Teachers

 

Learn from artists that will inspire you and add a fresh new insight to your dance education and performance abilities. Study in a non-competitive environment with close interaction and guidance from your teacher. 

 
 

Catherine Meredith (USA)

Specialization: 
Horton Technique (for kids & Adults) 

About the Teacher: 

Catherine began her dance training at the New England Dance Conservatory and went on to study at SUNY Purchase, Alvin Ailey, Richmond Ballet and London Contemporary Dance School. She has performed with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre along with the lead role of the bride in Martha Graham's Appalachian Spring. She is a resident choreographer and rehearsal director at the Dancing Wheels Company, USA's first physically integrated dance company.

Catherine is certified from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Centre to teach Horton Technique and will be teaching at the festival this year to adult students as well as the kids at littleAVAYAVA.

Class Description: 

In this workshop, participants will learn the fundamentals of the Lester Horton technique. While examining the elements of the studies and fortifications, dancers will increase their strength, balance and flexibility. As we explore choreographic phrases both in center and across the floor, dancers will focus on honing their movement dynamics and musicality.


Nitsan Margaliot (ISR)

Specialization: 
Improvisation (based on GAGA Technique)

About the Teacher: 

A graduate of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, Nitsan is most notably an ex member of the Ensemble Batsheva and the Vertigo Dance Company. Currently based out of Berlin, his solo works have premiered at the Suzanne Dallal centre. As a choreographer he has worked on the opening ceremony of the European Maccabi Games in Berlin along with teaching at the Missouri State Department; as part of the Vertigo International Dance Training Program and Vertigo Dance Company Repertoire.

Class Description: 

In this class we go through a journey in which we explore a range of qualities, states, moods and vibrations. We would refer to the body as an organic being which will influence and allow us to act and behave from an intuitive and profound space. We will use tools to approach improvisation through the imagination and the feeling/responding knowledge that is in our body. 

Emily Bowman (AUS)

Specialization: 
Contact Improvisation - Adults
Contemporary Jazz - Kids

About the Teacher: 

Bowman graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2013, emerging as a contemporary dancer with a strong interest in Contact Improvisation and improvised performance. Her interest has taken her all around Australia, Europe, USA & Canada. She is an organiser and facilitator of the Australian Contact Improvisation Convergence and was invited to teach at the Leviathan Studios (British Columbia). She was also awarded the 'ArtStart' grant as a young artist in Western Australia.

Class Description: 

How do we internally release into the fall? Can we fall down, to fall up? We will explore how our body responds with the acceleration of gravity in contact. Working with contemporary dance techniques inspired by release work, we learn safe ways of guiding our descent into the floor, moving towards effortless and organicity. As we progress into the unknown of falling, we aim to integrate falling as a natural pathway that can invite a dance that is continuously releasing and ready, with a sense of fearlessness. It will lead you to experience gravity as an energy supply rather than something to fear or overcome. 

Open to participants both experienced in CI and new to the form, with the desire to let go and release.


Revanta Sarabhai (IND)

Specialization: 
Indian Rhythms for Contemporary Dance

About the Teacher: 

Revanta Sarabhai is a performer, choreographer, multimedia designer and filmmaker. Having made his solo Indian classical dance-debut at age 8, he has been performing professionally and touring internationally with the India-based Darpana Performance Group since 1999, as well as independently since 2010. With training in classical, folk, contemporary and martial art forms from India and across the world, Revanta went on to do an MA in Performance & Creative Research at Roehampton University in 2010.

With strong foundations in Bharata Natyam and Kalaripayattu, and years of experience working with contemporary dance, Revanta has developed a movement vocabulary that brings together the expressiveness & geometry of Indian classical forms, with the dynamic energy & fluidity of other styles. Revanta’s work as a dancer/choreographer has been showcased at several prestigious venues and festivals across Asia, Europe, and North America. In 2011 his work was featured at the Alchemy festival at the Southbank Centre, London. His first feature length work, LDR, toured the Netherlands in 2012 and was presented at the Europalia Festival in Brussles in 2014. He has been commissioned by the Korzo Theatre in the Netherlands to create several works that were presented at the Cadance Festival for Modern Dance and their annual India Dans Festival in 2012, 13, 14 and 15. His first major ensemble work, RU/APTURE, premiered in December 2014 at the InterArt festival. In 2015, Revanta was commissioned to choreograph a major dance production to Philip Glass’ opera Satyagraha, which played to sold out shows in Holland.

