Announcing the TAPS spring quarter Dance Master Class Series!
Hip Hop Master Class
Instructor: Dang Lam Nguyen
Thursday, April 25, 7:00p-9:00p
Bartlett Rehearsal Room (BARS)
Capacity: 25 students |Sign up here
Class Description: Open to dancers of all skill levels, and to anyone who has wanted to learn how to dance at a party, this 2-hour workshop is an introduction to foundational old school hip hop, social and party dancing, and cyphering. Students will learn a vocabulary of basic freestyle hip hop movements during the first half of the workshop, and then use these movements to dance and exchange with each other in the second half of the workshop. The class will ultimately offer students an environment where they can learn, share movement, and have fun through social and party dance-- a fundamental aspect of hip hop culture. Come with a friendly and open attitude!
Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago
African Master Class
Friday, May 3, 4:30p-6:30p
Bartlet Rehearsal Room (BARS)
Capacity: 25 Students |Sign up here
Class Description: More information coming soon.
Havana Habibi Film Screening
Moderated by: Tiffany Madera
Friday, May 3, 7-9p
Saieh Hall, Room 146
5757 S University Ave, Chicago, IL 60637 |RSVP Here
Description: A screening of the documentary Havana Habibi at the University of Chicago Campus, followed by a Q&A between Ghenwa Hayek, Assistant Professor of Modern Arabic Literature, and Tiffany Madera, co-director and producer of Havana Habibi. The film looks at the cross cultural exchange and inter-migration between Africa, Cuba, and the USA; what it means to be a Cuban Belly-dancer in Revolutionary Cuba as well as the Diaspora, and travels throughout time, geography and space to tell a human story of healing, transformation, empowerment, liberation and Identity through the sensual metaphor of Bellydance.
Havana Habibi Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCFDYu2d4xc
Beledi Dance Workshop
Instructor: Tiffany Madera
Saturday, May 4, 10a-12p
Urbanity Dance Studio
1611 N Sheffield Ave 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL 60614 |RSVP here
Workshop Description: Tiffany “hanan” Madera is an interdisciplinary artist at the intersection of film, dance theatre and ethnographic scholarly writing in concert with her intercultural contemporary dance practice and transnational humanitarian arts entrepreneurship. Encuentro Magazine from Spain describes her as “a dancer that comes from where one can touch the rooftop of the world.” She is an educator that uniquely juxtaposes activism, social justice, and community engagement with research based and theoretically grounded creative projects.She is renowned internationally as an Egyptian Beledi style performer and admired for her emotive performances that embody the transformative and esoteric multidimensionality of spiritual movement arts rooted in feminist and post colonial theory and Raqs Sharki technique. In this two hour workshop, she will be covering the fundamentals of Egyptian style “Beledi” belly dance. Free and open to all levels of dancers.
Cuban Modern Master Class
Instructor: Michel Rodriguez Cintra
Friday, May 10, 4:30p-6:30p
Bartlet Rehearsal Room (BARS)
Capacity: 25 Students | Sign up here
Class Description: Cuban Modern technique is a hybrid of dance styles mixed together. It is heavily influenced by American Modern dance like Graham, Cunningham, etc., and adds layers of Afrocuban Dances and Flamenco. The use of contractions is the focus of most of the movements while adding undulations and spiral to the spine initiated by the pelvis. The arms will emulate flamenco style movements and shapes.
Contemporary Dance-Theater with Lucky Plush Productions
Instructor: Meghann Wilkinson
Friday, May 17, 4:30p-6:30p
Bartlet Rehearsal Room (BARS)
Capacity: 25 students | Sign up here
Class Description: Designed for intermediate-experienced dancers and actors, this workshop explores the ensemble-based creative methods behind Lucky Plush Productions’ nationally acclaimed dance-theater work. Following a simple warm-up that includes improvisation and vocal exercises, participants will be led through a collaborative devising process in which they turn actions, movements, and stories into short group composition, The workshop will culminate in a very informal sharing of participants’ dance-theater experiments.
Instructor: Laura Wade
Saturday, May 18, 5:00p-7:00p
Ida Noyes Hall, dance room
Capacity: 35 students |Sign up here
Class Description: This Ballet class will cover barre, centre, and across-the-floor work. The main emphasis will be a functional technique that will afford the dancer a lifelong physical and artistic outlet. The mechanics of dance are physics. Approaching movements directly from this point of view makes for efficient, safe, expansive dancing. Dancers will be encouraged to develop their analytical eye to facilitate growth. All within the artistry and joy of dancing.
