Classes & Workshops

Where Fun Comes to Dance

Dance

Where Fun Comes to Dance
UChicago Dance Council
Friday, May 27th // Logan Center Performance Hall

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Dance Council is excited to announce Where Fun Comes to Dance! Join us on Friday, May 27th at 7 PM CT for UChicago’s biggest dance event. WFCTD is the year-end all-style competition featuring different dance groups on campus. This will be the first in-person WFCTD since 2019! This year, 12 dance groups will demonstrate their styles and compete for 1st, 2nd, 3rd Places and Crowd Favorite. Come cheer on your favorite dance groups!

Featuring performances from:
Apsara
Ballroom and Latin Dance Association
Chicago Raas
Chicago Swing Dance Society
EX Crew
neXus Performance Line
RBIM PerfCo
Shao Duo Li Trio
Tap That!
UC Bhangra
UCDancers
University Ballet of Chicago

Dinner starts at 6pm. Door opens at 6:15pm. Show starts at 7pm. Free entrance. Registration required.

 

Spring Quarter Workshops

workshops

 

FREE  dance workshops presented by the TAPS Dance Program
Saturdays, 11am - pm in the Bartlett Arts Rehearsal Space (BARS)

May 26: Thursday, 7 - 9 pm at BARS Freestyle Concepts with Kid Nimbus 

 

If you have questions about whether a class is a fit for your level of experience, contact Julia Rhoads, Director of Dance and Lecturer in TAPS, at jrhoads1@uchicago.edu

 

Week 9 Workshop

Kid Nimbus

Freestyle Concepts with Kid Nimbus
Instructor: Kid Nimbus
Thursday, May 26 7:00pm - 9:00pm, Bartlett Arts Rehearsal Space (BARS)

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Description:
This is an intermediate-level workshop that will help those already in dance to develop a strong sense of awareness in their freestyle to help it better flow and blend with their musicality. Different techniques will allow those to think and take a more nuanced approach when it comes to personal freestyle.

About Kid Nimbus:
Derrick “Kid Nimbus” is a Dancer from Chicago who has competed in 36 and won 30 competitions in the last 6 years. Notable work includes World of Dance Chicago in 2018 and Red Bull Dance Your Style Chicago/US national finals in 2021. He also choreographed pieces for the American College Dance Festival.

 

Spring 2022 Weekly In-Person Technique Classes

Robyn Mineko Williams

Contemporary Movement & Phrase Development
Instructor: Robyn Mineko Williams
Mondays, 5:00-6:30pm, Bartlett Arts Rehearsal Space (BARS)

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Description:
This open-level class begins with a modern-based warm up and guided physical explorations, followed by structures in which students will learn existing repertory and create movement sequences of their own. By delving into the complementary practices of learning and crafting movement, students will gain insight into the creative process of Robyn Mineko Williams, award-winning choreographer and former dancer of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.

About Robyn Mineko Williams:
Robyn Mineko Williams is a multi-disciplinary artist, director and producer. Following a remarkable career as a dancer at River North Dance Company and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, the Chicago-native shifted her focus to artistic creation and collaboration. As a dance maker, Robyn has choreographed commissions for Pacific Northwest Ballet, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Seattle Dance Collective, Malpaso Dance Company, Charlotte Ballet among others. A Princess Grace Foundation-USA grant recipient, 2014 Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” and Springboard Dance Montreal Emerging Choreographer alumna, Robyn has had her work presented at Kennedy Center, Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Jacob’s Pillow, American Dance Festival, the Joyce Theater, MCA Chicago and more. She has created and coached movement for an array of projects including music videos, art installations, theater productions, and film. In 2015, she founded Robyn Mineko Williams and Artists (RMW&A), with a mission to partner with a variety of dynamic artists to make and share a body of independent, immersive and collaborative new works. Collaborations include projects with Manual Cinema, Califone, Ohmme, Verger, Kyle Vegter, the Second City, Mike Gibisser, Brian Case, Alicia Walter, & Aitis Band. Inspired by a lifelong, ever-evolving love of music, film, dance and pop culture, Robyn is excited to continue working and creating in the many lanes and intersections of art, culture and performance. Go to www.robynminekowilliams.com for more.

 

Erica Edwards

Ballet Technique with Erica Edwards
Instructor: Erica Edwards
Wednesdays, 3:30-5:00p, Ida Noyes Dance Room

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Description:
Class will begin with a full barre and transition to center work focusing on weight shifting, alignment, spiraling, elongating, expression and gratitude. This class will be catered to an open level, all are welcome!

About Erica Edwards:
About Erica: Erica Lynette Edwards joined the Joffrey Ballet after being trained at the Salt Creek Ballet School and attending summer intensives at the School of American Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Ruth Page Foundation. After a rewarding 15-year career as a ballerina at The Joffrey Ballet and five years as the company’s Director of Community Engagement, she founded Cultivating Better Tomorrows, a consulting company with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Through CBT, Erica offers antiracism training to reshape the dynamics of dance communities, producing environments where all students can thrive.

 

West African Dance with Chicago Black Dance Legacy Project

West African Dance with Chicago Black Dance Legacy Project
Instructor: Chicago Black Dance Legacy Project
Fridays, 5:00-6:30pm, Bartlett Arts Rehearsal Space (BARS)

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Experience an energizing 90 minutes of West African dance technique, history, and culture for dancers of all levels and ages. Let the live drum rhythms take you away as you move your body, work your mind, and feed your soul! The class features a rotating roster of teachers from Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago, Najwa Dance Corps, and Ayodele Drum and Dance, three of the CBDLP companies. Each class is an opportunity to learn with premiere teachers who present the breadth and depth of African dance styles that celebrate the distinctive identities of each company.