GRAHAM TECHNIQUE in SAN FRANCISCO

Taught by David Chase and Karen Burgin

Class on Hiatus

This is a Mixed Level class based in the technique of Martha Graham. This is a great opportunity to work with a powerful and fully developed technique that revolutionized dance. The most classical of modern techniques, Graham achieves the unique fusion of yoga and a reverence for the sacredness of breath, and a celebration of the pelvis and spine as the origin of all movement. Deeply compatible with classical ballet, Graham technique produces great dramatic power, a sense of weight even in lyricism, and a strong center. Movements from Martha Graham's master works will be presented and explained, and jumps, leaps, and adagio as well as the yoga-based floor work will be the focus of the class.

David Chase David Chase was a member of the Martha Graham Dance Company (1972-77), Mary Anthony Dance Theatre, Pearl Lang Dance Theatre, Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theatre, Walter Nicks Dance Theatre, Chen and Dancers, Coyote Dancers, and Alonzo King's LINES Contemporary Ballet. He has also taught at the Boston Conservatory of Music and Dance, Mudra Bejart (Brussels) 1979, Rudra Bejart (Lausanne) 1999, Stanford University (guest), Mills College (guest), Marin Civic Ballet School 1988-89 (Norbert Vesak, director), Martha Graham School, Mary Anthony Studio, Peridance Studio (NYC), Hong Kong Contemporary Dance Company, Beijing Dance Academy, and Neighborhood Playhouse (acting school, NYC).
Karen Burgin Karen Burgin moved to Vallejo from London in 2001 after more than 20 years working for London's largest modern dance organization, Contemporary Dance Trust, based at The Place. As Head of the Part-Time School there, Karen directed year-round evening classes in modern dance, classical ballet, yoga, and Pilates, and taught Graham-based modern dance classes in the Evening School and for the annual Summer, Easter, and New Year's intensive courses. In addition to The Place, Karen has also taught for most of the other major dance schools in London and was a frequent guest teacher at schools and dance festivals throughout Europe.
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