Contemporary Technique with Alethea Alexander
Aug
26
10:00 AM10:00

Contemporary Technique with Alethea Alexander

This class will focus on body awareness, sensation, athleticism, and artistry. Any and all adult/teen dancers are invited to come move with us in a completely welcoming and mixed-level atmosphere! A structured, accessible warm-up will be followed by skill building and movement phrase work.

$15 drop-in ($5 for 7DDF participants)

Alethea Alexander holds an M.F.A. in dance from the UW where she is currently serving on faculty as Acting Assistant Professor. Alethea has performed with the artists of Bellingham Repertory Dance (Bellingham); Chamber Dance Company, Quark Contemporary Dance Theatre, The Stone Dance Collective and Ballet Bellevue (Seattle); and Unum Dance Company, Scott Wells and Jo Kreiter (San Francisco). She has set new works on Relay Dance Collective, students at the UW and at Whatcom Community College, and has produced two original screen dances. In addition to teaching dance technique and theory, she is a certified Dance Church™ guide and Pilates mat and reformer instructor. Alethea’s creative and academic interests include accessibility and inclusivity of education, fusions of dance practices and American pop-culture, and social change through movement expression. She is a native Washingtonian.

Photo credit: Jim Coleman

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Dance Church with Alethea Alexander
Aug
25
12:00 PM12:00

Dance Church with Alethea Alexander

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Dance Church™ is an all abilities movement class that offers a fun, nonexclusive approach to dancing. Designed for people of all shapes, sizes, backgrounds and identities, Dance Church is a communal space for everyone who wants to move their body. No previous training is required, but open-mindedness is a prerequisite.

$15 drop-in ($5 for 7DDF participants)

Alethea Alexander guides this 90 minute class in a series of movement cues, accompanied by a curated playlist of multi-genre pop music. This is the dance party you wish you had last night.

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Yoga Flow and Core with Kate Stevenson
Aug
24
10:00 AM10:00

Yoga Flow and Core with Kate Stevenson

In this class, we will focus on joint mobility and awakening drills, specific core conditioning exercises and yoga flow, ending in some deep stretching. Personal mat required.

$12 drop-in ($5 for 7DDF participants)

Kate Stevenson received her BS in Exercise Science from Western in 2000 and has been a movement instructor ever since. With a rich background in dance, Kate emphasizes movement technique, rhythm, and joy in her classes. Kate holds the following certifications: NSCA - Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), ACSM Heath/Fitness Instructor, Aerobics and Fitness Association Certified (AFAA), Polestar Pilates Instructor, and Clubbell Yoga.

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Ballet with Celeste Hartsook
Aug
23
11:30 AM11:30

Ballet with Celeste Hartsook

With a focus on coordination, strength, and flexibility, this class begins with barre work to find proper bodily alignment. Center work improves balance and allows us to incorporate alignment principles into dance phrases. Part of this ballet class will be devoted to stretching to gain flexibility, prevent injury, and invite relaxation. 

$12 drop-in ($5 for 7DDF participants)

Celeste Hartsook trained in classical ballet and modern dance at Ballet Arts Academy in Spokane, WA. From 2005-2008 Celeste was a member of a regional company, Theatre Ballet of Spokane, in which she performed original works by Ballet Arts faculty and an original work by Charles Askegard (New York City Ballet). Celeste participated in workshops and dance classes through Whitman College, American Ballet Theatre, Paul Taylor Dance Company, and Western Washington University. She is currently a ballet instructor at Opus Performing Arts.

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Contemporary Technique with Hannah Andersen
Aug
22
6:00 PM18:00

Contemporary Technique with Hannah Andersen

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This class will focus on body awareness, sensation, athleticism, and artistry. Any and all adult/teen dancers are invited to come move with us in a completely welcoming and mixed-level atmosphere! A structured, accessible warm-up will be followed by skill building and movement phrase work.

$10 drop-in ($5 for 7DDF participants)

Hannah Andersen, MFA, is a dance artist, educator, and Pilates instructor. Her research, teaching, and choreography are recognized by the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science, National Dance Education Organization, Dance Science and Somatics Educators Group, and American College Dance Association. After receiving her BFA in Dance at WWU, she served on dance faculty at Whatcom Community College and Western Washington University from 2010-2014 before holding a Graduate Teaching Fellowship in the University of Oregon Department of Dance from 2014-2017. Hannah is thrilled to be a part of thriving Bellingham dance community!

