Continually questioning the ballet vocabulary and training experience, Emily and Paige have created a collaborative “relay” class format.
Join Paige and Emily for a playful, challenging ballet technique class that continues their research in developing contemporary ballet practice. Continually questioning the ballet vocabulary and training experience, Emily and Paige have created a collaborative “relay” class format. The class will incorporate both teachers' voices, integrating deep knowledge of ballet technique with devising in the moment. Their approach stretches and challenges the ritual of ballet class, exploring how dancers can push off from the touchstones of traditional ballet technique to make it relevant, sustaining, equitable, and flexible.
Paige Cunningham Caldarella is an Associate Professor in Dance at Columbia College Chicago where she teaches all levels of modern, ballet, and dance pedagogy. Caldarella has performed with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, The Seldoms, Colleen Halloran Performance Group, Linda Lehovec, Darrell Jones, Sara Hook, Cynthia Oliver, Timothy Buckley and Onye Ozuzu among others. Her commitment to innovative ballet and contemporary dance pedagogy was acknowledged and rewarded with a 2015 Teaching Excellence award. She holds a B.F.A. from the Juilliard School and an M.F.A. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Emily Stein is a veteran of Chicago dance, performing, choreographing and teaching throughout the area and nationally. She teaches ballet to students and professionals at the Dance Center of Columbia College, Dovetail Studios, Visceral Dance Center, and Northwest Ballet Academy. She is also a Feldenkrais Practitioner®, maintaining a private practice, teaching individuals and groups. In all her teaching, she emphasizes self-knowledge, self-regulation and the unique movement capacity of every student. Emily also creates Feldenkrais workshops for dancers to improve performance, prevent injury and develop artistry. Her choreography collides classical training with experimental dance, playing in the intersection of improvisation and ballet tradition.
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