Andrew Champlin
Ballet for Contemporary Dancers

© Andrés Linares
Beg
Week 3, 29.7.–2.8.2024
13:50–15:35
Arsenal 1
book
Adv
Week 3, 29.7.–2.8.2024
09:45–11:30
Arsenal 1
book

This workshop promotes functionality as an approach to captivating, rhythmic dancing. Andrew contributes his insights from training in Balanchine Technique, a career in contemporary performance and his research on progressing ballet in the twenty-first century – the work of Janet Panetta, in particular.

Ballet for Contemporary Dancers invites participants to become more specific with the application of technique in their movement and to ask ballet to support their needs for reliable integrative pathways to navigate dynamic musical structures. Deconstructing the functional purpose of ballet movements, dancers are coached on their personal reintegration of the information in their own dancing body.

Techniques can allow the perception of more possibilities in movement and performance, practicing direction of line in space, skeletal placement, timing and use of strength and release in jumps, turns, and other full-bodied movements. Practicing these critical moments is what makes dance/class such a social and potentially supportive learning environment; partnering up with each other and actively observing various approaches and achievements, practicing courage and humour along the way.

The workshop is dedicated to sustaining the esteemed teaching legacy and movement philosophy of Janet Panetta by preserving her invaluable practical lessons, particularly on the perception of embodied musicality and function.

This class is for dancers of diverse backgrounds who wish to gain practical knowledge of classical ballet or come back to it after a long time.  

This workshop promotes functionality as an approach to captivating, rhythmic dancing. Andrew contributes his insights from training in Balanchine Technique, a career in contemporary performance and his research on progressing ballet in the twenty-first century – the work of Janet Panetta, in particular.

Ballet for Contemporary Dancers invites participants to become more specific with the application of technique in their movement and to ask ballet to support their needs for reliable integrative pathways to navigate dynamic musical structures. Deconstructing the functional purpose of ballet movements, dancers are coached on their personal reintegration of the information in their own dancing body.

Techniques can allow the perception of more possibilities in movement and performance, practising direction of line in space, skeletal placement, timing and use of strength and release in jumps, turns, and other full-bodied movements. Practising these critical moments is what makes dance/class such a social and potentially supportive learning environment; partnering up with each other and actively observing various approaches and achievements, practicing courage and humour along the way.

The workshop is dedicated to sustaining the esteemed teaching legacy and movement philosophy of Janet Panetta by preserving her invaluable practical lessons, particularly on the perception of embodied musicality and function.

This class is for dancers of diverse backgrounds who have a working knowledge of classical ballet. 

Andrew Champlin
© Kevin Fay
© Remi Harris
© James Roberts