[PhiladelphiaDANCE.org Listserv] Underscore, CI class, Contemporary class, Sat, Sun, Tues

Loren Groenendaal lorengroenendaal at gmail.com
Fri Sep 28 12:19:59 EDT 2018

Hello dancers,
You are invited to join me in 3 different dance opportunities in the next 4
1. Saturday 9/29 1-4pm Underscore
2. Sunday 9/30 1-3pm Contact Improvisation Class
3. Tuesday 10/2 6:39-8pm Contemporary Moderen Class
*More about each of these opportunities below:*

*1. 1a. Underscore Talk Through and 1b. Underscore Practice*
WHEN: Saturday, September 29 11:30am-12:30pm
WHERE: Steap and Grind Cafe, 1619 Frankford Ave. Philadelphia,  PA 19125

WHO: If you haven't had a talk through and would like to participate in the
Underscore, RSVP for this Talk Through by emailing jroesawyer at gmail.com

WHY: The Underscore Talk Through outlines the structure of the Underscore
Practice, so that participants are all practicing together and nonverbally.
The talk through also provides a common language and glyphs (symbols) to
use when reflecting on our practice in the concluding Thanksgiving and
Harvest. If you have not participated in an Underscore talk through before,
you should attend. The talk through introduces you to the structure of the
jam, so we can nonverbally follow the dancing journey together.


WHERE: Mascher Space Cooperative
155 Cecil B. Moore Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19122

WHEN: Saturday, September 29, 2018
1:00-4:00pm Underscore Practice

WHO: Any mover who has had an Underscore talk through may participate. If
you've had a talk through, you can come at 1:00 just for the practice.

ADMISSION: $5-$15 sliding scale
No advance tickets. Pay at event.



The Underscore Practice is a simple and beautiful structure for a focused
jam-like practice developed by Nancy Stark Smith. The structure is a
precise, but open platform for investigation of contact improvisation and
solo and group improvised composition. The score is an organic
developmental nonverbal sequence that provides focus to the dancing
community and opens up possibilities for movement, awareness, connection,
and various physical/mental states. We commit to participating in the
entire score.

Nancy Stark Smith, who originated the practice, describes it this way:

"The Underscore is a vehicle for incorporating Contact Improvisation into a
broader arena of improvisational dance practice; for developing greater
ease dancing in spherical space—alone and with others; and for integrating
kinesthetic and compositional concerns while improvising. It allows for a
full spectrum of energetic and physical expressions, embodying a range of
forms and changing states. Its practice is familiar yet unpredictable." (

This is NOT a come and go jam. Plan on committing to the whole session.
Built into this long duration, there is time for preparation and recovery.

As this is a long jam without coming and going, it is highly recommended to
bring SNACKS for yourself and ideally some to share with the group in the
Harvest and Thanksgiving time at the end.

It is recommended to bring a JOURNAL and PEN for reflection during the
score or learning the score in the talk through.

QUESTIONS: Email LorenTeachesMovement at gmail.com or jroesawyer at gmail.com


WHEN: This Sunday and next 9/30 & 10/7 1-3 pm

WHERE: Headlong Studios, 1170 S. Broad St
<https://maps.google.com/?q=1170+S.+Broad+St&entry=gmail&source=g>. (near
Broad/Federal SEPTA stop)

$10 drop-in
Please arrive in time to dress and be ready to go at 1

This class will focus on fundamental skills and principles and is
appropriate for both beginners and more advanced dancers. Loren will lead a
class sharing the key principles of the form: sharing weight and
kinesthetic listening through both concrete movement skills and more open
ended explorations of principles. This class is a great way to learn safe
ways to partner with each other for more dynamic CI dances. Due to the
improvisatory nature of the form, our interactions don’t always go as
planned, so we will practice embracing the unexpected with safety, respect,
curiosity, and delight. Loren may include ideas from her recent durational
performance "In the Light" as applied to CI to consider how empathizing
with others and sensing their natural rhythms can be inspiring for our own
passion and persistence, but simultaneously not over extending ourselves,
but rather using reseliency, awareness, and adaptability to maintain
sustainable dancing.

WHEN: Tuesdays 6:30-8:00 pm
WHERE: University City Arts League, 4226 Spruce St. Philadelphia, PA 19104,
3rd floor rear dance studio
More info and Registration:
Invite your friends: https://www.facebook.com/events/233167450705887
(No class 10/30 for pre-Halloween or 11/6 for Election Day)
It's okay to join late, I can pro-rate. Also, drop-in is sliding scale

*Teacher Bio:*

Loren Groenendaal is a professional dancer, choreographer, and educator
based in Philadelphia, working with her own company, Vervet Dance
<http://www.vervetdance.org/>. As a teacher, she has taught all ages,
focusing on creative movement for children and Contemporary Modern Dance
for teens and adults. She holds a BA in Dance and Visual Arts from Oberlin
College, an MFA in Dance from the University of North Carolina at
Greensboro, and is a Certified Movement Analyst (CMA) in Laban Movement
Analysis (LMA) and Bartenieff Fundamentals (BF), which she earned from the
Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (LIMS) in 2010. She has been
adjunct or guest faculty at  Arcadia University, DeSales University,
Juniata College, Temple University, Towson University, University of the
Arts, and University of Pennsylvania. In addition to her freelance
offerings through Loren Teaches Movement
<https://www.lorenteachesmovement.com/>, she is on faculty with University
City Arts League and Koresh Dance, teaching creative dance to children.
Whether she is teaching students, young or old, professional or
recreational, she delights in encouraging her students with playful rigor
to open new options in their movement and find wonder with their dancing.
When teaching technique and Bartenieff Fundamentals or coaching through the
lens of Laban Movement Analysis, her goal is to help individuals find more
ease, expression, and understanding through movement. She has been
improvising her entire dancing life and currently performs contemporary
modern, contact improvisation, improvisation, and classical Balinese dance.
She is a founding member of the Thursday CI jam, monthly Underscore,  The
H-O-T Series and The Impermanent Society of Philadelphia
<http://www.impermanentsociety.com/>, which supports freely improvised
dance and music in performance and is a key organizer and teacher for the
Philadelphia Contact Improvisation community. As the Artistic Director
of Vervet
Dance <http://www.vervetdance.org/>, she produces much of her creative
work, both tightly choreographed works and semi-composed improvisation.

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