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Master Class Series
The Dance Program invites all NC State students to participate in our Master Class Series!
How do I sign up? Space is limited and preregistration is required. You may register for individual classes or for the entire series by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please specify the dates of the classes you are interested in taking.
Who can participate? Classes are open to NC State students, faculty and staff. Classes listed as "Intermediate" are designed for students with at least two years of previous dance experience. All other classes are open to students of all experience levels.
What is the cost? Master classes are FREE for NCSU students, faculty and staff.
Fall 2015 Master Class Schedule
All Classes in Carmichael 2307
Friday, August 21, 2015
Join Assistant Director of Dance, Tara Mullins, for a high energy modern dance class that will explore levels, direction changes and use of visualization and imagery. This class will give students the opportunity to experience an NCSU Dance Company technique class as a trial, and in preparation for, the NCSU Dance Company auditions Tuesday August 25th at 2pm.
Assistant Director of the NC State Dance Program and Artistic Director of Panoramic Dance roject, Tara Zaffuto Mullins has a B.A. in dance from James Madison University and an M.F.A. in dance from Arizona State University. While at ASU, she received many awards and grants for her research, teaching and
choreography including the Faculty Women’s Association Distinguished Master Degree Candidate ward for her work developing arts programs for homeless youth as well as the First Herberger College of Fine Arts Fellowship. Tara has taught at Henrico Center for the Arts, ASU, Mesa CC, St. Catherine’s School, the University of Virginia and most recently was on faculty at the Academy of Arts and Minds in Miami, FL. She has been a guest artist for Radford, JMU, East Central University, the Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia, the Latin Ballet of Virginia, Dance Arizona Repertory Theatre among other nstitutions and companies. Through the years, Tara has performed professionally with a variety of dance ompanies. After serving as the Educational Programs Director for the Latin Ballet of Virginia, Tara developed her own education and service based Z Mullins Dance Company. Recently, Tara was featured on State of Things to discuss her creation and development of a civil rights based dance theatre piece, Operation Breadbasket, that Panoramic Dance Project performed at NC State in the spring. PDP has recently been invited by the Justice Theatre Project to perform Operation Breadbasket as part of the NC Museum of History's Black History Month 2015 series.
Friday, August 21, 2015
Contemporary is a multidisciplinary class including instruction in both Jazz and Hip Hop, while focusing on dance composition, partnering & weight sharing. This class will develop the movement vocabulary of each dancer beyond technical terminology, broaden how each dancer moves naturally and help adapt each dancer to be mentally and physically flexible in the ever evolving contemporary dance world. Ronald will be a guest artist for the Panoramic Dance Project this semester and this class will serve as a trial for those interested in auditioning for the company on Wednesday, August 26th at 6pm.
Ronald West began his intensive study of dance in 2005 under Kirstie Spadie of the North Carolina Dance Institute on a full scholarship, while simultaneously attending the North Carolina State University. There he received a Bachelor’s Degree of Environmental Design from the College of Design at the School of Architecture. He has studied and danced as an adjunct company member at the Dance Exchange in Washington D.C. lead by artistic director, Cassie Meador, has studied at ‘The PULSE’ student and teacher workshops in Atlanta and New York under the pulse faculty master teachers and various workshops across North Carolina. A natural study, Ronald began assisting six months into his training and went on to teach by the end of his first year of training. He continues to explore a vast range of dance movement in his classes, in which cutting edge contemporary hip hop and jazz styles are explored. To add, he has danced professionally in Modern Dance works, both locally and nationally, under choreographers Diego Carrasco Schoch, Kate Davis, Courtney Greer, Killian Manning and Michelle Pearson in association with the Continuum Collective, Dance Exchange and Black Box Dance. He has become one of North Carolina’s most sought after choreographers and master teachers within the University System, dance studio circuit, public and private school systems, dance organizations, such as Kodachrome, and he continues to broaden his palette by branching into the commercial music video scene, including choreography for the videos and tour of the premiere album ‘Beauty in the Breakdown’ for upcoming edgy lyricist and vocalist Jean Morisson of Nerv Records. Beyond choreographing for the previously mentioned, in 2011, Ronald founded the BLACK IRISH contemporary hip hop company which is focused on the generation of strong and creative movement, with the simultaneous intent of bringing the dance and greater community together through the love of dance,
regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or religion. Ronald West continues to grow both as a student and teacher and is excited for his future movement research.
