Contemporary 1


This class is taught by:

Rianne Švelnis

Rianne is the granddaughter of Eastern European immigrants who now finds herself living as a guest on unceded Coast Salish Territory. She discovered contemporary dance in Ecuador, South America and is using it as a tool for challenging harmful cultural norms and expressing radical body politics. Rianne sees art as a primal language of expression, and a basic human right that we can reclaim as our own to help us tell our stories.

She is co-artistic director of Swamp Theatre, and a Registered Yoga Teacher, and a graduate of the Modus Operandi Contemporary Dance Program. Rianne has danced in works by Kelly McInnes, Layla Marcelle Mrozowski, Justine Chambers, Zahra Shahab, Hailey McCluskey, Anna Kraulis, Damian Criollo-Villacis & collaborated in artistic residency with Areli Moran (Mexico).

Kate Franklin

Kate Franklin was born in North Bay, Ontario. She received her early dance education at Barbara Treleaven School of Dancing, then undertook her professional training at Quinte Ballet School.

She spent the first decade of her career based in Toronto, as an independent contemporary dance artist. She danced with numerous companies and choreographers, most notably Company Vice Versa (Valerie Calam), Zata Omm Dance Projects (William Yong), Matjash Mrozewski, and Kate Alton, amongst others.

Her own choreography was performed by dance training programs such as Quinte Ballet School, Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, companies such as JD Dance and at festivals including At the Wrecking Ball and Dusk Dances. She continues to collaborate choreographically with her colleague and friend Meredith Thompson in their joint-venture "The Yes Collective".

Kate was a mobilizing force in the Toronto contemporary dance community. She worked with Series 8:08 for many years, and was the co-founder (with Tina Fushell) of Ambitious Enterprises, a company that produced five "At the Wrecking Ball" programs of interdisciplinary dance over ten years (from 2002-2012).

With Kate Holden, Franklin founded firstthingsfirst productions in 2005. Together, the Kates commissioned an impressive number of works from independent Canadian choreographers and produced three full-length evenings of dance.

Now living in Vancouver, Kate is teaching contemporary dance and yoga and working with choreographers Justine A. Chambers, Meredith Kalaman and company Tara Cheyenne Performance.

Kate is the recipient of the 2014 Dora Mavor Moore award for Outstanding Female Performance for the solo "Gotta Go Church" choreographed by Valerie Calam.

 
Level 1 is Intermediate. We will work on floor work, sequencing through the spine, moving safely in and out of the floor, articulating the joints, inversions and upper body strength, and unorthodox methods of expression using the body and the imagination! Class will consist of improvisations, technique in centre and across the floor, and learning a phrase of choreography in the last half hour.
Pants recommended, knee pads suggested.

Upcoming classes:

  • Wed May 03 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Rianne Švelnis
  • Wed May 10 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Rianne Švelnis
  • Wed May 17 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Rianne Švelnis
  • Wed May 24 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Rianne Švelnis
  • Wed May 31 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Rianne Švelnis
  • Wed Jun 07 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Kate Franklin
  • Wed Jun 14 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Kate Franklin
  • Wed Jun 21 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Rianne Švelnis
  • Wed Jun 28 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Rianne Švelnis
  • Wed Jul 19 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Rianne Švelnis
  • Wed Jul 26 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Rianne Švelnis
  • Wed Aug 02 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Rianne Švelnis
  • Wed Aug 09 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Rianne Švelnis
  • Wed Aug 16 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Rianne Švelnis
  • Wed Aug 23 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Rianne Švelnis


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