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Open Classes Summer 2024

All classes 1:00-2:30pm at Battery Dance Studios (380 Broadway, 5th Floor). Space is limited. Please register in advance. 

 


June 13 | Class with Vivake Khamsingsavath

$15, at Battery Dance Studio

Vive offers a Contemporary class that encourages the mover to explore their artistry in an imaginative and explorative space. Through creative and guided personal improvisation and optional contact improvisation, dancers are able to build a sense of vocabulary that will influence the phrase work. Movement is inspired by various ideas including 5D time and space, spirals, Floorwork and Flow. Vive aspires to offer dancers a mindful space to explore and contribute to the evolving Contemporary conversation.

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Vivake Khamsingsavath (Vive) is a Laotian-American dancer, teacher, and choreographer who joined Battery Dance in 2019. Since then he has taught and performed with the Company in Canada, India, Germany, Vietnam and Indonesia as well as in the Company’s New York Seasons, The Shed and at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in Houston. He studied dance at Binghamton University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in English. Since moving to New York City in 2012, he has performed at notable venues including Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall, Carnegie Hall, Broadway at Bryant Park and Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Vive has appeared on the Today Show, The View and Good Morning America. He was listed as one of the “Hottest Men in Dance” by The Huffington Post, and he was featured in campaigns for W Hotels, VISA, Nintendo and Sears. Vive served as choreographer for The US Open, Bravo TV, Bloomingdales, PUMAxMaybelline, NARS Cosmetics, Lululemon, and TNT’s “I Am The Night.” He is in demand as a master teacher and most recently taught in Greece and at Emory University.

 


June 20 | Class with Razvan Stoian

$15, at Battery Dance Studio

This contemporary dance class merges improvisation with structured phrases, enhancing creativity and technical skill in a supportive environment. Ideal for expanding artistic range and performance abilities.

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Razvan Stoian hails from Romania and graduated from the Caragiale Academy of Theatrical Arts and Cinematography, winning the Best Choreography and Best Interpretation awards. Prior to joining Battery Dance in 2016, he danced internationally with Tangaj Dance Company and Gigi Caciuleanu Romania Dance Company, with which he performed at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London, the National Theater of Bucharest, and other theaters in Europe. Razvan started his dance career as a champion ballroom dancer, winning competitions in Austria, Bulgaria, Italy, Romania, Turkey, and more. His stage and film choreography has been presented at the Battery Dance Festival. His works for the company include “Icarus” (2020), “Bo Mambo” (2022), “Iron Dove” (2019). His film collaboration with Romanian dancer Ana Maria Lucaciu “Almost” was created for the Battery Dance Festival 2020 and commissioned by the Romanian Cultural Institute. He has toured with Battery Dance in the US, Germany, South Korea, and Sri Lanka; In New York, he has led dance classes at the City Hall Senior Center and Millennium High School. Razvan is very excited to be returning to the New York stage and international tours.

 


June 27 | Class with Jillian Linkowski

$15, at Battery Dance Studio

Jillian’s Open Level Contemporary Class focuses on fluid floorwork, dynamic phrases, contact improvisation and partnering through the lens of theatricality and characterization. Dancers will be lead through exercises aimed at enlightening curiosity in your own artistic self as well as those in the room with you. With her diverse background as an artist, Jillian uses the totality of her experience as a performer to discover inspiration, break habits, and take risks within a contemporary based movement workshop. 

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Jillian Linkowski is a freelance movement artist based in New York City. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Jillian moved to New York to attend Marymount Manhattan College for her BFA in Modern Dance and her BA in International Studies. While in college, she performed works by Doug Varone, Murray Lewis, Trebien Pollard, Loni Landon and others. During this time, Jillian also worked with the Scalabrini International Migration Network and the Center for Migration Studies at the United Nations as an advocate for migrant and refugee rights. Upon graduating in 2018, Jillian was a dancer in Graham 2 and performed at the Joyce Theater and American Dance Festival. She joined Battery Dance also in 2018 and has since travelled with the company to Germany, Palestine, Houston, and Indonesia. She loves teaching the BDC “Dancing to Connect” program abroad as well as in the New York City area. In addition to her work with Battery Dance, Jillian is also a collaborative member of Apogee Arts directed by Alison Chase.

 


July 11 | Class with Zaki A’Jani Marshall

$15, at Battery Dance Studio

This class will explore mental and physical tasks while sharing with one another. Class will start with a center contemporary/technical warm up. We will move forward to a silky, rhythmic phrase that will push through space. As we cool down with a deep stretch, we end with a short meditation. The two main words I am channeling during this class is EXPANSION & TEXTURE. 

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Zaki A’Jani Marshall hails from East Orange, New Jersey. He is a new member of Battery Dance. Mr. Marshall has taught and performed in the Company’s international and domestic tours beginning with engagements in the Palestinian Territories, Houston, Texas, and Germany in 2022. Zaki holds a BFA degree in dance performance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and did post-graduate training with Alonzo King LINES Ballet. A’Jani was the UArts 2019 Recipient of the Academic Achievement for Service and Leadership award. He has been a member of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company as well as Eleone Dance Theater, Pony Box Dance Theater, and has performed in the work of Will Ervin at Battery Dance Festival and elsewhere.

 


July 18 | Class with Sarah Housepian

$15, at Battery Dance Studio

Class focuses on merging breath with movement and exploring the full movement range that your body can discover. Warm up consists of merging basic ballet technique with more contemporary exploration as well as strength, stabilization, groundwork, and improvisation. Dancing collectively in community as well as finding your individual artistry within phrase work and within the space is the main goal.

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Sarah Housepian joined Battery Dance in 2018. Originally from Southern California, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from California State University of Fullerton. She was the Distinguished Keynote Speaker on behalf of The Performing Arts Department upon graduation. On the West Coast, she worked with Fuse Modern Dance, BARE Dance Company (CA), and Vision’s Dance Theater; she performed works by Colin Connor and José Limón. In New York, she has worked with BARE Dance Company, Yin Yue Dance Company, Erica Essner Performance Co-Op, Indelible Dance, 10 Hairy Legs Projects, NOW Dance Project, Robert Mark Dance, Shawn Bible Dance Co, Gabrielle Lamb, Spark Movement Collective, and Julia Ehrstrand. She has collaborated with visual artists and extensively explored dance on film, including starring in Robin Cantrell’s award-winning 40-minute dance film “Odyssey.” Sarah has toured and taught domestically and internationally, leading Battery’s Dancing to Connect workshops in Germany, Canada, India, Honduras, and Mexico. In New York, she has taught at Washington Irving High School, Chinatown Senior Center, PS 90, and Curtis High School. She has a passion for art, food, community and all things dance. She is honored to be a part of the Battery Dance family.