Louie Marin, Pilates: The Technique to the Technique
Brandon Jones, Street Jazz Fusion
Bennyroyce Royon, Contemporary Methods
Kelly Buwalda, Nutrition for Dancers: Fueling your unique body, onstage and off!
Bahiyah Hibah, Bahiyah’s Boogie
Pilates- The Technique to the Technique
Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
A two-day workshop featuring dynamic lecture and practice. Focusing on muscular stabilization and joint articulation, Louie Marin helps you discover center driven movement and strengthens your performance both on and off the stage. All levels welcome.
About Louie Marin
Louie Marin began his training in San Jose, California, and then moved to Miami where he received his B.F.A. with High Honors from the University of Florida New World School of the Arts. He currently also works with Amanda Selwyn Dance Theater and Sasha Soreff Dance Theater. He has performed with the Martha Graham Ensemble, Paskal Rekoert/Flexicurve, Freddick Bratcher and Co., and the Dance Now Ensemble. Louie is also a certified Pilates Mat and Apparatus Instructor. He loves sharing his passion for Pilates; especially with other dancers. He is the resident Pilates Instructor for NJ SummerDance at Kean University in Union, NJ. He has taught Pilates at the Brandeis Institute of Music and Arts (BIMA) in Waltham, MA. Louie believes that Pilates is the Technique to the Technique; and must be a balance of strength and flexibility in order to achieve maximum stability and grace. Mr. Marin joined CDDC in 2009.
Street Jazz Fusion
Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Infused with the styles of African, house, hip hop and pop jazz, this class focuses on rhythmic, center driven movement phrases that use different levels in space, travel with syncopated footwork and intricately weaves together to form a funky and energetic ball of energy!
About Brandon Jones
Brandon Joshua Jones has been a student of dance for twenty-four years. Trained in seven genres, he competed regionally and nationally from ages eight to eighteen. He was awarded a full artistic scholarship to attend the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University, finishing in summer 2007. Brandon has danced works by classical and contemporary concert choreographers such as Peter Anastos (Company of Dance Arts ,NJ), Kim Gibilisco; formerly of the Alwin Nikolai/Murray Louis ensemble (KGDances, NYC), Cleo Mack (Cleo Mack Dance Project, NJ), Obediah Wright (Balance Dance Theatre, NYC) and Attack Theatre (PA.), under the artistic direction of Michele de la Reza and Peter Kope. From fall 2008-spring 2009, he was also blessed with an opportunity to perform with international recording artist Crystal Waters. This led Brandon to the cities of Vienna, Salzburg, Belgrade, Tel Aviv, Moscow, Bucharest, Amsterdam, and Brisbane. Brandon has recently began performing with ModArts Dance Collective (CA.) under the artistic direction of Leah Tubbs and has also performed with the Tiny Starr Productions Theatre Company (NYC), artistic director Pamela Eatman-Skinner. This is currently Brandon’s fourth season with CDDC.
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
The class navigates through a variety of contemporary systems, allowing dancers to play with numerous sources of form and function, and to gain a diverse set of approaches and viewpoints. Experimenting with different aspects of these movement practices yields a holistic understanding of current contemporary dance methods, shaping highly capable, intelligent, dynamic artists. The class begins with a floor warm-up focusing on breath, core strength, and total body awareness. This is followed by a sequence of exercises designed to allow the spine, hips, legs, and arms to find harmonious alignment and articulation. Movement across the floor cultivates dynamic, grounded shifts of direction in space. The class culminates with a final movement phrase, tying together elements from throughout the class.
About Bennyroyce Royon
Filipino-American dancer-choreographer Bennyroyce Royon is a Juilliard graduate and former dancer with Armitage Gone! Dance company. He has been noted by The New York Times for his “keenly focused, succinct way with movement” and has performed with acclaimed companies including the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Bad Boys of Dance and Sidra Bell Dance New York. He has appeared on PBS Great Performances, Good Morning America, and the music videos of Son Lux and My Brightest Diamond. As a choreographer, Royon has received commissions from Atlanta Ballet, Bad Boys of Dance, The Juilliard School (Senior Dance Showcase) and The Joffrey Academy of Dance to name a few. His works have been praised by dance critics as “unexpected and heart-stoppingly dramatic” and “refreshingly original.” Bennyroyce Dance Productions (BDP), his project-based, multimedia contemporary dance company, has performed at venues in New York City including Baruch Performing Arts Center, the Salvatore Capezio Theater and The Joyce Theater. www.bennyroyce.com
Nutrition for Dancers: Fueling your unique body, onstage and off!
Thursday, August 14, 2014, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
This workshop will address special demands of being a dancer – athlete and artist. This interactive lecture will ignite appreciation for one’s own body and its unique needs, address concerns of body image and weight, aim to demystify trends and fad diets, as well as provide a foundation of healthy practices for years to come.
About Kelly Buwalda
Kelly Buwalda is a Certified Health Coach and founder of NYC-based Kelly Buwalda Nutrition & Wellness. An Indiana native, she attended Hope College (Holland, Michigan) on a dance scholarship and graduated with B.A.s in Dance and Psychology. She continued her education at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and upon graduating in 2010, joined the Faculty of Joffrey Ballet School.
Buwalda has created wellness programs for several organizations, including athletes and outdoor enthusiasts of Discover Outdoors, elementary students at P.S. 8, and for national/international students of Joffrey Ballet School’s Summer Program.
Additionally, Kelly is a Teaching Artist for National Dance Institute, a far-reaching non-profit founded by Jacques D’Amboise. She continues her work as a professional dancer/choreographer, performing in numerous venues across New York City and abroad in Mexico, Belgium, Italy and the UK. Buwalda integrates her experiences as an artist, athlete, and teacher to inform and inspire her clients towards transformation.
Thursday, August 14, 2014, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
A modern and ballet influenced style of movement that focuses on movement from the core, free expression and musicality.
About Bahiyah Hibah
Bahiyah Hibah Sayyed was born in Brooklyn, New York to Nealette Renee and Felosof Sayyed. She began her dance training at the age of 4 and remained devoted to cultivating her craft throughout high school and college. After graduating from The Juilliard School with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, she joined The Ballet Frankfurt which gave her an opportunity to relocate and live in Frankfurt, Germany. She traveled internationally and nationally while touring. While dancing as a principle dancer in Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater she collaborated and worked with many dance legends such as Carmen De Lavallade, Geoffrey Holder, Kevin Jeff, Hinton Battle, Alonzo King, Ron Brown, Donald Byrd, William Forsythe, Jamel Gaines and Judith Jamison to name a few. Following her seventh year in Alvin Ailey she was blessed to become a proud parent of her son Soleil. Touring no longer appealed to the new mother, and an opportunity to begin a career in musical theater on the Broadway stages in New York City revealed itself. Presently she is appearing in her eighth musical, “After Midnight”, starring Dulé Hill and Fantasia Barrino.