Polaris Dance Theatre’s repertoire embodies a vast range of dance styles and movement qualities. For this reason, Polaris dancers must be strong in multiple dance techniques, ranging from ballet to dynamic contemporary to Horton and contact improvisation.
Techniques that will be taught throughout the program:
- Vaganova/Cecchetti/Royal Academy of Dance
- Vaganova and Cecchetti ballet techniques, allowing students to approach learning movement from several angles as well as absorb the history of ballet. Classes often contain a lot of imagery and experimentation in addition to practical advice.
- This class features the preludes and fortifications of Lester Horton’s technique. The technique emphasizes a whole body, anatomical approach to dance that includes flexibility, strength, coordination of body and spatial awareness to enable unrestricted, dramatic freedom of expression. It is a technique that will correct physical faults and prepare a dancer for any type of dancing he or she may wish to follow.
- Release Technique
- Our approach to this class goes beyond the release technique. Besides release itself, we will emphasize deep, grounded movement as well as aiming for big range of movement and the connection throughout the entire body. There will be a very substantial focus on transitioning from various standing positions to the floor. Fluid, silent and strong floorwork technique will be applied to the principles of Release.
- Polaris artistic director’s signature movement
- These classes will take an in-depth look at the rules, relationships and responsibilities required for partnering, as well as principles and techniques of partnering from different disciplines.
- Improvisational dance, its concept, its creation and execution is probably one of the most misunderstood aspect of a dancers artistry. In this class you will learn theory and application of improvisation as well as its construct, parameters and rules which make improvisation one of the most challenging aspects in today’s dance.
- In this series of classes, we will not only cover basic rules and elements of creating movement, but we will approach it from the dancers perspectives. Dancers truly are the brushstrokes and hues of color on the choreographer’s canvas. Whether you aspire to create new works of movement or not, it is important for all dancers to understand the creative process and their role in its execution, and/or as a participant in its creation.