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).

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.
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 Jul 31 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Rianne Švelnis
  • Mon Aug 07 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Lexi Vajda
  • Mon Aug 14 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Rianne Švelnis
  • Mon Aug 21 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with TBA TBA
  • Mon Aug 28 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with TBA TBA
  • Mon Sep 04 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with TBA TBA
  • 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
  • Mon Oct 02 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Rianne Švelnis
  • Mon Oct 09 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Rianne Švelnis
  • Mon Oct 16 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Rianne Švelnis
  • Mon Oct 23 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Rianne Švelnis
  • Mon Oct 30 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Rianne Švelnis
  • Mon Nov 06 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Rianne Švelnis
  • Mon Nov 13 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Rianne Švelnis
  • Mon Nov 20 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Rianne Švelnis


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