theater Workshop, New York Live Arts, The River to River Festival, BAX, The Sculpture Center, The Hessel Museum of Art, AUNTS, Movement Research, Catch Series,The Kitchen (through Emily Roysdon) Performance Mix at HERE Arts Center, Studio 303 in Montreal, as well as The Cowels Center in Minneapolis, for The Zenon Dance Company. She has had funded creative residencies through DTW Studio Series, Mount Tremper Arts, Kattsbaan International Dance Center, The Mac Dowell Colony, LMCC, BAX, BOFFO Fire Island Performance Residency, and The Bard College Fisher Center. In 2017 her work The End of Men, was a Bessie Award nominee in both the Outstanding Production and Best Sound Design (by Ryan MacDonald) categories. As a performer Anspaugh has worked for Aretha Aoki, Juliette Mapp, Robbinschilds, Faye Driscoll, Taylor Mac, Emily Johnson, Jen Rosenblit among others. She is currently at work on the latest development of her research with a new theatrical dance work entitled, Aggression Confession. Anspaugh is also looking forward to her time as a visiting professor in the Theater Dance Department at Colby College in Maine for the 2018/19 academic year.

DON’T MISS the performance of Vanessa Ansapugh's latest piece The End of Men; an Ode to Ocean at Space Gallery for ONE NIGHT ONLY on February 6 at 7pm.

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Moving Target Portland w/ Veeva Banga
Feb
17
1:00 PM13:00

Moving Target Portland w/ Veeva Banga

MOVING TARGET PORTLAND is an all-levels, contemporary adult dance class. Cost is $12-20 sliding scale (If this is prohibitive, please email studio408dance@gmail.com at least 24 hours beforehand).

DESCRIPTION
Afro beats is an upbeat dance style that mixes African dance moves and Hip Hop. Join Portland dancer Veeva Banga for this fun class!

BIO
My name is Veeva Banga and I am from South Sudan. I came to America when I was 5 years old. I started traditionally dancing at a young age. I've practiced a variety of dance styles including hip hop, modern, and Guinean. Its become my mission to share Afro beats dance style with people locally.

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Moving Target Portland w/ Michelle Mola
Feb
10
1:00 PM13:00

Moving Target Portland w/ Michelle Mola

MOVING TARGET PORTLAND is an all-levels, contemporary adult dance class. Cost is $12-20 sliding scale (If this is prohibitive, please email studio408dance@gmail.com at least 24 hours beforehand).

CLASS DESCRIPTION
Innovative performance draws from all mediums and requires an interdisciplinary skill set from the makers and their performers. In this class on creative practice, original movement and text-based material are created using a series of titled patterns, and exercises designed to name and deepen self-expression. To gain a neutral and ready body, class will begin with a focus on foot health, precision, and core work designed by fitness pioneer Joseph Pilates. The second part explores motivation, impulse, and pushing past physical limitations. This improvisatory time results in original phrase work, where each person makes their unique choreographic and movement styles.

There will be a timed segment for written composition and drawing, to connect to the creative and interior self. Each person will then be given individual guidance and dramaturgical assignments, leading to the development of an original text and movement piece. There will be an ongoing focus on essential performance qualities, examining what creates choreography that resonates and feels honest to perform.

Please bring a yoga mat, paper, and pen to class!

BIO
Michelle Mola is a choreographer, movement coach, dancer, and actor who has performed with Aszure Barton & Artists, and in Jack Ferver’s Chambre, nominated in 2016 for a Bessie Award for Outstanding Production. Michelle first worked with Mr. Ferver in Rumble Ghost, a "hyper-reality" reinterpretation of the 1982 horror film Poltergeist, performed at P.S. 122 in New York City. Claudia LaRocco of the New York Times described her as “terrifically smart” in a review of the duet Me, Michelle presented by Performa ‘11, performed and co-choreographed with Mr. Ferver. As a choreographer, she has been presented in Montreal at the SpringBoard Danse and Tangente Festival. Michelle was commissioned by the International Contemporary Ensemble for performance at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, and has also presented work at the Museum of Art and Design, Stella Adler Studio of Acting, 92nd Street Y and The Joyce Soho in New York. As a movement coach and choreographer, Michelle worked with actors and 3D special effects artists in the The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014). She studied dance at the North Carolina School of the Arts, University of South Florida, and at The Juilliard School. Upon graduating, she received the Hector Zaraspe Prize for Outstanding Choreography, and the 2008 Annenberg Arts Fellowship for Performance and Choreography.

