Melissa Marotto is an international teaching artist and dance performer. She has worked with David Zambrano, Fighting Monkey’s Jozef Frucek & Linda Kapetanea, and assisted Thomas Hauert/ZOO in Paris, Brussels and New York City. Melissa teaches Flying Low, a technique developed by David Zambrano of how to move in and out of the floor along with improvisation, partnering and acrobatics for children. She is a graduate of The Boston Conservatory, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, founder of Chrystie Street Ballet Academy in New York City and has recently moved to Boston, MA after living abroad in Brussels, Belgium for the last 4 years.
Class Description: Flying Low (modern/contemporary/floorwork)
This technique focuses mainly on the dancer’s relationship to the floor. The class utilizes simple movement patterns that involve breathing, speed and the release of energy throughout the body in order to activate the relationship between the center and the joints, moving in and out of the ground more efficiently by maintaining a centered state. There is a focus on the skeletal structure that will help improve the dancers physical perception and alertness. The class includes partnering work and movement phrases, which explore the primary laws of physics: cohesion and expansion.