Traction: Summer Dance Intensive

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Mon 6/18 - Fri 6/22 10:00am
10:00am
2425 Liberty Avenue

One Week. Two Tracks.

June 18–22, 2018 | 9:30am–4:30pm

  • Full Registration: $280 (9:30am–4:30pm)
    Full Registration includes morning classes and either the Performance Track or Educator & Teaching Artist Track.

  • Educator & Teaching Artist Track Only: $175  (1:00–4:30pm)
    This afternoon session is open to dancers as well as classroom, PE, or arts educators looking for new teaching strategies.

  • Morning Classes Only: $30 per day (9:30am–12:15pm)

 

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Attack Theatre is launching its first Summer Dance Intensive. This a week-long intensive is for pre-professional and professional dancers, teaching artists, and dance enthusiasts.

Each day begins with dynamic classes in Gaga, Pilates, or Yoga, followed by modern dance technique taught by Co-Artistic Director, Michele de la Reza. Featured guest artists include:

  • Maree ReMalia, Gaga instructor
  • Sarah Zielinski, Pilates instructor
  • Mark Staley, Yoga instructor

In the afternoon, you will choose one of two tracks designed specifically to support your career in dance, whether as a performer or a teaching artist.

 

Performance Track

The afternoon Performance Track offers workshops in contemporary partnering, improvisation, creative process, and repertory. Taught by Attack Theatre’s Co-Artistic Director, Peter Kope along with company dancers and guest artists, these workshops prioritize process, personal expression, anatomically sound principles, and creative play in Attack Theatre’s beautiful studio space in Pittsburgh’s Strip District. 

 

 


Educator & Teaching Artist Track

The afternoon Educator & Teaching Artist Track offers strategies for embedding movement and kinesthetic learning into the K-12 learning environment. Led by Michele de la Reza, these informative and experiential workshops focus on fostering student collaboration, critical analysis, communication and creativity to enhance teaching and learning.

Dancers as well as classroom, PE, or arts educators who are looking for new teaching strategies may also take this afternoon track only (1–4:30pm).

 

 

 

Schedule of Activities

Monday, June 18, 2018

9:30–10:30 | Registration/Welcome Activity
10:40–12:15 | Modern Dance Technique
12:15–1:00 | Lunch
1:00–4:00 | Afternoon Tracks
4:00–4:10 | Break
4:10–4:30 | Reflections and Connections

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

9:30–10:30 | Gaga with Maree ReMalia
10:40–12:15 | Modern Dance Technique
12:15–1:00 | Lunch
1:00–4:00 | Afternoon Tracks
4:00–4:10 | Break
4:10–4:30 | Reflections and Connections

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

9:30–10:30 | Pilates with Sarah Zielinski
10:40–12:15 | Modern Dance Technique
12:15–1:00 | Lunch
1:00–4:00 | Afternoon Tracks
4:00–4:10 | Break
4:10–4:30 | Reflections and Connections

Thursday, June 21, 2018

9:30–10:30 | Gaga with Maree ReMalia
10:40–12:15 | Modern Dance Technique
12:15–1:00 | Lunch
1:00–4:00 | Afternoon Tracks
4:00–4:10 | Break
4:10–4:30 | Reflections and Connections

Friday, June 22, 2018

9:30–10:30 | Focused Yoga Flow with Mark Staley
10:40–12:15 | Modern Dance Technique
12:15–1:00 | Lunch
1:00–2:30 | Afternoon Tracks
2:30–4:30 | Informal Showing and Sharing
4:30–5:30 | Reception

No audition required for pre-professional and professional dancers age 18 and up

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I bring with me?

Please bring a water bottle with you each day. Also, with only 45 minutes for lunch, we recommend bringing a lunch each day. There are plenty of places to keep your lunch during classes. 

Where can I grab lunch if I forget?

There are a handful of places near us in the Strip District where you can grab a quick lunch. A couple of these places include: Edgar's Best Tacos, Penn Avenue Fish Company, Colangelo's, Cafe Raymond, Chicken Latina, and many more. If you'll need to purchase lunch during Traction, please let us know and we can offer additional recommendations and directions to help you out.

I'm traveling from out of town, where can I stay during Traction?

We are not providing lodging as a part of the registration, but here are some resources you can use to find a place to stay during your time in Pittsburgh.

  • South Side Traveler's Rest offers hostel style lodging which is fairly inexpensive.
  • There are a number of hotels in the area as well. Visit Pittsburgh offers a great resource for finding accommodations in the city.
  • You may also find some luck among the growing number of AirBnB's in the city.

What is Gaga?

Gaga is a movement language developed by Ohad Naharin over the course of many years and the daily training method for Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company. This methodology originated from the belief in the healing, dynamic, ever-changing power of movement and is a new way of gaining knowledge and self-awareness through the body. It provides a framework for discovering and strengthening the body and adding flexibility, stamina, and agility while lightening the senses and imagination. Gaga raises awareness of physical weaknesses, awakens numb areas, exposes physical fixations, and offers tools for managing them. The work improves instinctive movement, connects conscious and unconscious movement, and allows for an experience of freedom and pleasure in a simple way, in a pleasant space, in comfortable clothes, accompanied by music, without mirrors. For individuals ages 16+. http://gagapeople.com/english/

How do I get there?

The Strip District is easily accessible by bus routes 54, 86, 87, 88, and 91. You can plan your trip at http://www.portauthority.org/. There is plenty of free, on-street parking available in the area after 6pm. There is also a $5 flat rate for parking at the 24th and Penn Avenue lot. Enter from Penn or Smallman; exit onto Smallman.

Have more questions?

 

Please contact Lindsey Kaine (lindsey@attacktheatre.com) for more information.

Traction is made possible with the support of the following: