Sept 10 - Oct 22, 2018
4 - 5 PM
BEGINNER CIRCUS, Age 7-11
Through games, improvisation and training students learn the basics of several circus arts including juggling, balancing objects, spinning diabolos, riding unicycles and clowning. Students engage their creative voice as they build the prop work into solo or group circus acts. Character, audience engagement and performance will all be explored with silliness and curiosity.
Janoah “anygoodjokes” Bailin learned to juggle as a bored ten-year-old. He studied with the Suspenders Juggling Troupe in Falmouth, MA, then toured with Circus Smirkus. Janoah attended the College of the Atlantic in Maine. He teaches students all over Portland, ME how to juggle, perform and drop things playfully and is an instructor for the Gym Dandies Children's Circus of Scarborough.
Nicole Mokeme is a local performance artist in Portland, Maine. She shares workshops that promote individuality, confidence in creativity and teamwork. Over the course of 8 years, Nicole has enjoyed the experience of working with students from Roots Enrichment Center, Roots and Fruits of One Tree Center, Breakwater and Lewiston Middle School. She is excited to honor students of all levels who direct their own creativity and immerse themselves in the world of play.
Sept 4 - Oct 23, 2018
STORYTELLING & PERFORMANCE, Age 4-8
The Storytelling and Performance "Playshop" is an 8-week series where participants create and produce a full performance through play and collective storytelling. Activities include:
Creative Movement, image-rich writing exercises,
Collective and individual storytelling and performance, costume design, and set design.
Sept 4 - Oct 24, 2018
4 - 5 PM
CREATIVE MOVEMENT, Age 9-12
Through improvisational activities and set phrases, students will expand their range of motion and creative voice. Utilizing contemporary techniques, students will build somatic awareness to dance safely and dynamically. Rather than focusing on any one dance vocabulary, this Creative Movement class draws from many lineages in order to explore diverse ways of moving on the floor, in the air, in contact, and upside down.
Kerry Constantino has been a dancer and choreographer for over 15 years based in Laban-Bartenieff Studies, Evans technique, improvisation, and yoga. Kerry places a great emphasis on facilitating students to find their own range and personal expression through movement and staying true to each individuals' own "voice" as a dancer. Kerry loves teaching creative movement and dance to kids, who are all natural movers, composers, and storytellers. She challenges them to make choices, build kinesthetic awareness, and let their unique personalities shine.
Jessamyn Schmidt hails from Fort Wayne, IN. She earned a BA in dance and international studies from Denison University. She’s studied modern, ballet, West African, Flamenco, and contact improvisation. Jessamyn lives in South Portland, and teaches dance to many ages – teens, college students, and seniors.
Sept 4 - Oct 24, 2018
MODERN DANCE, Age 13-18
Building a foundation from the ground up, we will weave bodywork, yoga and Bartenieff Fundamentals into our floor work. From there, we'll move into exploratory and improvisatory exercises that rely on physics and take us through space. Partner work and interaction will inform our practice and approach. We will have fun. We will move a lot.