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).

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.

 
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 May 29 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Rianne Švelnis
  • Mon Jun 05 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Rianne Švelnis
  • Mon Jun 12 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Kate Franklin
  • Mon Jun 19 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Rianne Švelnis
  • Mon Jun 26 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Kate Franklin
  • Mon Jul 03 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Rianne Švelnis
  • Mon Jul 10 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Rianne Švelnis
  • Mon Jul 17 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Rianne Švelnis
  • Mon Jul 24 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Rianne Švelnis
  • Mon Jul 31 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Rianne Švelnis
  • Mon Aug 07 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Rianne Švelnis
  • Mon Aug 14 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Rianne Švelnis
  • Mon Aug 21 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Rianne Švelnis
  • Mon Aug 28 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Rianne Švelnis
  • Mon Sep 04 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Rianne Švelnis
  • Mon Sep 11 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Rianne Švelnis
  • Mon Sep 18 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Rianne Švelnis
  • Mon Sep 25 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Rianne Švelnis


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