In this class Sarah encourages building a strong basis of ballet technique for developing strength and flexibility. Class begins with a warmup at the barre followed by combinations in the center of the room and across the floor. This class is a place for those new to ballet to keep moving and gain the fundamental knowledge of ballet, and for returning dancers to perfect their technique. Sarah focuses on building ballet technique in a friendly and supportive atmosphere with the idea that ballet is fun, expressive, and a great workout. Class is open to dancers and non-dancers alike and all levels are welcome. *Ballet slippers or socks suggested
Sarah has been teaching at Liberated Movement since October, 2011. She danced with three ballet companies in her home state of Hawaii before moving to New York and she also performed in musicals for many years. Also an actor, recent roles include Jennifer in The Intimacy Effect directed by Eric Nightengale and Madam Matriarch in Any Which Way Thou Wouldst Have It at the John Cullum Theatre. Favorite past roles include Bernarda Alba in House of Bernarda Alba, and Laura (the Mother) in Strindberg's The Father, among others.She studied acting in college, and with John Dapolito in Manhattan for many years. Sarah choreographs and stage directs for New York City Opera, and most recently directed a condensed production of La Cenerentola in Bryant Park. She received her 200 hour teacher training from YogaWorks. Sarah enjoys sharing her love of dance with her students and writes blog with insights and tips about ballet and dance called On The Way to the Barre.
w/ Kelly Pinola
Kelly’s class begins with a slow stretch and warm up designed to relax the body and mind while strengthening the core. Combinations include a mix of modern, jazz, ballet and contemporary techniques and allow for each individual to make the movement their own. Come into class ready to let the stresses of the outside world go and to lose yourself in movement and dance! All levels are welcome, but some dance experience is preferred. *Bare feet suggested
Kelly has twenty years of dance experience, with training in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Pointe and Hip Hop. She has been teaching for the past six years, including children’s dance lessons at American Dance and Drama studio and as captain of the national ranked UMass Dance team. Kelly loves dance and believes it is a gift that should be shared by all. She is so happy to share her love of dance teaching at Liberated Movement.
w/ Megan Pollard
This class blends lyrical techniques with modern accents and contemporary style. Megan’s warm up focuses on strengthening techniques using exercises inspired by ballet, Horton and jazz, followed by deep, relaxing stretches. Her routines move quickly and incorporate weight shifting, articulated changes between hard and soft movement, deep contractions and accented movements where you connect with the music and can throw in your own style. This class keeps you moving and explores the connection with your body through choreography. *Bare feet suggested
Megan grew up dancing at Dance Cavise in Westchester, NY. She was a member of the Off Center Dance Theatre and received ballet training from Olga Dvorovenko of American Ballet Theatre. Megan furthered her training at the Ailey School and under the direction of dancers from Parsons Dance Company. She attended Marymount Manhattan College as a dance major, and later attended Fordham University where she taught, choreographed and performed with Expressions Dance. She now is happy to be with Liberated Movement teaching in NYC.
w/ Janine Micheletti
Janine’s class is built to not only learn steps but to understand and enjoy the freedom of street specific styles. Janine starts out with a warm up consisting of various grooves, isolations, stretching, and core strengthening exercises. She then moves into a combination that will have a focus for that class, whether it be a feeling she wants conveyed or to drill steps to develop your skills as a street style dancer. She hopes to instill an integrity of movement in a supportive and open atmosphere. *Sneakers suggested
Janine “J9″ Micheletti is a native New Yorker and street fusion choreographer. She graduated from SUNY Purchase’s School of Art & Design with a concentration in photography. Thereafter, she has spent most of her professional life as a visual artist and accomplished textile designer. In 2009, she began taking dance classes again as a hobby. The art form quickly enraptured her as it did as a child, and since she has pursued it with fierce abandon. This dedication has led her to being selected for the Breaking Glass emerging female choreographers program run by Ellenore Scott, with a mentorship by Rhapsody James. Since she has shown work all over the New York City, and was selected as a finalist for Jacob's Pillow Chance to Dance. This year she produced "Street Spectrum", an exploration of street styles showcasing the diverse talent in the city. Some brands/artists she has worked with include Squarespace, G. Wilson Activewear, Rica Shay, Ephrat Asherie Dance, Jamie J. Invitation Company, Makeout Club, MTV, Daddy Yankee, Shenna, and New Politics.
