Friday, February 17 | 9:30-11am
Modern/Contemporary Partnering with Olivia Gonzalez
Partnering is all about communication and trust. We will work on developing those skills with exercises involving weight transfer, body contact, use of energy and dynamic changes, and use of other senses to build trust in yourself and your partner.
Improvisation will also be a key point during the class. We will learn how to listen to our partner and identify the leader, and there will be time to focus on group work and those skills.
About Olivia Gonzalez:
Olivia Gonzalez graduated from Escuela Nacional de Arte in Cuba. Following graduation, she danced for four years with Retazos Dance Theater with whom she participated in many international festivals in Canada, Uruguay and the United States, and performed in ‘Transits – Havana’, an international dance collaboration between Sweden and Cuba. Since moving to Chicago, Olivia has danced with Concert Dance, Inc. and Hedwig Dances, and is a regular guest artist for the Ruth Page School of Dance and the Ruth Page Civic Ballet Training Company, teaching modern classes and workshops, and Afro-Cuban technique.
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.