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Class: Contemporary Dance with Melissa Sanderson

Melissa Sanderson, choreographer, performer, improvisor & educator
Washington, USA

This contemporary dance masterclass will begin with a continuous flow of feel-good movement tasks to find sequentiality, alignment, length, and connection/space between the joints. Combining improvised explorations and set phrase material that increase in effort and complexity, we’ll sweat, spiral, groove, shake, get lost, come back, and find simple pleasure in moving together. Class will peak with a juicy, full-bodied movement phrase. Technical requirements for this masterclass include a sound system with speakers and an iPhone-compatible hook up. Students at the intermediate through advanced technical level are welcome.

Melissa Sanderson is a Seattle-based choreographer, performer, improvisor, and educator. Her choreographies have been supported through the World Dance Alliance Global Summit in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, WDA’s International Young Choreographers Project in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, at Ponderosa in Stolzenhagen, Germany, Austin Dance Festival, Texas Dance Improvisational Festival, American College Dance Association, Big Rig Dance Collective's Co-op, and most recently BOOST Dance Festival and Full Tilt/Evoke Productions in Seattle. Sanderson currently dances with Coriolis Dance and Jordan Fuchs Company and teaches online Dance Appreciation courses as an Adjunct Professor through Eastfield College and Tarrant County College. She holds a B.F.A. in Dance (2010) from San Diego State University, where she received the 2014 DanceAlumni to Watch Award, and a M.F.A. in Dance (2014) from Texas Woman’s University.

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