Teen/Adult Dance

Exploration of the many faces of movement: Creative movement classes and workshops.

Contemporary Dance Classes

Teen/Adult Modern Dance

Date:  Mondays, January 14- February 25 (no class January 28)
Time: 3:45-5:15pm
Instructor:  Peg Brightman
Ages: 15 and up (younger with permission of Open Door dance program)
Price:  $18 drop in, $96 for 6-class series. Register here>

This Modern Dance class will be based on elements drawn from  Bill Evans, Limon, and Cunningham styles.  Emphasis will be on placement, musicality, performance energy, breath and release.  Class will include traditional exercises as well as phrase work. Some prior dance experience recommended.  

Peggy Brightman is active as a choreographer, visual artist and poet. (BA, Smith College; MA in Interdiscplinary Arts, Lesley College; EdD in Arts in Education, Teachers College, Columbia U.) A student of Jose Limon and Merce Cunningham, Peg was principal dancer for ten years with Concert Dance Company of Boston ( a National Touring Company), performing works by Anna Sokolow Gus Solomons Jr., Doris Humphrey and others. During the same period, Peg directed Modern Dance at the Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts.

For questions or to register, email Kelly at Kelly.opendoorwrj@gmail.com 


Movement: Your Body’s Voice

Date:  Tuesdays and Thursdays (no class 11/ 20, 11/22, 12/25, 12/27, 1/1, 1/3)
Instructor: Marie Fourcaut
Price:  $18 drop in, $160 for 10-class card
($20 drop in, $180 for 10-class starting 1/1/2019)

”Movement: Your Body’s Voice” is the result of years of exploration and practice with dedicated upper valley community members.

In this class we'll learn to:
Walk to discover and create Space
Connect with each other and learn to Listen
Perform for each other and appreciate the resonances as we Converse

Each participant will practice finding comfort in Stillness, and from Stillness develop their own movements, gestures, and acts through exploration of specific themes. Music, poetry, and images will inspire us to connect with our own unique body’s voice, and with others. Come with comfortable clothes and an open mind. Marie Fourcaut, born in Algeria and raised in France, began her professional dance career in Paris at the age of 16 and has worked with leading international modern dance companies around the world. For nearly 30 years Marie has taught dance, pilates, and yoga to thousands of students of all levels, from novices to professional dancers. Marie brings her passionate presence and intuitive intelligence of the body to all her movement work.



Date:  Tuesdays (no class 11/20 or 12/25-1/1)
Time: 3:45-5:15pm
Instructor: Kelly Armbrust
Price:  $18 drop in, $160 for 10-class card. Register here>

Using imagery and grounding techniques from somatic traditions, we will play with gravity, weight, release, and recovery to enliven our movement. Some experience necessary.


Improvisation and Choreography

Date: Thursdays (no class 11/22)
Instructor: Kate Gamble
Ages: 12 and up (younger students with dance training and approval from teacher may join the class)  
Price: $18 drop in, $160 10-class card. Register here>

Through improvisational tools and structures we will create short solo group studies taking time to get and give constructive feedback.


Dance for People with Parkinson’s and Other Neuromotor Challenges

Instructor: Kate Gamble BFA, MSPT
Date: Thursdays (no class 11/22, 12/27)
Time: 5:30-6:30pm
Price: Sliding scale: 0-$15. Register here>

The class is built on principles from the Dance for PD® teaching method (https://danceforparkinsons.org/about-the-program/mission)  which is built on a “fundamental premise: professionally-trained dancers are movement experts whose knowledge is useful to persons with PD". Dancers know all about stretching and strengthening muscles, and about balance and rhythm. Most importantly, dancers know about the power of dance to concentrate mind, body, and emotion on movement; they use their thoughts, imagination, eyes, ears, and touch to control their bodies.” Class will integrate movement from modern dance, ballet, improvisation, and choreographic repertory to engage the participants' minds and bodies and create an enjoyable social environment that emphasizes dancing for dancing's sake.

Kate Gamble trained with David Leventhal from the Mark Morris Company in the dance for PD Curriculum. She's the founder of Open Door and has been a professional dancer and physical therapist for over 25 years.

Full payment can be paid online or at the door. We are interested in not having financial concerns be a barrier to taking the class. If $15 is not feasible, donations will be accepted at the door.

For questions, email Kate at opendoorwrj@gmail.com


Soul Sunday Dance

Facilitator: Cory Waletzko
Date: The first Sunday of each month (9/2, 10/7, 11/4, 12/2)
Price:$10 - $15 Sliding Scale

Soul Sunday Dance is an opportunity to move together with other humans, and share creative, embodied space.  No experience necessary. You don't have to follow any particular steps. You are free to reach out respectfully to others and see what happens, or dance on your own. There's no choreography, and no contest. There's no scope for failure, only your own body and spirit-strengthening resolve to discover and open to your own experience. Whether you want to work-out or to worship, whether you want a dance party or a dive into divinity, Soul Sunday dance leaves you FREE - to be where you are, what you are, and to explore the possibilities of what might be... Each time we dance, a new playlist is offered to support exploration of authentic expression. Soul Sunday Dance is committed to movement as a manifestation of and catalyst for embodied well-being on individual and community levels.

For more information or to register, email Cory at corywaletzko@icloud.com 

 Family Contact Improvisation Class and Dance-Jam

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Date: TBD
Cost: By donation- suggested is $5 per person or $10 per family
Instructors: Kelly Armbrust and Jennifer Blue. 

No experience necessary and all ages welcome! 

We'll explore ways to move with your children/families based on elements of contact improvisation that include rolling, lifting, sharing weight, maintaining a point of physical contact and deep listening.

For more information or to RSVP email Kelly at  kelly.opendoorwrj@gmail.com