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Saturday, April 18th - Pelvic Floor Awareness

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM with Tammy Rosen

$45

Pelvic Floor Awareness  (3 hours)

To develop efficient function of the pelvic floor prenatally, postnatally, after menopause, for sports and to alleviate symptoms of prolapse and incontinence.

This workshop is an innovative approach the combines the latest research in pelvic floor function with The Feldenkrais Method(R) of Somatic Education.  The Feldenkrais Method has been around for over sixty years and has helped millions of people recover function after illness, injury or trauma or simply improve their overall performance for athletics or dance.

The exercises are effective for improving bladder control, reducing back or pelvic pain, and recovering from childbirth, abdominal or prostate surgery or trauma. They are also useful for sexual functioning, digestive troubles and hip problems. Equestrians, dancers and movement teachers will find application in their own field. 

Please wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to lie on a mat on the floor.

Tammy Rosen Wilbur is the co-founder and former director of NEW ARTiculations Dance Theatre for which she choreographed, performed and taught.  She is also the founder of The DanceLoft, where she still teaches. In addition to NEW ART, she performed with FUNHOUSE Movement Theater, Tenth Street Danceworks and O-T-O Dance.  She is a practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method(R) of somatic education.


Thursday, May 14th - Power in Silence

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM with Paul Galbraith

$30, Ages 12+

There is power in silence and strength in stillness. If you want to get big laughs from your gags and big cheers for your tricks, your performance must make an impact. You have to get into your audience's minds and take control. In this mime/physical theater class, we will explore stillness and movement as contrasting tools for communication. We will focus on clarity of movement, communicating silently, building tension, and creating strong moments. This foundational class is useful for any performance discipline from dance and physical theater to public speaking. Students should wear comfortable clothes in which they can move freely.

Paul Galbraith is a dynamic performer of spoken and physical comedy, burlesque, clown, and mime. Most of his acts tell stories characters' transformations or the duality of their public and secret identities. Whether playing a freshwater turtle in forbidden saltwater love, a tramp with a deal with the devil, or the whole history of modern France, Paul Galbraith dismantles assumptions and defies convention with humor and passion. He has won 6 awards at 5 national burlesque festivals and has performed and taught in nearly every state in the US, in Canada, and in the UK.


Saturday, May 16th - Musical Theater

12:30 PM - 3:30 PM with Christine Peterson

$45, All Ages

Whether you’ve been in musicals all your life, never even seen a musical, or anything in between, all are welcome in this high-energy musical theater workshop — all you need to bring is your dancin’ shoes! You’ll learn about the elements of musical theater, play some fun backstage warm-up games, and learn how to engage with and play off of an audience. It's gonna be Too Darn Hot, don't miss it!

Christine Peterson has been dancing and performing since the age of 3. Her childhood was spent onstage, in various musical theater and dance productions. At the age of 15, she realized that dance was a serious passion for her, and she started training more seriously. At age 16, Christine started teaching, and has since choreographed several musical theater productions and taught several classes in four different states around the country. At the age of 18, she had the opportunity to study in New York City with the Broadway Dance Center Training Program. Currently, Christine teaches at Paulo Freire Freedom School, Christian Youth Theater, and BreakOut Studios.


Sundays, May 17th & 24th - Releasing with Live Music

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM with Nanette Robinson, live music by Glenn Weyant

$45

Skinner Releasing Technique (SRT) is an innovative approach to dance and movement training developed by Joan Skinner in the early 1960s. SRT reveals the natural grace in every human being and taps into transforming states of consciousness that awaken the Dance within. SRT lets us practice letting go: letting go of stress, letting go of unnecessary holding in our body, letting go of pre-conceptions about what is supposed to happen, letting go of fear of awkwardness, letting go of the belief that we somehow don't have the “right body.” 

Through this practice we find energy and power and rediscovery of our natural alignment, improving strength and flexibility, and awakening creativity and spontaneity. The poetic imagery used in SRT often conveys a sense of effortlessness – of being moved rather than commanding movement – and fosters a safe environment in which the individual can release excess tension and open into spaciousness. Tactile exercises are used to give the imagery immediate physical effect in the movements of participants.