DANG LAM NGUYEN Born and raised in Vietnam, Lam D. Nguyen, a.k.a. Lam Sedechu, grew up with his country’s first generation of hip hop dancers. Over the last ten years, Lam’s desire to learn more about hip hop culture and drive for self-improvement led him to travel across South East Asia to learn, compete, and share his knowledge with hip hop dance communities across the globe. In 2011, he competed in Juste Debout Singapore and placed as the runner-up; the following year, he took first place to qualify for the Juste Debout 2011 World Finals in Paris, and placed in the Top 16. Since moving to the USA in 2015, Lam has quickly become a pillar of the Chicago hip hop community. He is a founding member and the active leader of Rhythm Kidz, a prominent Chicago freestyle hip hop crew, and served as the hip hop judge for World of Dance Chicago 2018. Through these continuing efforts, Lam hopes to continue pursuing the knowledge of Hip Hop dance, and to share it through different platforms of art and media with the community.
TIFFANY MADERA is an interdisciplinary artist at the intersection of film, dance theatre and ethnographic scholarly writing in concert with her intercultural contemporary dance practice and transnational humanitarian arts entrepreneurship. Encuentro Magazine from Spain describes her as “a dancer that comes from where one can touch the rooftop of the world.” She is an educator that uniquely juxtaposes activism, social justice, and community engagement with research-based and theoretically grounded creative projects. She is renowned internationally as an Egyptian Beledi style performer and admired for her emotive performances that embody the transformative and esoteric multidimensionality of spiritual movement arts rooted in feminist and postcolonial theory and Raqs Sharki technique.
MICHEL RODRIGUEZ CINTRA is an ensemble member of Lucky Plush Productions (since 2011), where he has originated roles in works that have toured throughout the US. Michel was born in Havana, and is a former principal member of Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, and danced with Hedwig Dances, Concert Dance Inc., and as a guest artist with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. As a founding member and co-choreographer with The Cambrians, Michel was named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 To Watch” in 2014. Choreography credits include works for Hedwig Dances, one of which was a finalist in the A.W.A.R.D Show 2010, Visceral Dance Chicago’s Solus and Dance in the Parks, among others. Michel was named one of “The Men of 2010” by Time Out Chicago, and is the recipient of the 2013 3Arts Award in Dance. In addition to being an ensemble member of Lucky Plush, Michel is an adjunct faculty member at Columbia College Chicago and has taught master classes nationally and internationally
MEGHANN WILKINSON is a collaborating ensemble member of Lucky Plush Productions (since 2004), where she has originated roles in 10+ evening-lengths work, several of which have toured extensively throughout the US. Other performance credits include The Arrow with The Neo-Futurists and projects with Peter Carpenter and Mordine & Company. Meghann was Assistant Choreographer for Lookingglass Theatre’s The Great Fire, Movement Director for Walkabout Theater’s Crow, and she has been a guest choreographer for numerous festivals and dance programs. She organized for the Chicago Seminar on Dance and Performance and the Society of Dance History Scholars and has taught at Northwestern University, Dance Center Evanston, Visceral Dance Chicago, and Lucky Plush. Meghann is currently a part-time faculty member in the dance and theater programs at Columbia College Chicago.
LAUREN WADE is on the faculty of the Lou Conte Dance Studio, Visceral Dance Center, and Roosevelt University. Previous faculty and guest teaching appointments include Northwestern University, Northeastern Illinois University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Stephens College, Columbus Dance Theatre, Thodos Dance Chicago, Chicago Repertory Ballet, Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, and Ruth Page School of Dance, where she has served as Children’s Director for the Ruth Page Nutcracker since 2011. Company affiliations include Founding Artistic Director of Akasha Dance Company, Rehearsal Associate for Visceral Dance Chicago, Assistant Director for Giordano Dance Chicago, Company Teacher for River North Dance Chicago, and Guest Company Teacher for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Through these affiliations, Laura has toured the U.S., England, Scotland, Germany, Austria, and Russia. Laura’s early training was with Toledo Ballet and she earned a BS in Dance from Indiana University. She then moved to Chicago where she was a soloist in Chicago Tribune Charities’ Nutcracker for 18 years and danced with Ballet Theatre of Chicago, Ballet Chicago, The Moose Project, Robin Lakes/Rough Dance, and Concert Dance Inc