01/29/2016 – Contemporary Fusion with Helanius J. Wilkins

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Friday, January 29, 2016 – 6:30-8PM
Contemporary Fusion with Helanius J. Wilkins
Professional Level Class (ages 18 or older only, please)
Arlington Heights High School Dance Studio
4501 West Fwy., Fort Worth, TX 76107
$15 (purchased online in advance*),
$20 (purchased at the door)

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Helanius J. Wilkins, a Louisiana native, is an award-winning choreographer, performance artist, scholar, and instructor. Currently a Visiting Professor at Texas Christian University in the School of Classical & Contemporary Dance in Fort Worth, TX,  he lived in Washington, D.C. for eighteen (18) years and founded EDGEWORKS Dance Theater, an all-male dance company of predominantly African-American men that existed for thirteen (13) years (2001 – 2013).​ His honors include the 2008 Pola Nirenska Award for Contemporary Achievement in Dance, and the 2002 and 2006 Kennedy Center Local Dance Commissioning Project Award. Wilkins earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in Dance from SUNY Brockport and George Washington University. In addition to performing, he enjoys creating, presenting, and receiving commissions for choreography throughout the U.S. and abroad.  To date, he has choreographed and directed over 60 works, which includes two critically-acclaimed musical productions for Washington, DC’s Studio Theater – “Passing Strange” (2010) and “POP!” (2011).  He most recently completed visiting professor and guest-artist-in-residence appointments at Slippery Rock University in Slippery Rock, PA (spring 2014 semester) and American University in Washington, D.C. (fall 2014 semester). He most recently completed a visiting professorship in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Colorado – Boulder.

Class Description
This class is designed to deepen studies in contemporary dance through finding the joy of “daring dance.” This is achieved by engaging in a physical practice and discussion-based process that fuses the exploration of velocity, weight, gesture, and gymnastic principles with technique as conditioning work, mental training, and building strong performance skills. Concepts are introduced and practiced through improvisation, floor and center technique sequences, and across the floor combinations.  Ultimately this class enables participants to increase their sense of body awareness and connectivity, identify personal movement preferences while broadening movement possibilities, explore expressive range, and manipulate movement ideas through the performance of choreography.

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Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to class with your email receipt and confirmation number as proof of purchase. If you are purchasing your class at the door we accept payment in cash, check or credit card.

*Class will be available for online purchase until 24 hours prior to the class or until the class is at capacity. If for some reason you are unable to attend, you can cancel your class for a partial refund any time up until 48 hours prior to the class. Cancellations made less than 48 hours prior to your class will not be eligible for a refund. Please be aware that if you do not make your purchase in advance, you may not be permitted to take class due to limited space.