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Class: Innovating Tradition: A Ballet Class for the 21st Century with Jennifer Weber

Jennifer Weber, Assistant Professor
College of Brockport SUNY, New York, USA

This class is designed for the contemporary dancer of today. A somatic-based ballet class that offers hands-on feedback and a different approach to ballet through an efficacy of movement lens. We will use the structure of ballet to find balance and line. But we will also mix things up to create space for play and exploration. Improvisational tools will be used to allow the individual room to experience ballet as an empowering, artistic, and joyful physical practice. This class honors the need of an individual artist to present strong technical skills balanced with instantaneous ability to make confident artistic choices.

Jennifer Weber is on faculty at the College of Brockport SUNY as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Dance. She received her MFA from the University of Iowa where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow. Her research investigates dance community engagement, codified technique, and the individual artist. Her research uses movement exploration as a tool for building agency and to develop creative problem-solving skills. As a budding scholar, Jennifer recently presented at the RAD’s 21st Century: Practice and Innovation conference in Sydney, Australia and will present this summer at the Corps de Ballet International’s conference in Florence, Italy. Prior to moving to upstate New York Jennifer was on faculty at the University of Utah and the University of Iowa, she performed professionally with a number of companies, and her choreography bridges theory and practice. She specializes in ballet, contemporary technique, improvisation, creative process, teaching methods, and wellness practices.

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