Archetypes (NCSU Dance Company only)
Tues. Sept. 1
This lively and imaginative workshop provides an exciting way to access a wide range of physical and vocal expression through exploring figures that inhabit the world’s mythology, such as The Huntress, The Trickster, The Child, The Lover and The Crone. Two archetypes will be introduced and explored.
CHRISTINE MORRIS is an associate professor of Theatre at UNCG Greensboro and also resident vocal coach at Triad Stage, an Equity theatre producing in both downtown Greensboro and Winston Salem. She is also an actor with over three decades of work that includes Triad Stage, The New York Shakespeare Festival, Triangle-based Archipelago Theatre and Playmakers Repertory Company, and Profile Theatre Project in Portland, Oregon. She is a certified Master Teacher of Voicing and Embodying Archetypes (“Archetype Work”) after several years of work that includes studying with Janet Rodgers
and Frankie Armstrong in two intensives on Cape Cod, and performing in several featured presentations of the work at the VASTA (Voice & Speech Trainers Association) conference in London in 2014. She was designated a Master Teacher this year after teaching in a Vocal Archetypes intensive with actors and dancers in Richmond. She has been incorporating archetypes into her teaching at UNCG for the past three years. Inspired by the creativity and boldness the work unleashes in her students at both the undergraduate and graduate level, she has increased the amount of time spent on archetypes each year and plans to develop an experimental course devoted to archetypes to be taught in 2016.
African (Panoramic Dance Project only)
Wed. Sept. 9
Spanning 4 decades of Dance is the incomparable Dr. Chuck Davis. Founder of the Chuck Davis Dance Co. and the African American Dance Ensemble, headquartered in the City of Durham, NC., Dr. Davis is a living legend. With his many accolades from Honorary Doctorates, to the Proclamations from the many
different Cities and States around this country he remains one of our most beloved and honored treasures. A Master Dancer, par excellence; World traveler, Teacher, Instructor, Friend and Benefactor and Protector for many of the under-served and often neglected communities, Dr. Davis brings the joy of the dance, the excitement of the rhythm and the intensity of humanity to everything he does. He has been Guest Choreographer for so many venues and companies, who are so very important to him. Dr. Davis has served this nation, not only as a Goodwill Ambassador to other countries, but he served with his time in the U.S. Navy. He continues to serve this Nation and to represent all mankind for the benefit of mankind. Showing and living, Peace! Love! Respect! For Everybody! What makes him a distinguished artist, is not the awards that proclaim him so, what makes him a distinguish artist is his ability to remain humble and constantly giving to those in need and tirelessly fighting injustice with the passion of the Ancestors that have gone on. Refusing to become one of those who forget, Dr.
Davis constantly reminds us all, that we are standing, marching, kneeling and existing by the grace and will of the Merciful Creator and to give true obeisance to HIM, is to NOT forget the warriors of the past, and the Elders of today.
Balinese Parents & Family Weekend Event
Sat. Sept. 12
Learn the basics of Balinese dance (stance, footwork, posture, movement, and conscious gaze called seledet), to explore similarities and differences between the ethnic dance and western dances.
Surapsari has lived in Ubud, the arts capital of Bali, over fifteen years and mastered a wide range of traditional Balinese dance in both male and female forms, in three region-al styles. She received training from highly praised teachers such as Ni Wayan Sekariani and I Dewa Nyoman Irawan. Surapsari’s extensive dance repertoire includes Gambuh (the five hundred year old dance theater), classical court dances, ancient ritual dances, mask dances, and dance-dramas. Surapsari founded Purnama Sari Balinese Performing Arts Company with her husband, Indra in 2000 and has been performing in the US, Indonesia, Mexico, Korea and Japan. Purnama Sari was recognized by the state of Florida as one of its finest performing arts groups and is included in the state’s touring roster. Surapsari published “My Bali – Memories of the Island of the Gods”, a book on Balinese dance and culture in 2005. She has internationally been teaching and lecturing on Balinese dance, theatre, and shadow puppetry. Surapsari holds a Master’s degree in intercultural relations from Lesley University in Massachusetts, USA.
Intermediate Ballet - Parents & Family Weekend Event/experience required
Sat. Sept. 12
Focusing on dynamic movement and clarity of line within the basic ballet vocabulary. This class will include fundamental discussion of correct placement that will serve the dancer in all dance styles.
