Bates Dance Festival Winter Sampler

Sampler Classes with Bates Dance Festival Instructors |

Join us at the Casco Bay Movers studios for a unique opportunity to take classes from three of BDF’s most respected and cherished teachers on the weekend of January 20th and 21st!

Modern with Tristan Koepke, accompanied by Terrence Karn |  January 20th, 10:30am -12:15pm | $20

Hip Hop with Shakia Johnson | January 20th, 12:30-1:45pm | $20

Leg Alignment  & Stability Workshop with Shonach Mirk-Robles | January 21st, 10:30am-12pm | $20

To register, visit our MindBody site.

Tristan’s class:  This class with explore the balance of clarity, versatility, and individuality necessary for a grounded contemporary dancer and performer. We will move through various modern dance and somatic-based techniques in order to investigate movement principles, such as weight, opposition, fall and rebound, and breath. With attention to healthy alignment, sensation, and physics, we will move between solo, partnering, and group explorations, developing the rigorous and the rambunctious sides within each dancer.  About Tristan:  Tristan began dancing in middle school, and continued his formal training in contemporary movement forms at the University of Minnesota. After completing his BA in Dance in 2010, he began performing and touring extensively with many artists and companies, including Zenon Dance Company, Doug Varone and Dancers, ARENA Dances, Chris Schlichting, Vanessa Anspaugh, Morgan Thorson, and luciana achugar.Tristan has taught extensively throughout the country to all ages and levels of contemporary dance training, including at Gibney Dance in NYC, SUNY Brockport, Minnesota State University-Mankato, and Bates Dance Festival, where he currently serves as Co-Director for the Young Dancers Workshop. Additionally, Tristan helped facilitate K-12 creative movement education throughout pubic schools in Minnesota during his tenure with Zenon Dance Company from 2011-2015.

Shakia’s class:  Shakia’s energetic, fun and challenging classes engage with the history of hip hop through its evolution of movement. About Shakia: Shakia Johnson, born and raised in Springfield, Massachusetts, is a graduate of Pioneer Valley’s Performing Arts Charter High School in South Hadley, MA and Dean College in Franklin, MA. She earned her BA from Westfield State University and a teaching artist certificate from the National Dance Institute in New York in 2009. Johnson has choreographed and directed more than 50 hip hop, modern, African and lyrical works that have been performed at Trenton Educational Dance Institute, Rider University, the Princeton School of Ballet and the Bates Dance Festival. She has performed for numerous hip hop events and has opened for concerts by Fat Joe, Jadakiss, 112, Charlie Baltimore, Kima from “Total” and Omarion. In 2005 she choreographed a hip-hop number for the Celtics/NBA half-time show. She has toured the U.S. and abroad dancing with Face Da Phlave Entertainment and Illstyle and Peace Productions. Johnson is an alumnus of Jacob’s Pillow and Bates Dance Festival. She was selected for BDF’s Emerging Choreographer program in 2006 and currently teaches the Young Dancers Workshop and Professional Training Program during the summer. She currently teaches Hip Hop Dance and Culture at Pioneer Valley Performing Arts High School and serves on the dance faculty at Smith, Mount Holyoke and Amherst Colleges.

Shonach’s workshop:  A workshop all about leg and foot alignment using the Spiraldynamik® principles. What is Spiraldynamik®? It’s the art and science of coordinated movement. Like a “user’s manual” for the body, it helps to easily understand how the body moves. In this workshop, we will examen our own leg alignment and how we can improve it to help us not only gain strength and better our technique and coordination, but also to help us prevent future injuries. This workshop is designed for movers of all techniques, ages and levels. Come and start the year 2018 on the right foot!  About Shonach: Shonach Mirk-Robles received her classical training in some of the world’s best schools, including the School of American Ballet, The Royal Ballet School of London and Maurice Béjart’s MUDRA. She was a member of Bejart’s famed Ballet of the Twentieth Century from 1974 to 1986 and also performed with Switzerland’s Zurich Operhaus, Germany’s Hamburg Ballet and Italy’s Ballet de Torino. Shonach’s advanced studies in Spiraldynamik® have become the major influence in her method of teaching classical ballet. She studied Spiraldynamik® while also completing her MDEd. The combination of these two advanced trainings has dramatically informed her approach to teaching technique through the integration of Spiraldynamik® principles. Through her collaboration with acclaimed choreographers she has developed a deep understanding of what today’s dancers need in the way of a classical base for contemporary performance. Shonach founded her own school in Zurich in 2009 and also teaches, internationally in the US, Japan, Spain and Germany.