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Moving Target Portland w/ Amirah Sackett
Feb
3
1:00 PM13:00

Moving Target Portland w/ Amirah Sackett

In partnership with Bates Dance Festival, The Living Room presents Moving Target Portland with Amirah Sackett.

Class Description

Join Amirah in exploring foundational hip hop dance styles including top rockin, breakin, and poppin. Develop a better appreciation and understanding of hip-hop history through the the physical representation of the culture. Please come prepared in clothes you can move in and clean sneakers.

Teacher BIO:
An internationally recognized hip-hop dancer, choreographer, and teacher, Amirah Sackett is widely known for her performance group “We’re Muslim, Don’t Panic”, which reached viral video fame after being featured on POPSUGAR Celebrity, The Huffington Post, AJ+, and Upworthy. Sackett was honored to be a TEDx speaker, guest lecturer at Harvard University, and a cultural diplomat with the U.S. State Department in Bangladesh and Malaysia. She will also perform Feb 5 in Lewiston: https://www.facebook.com/events/1813483082096699/.

MOVING TARGET PORTLAND is an all-levels, contemporary adult dance class hosted by The Living Room Dance Collective, featuring a different visiting guest artist every time. Class cost is $12-20 sliding scale. If cost is prohibitive, please email studio408dance@gmail.com at least 24 hours before class.

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Work in Progress Performance
Dec
29
5:00 PM17:00

Work in Progress Performance

Learn to Juggle! And watch a show! At the same time!

Janoah anygoodjokes? spends a week in residence at The Living Room messing around, creating a Work-in-Progress performance in which audience both watch a juggling show AND learn a juggling pattern!

Show up, be entertained, learn a skill and give some feedback after!

Funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Artist Bio:

Janoah anygoodjokes? Bailin learned juggling as a ten-year-old trapped at summer camp and unicycling in the empty after-hours corridors of his middle school. He trained with the Suspenders Juggling Troupe in Falmouth (MA), then traveled New England with the Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour. Janoah graduated in 2014 from College of the Atlantic, focusing in performance and movement. He now coaches the Gym Dandies Children’s Circus of Scarborough and helps organize programming at the Living Room Dance Collective in South Portland. Janoah performs his unique blend of circus, dance, performance art and puppetry all over New England, leaving behind a wake of tumbled juggling props!

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(class) SPELL
Dec
17
5:30 PM17:30

(class) SPELL

SPELL (South Portland Experimental Language League) is a biweekly movement class at The Living Room. All levels welcome! No dance experience required.

SPELL is a place to: warm up, shake out, find a weird new move you like. 
We try out ritual to access new language/s. 
We play good music and laugh. 

We prioritize consent. 

Through informal exercises and mirth, we look inward. (No routines to learn.)

Class offers opt-in solo, pair, and group work. 

***Class is on a sliding scale of $8-$16. No one turned away.

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(class) Moving Target Portland: Meghan Frederick
Dec
16
1:00 PM13:00

(class) Moving Target Portland: Meghan Frederick

Class will utilize diverse methods in an effort to explore new territory. We will engage in simple and rigorous improvisational situations to destabilize our dancing selves. We will rely on and trust one another as necessary participants in our quest. We will seek out physical intelligence and end with full out dancing that is active, exciting, and present.

