Movement Workshop with Kristalyn Gill
When: Saturday, March 9 from 12-1pm
Where: The Chicago Ballet Center (4041 N. Milwaukee, 4th floor)
Class fee: $15 (cash or pre-pay online at tiffanylawsondance.com)*
Class begins with a guided warm-up to get dancers acclimated with the space, to gain awareness for their fellow artists around them, and to access their breath as they prepare for movement exploration.
Following core and technical strengthening, dancers will learn choreography as a means to access and articulate their artistic voice. This class relies heavily being willing to be vulnerable in the space. Dancers should have an eagerness to take on the challenge of musicality and to experiment with a myriad of movement qualities.
The class intention is to develop the dancer's technique as paired with their personal movement expression seen through the lens of the choreography taught. Together, we create a space that allows us to be understood and to begin to understand others.
Kristalyn Gill, a North Carolina native, graduated from East Carolina University with dual degrees in Dance Performance (BFA) and Interpersonal/Organization Communication (BS) on full-scholarship. She is a choreographer, dancer, researcher, spoken word poet, and self-published author of her poetry collection titled “she was familiar with wars.”
Kristalyn has trained with Sidra Bell, Sarah Slipper, Glen Edgerton, Hélène Blackburn, Koresh Dance Company, and BODYTRAFFIC in addition to studying at the American Dance Festival. She has performed the repertory of William Forsythe, Roni Koresh, Emily Schoen, Amanda K. Miller, Anton Lachky, Arthur Pita, and Gustavo Ramírez Sansano. Additionally, Kristalyn has danced in original works by Menghan Lou, Kristen Céré, Joe Cotler, Mark Haim, and Kanon Sapp. In 2014, Kristalyn was a soloist performer at the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theatre for the American Dance Guild Festival.
Kristalyn’s most recent choreographic works have been presented at BodyVox Dance Center and Headwaters Theatre in Portland, Oregon. Her work has also been shown at the WAXworks Showcase in New York City at the Triskellion
Arts Center in addition to the American Dance Festival Student Showcase in Durham, NC.
Currently, she is a company member of Shaun Keylock Company and 11 Dance Company as well as a freelance dancer and choreographer in the Greater Portland area.