Megan Marvel grew up in Raleigh and trained at The Raleigh School of Ballet until moving to Pittsburgh at 16 to study with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School. Other training included The School of the Atlanta Ballet, and the Houston Ballet Academy. Megan attended NC State University, obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 1998. She received a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Degree from NC State in 2004, focusing on psychological motivations of choreography and dance design. While a student at NC State, she was a member of the NCSU Dance Company under the direction of Robin Harris. Ms. Marvel served as the Assistant Director of the NC State Dance Program from 2001-2006. She has continued to perform and choreograph for the NCSU Dance Company and Robin Harris.
Ms. Marvel’s choreographic work has also been performed by Meredith College Dance Theatre and Raleigh Dance Theatre (RDT), and her work was selected by adjudication twice to be performed by RDT at the Southeast Regional Ballet Association Emerging Artist’s Programs. Megan now serves as the Associate Director of RDT and has served on faculty at The Raleigh School of Ballet since 1998. Megan is also a massage therapist and owns Natural Marvels Massage Therapy in Apex, where she lives with her husband, Rob Cranfill, and their daughter, Jacqueline.
Advocacy and Activism through the Arts
Mon. Sept. 21
(in collaboration with NC State LIVE – please register at email@example.com)
Daniel Bernard Roumain and Marc Bamuthi Joseph will lead a workshop focused on advocacy and activism through the arts. Topics will include how to your frustrations by using dance, music, and spoken word. This will give you an opportunity to learn valuable tools from two incredible artists and advocates. DBR’s acclaimed work as a composer and a performer has spanned more than two decades, and has been commissioned by venerable artists and institutions worldwide. Proving that he’s “about as omnivorous as a contemporary artist gets” (New York Times), DBR is perhaps the only composer whose collaborations span the worlds of Philip Glass, Cassandra Wilson, Bill T. Jones, Savion Glover and Lady Gaga.
DBR made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2000 with the American Composers Orchestra performing his Harlem Essay for Orchestra, a Whitaker commission. He would go on to compose works for the Albany Symphony (Harvest for Baritone Voice and Orchestra); the American Composers Orchestra (Call Them All: Fantasy Projections for laptop, orchestra, and film); the Boston Pops Orchestra (Woodbox Violin Concerto); the Dogs of Desire Ensemble (Grace for Two Sopranos and Chamber Orchestra); Carnegie Hall (Five Chairs and One Table); the Library of Congress (Numerical Music); and the Stuttgart Symphony (We March!: Concerto for Guitar and String Orchestra premiered by Eliot Fisk). Additionally, Roumain’s music has been performed by the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony, Des Moines Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Memphis Symphony, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, New World Symphony, Noord Nederlands Orkest, and the Vancouver Symphony, among many others. Dancers, Dreamers, and Presidents is a 2010 Sphinx Commissioning prize and was performed by the Detroit Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, Virginia Symphony, and other member orchestras of an esteemed consortia.
DBR was the first artist to be awarded Arizona State University’s prestigious Gammage Residency, “a three-year commitment to an extraordinary performing artist that includes performance, creative time and resources, intensive training for ASU students and local artists and engagement with many of the local communities.” His outreach and residencies have garnered extravagant praise and long-term relationships with countless universities, orchestras, and performing arts centers including the Berklee School of Music (Boston), More Music @Moore (Seattle), The Academy – a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School and the Weill Music Institute, PACE University and the Tribeca Performing Arts Center (New York City), the University of North Carolina (Raleigh) and Vanderbilt University (Nashville). He has served as Chair of the Music Composition/Theory Department and Composer-in-Residence at The Harlem School of the Arts; Music Director for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company; Assistant Composer-in-Residence with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s; Visiting Professor at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music; Artist-in-Residence with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra; and is currently the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center Artist-in-Residence (University of Houston), and a Center for Art and Performance Resident Artist at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). From 2007-2011, DBR was a Next Wave Artist-in-Residence at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), resulting in three commissioned works in One Loss Plus (2007); Darwin’s Meditation for the People of Lincoln (2008); and Symphony for the Dance Floor (2011). In 2011, a new work for the Atlanta Ballet (Home in 7), in collaboration with the choreographer Amy Seiwert and the poet Marc Bamuthi Joseph, was followed in 2013 with a new work for the Boston Children’s Chorus (A Boy Called King) with the same creative team. He has performed at The Macau International Music Festival, Ten Days Festival in Tasmania, Central Park SummerStage, 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, and the Sydney Opera House. For the 2012-13 season, DBR created The Collide, in collaboration with the singer/songwriter Laurelyn Dosset. A commission from North Carolina State University, the project included the creation of 11 songs and 1 instrumental as musical portraits of selected cities in North Carolina. The work traveled acrossthe state to Wilmington, Davidson College, Appalachian State University, East Carolina University, and Raleigh. Additional performances in 2013 included Woodbox Beats & Balladry (Minnesota State University); the premiere of Woodbox Violin Concerto (New Haven Symphony Orchestra); Clas/sick Hip-Hop with the dancer/choreographer Rennie Harris (Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco); Filter (South-Miami Dade Cultural Center for the Arts and Emory University); and the premiere of En Masse with the University of Houston Spirit Marching Band (University of Houston). In January 2014, he made his debut with the Sacramento Philharmonic performing his Woodbox Violin Concerto with Maestro Michael Morgan. DBR is currently working on We Shall Not Be Moved, a new chamber opera commissioned by Opera Philadelphia, Meditations for Raising Boys, a new oratorio commissioned by Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, and BOUNCE: A Basketball Opera in 4 Quarters, commissioned by Ardea Arts. DBR earned his doctorate in Music Composition from the University of Michigan under the tutelage of William Albright, William Bolcom, and Michael Daugherty.