$8-16 sliding scale

BIO
Meghan Frederick is a performer, choreographer and educator based in Brooklyn, NY and is the director of Meghan Frederick/Practice Project: an arts platform dedicated to the creation and performance of original dance works and the stewardship of supportive spaces for artistic exploration. Her choreography has been shown in New York City at Women in Motion Salon, Threes Brewing, Triskelion Arts, Dixon Place, The Wild Project, Dance New Amsterdam, Green Space, Open Performance through Movement Research, STUFFED at the Judson Church, and at The Walnut Hill School (MA), Small Plates Choreography Festival (NY), Bates Dance Festival (ME), Rutgers University (NJ), Denmark Arts Center (ME) and Barn Arts Collective (ME). Meghan was the 2016 (M)mix Artist in Residence at Marymount Manhattan College (NYC) and her work has been supported by residencies at Denmark Arts Center, Barn Arts Collective, and Lamoine Community Arts (ME). Meghan has recently performed with Liz Lerman, Denman Theater and Dance Company, iele paloumpis, Kendra Portier, Maya Orchin, Catherine Galasso, Carlye Eckert, Laura Peterson Choreography, Jules Bakshi, Marielis Garcia, and Brian Brooks Moving Company (’08-’14). Meghan appears in a dance film choreographed by Haylee Nichele with Derrick Belcher and Tim Fain and in a music video for Esmé Patterson’s ‘I’m No River’, choreographed by Carlye Eckert and directed by David Fishel. Meghan has also worked with Rasa Dance Chicago, Nicole Wolcott, Artichoke Dance Company, Tze Chun Dance Company, VaBang Dance Company, Bronwen MacArthur Dance Project, Elisa Davis, Hanna Satterlee, and Alexis Liston. Meghan has taught dance technique, composition and partnering, at Rutgers University as adjunct faulty, and as a guest artist at Hunter College, Bates College, Dance New Amsterdam, Gibney Dance Center, Moving Target Portland, and 100 Grand. Meghan has taught children and young adults at the Coop School (NY) and through Guest Artist workshops at Pemetic Elementary school (ME) and Summer Festival of the Arts (ME). Meghan attended Hampshire College where she designed her own major combining dance and cultural studies.

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Kaleidoscope Moving Party & FUNDRAISER
Dec
15
7:30 PM19:30

Kaleidoscope Moving Party & FUNDRAISER

Join local artists in celebration of The Living Room and a farewell to 408 Broadway before WE MOVE to Downtown Portland in January 2019. (Stay tuned for more info soon!)

KALEIDOSCOPE is a museum of performance and a community dance party.
Sound, video, and choreography are arranged throughout the space so that each audience member has a unique experience all their own.

$10 suggested, MORE IF YOU CAN

ALL PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT THE LIVING ROOM ARTS PROGRAMMING

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Contact Improvisation Class & Jam w/ Rachel Schwartz
Dec
15
1:00 PM13:00

Contact Improvisation Class & Jam w/ Rachel Schwartz

Dancers! Athletes! Martial Artists! Movers & Shakers! All are welcome to a Contact Improvisation class and jam for teens and adults of any skill level. Bare beginners are welcome! Incorporating touch and spontaneous collaboration, CI uses the forces of physics to explore areas of movement we could not find alone. We will explore the concepts of entering and exiting dances, points of contact, pouring and supporting weight, falling and flying, varying tone, counterbalance, and deep listening. A Jam will follow each class, providing the opportunity to further develop and experiment with our skills. Looking forward to dancing, moving, and playing with you!

Classes & Jams are held at The Living Room in South Portland, ME: http://thelivingroomdance.com/

Saturdays: October 13, November 10, December 15
1-2pm = class
2-3pm = jam
$5-10 for class OR jam
$10-20 for both

Bio:
Rachel Schwartz has been studying dance for over 30 years, including Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Axis Syllabus, and Contact Improvisation. She has studied CI with world renowned teachers, including Nancy Stark Smith, Ray Chung, Karen Nelson, and Kirstie Simson. She spent 2 years at Earthdance, an improvisational dance retreat center in the Berkshires, and currently teaches in Maine with guest appearances throughout New England.

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Moving Target Portland w/ Rori Smith
Dec
9
1:00 PM13:00

Moving Target Portland w/ Rori Smith

Class begins with somatic exploration, balancing our awareness of internal and external sensation and exploring the body's resonance through the use of breath and voice. We'll dance our skeletons, the potent space within our bony structures, and the fluid that saturates our tissues. We'll build towards partnering exercises that prioritize presence and will play with some spontaneous dramaturgy to be folded into group phrases.


Rori Smith is a dancer, improvisational performer, and somatic(s) researcher. A long-time Philadelphian, now a new Mainer, she holds both an MFA and BA from Temple University. Her practice and teaching explore the biological and metaphysical values of improvisation, performance, and their intersections. Rori's current research focuses on the somatic system Continuum, its history, epistemology, and ethics. She recently completed a cycle of performance projects, in partnership with Memorial University in St. John's Newfoundland and Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, on embodiments of cultivation amongst community gardeners.

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(class) SPELL
Dec
3
5:30 PM17:30

(class) SPELL

SPELL (South Portland Experimental Language League) is a biweekly movement class at The Living Room. All levels welcome! No dance experience required.

