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CHI Artists Summer Workshops & Performance Opportunity with Megan Mazarick

Kun Yang Lin/Dancers

1316 S. 9th Street Philadelphia PA 19147
  • Monday August 13th 2012 at 12:00am to Friday August 24th 2012 at 12:00am

Megan Mazarick received her BFA in dance from University of North Carolina at Greensboro, her MFA in dance from Temple University, and is currently pursuing a 250-hour yoga certification through Dhyana Yoga in Philadelphia. Her research and choreography have been supported by an Independence Fellowship (2011), Live Arts Brewery Fellowship (2010-2011), Susan Hess Choreography Residency (2009-2010), CEC New Edge Residency (2009), Ellen Forman Memorial Award (2008), and by the hard work of many students/collaborative artists. Megan's work has been presented throughout Philadelphia (Live Arts Festival, nEW Festival, Philadelphia Dance Projects, PARD, etc), Pennsylvania (Silkworks Theater, West Chester University), San Francisco (Oberlin Dance Center), Minneapolis (Southern Theater), New York City (Movement Research at Judson Church, Triskelion Arts, Dance New Amsterdam), New Jersey (Rowan University), West Virginia (Goose Route Dance Festival), and North Carolina (North Carolina Dance Alliance, University of North Carolina, and Bickett Gallery). Through artist collaborations, she self-produced work in Philadelphia Fringe Festivals 2005-2007 and co-produced Post-Op, a dance series at The Painted Bride Arts Center in January 2011. Megan believes in nurturing other artists, which is why she co-directed the nEW Festival from 2010-2012 and is an enthusiastic teacher. She has taught at various universities (she is currently adjunct faculty at Rowan University) and enjoys teaching studio classes for many ages and levels.

Technique (10:30 am-Noon)
I believe in dancing BIG! I teach a lot of "rolling-around-feel-good-core-work" and inversions to combat the "walking-standing-blah-blah-blah" daily grind. Incorporating bits of classic dance technique (Limon, Horton, maybe even some ballet) with improvisation, yoga, and release technique, I am interested in movement that is both raw and specific, with a conscious understanding of pathways of motion. I am more interested in continuous motion than in jargon (okay okay-the third sentence of this description is pretty much pure jargon). I like to move, I like to sweat, and I hope to create an atmosphere where students can laugh when they fall over. This class moves at a fairly rapid pace but I will adjust to students' needs and wants in this fluidly-staccato-swinging-floorwork-handstand-badass-post-modern-monster-vixen-pelvis-rolling-eyes-widening-absurdist-release "technique" class!

Performance Opportunity (Noon-12:30 pm)
I keep thinking (when I see all the amazing dancers bust-bust-busting a move in my classes): What a tragedy to throw away all those beautifully danced moments from class.. what if we made it something more? This "Performance Opportunity" would take place as 30 extra minutes of technique class with a focus on learning longer phrases of movement material for performance. Completely Optional! Best suited for students who can participate in most of the technique classes since we will be building on material from class in a cumulative fashion over a two-week period. A performance/showing would happen on the last day of the workshop, Friday August 24 (location and time to be announced) in an effort to hone our performative abilities and share with others!


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