Marc Bamuthi Joseph, originally from NYC, is an arts activist currently living in Oakland, California. He is a National Poetry Slam champion, Broadway veteran, featured artist on the past two seasons f Russell Simmons' Def Poetry on HBO and a recipient of 2002 and 2004 National Performance Network Creation ommissions. He is recently returned from Tokyo where he was presented during the 1st International Spoken Word Festival and Santiago de Cuba where he joined the legendary Katherine Dunham as a part of the CubaNola Collective. He has entered the world of literary performance after crossing the sands of “traditional” theater, most notably on Broadway in the Tony Award winning The Tap Dance Kid and Stand-Up Tragedy. His evening-length work Word Becomes Flesh represents the completion of his third play, having already staged De/Cipher (Theater Artaud and Yerba Buena Center, 2001) and No Man's Land (ODC, 2002). Word Becomes Flesh has found a home in the seasons of Seattle's On The Boards, Houston's Diverse Works, Washington, D.C.'s Dance Place and New York's Dance Theater Workshop among other national venues. In 2006, Word Becomes Flesh will be presented internationally in the Netherlands, Venezuela, Panama, and Columbia. His work has been described as everything from “electrifying” (The Houston Chronicle), to “ever-elegant” (The Washington Post) and has compelled The Seattle Timesto name him their “cutting edge performer of the year” for 2003. In their recent review ofWord Becomes Flesh, the New York Times declared his work to be “eloquent. . .seamless. . .and remarkable.”
Bamuthi's performance schedule has carried him from dance apprenticeships in Senegal to teaching fellowships in Bosnia. Over the next two years, he will develop new projects with le Centre Nationale de Dance, the National Dance Project and the International Theater Institute to be performed in France, Kinshasa, Germany, and the Philippines. His proudest work has been with Youth Speaks where he mentors 13-19 year old writers and curates the Living Word Festival for Literary Arts. His latest project, Scourge, reflects on the plight of Haiti in the post-colonial New World, and was developed while Bamuthi was a Phillis Wattis Artist-in-Residence at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Collaborators for Scourge include renowned choreographer Rennie Harris, Grammy nominated composer John Santos, dramaturg Roberta Uno, and director Kamilah Forbes of the NYC Hip Hop Theater Festival. After selling out the entire run of the world premiere, the San Francisco Chronicle exclaimed Scourge to be “a work overflowing with talent and ambition.” The Contra Costa Times declared "Scourge is clearly a work of intelligence and careful craftsmanship, unafraid to ask some big questions and leave them unanswered, and that alone puts Joseph at the head of the pack of not just hip-hop theater auteurs, but modern choreographers, too.” Since beginning a career in performance poetry in the Fall of 1998, Bamuthi has been San Francisco's Poetry Grand Slam winner three times, won the 1999 National Poetry Slam with Team San Francisco, and founded "Second Sundays", the nation's first monthly spoken word gathering to generate audiences of 500+. His local work recently earned him a GOLDIE award from The San Francisco Bay Guardian, one of only seven awards given per year by the staff of the Bay Area's largest independent weekly. He’s also received the 2005 Emerging Artist Award from the San Francisco Arts Festival. Nationally, he has been a featured lecturer and performance artist at more than one hundred colleges and universities including UC Berkeley, NYU, Brown University, The University of Michigan, Bates College, Stanford University and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He recently served as an IDA resident artist in Stanford University's Drama Department, teaching Spoken Word and Community Action. He currently teaches in the Creative Writing MFA program at Mills College in Oakland. The evolution of Bamuthi’s career has been enabled by national and international private institutions. These include the National Performance Network Creation Fund, the Wallace A. Gerbode Foundation, The Creative Work Fund, The Rockefeller MAP Fund, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Zellerbach Family Fund, the Ford Foundation, the New England Foundation for the Arts, Stanford University’s Institute for Diversity in the Arts and institutional contributions from Dance Theater Workshop, Pro Arts Collective, Aaron Davis Hall, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and 651ARTS. Bamuthi’s growing national following has been
documented by the MeccaUSA clothing label which featured him in their Spring ’05 national ad campaign. His story has also been covered in several national media outlets, including XXL magazine, Wax Poetics magazine, Mugshot magazine, and National Public Radio’s All Things Considered.
