Contemporary 2


This class is taught by:

Daisy Thompson

Daisy is a freelance dancer, dance maker and teacher. Primarily interested and experienced in teaching improvisation and composition, she has recently expanded her practice to release-based contemporary technique. She has taught professional and company class in the UK, Germany and Belgium, and most recently here in Canada at Simon Fraser University, Quest University and the University of Victoria. She is very happy to share her dancing with the Vancouver professional community.

Lexi Vajda

Originally from North Vancouver, Lexi Vajda is a Vancouver based independent dance artist. She received her contemporary dance training from Modus Operandi in Vancouver and has had the pleasure of working and performing locally with OutInnerspace Dance Theatre, the response, 605 Collective, plastic orchid factory, Mascall Dance, Move: the company, Delia Brett, Karissa Barry and Shay Keubler Radical System Arts among others. She also currently enjoys teaching for Modus Operandi as well as at various dance studios throughout the lower mainland.

Emmalena Fredriksson

Born in Sweden, Emmalena Fredriksson received her training at Balettakademien in Umeå and at SEAD (Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance) in Austria. She holds an MFA degree from Simon Fraser University and has presented choreographic work, performed and taught internationally with Daghdha Dance Company (IE), Pact Zollverein (DE) and Falmouth University (UK) among others. Based in Vancouver, Canada since 2013 her work has been presented in Dance in Vancouver’s Choreography Walk curated by Justine A. Chambers, The DanceCentre’s Discover Dance Series and at the Audain Gallery. Emmalena regularly teaches at Modus Operandi, Harbour Dance Centre, Simon Fraser University and Training Society of Vancouver. Continuing her research into choreography as a relational practice in the expanded fields of dance, upcoming work includes collaborations with the visual art platform HAUNT, composer Alex Mah (EDAM) and a virtual reality dance film project.
In this contemporary technique class we will use floor work and release- based techniques to explore the anatomical structure of the body and sequential movement. Working with gravity as an initiating force for dancing, we will play with pushing, pulling, falling and spirals in different patterns and combinations to travel across the space while moving in and out of the floor. The class will begin with variations of bodywork and movement improvisation then gradually build in intensity and complexity as we progress from moving close to the floor to more upright and upside down movement patterns.

Upcoming classes:

  • Thu Jul 27 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Daisy Thompson
  • Thu Aug 03 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Daisy Thompson
  • Thu Aug 10 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Lexi Vajda
  • Thu Aug 17 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Lexi Vajda
  • Thu Aug 24 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Lexi Vajda
  • Thu Aug 31 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Lexi Vajda
  • Thu Sep 07 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Emmalena Fredriksson
  • Thu Sep 14 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Emmalena Fredriksson
  • Thu Sep 21 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Emmalena Fredriksson
  • Thu Sep 28 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Emmalena Fredriksson
  • Thu Oct 05 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Emmalena Fredriksson
  • Thu Oct 12 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Emmalena Fredriksson
  • Thu Oct 19 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Emmalena Fredriksson
  • Thu Oct 26 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Emmalena Fredriksson
  • Thu Nov 02 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Emmalena Fredriksson
  • Thu Nov 09 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Emmalena Fredriksson
  • Thu Nov 16 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Emmalena Fredriksson
  • Thu Nov 23 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Emmalena Fredriksson


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