The Davalois Fearon Dance Week-long Intensive is intended to nurture students’ versatility, helping them adapt to stylistic changes quickly and skillfully while still honing their unique movement quality. Students are encouraged to dance without concern for shape and form, but will also learn to access them when necessary. Fearon’s class moves between styles and techniques that are as rooted in her Jamaican immigrant background as in her master’s level academic training and professional dance career. She revels in the chance to introduce new perspectives and thinking, and this is reflected in her richly diverse movement vocabulary. What emerges is visual imagery that is fluid yet detailed, assertive yet thoughtful.
Part I: Davalois Fearon Master Class warmup and phrase development. The class begins with a warmup that draws on Petronio, ballet, Bartenieff, Cunningham, Graham, and Horton, and incorporates improvisation and Reggae/Dancehall. This is followed by an across-the-floor phrase that focuses on musicality and the clear articulation of movement while traveling through space. This part of the class culminates in a center-floor phrase that encourages dancers to express their own unique movement style while applying the principles introduced in the warmup and across-the-floor phrases. A question and answer session will follow, to discuss the work explored. Basic dance training is highly recommended.
Part II: Animmersion in the company repertory. This is designed to be cumulative over the duration of the Intensive. A section from a piece of company repertory will be performed by students in a studio showing on the final day.
A base-level ballet technique is required
No more than 20 students will be admitted to any given workshop
Davalois Fearon Dance reserves the right to make selections regarding students