Thursday, December 7, 2017

Open Master Class with Donald Byrd

Community Events & Programs, Master Classes & Workshops

Approximate Run-time: 9:00-11:00 AM


Ages 15+
Intermediate level and up

Free. Limited spots available. Advance registration required.

To register, call 651.282.3115 or secure your spot online.

Loose clothing and bare feet recommended
Free parking available
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Through the Taking Our Place Centerstage initiative, SoulTouch Productions, Threads Dance Project, and the Ordway invite you to this free open master class with Donald Byrd, Spectrum Dance Theater’s Executive Artistic Director.

During a visit in advance of Spectrum Dance Theater’s January 13 performance, Donald Byrd will teach his movement aesthetics emphasizing a relaxed, strong and flexible torso with sharp and highly articulated feet and legs. The technique is designed to enhance this usage of the body, as well as to increase rhythmic and spatial exactness. With this focus on accuracy, the dancer becomes more efficient and effective in the management of energy and more able to control the visual, emotional and physical impact of their body moving.

One of the characteristics of the choreography of Donald Byrd is its speed and its abundance of movement information. The session is structured to allow the dancer to gain skills and experience managing these demanding elements.



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The Lundstrum Performing Arts building is accessible. To request ASL interpretation or other accommodations, please include requests in your registration by November 22.


More ways to connect

Threads Partnership Series

Join Threads Dance Project Executive Artistic Director Karen L. Charles and Spectrum Dance Executive Artistic Director Donald Byrd in a series of conversations, showings, and classes that illuminate the interconnectedness of dance and racial identity through personal narrative and collective experience. For more information, visit Spectrum Dance Theater’s A Rap on Race.

Spectrum Dance Theater live in performance

Spectrum Dance Theater presents A Rap on Race as part of Ordway’s Music & Movement series on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 7:30 PM at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. For tickets and more information, call 651.224.4222 | TTY 651.282.3100 or visit the performance page.


The Karen L. Charles Threads Dance Project