Virtual Dance Lab

University of Chicago Dance in Theater and Performance Studies partner with Lucky Plush Productions a company-in-residence to provide daily online dance and movement classes to University students, faculty, staff and beyond. There are classes for all levels of experience! Check out the schedule here, sign up and keep moving while you shelter in place. Classes are still being added so be sure to check in frequently for an new additions. 

University Students, Faculty and Staff: FREE
Non-University of Chicago guest: Suggested contribution of $5-$15

*All funds collected will go to paying our Virtual Lab teachers and administration staff.

Virtual Class List

Wake-up Dance Jam with LUCKY PLUSH ENSEMBLE
Everyday (Sun-Sat), 9:30-10:00am CST
A 30 min movement practice centered around the art of in-the-moment decision making. Participants are guided to follow physical impulses with intention and care, building into nonstop movement. Open to all ages and abilities.

Register for class here.

Beg. Modern with MEGHANN WILKINSON
Mondays, 11:00-12:00pm CST
Explore modern dance basics through floor and standing exercises followed by simple dance combinations that can be adapted for any room in your house! Beginning levels recommended.

Register for class here.

Beg. Jazz with JENNIFER EDGCOMB
Mondays, 6:00-7:00pm CST
Fun, easy-to-follow class that will get you moving. Includes basic barre work at center, stretching & strengthening exercises and a cool down. Class will culminate in a short combination. Beginning levels recommended.

Register for class here.

Yoga with A. RAHEIM WHITE
Tues | Wed | Thurs, 11:00-12:00pm CST
Raheim’s class is an opportunity to learn some yoga basics, pranayama (breathing exercises) and meditation, focusing on an active holistic practice. This class is suited for all levels.

Register for class here.

Easy Improvising with SAM HORNING
Tues | Thurs 10:00-11:00am CST
This class is for all ages. We will move through ways of being nimble with our impulses. We’ll move between writing and dancing as we identify and address our patterns of movement. We’ll dance with the questions we have about our the current conditions of ourselves, our communities, and our world.

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Ballet with NATALIE NESPOLI MOREIRA
Tuesdays, 6:00-7:00pm CST
For this hour we will do a ballet barre and small bit of center work focusing on weight shifting, alignment, spiraling, ELONGATING, expression and gratitude!! This class will be catered to intermediate dancers but all are welcome!

Register for class here.

Contemporary with KARA BRODY
Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00am CST
Kara's class investigates a variety of movement sequences that explores efficiency in momentum and off-centeredness. We'll research ways of how to achieve and maintain a sense of ease to physically demanding material. Int/Adv level recommended.

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Breaking with BRAVEMONK
Wednesdays, 6:00-7:00pm CST
Open to all levels and experiences, Bravemonk will focus on the foundational vocabulary of breaking while guiding students to develop proficiency in core techniques that are seen across a wide variety of hip-hop dance styles. A curated playlist of music will bump!

Register for class here.

House with ELIJAH MOTLEY
Thursdays, 6:00-7:00pm CST
Learn the basic movement vocabulary of House Dance with a focus on how the physical style and music have evolved over time. Open to students with basic experience in Hip-hop and/or contemporary dance styles.

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Contemporary with ERIN KILMURRAY
Friday, March 27 | April 3, 11:00-12:00pm CST
To sweat, try, fail, test your endurance, find your leg, fall off of your leg. This hour is designed to be low-pressure, practice and play with movement styles that straddle modern / contemporary forms with jazz + pop aesthetics. Int. level recommended

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Floorwork Flow with LAJAMARTIN
Friday, April 3, 5:00-6:30pm CST
Hyper-dynamic movement defined by musicality and rhythm allows the body to experience the challenges and sensations of various qualities. Grounded in floorwork and highly physical phrase work this technique places emphasis on momentum and attack of the movement. Int/Adv levels recommended.

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Foolery! with ADRIAN DANZIG
Saturdays,11:00-12:00pm CST
The adventure is not on the other side of the world, it’s right at your fingertips (maybe closer?!). In this class, we’ll invent ways to move and discover reasons to move. We won't be too serious about too much but we’ll pay attention, special attention, to Joy. Open to all levels!

Register for class here.

Kids Creative Movement with JENNIFER EDGCOMB
Saturdays, 3:00-3:45pm CST
Creative movement - 30 minutes of creative movement play for children (ages 3-7) and utilizing simple props: scarves, beanie babies/small stuffed, animals, masking/duct tape. Parents are encouraged to join in the fun!

Register for class here.

BeMoved with JENNIFER EDGCOMB
Tuesdays 5:00-6:00pm CST
Sundays 11:00-12:00pm CST
BeMoved is a dance experience that inspires people of all movement levels to fully express themselves through the beauty of dance. BeMoved is designed to inspire participants to embrace dance as a lifelong means to health, joy, and fulfillment.

Register for class here.

 


 

 


Dance in Theater and Performance Studies

The newly formed Dance Program in Theater and Performance Studies at the University of Chicago is centered around the belief that dance and embodied research are critical to the performing arts, to broad cultural literacy, and to the advancement of cross-disciplinary scholarship. In seeking to advance dance as both a physical practice and critical form of research, the Dance Program offers a range of studio and studio-seminar courses as well as co-curricular technique classes. The offerings reach students of all abilities, from beginners to those seeking pre-professional opportunities within a liberal arts education. The Dance Program faculty is comprised of professional dance artists and scholars, and is led by Julia Rhoads, Director of Dance and Artistic Director of Lucky Plush Productions, a MacArthur Award-winning dance-theater company based in Chicago.

Curricular offerings can be found in the TAPS course listings. Co-curricular offerings are listed below. To get the most up-to-date information about TAPS dance offerings, join the dance listserv or email Julia Rhoads, Director of Dance, at jrhoads1@uchicago.edu. For more information about student-led dance groups and events, go to the Dance Council page.