Continuing the tradition of offering ‘free’ workshops as part of the Battery Dance Festival, Battery Dance is proud to offer nine diverse workshops taught by choreographers from the United States and around the world.
All Workshops take place from 10am – 11am EDT on Zoom.
Zoom Links will be provided after registration.
Reservation cost of $1 is non-refundable.
Friday | Aug 14
Will Ervin | Contemporary
Ervin’s choreography has been presented at Dumbo Dance Festival, Brooklyn Ballet, Equilibrium Choreographer showcase, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, University of Illinois, Earl Mosley’s Institute for the Arts, Montclair State University, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, State Farm Center, American College Dance Association, and was a semifinalist in Jacob’s Pillows Chance to Dance contest.
Saturday | Aug 15
Javed Sanadi | Bollywood
Javed Sanadi is an Indian choreographer who shot to fame after choreographing and performing on popular Indian Dance reality shows like Jhalak Dikhla Jaa and Dance India Dance. Today, he is one of the most recognized names in the Indian Dance Scene, best known for choreographing A-list celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Govinda among others. Javed will teach a community class on Bollywood as part of our annual India Independence Day celebration.
Sunday | Aug 16
Hoedy Saad | Vogue
Twenty-five year old Hoedy Saad introduced Voguing as both culture and dance to the Lebanese dance and club scene. A self-taught dancer, choreographer and performer Hoedy started voguing in 2013 and introduced the House ballroom scene to Beirut in 2017. He has since performed on some of the grandest stages from Beirut to Amsterdam, and has featured in various music videos as a dancer and choreographer.
Monday | Aug 17
Emma Evelein | Choreography for Film
The young, dynamic and award-winning Dutch choreographer of Sisters, who appeared in last year’s Battery Dance Festival, Emma Evelein, shares her approach to design of movement connected to a story or a feeling translated by film. Among the several aspects to be addressed: camera, light, color, texture, dancers’ skill, and build-up. She will then teach a little phrase from Sisters and explore how you might translate it in your own style of movement directing.
Sponsored by the Dutch Consulate in New York
Tuesday | Aug 18
Kathryn Posin | Contemporary Ballet
Kathryn Posin studied composition with Anna Sokolow, Merce Cunningham and Hanya Holm, and made her debut at 92Y. Posin’s works have been performed by her own company, and around the globe by the Netherlands Dans Theater 1 & 2, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater & Ailey 2, Eliot Feld Ballet, National Ballet of Bulgaria, Ballet West, and more. With her assistant, Daniel White from Alvin Ailey, Posin will show how the quirks of contemporary dance and world dance can infuse ballet. After a warmup the process of choreography is explored.
Wednesday | Aug 19
Oscar Buthelezi | African Fusion
South African Oscar Buthelezi is a choreographer and senior dancer with Johannesburg based Moving Into Dance. In 2016, he became the first African to win the prestigious Kurt Jooss International Award for Choreography for his work “Road”. In this class, Oscar will lead participants in his style of South African dance. In 2019, his choreography won three awards at the 33rd International Competition for Choreographers in Hanover, Germany.
Thursday | Aug 20
Allen Kaeja | Improvisation
The co-artistic director of Kaeja d’Dance explore improvisation as a dancemaker’s tool live from Toronto. In this workshop, Allen Kaeja offers extensive foundations for movement improvisation that crosses the various worlds of Theatre, Dance and Performance Art. Kaeja works with text, image and/or soundscapes to trigger intuitive and impulse response from dancers of all abilities and experience.
Friday | Aug 21
Rebecca Salzer & Pioneer Winter | Exploring Dance in the Digital Space
Rebecca Salzer, an award-winning dance filmmaker and director of the NEH-funded Dancing Digital project joins forces with choreographer Pioneer Winter, named one of Dance Magazine’s 2019 “25 to Watch” for his direction of Pioneer Winter Collective and ScreenDance Miami Festival. Salzer & Winter will lead participants in a discussion of how screens and digital formats offer opportunities for the field to meet and thrive within the challenges of the present moment.
Saturday | Aug 22
Dolly Sfeir | Contemporary
Raised in Lebanon, Dolly Sfeir was awarded a creative residency with Jacob’s Pillow, Abingdon Theater Company, as well as two choreographic residencies with Mare Nostrum. Her work “hi are you like me” won the Grand Prize at the 2019 McCallum Theater Choreography Festival. Her works have been presented at Alvin Ailey City Theater, Laguardia Performing Arts Center and Actor’s Fund, and at numerous festivals. She has worked with renowned artists such as Robert Moses and Kate Hutter.