w/ Lauren Pellettieri
Liberated Movement’s signature class is a meditative movement class series that integrates breath work, dynamic stretch, Qi Gong, cardio dance, free movement and meditation, all to improve mood and sense of well-being. Class alternates between “yin” and “yang” movements to create a sense of calm and ease while also waking up your muscles and increasing heart rate. By working body and mind together to bring presence and attention to what you are doing in the moment, we are able to stretch ourselves strong, lower chance of injury, and improve the quality and feeling of your movement. If you want to boost your energy, relax your mind, and feel more alive, then this class is for you! Anyone is welcome and encouraged to attend; no prior dance/movement experience necessary. Wear any comfortable clothing with bare feet or sneakers. *Bare feet, socks or sneakers suggested
Lauren Pellettieri is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Liberated Movement. She developed and teaches Liberated Movement’s signature class. From Queens, NY, Lauren has trained in ballet, modern, jazz and Indian dance (Bhangra). She attended Fordham University where she directed, choreographed and performed with Expressions Dance Alliance. Lauren later became a certified Masala Bhangra® dance fitness instructor under the direction of Sarina Jain and traveled to Mumbai, India to dance in a workout film and related events. She has since taught for several studios and media events throughout NYC and San Francisco. Lauren started Liberated Movement in 2010 to fill a need in NYC for accessible, affordable movement. She obtained her master’s degree in social work from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and developed her own signature meditative movement series that promotes physical and mental wellness. Lauren is fiercely passionate about bringing dance to others and empowering people through movement.
w/ Brinda Guha
Based on the core of the Contemporary Indian style lies the fusion of the intricacies of classical Indian dance: footwork, expression, and hand movements, with targeted exercises to provide for a fulfilling and fresh contemporary dance routine at the end of every class. This class attempts to investigate the communicative potential when merging western dance traditions with a classical Indian foundation. It starts with a vigorous yet meditative warm-up, and proceeds to elaborate on Indian classical and contemporary technique. This leads to a dynamic movement language and exchange, and leaves the dancer with a clear understanding of the relevance and importance of Indian aesthetic in the performing arts. *Bare feet suggested
Brinda Guha has been learning Indian Classical Kathak dance for over 20 years and has traveled throughout USA and to India, England, and Spain to perform. During training and performing for years in classical Indian dance, as well as Flamenco and Contemporary Fusion styles, she opened Kalamandir Dance Company in 2010 and founded the rich movement coined as #ContemporaryIndian. Since then, Brinda choreographed for the North American Bengali Conference at Madison Square Garden and self-produced and choreographed her original dance production entitled 'one to(o) many colors' that ran for three sold-out nights at Alchemical Theater Laboratory. From this, she acquired representation from Lucille DiCampli and is now pursuing artistic direction and education in the arts. She spent most of 2015/16 collaborating with NYC-based choreographers and interdisciplinary artists. Most recently, Brinda formed a percussive dance trio featuring Flamenco (Arielle Rosales), Tap (Amanda Castro), and Kathak called Soles of Duende. After creating and maintaining her dance company, five years in arts administration as a programs coordinator, and graduating from NYU, she wanted to find a space where art met activism. This led to Brinda curating a seasonal benefit for Planned Parenthood called WISE FRUIT, and eventually being invited to join the 2017-2018 Bessie Awards Committee. This time of taking her movement to contemporary and urban platforms is an exciting moment in the pioneering of a new movement vocabulary, and this time of exploring activism in art has become her primary focus alongside her pursuit of a career in being a teaching artist and company artistic director.
1.5 Hours, Open Level, $10 Minimum Donation
w/ Sarah Doudna
Like Tuesday’s class, Sarah encourages building a strong basis of ballet technique for developing strength and flexibility. Class begins with a warmup at the barre followed by combinations in the center of the room and across the floor. This class is a place for those new to ballet to keep moving and gain the fundamental knowledge of ballet, and for returning dancers to perfect their technique. Sarah focuses on building ballet technique in a friendly and supportive atmosphere with the idea that ballet is fun, expressive, and a great workout. Class is open to dancers and non-dancers alike and all levels are welcome. In the Ballet Workshop Sarah has more time to delve into combinations, breaking things down, and adding more challenging options. *Ballet slippers or socks suggested
Sarah Doudna danced and taught ballet professionally in her home state of Hawaii before moving to New York. She also danced and performed in musicals for many years. Sarah has been teaching ballet at Liberated Movement for three years. Last year she also began choreographing, staging and directing operas. She also received her 200 hour yoga teacher training from YogaWorks. Sarah enjoys sharing her love of dance with her students. Check out Sarah’s blog, On The Way to the Barre, for ballet tips for beginner and intermediate students!