He has done several performances with the current stars of the Spoken Word and music scene including: Ben Harper, De La Soul, The Roots, Bonnie Raitt, Kanye West, Saul Williams, Cody Chestnutt, Beau Sia, Blackalicious, Will Power, Jill Scott, Mos Def, Sarah Jones, Sonia Sanchez, Gil Scott Heron, The Last Poets, Amiri Baraka, Roger Bonair-Agard, Ishle Yi Park, Danny Hoch and many others. In addition, he's released a spoken word CD, "Seeking" worked with Linkin Park's Joe Hahn for MTV, and performs on the CD "185 Progress Drive" (Alternative Tentacles Records: 2000) with Assata Shakur, Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Bob Marley, Michael Franti, I Was Born with Two Tongues and other hip hop and spoken word artists.
Tues. Oct. 6
In this class we will use visual-aids, drawing, touch, visualization, and movement exercises to discover more about our own anatomy. While we will focus primarily on certain components of the human skeleton, the workshop will be designed around the participants' particular interests. Come in comfortable clothes, with a writing implement, and with questions!
Leah Wilks is a Durham-based dancer, teacher and choreographer. Recently she has performed with Renay.Aumiller.Dances, Nicola Bullock and the People, Gaspard&Dancers, and the Dept. of Improvised Dance. She is currently on faculty at Carolina Friends School, 9th St. Dance, and the American Dance Festival where she teaches everything from release technique to experiential anatomy. Leah runs her own multi-media dance company VECTOR with visual artist Jon Haas, and really likes to grow and eat copious amounts of kale.
Locomotion in Modern Dance
Tues. Oct. 27
In this class, dancers will work on moving throughout space as rigorously as we move within our own kinespheres. We will progress through technique exercises and phrasework that challenge us to locomote while gliding, soaring, and swirling. One key principle in this workshop is how we sense of our bodies relative to themselves and to the space. Another principle is how to train your body to go along for the ride as your heavy, weighted centers initiate (eg your head leads you to spiral down to the floor or your pelvis charges you across the room in low jumps). We will explore how to propel through our dancing to both experience and evoke the sense of motion and flight.
Suzanne Beahrs is a modern dancer, teacher and choreographer. She loves teaching multiple styles of dance to both children and adults. She is an adjunct professor at Elon University and teaches at studios around the Triangle. In New York City, she has taught at Dance New Amsterdam, Gibney Dance Center, Mark Morris Dance Center, Dancewave, and others. With her company, Suzanne Beahrs Dance, she has shown work and performed at venues throughout New York City, including at Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, Judson Church, the 92nd St. Y, and Danspace Project, as well as in Boston, San Francisco, and Tempe, AZ. Suzanne received her MFA in Dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and her BA in Geology from UC Berkeley. suzannebeahrs.org
Somatic Based Modern Dance
Tues. Nov. 3
Somatic-based modern technique will focus on integrating performance, biomechanics, and technical concepts. A large emphasis of the class will be working with qualities and nuances of movement combinations by exploring anatomy and imagery to initiate movement efficiently. Compound rhythmic patterns and performance qualities will be investigated simultaneously with your technical investigations.
