Advanced Contemporary – Floor Balance with Paula Sousa

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Friday, February 21 | 9:30-11am
Paula Sousa
Class: Advanced Contemporary – Floor Balance

This class explores body relation to the floor and techniques to improve body fluidity while moving in and out of it. The idea is to provoke the body and improve the core through movement, balance and listening. To give tools and techniques of how to use the body in the most effective way so that once the dancers have it, they can deconstruct it in infinite ways.

Musicality, spirals, gravity, balance, body structure, articulation and space are used in the class exercises, so the dancers work on accessing multiple techniques at once and practice using their bodies with full presence.

Paula Sousa will also be teaching Advanced Contemporary – Improvisation and Composition on Friday, April 28 from 9:30am - 11:00am.

About Paula Sousa:
Paula Sousa (she/her) is a Brazilian dance artist with an interest in cultural production and the performing arts. She holds degrees from Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (SEAD) in Austria, and the Bolshoi School in Brazil, and has collaborated extensively with artists in Europe and South America. Before recently moving to Chicago, she danced for five years with Balé do Teatro Guaíra in Curitiba, Brazil. She is a former collaborative artist with Projecto Mov_oLA (director: Alex Soares), and Plataforma Shop Sui (director: Fernando Martins), both in Sao Paulo. In 2012, she worked in the Arsenalle della Danza, a part of La Biennale di Venezia, under the direction of Ismael Ivo. In addition to her work as a dancer, Paula is a choreographer, videographer, and movement director. She also has a degree in Public Policy and Administration and works in cultural production. Her work can be seen on her website, Paula has been a member of Hedwig Dances since January of 2023.

Join us at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts for Open Technique Classes with the Ruth Page Civic Ballet Training Company*, every other Friday at 9:30am. The class will feature rotating guest artists and Ruth Page School of Dance faculty. Method and technique will vary by teacher.

*The Ruth Page Civic Ballet Training Company is an elite group of pre-professional dancers, ages 17-25 who train daily, 9am-3:30pm, August – June at the Ruth Page School of Dance. The program provides continued comprehensive technique training, unique performance experiences, focused study with guest artists and choreographers, and travel to our International Sister Schools in Cuba, Italy, and Spain.

Running Time
1 hour 30 minutes
Dance Styles
Modern / Contemporary


Ruth Page Center for the Arts

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