Adv/Pro Contemporary Dance Master Class Series with Nejla Yatkin

Event Type
Event Description

After an intensive contemporary warm-up phase we will create awareness through guided improvisation exercises to experience individual movement qualities, sensations, and dynamics as well as to create an understanding of how you relate with other bodies in space and time. During the workshop series Nejla will also look for dancers for her next dance project and dance video for the fall of 2017 and spring of 2018 in Chicago.

Class structure: Nejla Yatkin’s contemporary/modern dance class begins with a thorough warm-up focused on strengthening, lengthening, and preparing the body for an investigation of movement possibilities. With a weighted approach, we explore exercises that redirect momentum in and out of the floor and up into the air. This cultivates a sense of ease that allows for an alert dancer, conscious of the body's architecture in off-balance, explosive and suspended three-dimensional situations. We also tackle improvisational problems often using partnered work in dialogue with set phrase work to encourage spatially aware intuitive choice making. At the base of this class is a joy of movement captured in a final dance that is a complex play of full-bodied potential through space. 

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This master class is taught at the Advanced/Professional level. Appropriate training in dance is required.

Special Info

Students may purchase individual classes for $25 each or the full master class series for $160. That’s a discount savings of $40!

Dance Styles
Modern / Contemporary


Old Town School

4544 & 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 728-6000