Inspired by the ideas of the great dance innovator Isadora Duncan, our classes combine Ballet and contemporary dance information, including Merce Cunningham technique, with Duncan’s vision that it is not necessary to change the body to meet a certain image of dance. She created a more natural approach to which we have added the current knowledge of technique, taking her once revolutionary ideas and updating them for the dancers of our time.
Our classes allow the body to find its own line, turnout and extension without force or stress. Therefore, the child’s body continues to develop naturally while learning technique and movement expression. What we strive for in our classes is well-rounded dancers with technique that is in harmony with the structure of each individual body; a dancer who is able to execute challenging technique while retaining creativity and the thrill of dancing.
Our instructors, who have studied everything from Ballet and Modern to folk dance and Chinese healing forms and martial arts, infuse the Duncan tradition with a strong technical approach and an understanding of movement based on the natural structure of the body.
Students may explore their creativity in Choreography class where they make dances presented in our year end recital. Older dancers may join the Performance Workshop class in which they learn and create dances year round which are presented in such venues as the Tribeca Film Festival and Kids Cafe.