UofC | $15 community members / free for UofC students
Incorporating various techniques, this contemporary class aims to touch on basic training for health and maintenance, while pushing beyond traditional forms and preparing the working body for creation and performance. Beginning with floor-work, spine sequencing, and building a solid relationship with the ground, we will move through classical techniques infused with contemporary transitions and intelligent uses of weight transfers and level changes. Conscious and intricate pathways, directional changes, phrasing and efficiency are predominant themes throughout the class.
Originally from Alberta, Karissa has worked as a freelance contemporary dance Artist with choreographers and companies; Amber Funk Barton, Serge Bennathan, EzDanza, Science Friction, Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg, JoeINK, LINK Dance, Mascall Dance, Out InnerSpace Dance Theatre, Anne Plamondon, Raven Spirit Dance, Sylvain Émard Danse, The Vancouver Opera, and Wen Wei Dance. Performing works for these companies has taken her touring to Asia, Europe, New York, South America, The U.K. and throughout Canada.Karissa has created works for the Ballet BC mentor program, BC Buds spring arts fair, Brief Encounters, Cecchetti Dance Theatre, Dancing on the edge, Dances for a Small Stage, Dancestreams, la Petite Scène, Modus Operandi Training Program, Twelve Minutes Max, Small Stage Point 5, and self-produced a full length evening “STRATEGY THREE” which included the duet “Submission to Entropy” as well as a dance on film project in which she produced, performed and edited.As an instructor for the professional contemporary community as well as students, Karissa teaches ballet, contemporary, and conditioning techniques. She is also Artistic Associate for MovEnt and it’s many projects including Dances for a Small Stage, and the Point 5 series which features professional dancer and musician collaborations.