Virtual Dance Lab

TAPS partners with resident company Lucky Plush Productions to provide daily online dance and movement classes to University students, faculty, staff, and beyond. There are classes for all levels of experience! Check out the schedule here, sign up, and keep moving while you shelter in place. Classes are still being added so be sure to check in frequently for new additions. 

University Students, Faculty and Staff: Free with code VDLUC
Non-University of Chicago guest: Suggested contribution of $5-$15

*All funds collected will go to paying our Virtual Lab teachers and administration staff.

Workshops

Laban Movement Analysis with Kristina Fluty
Sundays 12:30-2:00pm CDT
Oct 18 & 25, Nov 1 & 8

In this four-part series, movers will learn to use some of the basic elements of Laban Movement Analysis to establish clarity of language in the practice of choreographing intimate movement and scenes. Students will also gain valuable insights in how to create a safer creative space through the establishment of boundaries and upholding a consent-based practice. This workshop is for dancers, actors, and anyone who engages in physical/touch-based creative processes. This time of online learning and diminished physical contact is actually perfect for exploring these theories and practices in a safe and low-stakes way. We will move, discuss, co-create, and innovate virtually together.
Register for class here.

Weekly Virtual Classes

Beg. Modern with Meghann Wilkinson
Mondays, 11:00-12:00pm CDT
Explore modern dance basics through floor and standing exercises followed by simple dance combinations that can be adapted for any room in your house! Beginning levels recommended.
Register for class here.

Yoga with A. Raheim White
Wednesdays 8:00-9:00am CDT
Fridays  9:00-10:00am CDT
Raheim’s class is an opportunity to learn some yoga basics, pranayama (breathing exercises), and meditation, focusing on an active holistic practice. This class is suited for all levels.
Register for class here.

BeMoved with Jennifer Edgcomb
(Tues) 5:00-6:00pm CDT, (Sun) 11:00-12:00pm CDT
BeMoved is a dance experience that inspires people of all movement levels to fully express themselves through the beauty of dance. BeMoved is designed to inspire participants to embrace dance as a lifelong means to health, joy, and fulfillment.
Register for class here.

Ballet Technique with Erica Edwards
(Tues) 7:00-8:30pm CDT
Class will begin with a barre focused on alignment, artistry, and technique that is correct for your body. We will transition to center work focused on balance, elongation, and exploration dependent upon which movements can be completed in your personal space. This class will be catered to intermediate dancers, but all are welcome.
Register for class here.

Contemporary with Kara Brody
Wednesdays, 12:00-1:00pm CDT
Wake up your body with this release-based practice. We’ll go through movement sequences that partner with momentum & gravity while researching ways to maintain efficiency in the body. Intermediate levels are recommended.
Register for class here.

Open Level Adult Jazz with Joshua Blake Carter
Wednesday 5:30-6:30pm CDT
I spell the word “dance”, f-u-n, and it is my duty to reteach my students how to spell! We begin with a classic jazz warm-up, include a sprinkle of technique, and end with a combo that can range from heart-wrenching lyrical, or show-stopping musical theater, to powerful sissy-ography!
Register for class here.

Hip Hop Fundamentals with David Ingram
Wednesdays 7:00-8:00pm CDT
This open-level class will focus on the foundational vocabulary and core techniques that are seen across a variety of hip-hop dance styles. Participants will learn skills in a way that is adaptive to alternative spaces (your living rooms!), which is consistent with the historical and ongoing practice of Hip-Hop forms. You will also gain contextual information about the origins of different styles and how they have evolved over time. The class will also deal with grooving and social dances. Open to all levels and experiences. 
Register for class here.

Flying Low with Michel Rodriguez Cintra
Thursdays 1:00-2:00pm CDT
Class begins with floor work that draws from modern dance lineages and David Zambrano’s Flying Low technique, preparing the body to move with ease and efficiency. Michel focuses on the floor as an extension of the body, supporting students to be grounded and centered as a means of gaining buoyancy. The class culminates in contemporary phrase work that is highly physical and playfully dynamic.
Register for class here.

Open Level Hip Hop with Karielle Williams
Thursdays 7:00-8:00pm CDT
Karielle Williams will take on commercial hip hop from the basics with hints of contemporary inspirations. This class will focus on technique, energy, and moving with intention. Expect a good warm-up, a fun combo, and cool down! This class is open to all levels. 
Register for class here.

Cuban Salsa Fusion with Michel Rodriguez Cintra
Fridays, 5:00-6:00pm CDT
Salsa is the evolution of Afro-Cuban dances and music and it is still continuously evolving. It has been danced socially for decades and it is still very much alive in Cuba. In the class, we will touch on different social dances that came before salsa.
Register for class here.​​​​​​

West African Dance
Fridays 6:00-7:00pm CDT
Experience an energizing hour of West African dance technique, history and culture for dancers of all levels and ages. Let the drum rhythms take you away as you move your body, work your mind, and feed your soul!
Register for class here.