SPELL is a place to: warm up, shake out, find a weird new move you like. 
We try out ritual to access new language/s. 
We play good music and laugh. 

We prioritize consent. 

Through informal exercises and mirth, we look inward. (No routines to learn.)

Class offers opt-in solo, pair, and group work. 

***Class is on a sliding scale of $8-$16. No one turned away.

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(class) SPELL
Nov
19
5:30 PM17:30

(class) SPELL

SPELL (South Portland Experimental Language League) is a biweekly movement class at The Living Room. All levels welcome! No dance experience required.

SPELL is a place to: warm up, shake out, find a weird new move you like. 
We try out ritual to access new language/s. 
We play good music and laugh. 

We prioritize consent. 

Through informal exercises and mirth, we look inward. (No routines to learn.)

Class offers opt-in solo, pair, and group work. 

***Class is on a sliding scale of $8-$16. No one turned away.

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(class) Moving Target Portland:  Michael Figueroa
Nov
11
1:00 PM13:00

(class) Moving Target Portland: Michael Figueroa


Class/Workshop Description:

I teach classes that vary in structure. You offer desires/suggestions that shape the content and order of the class to bring about a deeply involved, sweaty, midday moment. Class can consist of improvisation (guided or task-based), contact skills, dense phrase material, floor work, and somatic information. Class pace is geared towards pre-professional/professional dancers. My class is designed in real-time to activate and develop intuitive/instinctual decision-making skills, improve recall of long movement phrases and instill a desire to take risks. Through repetition, we interrogate action and sweat. I encourage you to treat choreography as improvisation and improvisation as choreography.

Biography:

Michael Figueroa is a Boston based performance maker, teacher, server and performer. His dances deal with rulebreaking, rote memory, audience participation, and improvisational situations. His work has been commissioned by the Dance Complex, the Mobius Artists Group, Dance Now Boston and Outside the Box Festival. He has taught workshops at College of the Holy Cross, Cambridge Rindge & Latin School, Moving Target (Boston and Portland, ME), and NACHMO Boston. Michael teaches weekly classes (every Tuesday) as a part of Midday Movement Series, a class series founded by Marissa Molinar that takes place at Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre. Most recently, Michael taught two weeks of Access 8 at Gibney Dance in New York and performed in Dance Now at Joe's Pub in collaboration with Alex Davis. Michael holds a BFA in dance from The Boston Conservatory.

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Contact Improvisation Class & Jam w/ Rachel Schwartz
Nov
10
1:00 PM13:00

Contact Improvisation Class & Jam w/ Rachel Schwartz

Dancers! Athletes! Martial Artists! Movers & Shakers! All are welcome to a Contact Improvisation class and jam for teens and adults of any skill level. Bare beginners are welcome! Incorporating touch and spontaneous collaboration, CI uses the forces of physics to explore areas of movement we could not find alone. We will explore the concepts of entering and exiting dances, points of contact, pouring and supporting weight, falling and flying, varying tone, counterbalance, and deep listening. A Jam will follow each class, providing the opportunity to further develop and experiment with our skills. Looking forward to dancing, moving, and playing with you!

Classes & Jams are held at The Living Room in South Portland, ME: http://thelivingroomdance.com/

Saturdays: October 13, November 10, December 15
1-2pm = class
2-3pm = jam
$5-10 for class OR jam
$10-20 for both

Bio:
Rachel Schwartz has been studying dance for over 30 years, including Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Axis Syllabus, and Contact Improvisation. She has studied CI with world renowned teachers, including Nancy Stark Smith, Ray Chung, Karen Nelson, and Kirstie Simson. She spent 2 years at Earthdance, an improvisational dance retreat center in the Berkshires, and currently teaches in Maine with guest appearances throughout New England.

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(class) SPELL
Nov
5
5:30 PM17:30

(class) SPELL

SPELL (South Portland Experimental Language League) is a biweekly movement class at The Living Room. All levels welcome! No dance experience required.

SPELL is a place to: warm up, shake out, find a weird new move you like. 
We try out ritual to access new language/s. 
We play good music and laugh. 

We prioritize consent. 

Through informal exercises and mirth, we look inward. (No routines to learn.)

Class offers opt-in solo, pair, and group work. 

