Teen/Adult Dance

Exploration of the many faces of movement




Dates:  Tuesdays (through May 28)
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.

For questions, email Kelly at Kelly.opendoorwrj@gmail.com 

Intro to Modern Dance

Dates:  Tuesdays June 4 & June 11
Time: 3:45-5:15pm
Instructor: Kelly Armbrust
Price:  $18 drop in, $30 for both classes.  Register here>

This introductory class will explore the basics of modern dance through floor work, standing center work, traveling phrases and creative exploration of concepts.  We will work toward healthy, skeletal alignment, greater strength and mobility, and attend to both our inner and outer experience of moving through space. Concepts will include grounding/centering, release/recovery, various forms of partner work and more.  No experience necessary. Comfortable clothing and bare feet please.

For questions, email Kelly at Kelly.opendoorwrj@gmail.com 


Movement: Your Body’s Voice

Date:  Tuesdays and Thursdays
Instructor: Marie Fourcaut
Price:  $20 drop in, $180 for 10-class card. Register here>

”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.

For questions, email Marie at mariefourcaut@gmail.com.


Improvisation and Choreography

Date: Thursdays
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 and group studies taking time to get and give constructive feedback.

For questions, email Kate at opendoorwrj@gmail.com

Soul Sunday Dance


Facilitator: Cory Waletzko
Date: The first Sunday of each month
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 

Dance for People with Parkinson’s and Other Neuromotor Challenges


Instructor: Kate Gamble BFA, MSPT
Date: TBD
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

 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

Introduction to Modern Dance

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Date: TBD
Instructor: Kate Gamble
Cost: $160 for 10-class series, $18 drop in. Register here>

Have you always wanted to dance? Did you dance in the “day”? Now is the chance to dive into the pleasure of modern dance as a means for creative expression and exercise. We will work with basic concepts such as flow, release, and strength through movement using body weight. Some principles will come from yoga, ballet, modern dance, and improvisation. Concepts will build on each other so best to sign up for a series but drop ins welcome. No experience necessary. Wear comfortable clothing and no shoes.

For questions, email Kate at opendoorwrj@gmail.com