Whether you are simply contemporary ballet curious, familiar with it as a movement formula which includes inspiration from other types of dance, or you are looking to try something new, this class is sure to blow you away! Join Bryn Chafin (Atlanta, GA) for this exclusive 2-hour workshop at the Chifferobe Atelier!
Attendees will begin with a yoga based warm up that leads into abdominal work to strengthen and engage the core. This will continue into a basic ballet floor barre that focuses on technique and getting a dancer on their supporting leg. Additional isolations, arm swings, and across the floor movement is utilized to loosen the body further and allow a dancer to "move" and build onto the warm up. Bryn's center combinations are eclectic and are usually based on her mood. "Contemporary" for Bryn can include jazz, modern, or lyrical movement. She wants dancers to improve their technique, however express themselves. Bryn believes that once choreography is given, it becomes the dancer's; she encourages dancers to fully embrace what the dance means for them while respecting the integrity of the movement. Bryn's teaching style is high energy and supportive, with a goal of and focus towards making dancers feel safe and secure while also challenging them to push themselves.
Wednesday, September 24th 6:00 - 8:00pm| $25 Register here, beginning Monday, August 4.
*A minimum of 6 registered attendees are required in order to hold class. If the minimum is not met, registered attendees will be notified and refunded no later than Monday, September 22nd.
About the Instructor: Bryn has been dancing since she was 3-years-old. She trained in a number of different styles including ballet, jazz, modern, character, and flamenco with the Atlanta Ballet Center for Dance Education. As a teenager and a pre-professional with the Atlanta Ballet, Bryn was given the opportunity to perform roles with the professional company in ballets such as “The Nutcracker” and Michael Pink’s world premier of “Romeo and Juliet”. Also during high school, Bryn attended many summer dance intensives including a program in Beijing, China to train with the Beijing Ballet Academy. After high school, she attended the University of Arizona where she double majored in dance and creative writing. Bryn moved to San Francisco after graduation to teach, dance, and train with contemporary companies including Napoles Ballet and Capacitor. Bryn moved back to Arizona in 2009 and found her passion for teaching with Ballet Fusion Fitness in 2011. She obtained her Master’s in Social Work from Arizona State University in May of 2013 and practiced as a clinical therapist for Arizona long term care clients. While she counsels others by day, dance and teaching is her passion and form of self-care in the evening. Bryn was the assistant director to Ballet Fusion Fitness’ dance company Second Act Dance and enjoyed choreographing and dancing for two summers before moving back to Atlanta, GA. Bryn is excited to be back in her home town and looks forward to new teaching, dancing, and choreographing opportunities.
MASQUERADE late 50s - early 60s oct 11 & 18
With Sojourner House's Mad Men-inspired Masquerade Ball at the Biltmore just around the corner on November 7th, we thought a fun investigation of the period aesthetics and dance crazes would be the perfect way to get in the mood! Proceeds from the workshop will benefit Sojourner House, in support of it's mission to assist survivors of domestic violence.
Spend the afternoon with Kristen Minsky and Special Guests as you:
Investigate Changes in Fashion After WWII Look at What to Wear (That You May Already Own) Learn About Ways to Era-Accessorize Your Favorite LBD Enjoy a Period Makeup Demo AND Try Out a Few Moves That Will Leave You Dance Floor Ready!
We will also have a few period nibbles and sparkling beverages handy yo keep us fresh!
11:30am-1pm $30 in Advance or 2 for $50 OR $35 on the Day Of
holiday workshops with Kristen Minsky oct-nov
Join us for one or both of these holiday workshops with Kristen Minsky, which will culminate at our holiday spectacular on November 29th! Open to all levels, these dance dates will bring out your inner showgirl!
Silver Belles II Enjoy learning a precision-based routine, which will focus on the lines of your body, with special attention to arms, legs, and feet...and could only be complete with a fabulous kick line! Imagine you and a glamorous group of gals creating kaleidoscopic formations that echo shapes of snowflakes and recall the choreography of Busby Berkeley. 8 Mondays Oct. 6 - Nov. 24 7:30-9pm
Soft Shoe II Revisit or learn for the very first time basic tap movements such as flaps, shuffles, irishes, and more as you use these steps in combination to create a large group number. Always taking our inspiration from the fabulous Ginger Rogers and Vera Ellen (of White Christmas fame), this workshop will certainly keep you on your toes! Tap shoes are not required. However character shoes are highly recommended. 8 Sundays Oct. 5 - Nov. 23 4:40-6pm
$100 each OR register for both by September 15th for only $175! Register here, beginning Monday, September 1.
Each workshop requires a minimum of 6 participants to take place. Should registration be low, you will be notified of the workshop's cancellation by the Wednesday (Oct. 1st) prior to the first workshop date. You will also be offered the opportunity to transfer registration to the second holiday workshop.
Frequently Asked Questions: What shoes should I wear? A low, danceable heel is very important. If you already own a character shoe, please bring it . This is the character shoe that we most frequently use and recommend for dance workshops. Use the code TP79928 and receive 10% off of your first order with discount dance supply or 5% for each purchase after.What should I wear to the workshop? Please wear dance attire or comfortable clothing that you might wear to the gym or a yoga class.
What about the costume? Costumes are not included in the cost of the workshop. Most often, workshop attendees have been asked to purchase their own costumes. In the case of these workshops, and in order to perform, a one-time fee of $40 will be required no later than the second week to afford your costume: