Carrboro Modern Dance Company to hold Open House at The ArtsCenter on September 23rd
A day of dance: this introduction to the workings of the newly formed Carrboro Modern Dance Company will include dance classes for adults by instructor William Commander and for children by Mary Grady Norkus of Dancentre in Chapel Hill and co-founder with Beven Ramsey of Carrboro Modern Dance. The open house will also feature a structured improvisational movement piece based on the current exhibit in the Gallery by artist Sarah Goetz and a preview of choreography from the upcoming Carrboro Modern Dance concert, “Forward/Forward”, at the Art’s Center on Saturday, January 19th.
Dance classes for both children and adults will begin at 3:15pm, followed by the preview of choreography at 4:30 in the West End Theater. At 5:00pm there will be introductions of the dancers and teachers, followed by a Q&A session about the programs. Local food truck vendor “The Humble Pig” will be on-site for delicious refreshments following the event at 5:30pm.
The classes are as follows:
“Watch Me Dance!”
Instructor: Mary Grady Norkus
Creative Movement for children ages 3-5. A fun-filled class that is very active, with little to no emphasis on waiting in line, perfection of steps or big recitals. All children need to move daily, to express, watch, listen and process. Join us for an adventure and exploration of movement that includes music of all genres, use of props and costumes, storytelling and games, to build confidence, to support imaginative play and to foster an appreciation of self and others. Class size limit: 10. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing, bare feet.
“Introduction to Modern Dance”
Instructor: William Commander
Come join us and be a part of a community experience that will allow you to move with others! This class aims to encourage creative expression through movement, investigation and development of artistic ideas through improvisation and understanding of dance technique, as well as performance—regardless of previous experience. Students will use whole body movements, strength, flexibility, endurance and proper alignment to understand and develop dance technique. Utilizing time, space, weight, flow, momentum and breath, students will learn how to move safely and naturally. Most importantly, it is an opportunity to establish a community in dance and a safe place to explore new or familiar ideas. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing, bare feet.