My philosophy No matter what I am teaching, my eye is on relationship, the space between. I cultivate awareness of self, body and space, whether the distance between the knee and elbow, between one person and another, or the relationship of inner imagery to its visible effect on the moving body. My classes are thoughtfully structured to lead participants through warmup, elements of technique, improvisation where appropriate, and learning phrase work. Always connecting mind and body as well as expanding dance vocabulary, my aim is for participants to investigate physical textures and the power of intention as equally as experiencing healthy alignment and moving efficiency, so we can enjoy the full range of dynamics in any dance technique.
Class Description: Victoria's Contemporary Dance class begins with guided improvisations to bring awareness of the breath, awaken the skin’s sensation, and invite the brain and the body to arrive in the space. Warming up further, the class flows through structured exercises to activate the core and large muscle groups while flowing in and out of the floor. Continuing to weave improvisation with technique, Victoria offers a focus or theme which returns throughout the class. As the class progresses we eat up space with spirals, floorwork and turns, moving across the space using tasks and short phrases to integrate sensation and detail with larger movements. Bringing the various elements together, the class culminates in phrase-work and integrating improvisation or individual movement qualities into the structure or choreography Victoria offers.
Victoria's dance courses are always a collage of influences drawn from her technical training, improvisation, her diverse performance experience, and from deepening choreographic explorations. Aiming for engaged senses and stronger connections between mind and body, the movement flavors and technical vocabulary of the class encompass elements from yoga to contemporary improvisation, with a nod toward modern dance and many other things in between.
Offering Victoria offers classes & workshops for all ages in: Contemporary Dance Contemplative Groove/Improvisation Ballet Jazz Modern Composition