Summer Dance Series 2018

WHAT IS SUMMER DANCE?

Appalachian State University's Department of Theatre and Dance presents four weeks of summer dance and bodywork classes throughout each month of June. Classes are open to dancers and dance enthusiasts of all ages across campus and the local communities. The dance classes are mixed beginning/intermediate levels with rotating teachers and dance styles. All classes meet in Varsity Gym Studio 208 unless othewise noted.

The classes are open to dancers and dance enthusiasts of all levels and ages from the campus and community, though children under the age of nine must be accompanied by an adult. All young people under the age of 18 must have a “Participation Agreement” form signed by a parent or guardian in order to participate. These are available at each class, or by emailing Regina Gulick at jamesrg@appstate.edu. 

Tuesday and Thursday classes are open to all experience levels and are held from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Wednesday classes will focus on Intermediate and Advanced Technique and go from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. On occasion, the Wednesday classes may go as late as 7 p.m. Classes are of varying levels with rotating teachers and styles. The complete schedule is below!

In lieu of a class fee, donations to the Dance Visiting Artists and Scholarship funds are encouraged. If you are interested in getting on the SDS email list to receive information about this series and classes, contact Regina Gulick at jamesrg@appstate.edu.

Regina Gulick, the series coordinator and creator, started the initiative as a way to stay in shape over the summer by giving ballet classes for friends. “Soon after starting the series, others noticed and wanted to participate. Other teachers, students going to summer school and friends in the community wanted to teach and take classes of their own,” said Gulick, who is a senior lecturer in Appalachian’s Theatre and Dance Department. “This gave me the idea to have a space where teachers of varied dance backgrounds could share their ideas about technique, introduce new styles to the group and meet people on campus and in our community.”  The Department of Theatre and Dance now sponsors this annual community dance series each June. 

TO FIND US: Varsity Gym is located directly across from the parking deck on Rivers Street and is connected to the cafeteria. If you park in the deck, take the walking bridge from the 2nd floor to cross Rivers Street and go through the cafeteria main lobby to the other outside doors. You will find the Varsity Gym doors on your left.  Enter and go down one flight of stairs to another set of double doors. Enter the doors and you are in the dance area. Straight ahead is the dance studio room 208. You can also drop off and pick up by the stairs to gym near loading dock facing Rivers Street, and from there, walk through the Gym and find stairs or elevator on the right.  Go up one flight. 

2018 SUMMER DANCE SERIES - SCHEDULE OF CLASSES 

Classes are offered Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in June from 5:30-6:45 pm in Varsity Gym Studio 208 (unless otherwise noted.) 

*     Children of all ages may attend, and those 9 and under with an adult.
**   Children ages 10 and older may attend.
*** Children with previous experience in any dance technique at intermediate level or higher.  

June 5   |  African Dance* with Sherone Price

Associate professor Sherone Price will teach an African class with influences in West African dance and drumming of Guinea, West Africa. Come enjoy dancing and listening to rhythms that will guide you through an endless linking of movements connecting to the earth.  This class will give you a cultural experience and take your body to places you have yet to explore. There will be a warm-up introducing specific movement vocabulary in a lead and follow format and traveling movement across the floor.  Drummers will accompany this class.  Wear any comfortable clothing, no shoes needed. All kids are welcome!  Class time is 5:30 - 6:45 pm.

June 6  |  Musical Theatre Dance** with Ray Miller

A professor in Dance Studies and Theatre Arts and author of "Tappin Jazz Lines" in Jazz Dance: A History of the Roots and Branches, Ray will teach several musical theatre dance styles ranging from Bob Fosse (think "Chicago" and "All That Jazz") to Andy Blankenbuehler (think "Into the Heights" and "Hamilton.")  It is recommended that you wear jazz or character shoes and/or ballet slippers to class.  Come with enthusiasm! Adults and kids ages 10 and up are welcome. Class time is 5:30 - 6:45 pm.

June 7   |   Modern Dance Technique** with Sherone Price

Associate professor Sherone Price will teach a fun moving class of modern dance with elements of jazz and African. This modern dance class will be at beginning level but all levels are welcome. Adults as well as kids ages 8 and up are welcome. Wear comfortable clothing and bare feet.  Class time is 5:30 - 6:45 pm.

June 12  |   SERIOUS PLAY, a dance class for all ages* with Chris Yon

This class includes games, strategies and methods for making dances.  Through imagination and improvisation we will investigate physical concepts and invent sweet dance moves. Wear comfortable clothing to move in and socks or barefoot. All kids and adults welcome.  Class time is 5:30 - 6:45 pm.