Nanette Robinson, choreographer, educator and dancer is ZUZI! Co-Founder and Artistic Director, holds a BFA in Dance from Temple University and is an introductory and ongoing certified instructor of Skinner Releasing.   She has travelled internationally teaching and performing and has extensive experience as an aerial dancer and teacher having worked with Robert Davidson and Terry Sendgraff. Nanette’s choreography has been showcased locally with O-T-O, Zenith Dance Collective, Arts for All, University of Arizona Dance Department, Rick Wamer, “Mythos” Project, NEW ARTiculations, Funhouse Movement Theater, The Tucson Poetry Festival, the ADAA Showcase and the Flagstaff Summer Dance Festival. Nanette is currently teaching at Paolo Freire School, with Mirasol Recovery Treatment Program and ZUZI! School.  She is thrilled to be a part of ZUZI!. It has been her home and artistic toolbox for creating dances,  flying, teaching and working with all levels and ages of dance lovers. Nanette is currently in the MFA Dance program at University of Wisconsin.

Glenn Weyant is a Tucson-based sound activist working with traditional and improvised instruments for more than four decades. Over the past two decades Weyant's sound work has been primarily focused on using a cello bow and implements of mass percussion to “play” the Sonoran Desert’s assorted ephemera, both natural and human. His sound work has been been featured internationally in films, books, photographs, audio recordings and sound installations. Weyant's most recent work is a three part suite composed entirely from City of Tucson field recordings titled: The Sonorous Desert City ProjectIn 2012 Weyant’s performance of John Cage’s 4′33″ performed upon the Nogales Border Wall was included in the New York Public Library/John Cage Trust retrospective: John Cage unbound A Living Archivehttp://www.sonicanta.com/.


Monday, May 18th and Wednesdays, May 20th & 27th - Releasing into Aerial

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM with Nanette Robinson

$20, Ages 14+

This class is an approach to aerial dance through improvisation, partnering and Skinner Releasing Technique (see SRT description).  We will explore approaching the trapezes as a way to create improvised and crafted solo dances or move as partners within an image based landscape.  Formal aspects of trapeze technique will also be addressed as needed but the majority of the class will be exploratory and experiental.  There will be solo times of partnering and shared group dances with the trapeze.  Some aerial experience is required to attend these classes. 

Nanette Robinson, choreographer, educator and dancer is ZUZI! Co-Founder and Artistic Director, holds a BFA in Dance from Temple University and is an introductory and ongoing certified instructor of Skinner Releasing.   She has travelled internationally teaching and performing and has extensive experience as an aerial dancer and teacher having worked with Robert Davidson and Terry Sendgraff. Nanette’s choreography has been showcased locally with O-T-O, Zenith Dance Collective, Arts for All, University of Arizona Dance Department, Rick Wamer, “Mythos” Project, NEW ARTiculations, Funhouse Movement Theater, The Tucson Poetry Festival, the ADAA Showcase and the Flagstaff Summer Dance Festival. Nanette is currently teaching at Paolo Freire School, with Mirasol Recovery Treatment Program and ZUZI! School.  She is thrilled to be a part of ZUZI!. It has been her home and artistic toolbox for creating dances,  flying, teaching and working with all levels and ages of dance lovers. Nanette is currently in the MFA Dance program at University of Wisconsin.


Saturday, May 23rd - Anton Smith Sampler: Hip Hop, African, Brazilian, Heels...

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM with Anton Smith

$30

Workshop Description coming...

Anton Smith bio coming soon...


Thursday May 28th - Creating Character & Embodying Emotion

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM with Paul Galbraith

$30, Ages 12+

Every story needs a character and every character needs emotions. Using guided physical explorations, we will discover many different personalities hidden within our bodies and the physical ways they express themselves. We will learn how to create clear characters and express distinct emotions with our whole selves. Students should wear comfortable clothes in which they can move freely.

Paul Galbraith is a dynamic performer of spoken and physical comedy, burlesque, clown, and mime. Most of his acts tell stories characters' transformations or the duality of their public and secret identities. Whether playing a freshwater turtle in forbidden saltwater love, a tramp with a deal with the devil, or the whole history of modern France, Paul Galbraith dismantles assumptions and defies convention with humor and passion. He has won 6 awards at 5 national burlesque festivals and has performed and taught in nearly every state in the US, in Canada, and in the UK.