Advanced Contemporary/Modern with Philip Elson

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Friday, February 24 | 9:30 -11am

Friday, April 7 | 9:30 - 11am

Advanced Contemporary/Modern with Philip Elson

Philip’s advanced contemporary modern class combines mid-century modern dance techniques with contemporary release-based movement, functional/athletic movement training, and somatic practices.  Floor, standing, and inversion exercises that progress into dynamic phrase material enhance the awareness of internal/external sensations to elevate alignment, articulation, agility, endurance, resilience, and overall presence. All of these tools are used to maximize each student’s potential to reach their individual level of full expression.

About Philip Elson:
Philip Elson is a dance and movement specialist with extensive performance, choreography, teaching, production, and experimental collaboration experience.  From industrial/commercial productions, musical theater, concert dance, somatic practices, and functional movement training, Philip draws from a multitude of movement styles to create unique and dynamic movement experiences.  His formal studies included Musical Theater/Vocal Performance at New York University and Dance at Columbia College Chicago (BFA 2011).  From 2008-2020 Philip was an ensemble member with Chicago-based dance theater company The Seldoms where he was able to deeply explore Bartenieff Fundamentals and Laban Movement Analysis under the guidance of Artistic Director Carrie Hanson and longtime ensemble member Christina Gonzalez-Gillet.  In performance, Philip has been seen in concert works by companies and artists such as Muscle Memory Dance Theater, The Seldoms, Joanna Read/Same Planet Performance Project, Jonathan Meyer/Khecari Dance Theater, tEEth, Paige Caldarella, Colleen Halloran, and Netta Yurushalmy, to name a few.  His independent choreography and collaborative sound/film work has been seen/heard with companies and at festivals in Chicago, IL, Portland, OR, Dallas, TX, and Berlin, Germany.  Previously, Philip was on faculty at Visceral Dance Center and has taught several master classes and workshops at schools and universities in residence with The Seldoms and Same Planet Performance Project.  Philip currently offers dance and movement training on faculty at Dovetail Studios and as a Certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, Aquatics Exercise Specialist, and soon to be 200hr RYT Yoga Teacher. 

Join us at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts for Open Technique Classes with the Ruth Page Civic Ballet Training Company*, select Fridays 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

1016 N. Dearborn Parkway
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 337-6543