CONTEMPORARY DANCE _____
Four weeks of inspired dancing with guest teaching artists in a variety of contemporary dance styles. Join us for one or more!
Mondays in June 6:00-7:15
CLASSES WILL TAKE PLACE ON ZOOM. Pay what you can; suggested $15/class. Payment link in registration confirmation email.
See below for artist bios
To participate in the classes, you will need access to the following:
- Smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer with a camera & microphone
- Internet connection
- Space to move freely and safely
June 1 – Ryan Corriston started dancing at age eight in Seattle under the direction of Anne Gilbert in Kaleidoscope Dance Company. Thirteen years after graduating from the University of Washington with a major in dance, where he was the recipient of the Evelyn H. Green Endowed Scholarship, he returned and received his MFA in Dance from his alma mater. In New York, Corriston danced in productions of Salome, The Magic Flute and Les Sacre du Printemps at the Metropolitan Opera and worked with Nancy Bannon, Andrew Robinson, Tiffany Mills, Martha Clarke and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. He was a member of Doug Varone and Dancers from 2005-2011 and was artistic director of Harkness Repertory Ensemble at the 92nd Street Y from 2009-2011. He joined the dance faculty at James Madison University in 2013 and makes his home in Harrisonburg, VA. with his wife and kids.
June 8 – Vincent Hardy a UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS alum, danced for Complexions Contemporary Ballet under the direction of Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden. During his carrrer he had the opportunity to work both in the concert world and in commercial dance, television,and film He has recieved the chance to dance for artists such as, Donald McKayle, Christopher Huggins, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Luis Johnson, Zane Booker, Kim Bears Bailey, Desmond Richardson and more. During his time with Complexions Contemporary Ballet he developed a desire for higher education to enhance his craft and to better educate the upcoming generation of dancers. After applying to University of California Irvine (UCI) he was offered a full scholarship and received his Masters in Fine Arts (MFA). During this time he also went to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to receive a certification in Horton technique under the guidance of Ana Marie Forthsye. Since then, Hardy has taught and choreographed both nationally and internationally at Universities such as Hun yang University (South Korea), Belhaven University (US), and University of North Texas. He was a artist in resendience for organizations such as Texas Ballet Theatre II, Ad Deum Dance Company, Ecclesia Contemporary Ballet and more. In addition Hardy is currently Company Class Insturctor for both Dallas Black Dance Theratre and Bruce woods Dance Project in located in Dallas Teaxas. where his roll consist of teaching traing the company dancer in the contemporary genre. In 2017 he felt the call to create and establish the ZION DANCE PROJECT with his wife Abigail Marie Hardy.
June 15 – Stephanie Bastos – Daughter of Bernadette Chaves Nunes and Aluizio Ribeiro Bastos, started her performance career as a child with the Miami Ballet and in her teens, became one of the founding members of the internationally acclaimed Isadora Duncan Dance Ensemble of Miami, FL directed by Andrea Seidel and featured in Isadora Duncan Dance and Repertory by Princeton Book Company. After losing her right leg in a car accident and subsequently retraining herself to dance with and without a prosthetic leg, she graduated cum Laude with her BFA in Dance and has been performing, touring and teaching Contemporary Dance throughout the United States, Germany, Poland, Argentina and Brazil. Winner of the 2011 San Francisco “Izzies” Award for Outstanding Achievement in Performance Ensemble with Ase West Dance Theater Collective, she has also worked with the Urban Bush Women, Axis Dance Company, Deep Waters Dance Theater, Aguas Da Bahia, REVolutions Dance and Ron Brown’s/ EVIDENCE as a guest performer. Her teaching credits include SCD Summer Intensive, FSU/World Dance Festival, American College Dance Festival, ODC in San Francisco, Destiny Arts Center in Oakland, CA and Youth In Arts/ VSA. She is also a former mentee for Dance/USA Institute for Leadership Training (DILT) and the 2016 EDGE artist- in- residence at Counterpulse, San Francisco, for her autobiographical work, Timelinedirected by Leymis Bolaños Wilmott. Photo by Robbie Sweeny.
June 22 – Whitney Dufrene, from Louisiana, is a performer, teacher, choreographer and vocalist based in Queens, NY. She graduated with a BFA in dance from Belhaven University. Whitney was a company member of Ad Deum Dance Company, and served as company director for Dance du Coeur and director of dance for Creative Dreams Outreach Center. She has choreographed work for Ad Deum, Dance duCoeur, Belhaven, and Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre, among others. She also danced in Jerusalem with the TDC as a part of the Feast of Tabernacles in 2015. Most recently, she served on faculty at Hunter College teaching Fundamentals of Dance. She is a member of Awakening Movement, a faith-based dance organization. Her deepest passion and joy is working to see the arts bring breakthrough, justice, hope, healing and freedom in individuals and communities. Whitney joyfully joined Doug Varone and Dancers in 2016 and is still moved to tears at least once every rehearsal. Photo by Erin Baiano.
Deepening Your Creative Work and Life_____