***Class is on a sliding scale of $8-$16. No one turned away.

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(class/show) Annie Kloppenberg w/Students
Nov
4
1:00 PM13:00

(class/show) Annie Kloppenberg w/Students

Moving Target dance class followed immediately by Works-in-Progress performance of student work from Colby College, Bowdoin College, and Bates College. Feedback and Q&A session to follow. Artists TBA.

1-2:30 Class
2:45-4:45 Works-In-Progress

Class Description:
Class will focus on developing articulate, dynamic, available, and expressive bodies in a dialogue between rigorous technical practice and targeted improvisational exercises. Movement phrases play with control, abandon, and their intersection, emphasizing principles of weight, efficiency, specificity, and torque to illuminate the patterning of movement rather than the action of it alone. Movement sequences are designed to facilitate inquiry into how one might create the physical conditions, which allow the body to perform as its most expressive, most dynamic instrument. We will explore virtuosity and subtle performance textures, increasing dynamic range and depth, valuing individuality in all movement. We work towards greater adaptability of our physical instruments. The simple version: we move big, sweat a lot, and have a great time!

Annie Kloppenberg’s current creative and theoretical research hinges on improvisation. She has presented scholarly papers examining spontaneity in the choreographic process and her article “Improvisation in Process: Post-Control Choreography” can be found in the August 2010 issue of Dance Chronicle. Annie teaches and performs nationally as a member of the improvisational company, Like You Mean It and directs Annie Klopenberg & Company, now based in Boston. Other current projects include a collaboration with Headlong Dance Theater in Philadelphia and a new work with Kendra Portier. Recent choreographic commissions and residencies include Boston Center for the Arts, Dance Theater Workshop (NYC), Dublin Arts Council and OhioDance (OH). Kloppenberg’s choreography has been presented at Movement Research at the Judson Church (NYC), Dance Space Center (now DNA, NYC), and Jennifer Muller/the Works(NYC), The Boston Center for the Arts, Green Street Studios, CMAC, and throughout New England. Annie has worked with the Bebe Miller Company, Sara Pearson & Patrik Widrig, Shani Collins, Rebecca Rice, Cathy Young, Heidi Henderson, Karl Rogers, Meghan Sprenger/MVWorks, Annie Bessera/Striding Lion, Ashley Thorndike, and Katherine Ferrier. Annie has worked in arts administration at the Wexner Center for the Arts, New York City Center, Dance Theater Workshop, and now serves on the board of Green Street Studios. Annie is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Colby College, holds an MFA from The Ohio State University and a BA from Middlebury College.

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(class) Moving Target Portland: Asher Woodworth
Oct
28
1:00 PM13:00

(class) Moving Target Portland: Asher Woodworth

CLASS: This class will be about feeling into our muscles and bones as well as an opportunity to disorient ourselves, and move big. Part aerobic workout dance party, part mind body integration, our focus will be on coordination, motion, whole body perception, and embodied intimacy with self, other, and group. We will sweat to music, manipulate each other’s bodies, and move very quickly, and very slowly. Expect to have fun and be challenged. All over the age of 12 are very much welcome, no dance experience necessary.


In his teaching, Asher draws from his movement and artistic practices, which are deeply influenced by Deborah Hay, Juhani Pallasamaa, Samatha and Vajrayana meditation practices, Jerzy Grotowski and Body Weather, a comprehensive movement (non)technique developed by Min Tanaka at Body Weather Farm in Hakushu, Japan, in which the body is encouraged to fluctuate – like the weather —changing constantly.

BIO: Asher Woodworth is a multidisciplinary artist based in Maine. Asher’s background is in performance, postmodern dance, and video. He works primarily with bodies and concepts, but also objects, plants, and heat. Recently Asher has worked with Dean Moss, Deborah Hay, and Hana van Der Kolk. He has shown his work at Movement Research, Danspace Project, SPACE Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, and has led workshops and performed nationally and internationally at such venues as MoMA, The Walker Art Center, Diverseworks, BRIC, Kelly Strayhorn Theater, The Electric Lodge, CATI Dans, Body Actualized Center, and Uferstudios Berlin. He is the recipient of a 2015 Touring Grant from New England Foundation for the Arts. Asher holds a BA in Dance and Philosophy from Bennington College.

