[PhiladelphiaDANCE.org Listserv] Join KYL/D for Open Company Class

Jessica Warchal-King jessica at kyld.org
Tue Aug 30 13:39:23 EDT 2016

Join KYL/D for open company classes!

*Tuesdays - Intermediate/ Advanced Ballet 4:00-5:30pm*

$15/ drop in. $12/ students & professionals.

*Thursdays - Rotating KYL/D artists 4:00-5:30pm*

This week is Nikolai McKenzie's last week teaching!

$15/ drop in. $12/ students & professionals.

*Class Description*: Modern Dance (Intermediate-Advanced): Dancers will
explore breathing as an important essence to body movements. We will focus
on a close relationship between breathing and four qualities of dance:
speed, strength, rhythm, and kinesthetic expression. We will take this
opportunity to train “dance breathing”, in order to achieve a flexible and
free body through movement.

*About Weiwei:* *Weiwei Ma is a Chinese dancer, teacher, and choreographer
who started professional Chinese dance training at age eleven. She studied
choreography at The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Academy of Arts
where she graduated with a BFA degree. Before coming to Philadelphia,
Weiwei taught Chinese classical dance and choreography at Beijing
Contemporary Music Academy. Weiwei recently graduated with her MFA degree
from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. One of her works was selected
in 2015 for performnaces at Boyer College, which she represented at the
2016 ACDFA conference in Brockport, NY. Weiwei's choreography embraces both
"Chineseness" and "Americanness", as she tries to find a way to balance
technique and artistry through her personal experiences. Weiwei has been a
member of Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers since 2013.*

*Saturdays - Kun-Yang Lin's CHI Awareness Technique 12:30-2pm*

$15/ drop in. $12/ students & professionals.

Lin's signature CHI Awareness Technique is the foundational technique for
Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers (KYL/D). It explores the spaces where Western dance
forms including ballet, modern, post-modern and hip-hop meet the impulses
of Eastern philosophies, including Taoism and Zen Buddhism. The class
focuses on how, through modulation of breath (or "chi", in Mandarin),
weight and weightlessness co-exist simultaneously and energy seamlessly
transitions among explosive bursts of rapid, expansive phrase work, and
absolute stillness. Class begins quietly and gradually builds in
complexity, culminating in dynamic phrase work. CHI Awareness Technique
expands the perimeter of Western dance practices through an Eastern
perspective that reflects Lin's conception of dance as the ultimate
integration of body, spirit and mind.

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