[PhiladelphiaDANCE.org Listserv] Dance with KYL/D this week

Jessica Warchal-King jessica at kyld.org
Tue Apr 4 13:10:40 EDT 2017

Intermediate/Advanced Ballet with Laura Katz from 4:00-5:30pm*

*About Laura: Laura Katz is a ballet choreographer, scholar and pedagogue.
She has received certification in the Vaganova method of classical ballet
pedagogy, which she studied under John White and Margarita de Saá, as well
as being an ABT certified teacher who has successfully completed the ABT
Teacher Training Intensive in levels Primary through 7 and Partnering of
the American Ballet Theater National Training Curriculum. She began her
ballet training under Hortensia Fonseca at the Maryland Youth Ballet, later
studying with Maria and Marjorie Tallchief, Melissa Hayden and Allegra Kent
at the Chicago City Ballet, Helgi Thommason, Christopher Boatwright and
Larissa Sklyanskaya at the San Francisco Ballet, and Ben Stevenson and
Rosemary Miles at the Houston Ballet. As a student, she performed with The
Joffrey Ballet and New York City Ballet. She has performed professionally
with several classical ballet companies, including Ballet South, the
Russian Ballet Theatre of Delaware, the Santa Fe Opera Company, and The
Ballet Theatre of New Mexico, and several contemporary and baroque dance
companies, including Dance Theatre X, Opus I Contemporary and Sprezzatura
Dance Ensemble. Her repertoire includes principal roles in The Sleeping
Beauty, The Nutcracker, Les Patineurs, Firebird, Swan Lake, Cinderella,
Dark Elegies, Raymonda, Paquita, and many other classical and contemporary

*Thursdays: Modern/Contemporary Dance with Maggie from 4:00-5:30pm*

*Each month, a different KYL/D company member will teach his/her own
technique for Thursday classes. For the month of April, Rehearsal Director
Maggie Zhao will be teaching a modern/contemporary class you don't want to

*About Maggie: *Lingyuan (Maggie) Zhao, received her MFA degree in
choreography at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. In 2002, Zhao
began professional dance training at the Chongqing Dance School in China
where she studied ballet, Chinese Classical dance, and Chinese majority and
minority dances. Later, in 2007, Zhao decided to pursue a Bachelor of Arts
degree at Beijing Capital Normal University where she was introduced, and
fell in love with modern and contemporary dance, dance composition, and
dance pedagogy. In between, Zhao worked in the Asian Dance Research Center
as a dance teacher. Due to her passion and curiosity for choreography,
diverse dance styles, and dance pedagogy in higher education, Zhao then
made the decision to study abroad in the United States, investigating her
cross-cultural, inter-cultural, and transnational choreographic and
pedagogical methodology, specifically a fusion of Chinese and American
dance incorporating the dualities of tradition and modernity, as well as
restriction and freedom.

*Saturdays: CHI Awareness Technique with Kun-Yang Lin from 12:30-2:00pm*

*About his class: 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.  *

*Learn more about Kun-Yang Lin *HERE

Learn more about KYL/D HERE <http://www.kyld.org/>

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