 June 13  | Jazz** with Susan Lutz

Associate professor Susan Lutz will teach a Jazz class with modern influence consisting of a warm up, traveling across the floor and a large combination.  Energetic music with easy to learn, fun combinations makes this intermediate level class very accessible for all ages.  You can wear jazz shoes, or go barefoot. Adults as well as kids ages 10 and up are welcome. Class time is 5:30 - 7:00 pm.  

 June 14  |  Salsa Dancing** with Emily Daughtridge and Marco Meucci

Professors Emily and Marco will co-teach basic steps, partnered moves, a short sequence and then DJ an informal social dance/practice following. Come as you are and enjoy Latin music and movement, individually or with a partner. Clean, soft-soled dance shoes or socks recommended. Wear comfortable clothing and socks. No experience necessary. All levels and abilities are welcome. Class time is 5:30  - 6:45 pm.

 June 19  |  Open Classical Pilates Mat Class** 

Students from Appalachian's Summer Teacher Training program will offer a class to anyone interested in learning the basic mat exercises. Pilates is a form of exercise which emphasizes the balanced development of the body through core strength, flexibility and awareness in order to support efficient movement and skeletal stability. Adults as well as kids ages 10 and up are welcome. Class time is 5:30 - 6:30 pm.

June 20  |  Modern Dance*** with Cara Hagan

A dancer, choreographer and dance faculty member, Cara will teach an intermediate to advanced level modern class that is a mixture of technical exploration and improvisation. Wear clothing that’s easy to move in, socks or bare feet. Adults and kids with some dance background are welcome. Class time is 5:30 - 6:45 pm.

June 21  |  Yoga** with Caroline Daniel

A Theatre and Dance Department alum and a graduate from the Expressive Arts Therapy program, Caroline will lead the class in an exploration of the physical practice of Hatha Yoga. Participants will be guided to use various props to experience Asanas (sustained postures) and vinyasas (sequences of flowing postures connected by breath).  The practice will include sequences such as Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation), in addition to standing postures, gentle back bends, forward bends, seated postures, twists and restorative poses.  We have 16 yoga kits available which include a mat, 1 block, 1 strap.  Feel free to bring your own if you have them.  For older children and adults. Class time is 5:30 - 6:45 pm.

NEW CLASS ADDED!  June 22  |  Ballet** with Regina Gulick

 A member of ASU dance faculty, Regina will offer a gentle and free flowing class that will include basic warm-up, barre work, and center work with traveling across the floor. This class is designed for beginning/intermediate level.  Socks or jazz shoes will do fine if you don't have slippers. Wear any comfortable clothing that won't tangle with your feet.  Kids ages 8 and up are welcome. Class time is 5:30-6:4

June 26  |  Contemporary*** with Celia Thurman

An Appalachian alum and current dancer, choreographer and aerialist from Asheville, Celia will offer an intermediate level contemporary class with ballet influence. It will contain Horton and Cunningham Modern techniques. Centre floor warm-up, progressions across floor and centre floor combination(s). Students will focus on proper technique, release, alignment, musicality, extension and improvisation. Students should wear attire that they can freely move in. You can wear socks, or go barefoot. Adults as well as kids ages 10 and up are welcome. Class time is 5:30 - 7:00 pm.

June 27  |  Hip-Hop Improv and freestyle** with Elijah Grady

A senior at Appalachian, Elijah is a dancer, choreographer and the outgoing president Entropy dance club. He will take the participants through the mechanics of several movements by breaking each part down slowly to understand how stylistic elements are performed. This will help dancers work on their improvisational skills and be able to access tools to help them enjoy dancing on the fly. All backgrounds and experience levels welcome. Kids ages 8 and up are welcome. Class time is 5:30 - 6:45 pm.

June 28  |  Brazilian Martial Art: Capoeira* with Gabrielle Motta-Passajou 

 A senior lecturer in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Gabrielle has been sharing her passion for Capoeira on campus and the local community for the past 15 years. Capoeira is best described as a dance-fight which combines rhythm, singing and acrobatics with kicks and dodges. Gabrielle and her students will demonstrate the rituals of this ancient martial art-- "the friendliest of all, because it's practiced with a smile"-- and introduce the audience to basic movements. Wear comfortable clothing; barefoot is preferable. No experience is required. Children aged 10-up are welcome. Class time is 5:30 - 6:45 pm.