Renay Aumiller has presented her dance works in New York City, Chicago, Louisville, Urbana, IL, Kansas City, MO and the Triangle/Triad areas of North Carolina as the Founder/Artistic Director of Renay Aumiller Dances (RAD). She has performed for numerous choreographers and companies including Renée Wadleigh, Christian Von Howard, The Kearns Dance Project (Burlington, NC) The Dance Team (Chicago) and Thread Meddle Outfit (Chicago). Additionally, Aumiller toured Taiwan, Cambodia, and Italy with internationally acclaimed Improvisation master, Kirstie Simson. Aumiller's education includes earning an MFA in Choreography from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BA in Dance Studies from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. During her graduate studies, she was awarded the Vannie L. Shiery Scholarship for outstanding performance (2007), Wanda Nettl Prize for Choreography (2008), Hamstrom Award for artistic integrity (2008), and the Pat Knowles Travel Award (2009). Professionally, Aumiller was the recipient of the Durham Arts Council's Emerging Artist Grant (2015), the North Carolina Dance Alliance Choreography Fellowship (2011) and has received numerous grants through Elon University and the NC Dance Alliance. Ms. Aumiller has enjoyed guest residencies at NC State University, Washington and Lee University, Appalachian State University, Iowa State University, Salem College, NC Governor's School West, Enloe Magnet High School, and the Univeristy of North Carolina School of the Arts. She teaches regularly at the Samuel H. Scripps ADF Studios in Durham, NC and is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Elon
Tues. Nov. 17
Jack Arnold will teach a contemporary dance class with emphasis on momentum, flow, resistance, suspension, redirection, and musicality to achieve a movement experience that balances power and grace. Ken Ray Wilemon will accompany this class on drums.
Jack Arnold, a native of Enfield, NC, is a full time residential real estate Realtor/Broker with Hodge & Kittrell Sotheby's International Realty. Prior to his work in real estate, Jack enjoyed a twenty year career in modern dance as a dancer, choreographer and teacher. As a member of Pilobolus Dance Theatre from 1887-1991, he toured extensively throughout North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, and the Far East. He has performed with numerous other companies and choreographers including The Atlanta Contemporary Dance Company and Synergic Theater, Lucas Hoving, Paul Sanasardo, Bill Evans, Dan Wagoner, and Robin Harris. He has taught, choreographed and performed at colleges and universities throughout the Southeast, served on the faculties of the Pilobolus Institute and the American Dance Festival, conducted a month long residency with the Guangdong Dance Company in Guangzhou, China, and is a past recipient of the NC Arts Council Choreographer's Fellowship. Jack received his BFA from the North Carolina School of the Arts and his MFA from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.
Sat. Nov. 21
Bhangra is an energetic, colorful dance that originated in the fields of Punjab in South Asia. Now, it’s the newest dance phenomenon spreading all over the world. It has been performed on TV on America’s Got Talent, at the London Olympics opening ceremony, and even at the White House! This class aims to not only teach the elements of this folk dance but to also provide an amazing cardiovascular workout that will definitely tone your entire body.
Rohit Bulchandani is a professionally trained Bhangra instructor who, through the Learn Bhangra App, will demonstrate popular steps through a novel new cardiovascular exercise program that simultaneously teaches you a new dance and tones your body. Rohit has been with Natya Academy since 2007, dancing with various Bhangra programs and captaining the competitive team, Gajjdi Jawani. In 2012, he began teaching classes and assisted in coaching the competitive team after having the opportunity to train under the former captain and coach of Punjab Agricultural University, and the founder of the Learn Bhangra App, Lavesh Pritmani. Since then Rohit has continued to follow his passion for the dance, establishing himself as the Instructor and Director of Bhangra at Natya Academy. Staying true to the folk dance itself, he aims to show off its beauty and the culture behind it, while providing a great full body workout.
Mon. Nov. 23
Marissa is originally from central Pennsylvania where began dancing with a pre-professional ballet company at a young age. She continued her passion at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia where she received her BFA in dance performance. She was classically trained in ballet, tap, jazz and modern. Upon graduation Marissa danced professionally with Alchemy Dance Company and later began ballroom dancing. She was trained at Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Narberth Pennsylvania where she taught beginners through advanced to social dance. She not also taught dance lesson but entered in competitions with her students and co-workers. Although, Marissa has a passion for dance she has found her true love at Pure Barre where she is currently the lead teacher and trainer and loves every minute of it!
Register for a Master Class
Master classes are FREE for NC State students, faculty and staff, but space is limited and preregistration is required. You may register for individual classes or for the entire series by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please specify the dates of the classes you are interested in taking.
Classes are open to NC State students, faculty and staff. Classes listed as "Intermediate" are designed for students with at least two years of previous dance experience. All other classes are open to students of all experience levels.