Class Description: 

This workshop introduces a variety of rhythms and rhythmic cycles (taalas) from the amazingly rich tradition of Indian Classical Music. With claps, spoken syllables and rhythm- games, musicians and dancers will explore rhythmic patterns and use them as a means to create compositions or movement.

Useful for strengthening fundamental rhythmic skills and opening up a range of new creative possibilities

Laura Arend (FRA)

Specialization: 
YAMA Repertory

About the Teacher: 
Ex-dancer of the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company (KCDC) and a graduate of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de danse (CNSM), Laura has also studied the Cunningham Technique in much detail. As a teacher, she has been invited to teach at CND in Lyon, at the Mark Morris Dance Group in NYC and is a choreographer for European Young Ballet.

Class Description: 
This class is a crossroads between Gaga Technique, Yoga, Ballet & Improvisation. Students will learn repertory work of the Laboration Art Company (LAC) and YAMA - a work that will be performed at the festival. The class ends as it starts, with a moment of calm and meditation to bring the focus back to yourself and to your own bubble. 


Satomi Itohara (JPN)

Specialization: 
SANCE (Ballet based class)

About the Teacher: 

Satomi Itohara began her Ballet training at Yamaguchi, Japan and has a BFA in dance from the Utah Valley University. She was invited to join the Joffrey Ballet Concert Group and has worked with choreographers Africa Guzman, Julie Bour, Larry Keigwin, Brian McSween and Davis Robertson. In high demand as a freelance dancer, Satomi has showcased and won awards at many prestigious venues and dance festivals.

Class Description: 

The SANCE Class is based in classical technique but has a smooth yet dynamic quality to the movement. The class includes warm-up, centre training, floor work and ends with a combination or repertory from the choreographers works. 

Lola Mino

Specialization:
Floorwork

About the Teacher: 

Lola worked as a dancer in many international companies like the « Kibbutz contemporary dance company » in Israel or « Conny Janssen Danst » in the Netherlands and has work with di erent choreographers for several project : Club Guy & Roni (Israel), Andre Gingras (Canada), Mor Shani (Israel), Michael Jahoda (USA), Arno De Schuitemaker (The Netherlands)...

In 2011, she joined the musical « Adam and Eve, the second chance », directed by P. Obispo & choreographed by the American Tokyo Kevin Inouye and the company Georges Momboye for « The Rite of Spring » .

Currently, she is creating her own work for the company « S.I.A Project » and di erent events. She works as a contemporary dance teacher and as an assistant choreagrapher for Émilie Capel, (Tv show X-Factor) Zack Benitez (Tv show Vive- ment dimanche), Shym, Alizée (Dancing with the stars) and LAURA AREND for Laboration Art Company. 

Class Description: 

In this class we travel through the space, bring more energy and build movement layer by layer along the class. We combine all this with Contemporary Technique (improvisation, breathing, jumping) but also get influenced by the precision, turn and structure of Ballet. The class is organic and dynamic at the same time. 


Swapnil Dagliya (IND)

Specialization: 
Contemporary jazz - Adults
Creative Movement - Kids

About the Teacher: 

Swapnil Dagliya's dance education involves training and graduating from Broadway Dance Center in New York City and Opus Ballet in Florence, Italy. He trained in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary Dance , Hip-Hop and various other styles. He has also attended teacher training workshops with the Pulse Faculty (Choreographers on So You Think You Can Dance) and with the critically acclaimed Pilobolus Dance Theatre/Company. 

He is the Artistic Director of AVAYAVA - a Contemporary Dance Festival organised in Pune which hosts International choreographers for workshops, dance on film and performances along with a Q&A Panel Discussion and a program for children. The festival was initiated in 2012.

He has been the Artistic Director of SPACE (Swapnil's Performing Arts & Contemporary Ensemble) from 2008 - 2016 and co-founder of the International Dance Retreat. At his SPACE Studio he taught regular classes and workshops in Contemporary Dance & Bollywood Jazz. Along with that he has been a guest faculty at the University of Pune - Lalit Kala Kendra and the FLAME University. 

Class Description: 

Swapnil Dagliya's Contemporary jazz class will focus on the exploration of new and interesting ways to move in space using modern jazz and ballet based techniques; floor work and improvisations. 

The class will begin with a short warm-up that will help you centre your body and prepare you for the class ahead. We will then move on to across the floor exercises that will help you better your movement with repetition and close the class with a choreographed routine.