MODERN CLASS with Lisa Kinnaly
December 28, 11:00-12:30
$15:00 ($8 for high school or college students)
This class will teach the fundamental concepts of modern dance through various classical modern techniques. The student can expect to see influences of Limon-through the exploration of momentum, gravity and weight and their relation to movement and the body, and Cunningham - through the emphasis on developing a strong sense of one’s spine. This class will encourage the development of strong technique but will also explore how and why technique and efficient use of the body play an important role in developing healthy movement practices. The use of descriptive imagery and knowledge of anatomy will help the dancer develop a strong sense of body awareness. The dancer will be encouraged to work within one’s own body, limitations and advantages, to find the fullest range of movement and expression. Dancers are encouraged to utilize their creativity, playfulness and sense of humor in their exploration of movement and dance.
Lisa started her dance training at the age of 5 in Jacksonville, FL. As a young student, she studied many styles of dance including Ballet, Modern, Jazz and Tap. Upon moving to St. Augustine, she continued her dance training at St. Augustine High School and St. John’s County Center for the Arts (SJCCA) in addition to joining The Dance Company of St. Augustine. It was at TDC that Lisa first began teaching and choreographing. As a youth, she took part in many competitions and dance workshops including intensives at Broadway Dance Center in New York City. She performed regularly with the First Coast Nutcracker and at the age of 17 had the opportunity to perform with The Moscow Ballet in their presentation of Swan Lake at the Times Union Center for the Performing Arts in Jacksonville, FL. Upon graduating from high school, Lisa went on to study dance at The University of South Florida in Tampa and then at Columbia College in Chicago where she continued her training in Ballet and Modern dance, with a particular focus on Modern Dance. While in Chicago Lisa had the opportunity to create and perform original works and train with renowned choreographers and performers from dance companies such as Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Co., Batsheva Dance Co., and Merce Cunningham Dance Co. Upon returning home to St. Augustine in 2016, Lisa began working with the students of Flagler Palm Coast High School’s Musical Theater Department. She has been the head choreographer for FPCH’s last 3 major productions.