Masterclass of Contemporary Dance at COCA in St. Louis
October 6th at 12pm
524 Trinity Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63130
Nejla Yatkin’s contemporary/modern dance class begins with a thorough warm-up focused on strengthening, lengthening, and preparing the body for an investigation of movement possibilities. With a weighted approach, we explore exercises that redirect momentum in and out of the floor and up into the air. This cultivates a sense of ease that allows for an alert dancer, conscious of the body's architecture in off-balance, explosive and suspended three-dimensional situations. We also tackle improvisational problems often using partnered work in dialogue with set phrase work to encourage spatially aware intuitive choice making. At the base of this class is a joy of movement captured in a final dance that is a complex play of full-bodied potential through space.