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(class) SPELL
Oct
22
5:30 PM17:30

(class) SPELL

SPELL (South Portland Experimental Language League) is a biweekly movement class at The Living Room. All levels welcome! No dance experience required.

SPELL is a place to: warm up, shake out, find a weird new move you like. 
We try out ritual to access new language/s. 
We play good music and laugh. 

We prioritize consent. 

Through informal exercises and mirth, we look inward. (No routines to learn.)

Class offers opt-in solo, pair, and group work. 

***Class is on a sliding scale of $8-$16. No one turned away.

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(class) Moving Target Portland: Ayano Elson
Oct
21
1:00 PM13:00

(class) Moving Target Portland: Ayano Elson

My class invites movers and makers of all kinds. We will gently warm up using simple physical exercises and improvisation practices. Focusing on supporting and articulating the body’s architecture, we will dance together through guided scores and set material. Class aims to celebrate our unique selves moving, experimenting, and sharing space together.

ARTIST BIO:

Born in Okinawa, Japan, Ayano Elson is a choreographer and designer. Her choreographic work has been presented by AUNTS, Gibney Dance, Movement Research at Judson Memorial Church, and Roulette. Ayano has performed in works by Bell + Clixby, Kim Brandt, Jessica Cook, and devynn emory. A 2018 Movement Research Van Lier Emerging Artist of Color, Ayano will be showing new work at the Chocolate Factory this December. She will be performing regularly in Simone Forti’s Dance Constructions at the Museum of Modern Art through February 2019.

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(class) SPELL w/ special guest Chani Bockwinkel
Oct
15
5:30 PM17:30

(class) SPELL w/ special guest Chani Bockwinkel

SPELL (South Portland Experimental Language League) is a biweekly movement class at The Living Room. All levels welcome! No dance experience required.

SPELL is a place to: warm up, shake out, find a weird new move you like. 
We try out ritual to access new language/s. 
We play good music and laugh. 

We prioritize consent. 

Through informal exercises and mirth, we look inward. (No routines to learn.)

Class offers opt-in solo, pair, and group work. 

***Class is on a sliding scale of $8-$16. No one turned away.

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(class) Moving Target w/Carol Dilley
Oct
14
1:00 PM13:00

(class) Moving Target w/Carol Dilley

Carol Dilley has been a choreographer, performer and teacher internationally for over 30 years. With significant time spent in New York City, Barcelona, Seattle, Sydney Australia and currently at Bates College in Maine. In addition to performance work, Dilley has dedicated much of her creative energy towards making opportunities for dance artists to develop and present work in a supportive and responsive community.  She was cofounding director of La Porta, www.laportabcn.com in Barcelona; developed a performance series for independent choreographers, Dance Briefs, in Sydney Australia in 2001; and the F.A.B. Dance Showcase in Lewiston, Maine in 2004. She has been Director of Dance at Bates College in Maine since 2003, has served as Chair of the Theater and Dance Department and was a founding member of the Bates Arts Collaborative. She is recently back from a 2 year leave where she served as Interim Chair the Dance Department at Hunter and then took an “artist year” in NY.

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Moving Target Portland w/ Molly Hess
Sep
23
1:00 PM13:00

Moving Target Portland w/ Molly Hess

Moving Target Portland is a weekly community movement class open to all levels of adult and teen dancers/movers. Drop-in and pay at the door or register beforehand on our website. $8-16 sliding scale.

Class Description:
A continuously moving guided warm up (based in developmental movement patterns) will prepare us to dive boldly into improvisational dance scores that we will approach with care, but explore without preciousness. We’ll play with memory, momentum, and bad magic tricks. There won’t be a lot of counting but there will be a lot of dancing. This class is open to people of all ages and experiences. 

Teacher Bio:
Molly Hess is a Massachusetts based choreographer, dancer, and educator whose work employs non-linear storytelling to create immersive experiences for audiences. She presents her work regularly throughout the Northeast. Besides having a dedicated independent choreographic practice, Molly is a founding director of 3 Spice Dance, a member of Back Pocket Dancers, and PB&J Dance Company. She is also a member of the GRUNT (Grass Roots US National Tour) network. She teaches dance with a focus on the creative process in Cambridge, MA. Molly received her B.A. in dance from St. Olaf College in 2012. Molly also wears an administrative hat as part of Green Street Studio ' s, and Bearnstow on Parker Pond. She is excited to return to the Living room to teach Moving Target.

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