Contemporary Intro


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).

This class will cover the basics of contemporary technique (different from contemporary jazz technique!).  We will work on the basics of 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 small improvisations, technique in centre and across the floor, and learning a short phrase of choreography in the last third of the hour.
Pants recommended, knee pads suggested.

Upcoming classes:

  • Mon Nov 20 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Rianne Švelnis
  • Mon Nov 27 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Rianne Švelnis
  • Mon Dec 04 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Rianne Švelnis
  • Mon Dec 11 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Rianne Švelnis
  • Mon Dec 18 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Rianne Švelnis
  • Mon Jan 08 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Rianne Švelnis
  • Mon Jan 15 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Rianne Švelnis
  • Mon Jan 22 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Rianne Švelnis
  • Mon Jan 29 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Rianne Švelnis
  • Mon Feb 05 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Rianne Švelnis
  • Mon Feb 12 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Rianne Švelnis
  • Mon Feb 19 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Rianne Švelnis
  • Mon Feb 26 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Rianne Švelnis
  • Mon Mar 05 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Rianne Švelnis
  • Mon Mar 12 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Rianne Švelnis
  • Mon Mar 19 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Rianne Švelnis


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