Contemporary 2

This class is taught by:

Willy Tsao

Willy Tsao has been instrumental to the development of the modern dance in China.

Tsao was born and educated in Hong Kong and received his modern dance training in the U.S. from 1973 to 1977. In 1979 he graduated from the University of Hong Kong with an MBA degree, and established the Hong Kong City Contemporary Dance Company. He was invited to teach modern dance at the Beijing Dance Academy in 1986. From 1987 to 1991, he was the teacher and advisor for the Guangdong Dance School modern Dance Program. He has conducted intensive modern dance workshops in many cities in China since 1987, Including Shanghai, Wuhan, Kunming, Fuzhou, Taiyuan and Daqing etc. He helped to set up the Guangdong Modern Dance Company, the first professional modern dance company in China, and had been its Artistic Director from 1992 to 1998. He was invited to be the artistic director of the Beijing Modern Dance Company in 1999. In September 2005, he left the Beijing Modern Dance Company and set up the BeijingDance / LDTX.

Tsao’s choreographic works vary in style and have been presented in the U.S., Canada, Korea, Japan, Israel, Germany, France as well as Beijing, Shanghai and Taipei in China. In July 1999, he was awarded the “Bronze Bauhinia Star” by the Hong Kong SAR government for his significant contribution to the development of local arts. Other honors and awards include the “Dancer of the Year” award from the Hong Kong Artists Guild (1988), the “Ten Outstanding Young Persons” (1990) “The Badge of Honor” from H.R.H. Queen Elizabeth II (1993) and the “Louis Cartier Award of Excellence-Outstanding Choreographer” (1998).

His major choreographic works include: “Bird Songs”, “Kunlun”, “China Wind, China Fire”, “Wandering in the Realm of Lightness”, “One Table Two Chairs”, “Sexing Three Millenniums”, “In Search of the Grand View Garden” etc.

Tara Jean Popowich

Tara-Jean Popowich is most known for winning "So you think you can dance Canada" Season 2. Since the show she has been based out of NYC and now Los Angeles. During her time in NYC she was "Carly Rae Jepsen's" Choreographer and dancer seen on "Jimmy Fallon" and "Live with Kelly". Most Recently Tara-Jean is a dancer for Nike, Pharrells music video "Happy", Turn it up American convention tour, choreographer for "So you think you can dance" Ukraine and special guest performer, choreographed and performed for Ballet Africa, IDS instructor in Madrid Spain, yearly performer with "SYTYCD" US All-stars in China, and has been shooting a movie in Scotland, details and premiere announced shortly. Tj has taught throughout Canada and the US, India, Paris, Ukraine, Africa, Italy, Spain, Bahamas, Germany, London, and China.
Contemporary dancer Tara-Jean Popowich wowed So You Think You Can Dance Canada fans throughout the season with her remarkable routines and was named Canada's Favourite Dancer.

Winning So You Think You Can Dance Canada also brought Popowich a cool $100,000 in cash, a new 2010 Mazda sport and even a key to the city in her hometown of Lethbridge, Alberta.

Tara-Jean, along with the top 10 finalists of the show adventured in a coast to coast canadian tour. Popowich claims: "Best experience of my life".

Before being canada's dancing queen Tj was a dancer for the amazing Elisa Estrada. Seen in her music videos as well as danced for her in the 2007 Beat Bash, along side singer George and dancing at the 2009 Juno Awards.

Our Canadian sweetheart has trained throughout canada and the states. Performing with S.H.E dance company in Hollywood, Tara-Jean quotes "that was the best training of her life".

The small town girl has a soft spot for Vancouver B.C, where she calls her second home. At the age of 17 she was accepted into The Source dance company.

Justine Chambers

Justine A. Chambers is a Vancouver-based independent contemporary dance artist. She was a principal dancer withDesrosiers Dance Theatre, a member of Diavolo Dance Theater in Los Angeles and has worked in Canada, the UnitedStates, Japan, and Brussels with a number of independent choreographers. Formerly on faculty at Ryerson University,Teacher's Collective, Quinte Ballet School, and Dance Teq, Justine currently teaches at Arts Umbrella and HarbourDance Centre. She works actively as a rehearsal director and has notably directed a remount of James Kudelka’sSoudain L’Hiver Dernier and the Autumn movement of John Alleyn’s Four Seasons. Chambers has been commissionedto create work for the Music Gallery, Ryerson Dances, Quinte Ballet School, Series 8:08 Season Finale, Dances for aSmall Stage,The Contingency Plan and SFU Contemporary Dance. With an emphasis on ease, efficiency and spatial awareness, Justine's class combines guided improvisation, floor work and dynamic movement sequences to develop integration and logical pathways for movement through the body.
Justine's: This class begins with a simple improvisational score to reacquaint ourselves with our bodies, and progresses with simple set exercises and larger movement phrases.
Primarily through floor work, the class incrementally layers ways of thinking through the body, that invite participants into an experience of their body in the here and now. It includes searching for systems of support inside and outside of the body, working with sequencing and inviting shifts in sensation and perception. With an openness to functional change, we will explore the precise moments where the body is activated into movement.
Kate's: My class is a synthesis of all of the ideas that currently fascinate me. Usually my class will start gently on the floor and build in verticality and intensity. The class loosely follows a traditional ballet class-style progression. Pliés, tendus, rond de jambes and battements are still on the table sometimes. At times we dance quite specifically to the music, and sometimes dancers will find their own phrasing.
I want to give dancers tools to make simple, clear, precise, specific decisions. I want to help dancers understand how to find new possibilities for movement and stability in the areas of the pelvis/femurs and the ribcage/scapulae. I want to give movers a more accurate map of their anatomical structures and then immediately make the information relevant through a movement experience.


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