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Movement Improvisation with Charlotte Stickles
Aug
21
6:00 PM18:00

Movement Improvisation with Charlotte Stickles

This improvisational dance class is open to everyone, regardless of dance background or experience! It will build with structured prompts and exercises to loosen up participants’ bodies and orient them in space. The class will then move in and out of various task-like explorations and end with an open, round-robin style practice time.

$12 drop-in ($5 for 7DDF participants)

Charlotte Stickles is a movement artist and pilates instructor with a BFA in Dance from Ohio State University. Originally from Irvington, New York, she began her dance training at local Hudson Valley studios before eventually enrolling as a student at Manhattan Youth Ballet. Under this classical training regimen, Charlotte developed an interest in choreography and improvisation, which led her to the Department of Dance at Ohio State University. There she studied under Norah Zuniga-Shaw, Ann Sofie Clemmensen, Bebe Miller, Susan Hadley, and Eddie Taketa.

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Contemporary Technique with Tatyana Stahler
Aug
20
6:00 PM18:00

Contemporary Technique with Tatyana Stahler

This class will focus on body awareness, sensation, athleticism, and artistry. Any and all adult/teen dancers are invited to come move with us in a completely welcoming and mixed-level atmosphere! A structured, accessible warm-up will be followed by skill building and movement phrase work.

$15 drop-in ($5 for 7DDF participants)

Tatyana Stahler is a graduate of WWU with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, with a focus in Health and Fitness Specialization. Currently, Tatyana is an adjunct faculty member for Western Washington University teaching Pilates and Mod-Hop. As an instructor at Opus Performing Arts, Tatyana enjoys teaching multiple disciplines of dance to a wide range of students. She is also a Pilates instructor at Core Kinetics.

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Creative Process Workshop with Susan Haines
Aug
19
5:30 PM17:30

Creative Process Workshop with Susan Haines

Participants will delve into the inner workings of dance making as we unpack intuition, choice making, visual design, and narrative. We will experiment with rigor and play as a means of holding a space for the choreographer's artistic vision to unfold.

$18 drop-in ($8 for 7DDF participants)

Susan Haines is a dancer, choreographer and educator with performance credits with ballet and modern companies in Colorado, New York, North Carolina and Virginia, independent choreographers Gerri Houlihan, and B.J. Sullivan as well as collaborative work with Brad Parquette, and study at The Place; London Contemporary Dance Theatre, and Dock 11 in Berlin. Susan’s choreography has been presented by Danceworks in Jacksonville, FL, ACDF, the NC Dance Festival, Highlands Arts Council, Black Mountain Center for the Arts, Labor Force Dances, Bellingham Electronic Arts Festival, the Power Company in residence at Columbia College (SC), Bellingham Repertory Dance, Dance Gallery, the Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn, and Open Flight Studio in Seattle. She has an MFA in Dance from UNC-Greensboro, and is on the dance faculty at WWU. Susan was honored with the 2013-2014 “Dance Educator of the Year” for WA State.

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Contemporary Technique with Hannah Andersen
Aug
19
10:00 AM10:00

Contemporary Technique with Hannah Andersen

This class will focus on body awareness, sensation, athleticism, and artistry. Any and all adult/teen dancers are invited to come move with us in a completely welcoming and mixed-level atmosphere! A structured, accessible warm-up will be followed by skill building and movement phrase work.

$15 drop-in ($5 for 7DDF participants)

Hannah Andersen, MFA, is a dance artist, educator, and Pilates instructor. Her research, teaching, and choreography are recognized by the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science, National Dance Education Organization, Dance Science and Somatics Educators Group, and American College Dance Association. After receiving her BFA in Dance at WWU, she served on dance faculty at Whatcom Community College and Western Washington University from 2010-2014 before holding a Graduate Teaching Fellowship in the University of Oregon Department of Dance from 2014-2017. Hannah is thrilled to be a part of thriving Bellingham dance community!

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Ballet with Cher Carnell
Aug
18
9:30 AM09:30

Ballet with Cher Carnell

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With a focus on coordination, strength, and flexibility, this class begins with barre work to find proper bodily alignment. Center work improves balance and allows us to incorporate alignment principles into dance phrases. Part of this ballet class will be devoted to stretching to gain flexibility, prevent injury, and invite relaxation.

$12 drop-in ($5 for 7DDF participants)

Cher Carnell danced professionally for 11 years with numerous ballet companies both in the United States and Europe, including Milwaukee Ballet, San Diego Ballet, Ballet Metropolitan, Theater an der Wien and Scottish-American Ballet. Ms. Carnell has an extensive teaching background as a master teacher in pre-professional schools, Universities, as well as professional ballet and modern companies. She has taught ballet at Western Washington University since 1997, specializing in the intermediate and advanced levels.

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