Suzanne Beahrs

Suzanne Beahrs dances, teaches, and choreographs in New York City. With her company, Suzanne Beahrs Dance, she has shown her work at NYC venues including Danspace Project, Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 92nd St. Suzanne_Beahrs_dancershot_byYuChinWuY, Judson Church, Gibney Dance Center, Dance on the Greenway (commissioned by Dance Theater Etc) and many others. In the San Francisco Bay Area, Suzanne has shown her work at the Subterranean Arthouse in Berkeley as 2010 Artist in Residence as well as at the West Wave Dance Festival (ODC Theater). She has been called a “rising name” by the New York Times. Suzanne has been on modern dance faculty at Dance New Amsterdam and Dancewave, and has taught at Gibney Dance Center, Mark Morris Dance Center, and the 92nd St. Y in NYC, and Shawl-Anderson Dance Center in CA. She is Education Manager at Cora Dance in Brooklyn, where she was previously a 3G (Give/Get/Grow) Resident Artist and has set choreography on the Cora Youth Company. Suzanne has performed with Mare Nostrum Elements, Dana Boll, Clare Cook Dance Theater, and others (NY) and Ishika Seth and Dancers, Dance Ceres, Mo Miner, Christine Cali, and others (CA). Suzanne received her MFA in Dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and her BA in Geology from UC Berkeley.

Class Description: This class encourages having fun and taking risks through full-bodied movement and a supportive community of dancers. We will progress through modern technique exercises and Suzanne Beahrs Dance repertory phrasework to challenge ourselves to locomote while gliding, soaring, and swirling. Key principles in this class include our sense of our bodies relative to themselves and to the space, and how to train your body to go along for the ride as your heavy, weighted centers initiate (eg your head leads you to spiral down to the floor or your pelvis charges you across the room in low jumps). Class progresses through a series of little dances that give the dancers opportunities to practice particular skills. These phrases are compiled into a longer dance phrase at the class’s end, so that dancers can revisit all of the material when they are fully warmed up, and integrate what they’ve learned into a full experience of dancing.

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