CLASSES

2017 May

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1 Hour, Open Level, $10 Suggested Donation

Ballet
w/ Sarah Doudna

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's Profile

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!


Contemporary
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's Profile

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.


Contemporary
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's Profile

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.


Contemporary
w/ Sandra Kramerova

Sandra’s Contemporary class is aimed to focus the dancers on finding innovative ways of approaching their technique and artistic decision making. Energy and flow driven warm up, moving from guided improvisation into a set of floor exercises, dynamic level changes and an exciting piece of contemporary choreography offer a complex somatic practice suited for EVERYONE who is not afraid to try! Prior dance experience suggested but not required.
*Bare feet or socks suggested

Sandra's Profile

Sandra is a Slovak born and NYC crafted choreographer and teacher immersed in practices of contemporary dance, physical theatre, improvisation and somatics. After receiving her BFA at University of Performing Arts in Bratislava she participated in Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company’s MASA Program in Israel and continued her performance and choreographic journey at Peridance Certificate Program and later at Overground Dance Theater Company. Sandra recently graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with MFA in Dance.


Creative Contemporary
w/ Mor Mendel

Focusing on contemporary and improvisation dance practices as ways to explore and access individual movement while increasing dance technique, this class will put together dance elements, individual movement, music, body awareness, strength and flexibility. Classes begin with an intuitive and organic warm up, aiming to open the senses and get into the body. Utilizing music to flow with our body and dance to new places, we will improvise with a given phrase, explore energy in movement, and play within improvisational scores.
*Bare feet or socks suggested

Mor's Profile

Mor’s teaching is a safe space to explore individual movement, expression, and creativity. In her teaching she integrates pleasure with physical endurance, technique with improvisation, and freedom within a structure. In the class, movement is guided by the flow of breath and energy coming from the body. Mor’s teaching method, developed in Israel and NY, is a framework that calls for an exploration of personal movement while working with the awareness of body, space, time, flexibility and momentum. The goal is to allow our senses, imagination and physicality to enrich our movement vocabulary as well as enhance our vitality.


Hip-Hop Fusion
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's Profile

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 began her professional life as a visual artist and accomplished textile designer. As a child she was first and foremost passionate about dance, but she had regrettably let the dream go. About six years ago she went back to dance merely to get some exercise, but the art form quickly enraptured her as it did when she was a child and she was hooked. She has since vowed to never let the gift of dance out of her life and she devotes herself to it on a daily basis. Her dedication has led her to assisting choreographers, touring the country, and was selected to be a part of the esteemed Breaking Glass program for female choreographers. She holds her own performance workshops that perform at Ailey Citigroup Theater for Kat Wildish Workshops, is a substitute teacher at Broadway Dance Center, and is on faculty at Locust Performing Art Center and Millennium Dance Complex Philly. Janine continues training in street styles as well as jazz and contemporary styles. She chooses to blend her movement so as to stay true to a narrative as opposed to staying true to one genre of dance. She continues to fuse her love of art and dance to create movement that is thought provoking and deeply layered.


Liberated Movement
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's Profile

Lauren Pellettieri is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Liberated Movement. From Queens, NY, Lauren has trained in ballet, modern, jazz and Indian dance (Bhangra) and has taught for several studios and media events throughout NYC. As a licensed social worker, Lauren brings with her a focus on the intrinsic connection between the body, mind, and sense of self. She is passionate about the empowerment of people through movement and the healing that happens when we relax the mind, have fun, and let go.


Indian Contemporary
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

Weekends

1.5 Hours, Open Level, $10 Minimum Donation

Ballet Workshop
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's Profile

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!

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