Workshops & Classes
The following classes are taught in New York City by Valerie Green and are also available for residencies, and other engagements.
Modern Dance Technique
Level: can be acommodating to all levels.
Approach: This class is influenced by the Erick Hawkins modern dance technique. The principles emphasized in this class are universally beneficial to dance training and include using the power of the center to initiate, control, and radiate movement, plus pelvis initiation, and the use of under and over curves. Informing this class is Miss Green's certified background in BodyMind Fitness. Exercises are guided with the safe use of body mechanics and neuro-muscular imagery, highlighting movement that follows the logic of the body's innate spirals and bone rhythms.
Class is structured to begin with a series of floor exercises designed to awaken the feet, spine, center and pelvis. Standing center work focuses on technical exercises supported by proper alignment. The class culminates in rhythmical, full-bodied across the floor movement combinations that incorporate the use of turns, jumps, working in and out of the floor, detailed gestures, and diverse dynamics.
Students will increase strength and acquire knowledge in training the body to execute healthy, organized, and clear movement. Students will gain the ability to move quickly with efficient ease, as well as move slow with a strong intent. In addition we work on developing expressive movement with a dramatic purpose, connecting an inner emotional state through physicality.
This class features movement created by Valerie Green, supported by the fundaments of the Erick Hawkins technique, and guided by principles of BodyMind Fitness.
Length: 1.5 - 2 hours
Photo by: Amanda Scuglia
Choreography: Inspiration to Create Outside the Box
Level: This workshop is valuable for dancers, choreographers, actors and directors.
Approach: Through improvisation, structured exercises, and partnering this workshop investigates the principles of composition as well as how, when, and why the body moves. The artists will be in a nurturing environment where they will be guided to further discover and develop their own creative process.
Length: 2 hour mini workshop, one-two week intensive, or semester
Photo by: Sharon Harsa
Creative Movement for Children
Level: can be designed for different age levels.
Approach: The Creative Movement for Children classes offered by Dance Entropy and Green Space allow for a safe and nurturing community where children can enjoy discovering the world of movement. Each class is built around the development of cognitive and social, as well as physical skills. As they investigate how they move, boys and girls will develop self-confidence and learn to work together. We will explore balance, coordination, and comprehension, as well as listening skills and class etiquette. Each class includes the sharing of ideas, as well as watching and learning from one another and discussing what has been seen. Creativity will be fostered through the use of imagery, music, stories, and colorful props. The dance studio will become a playground where we explore, learn, and create.
Length: 45-60 minutes per class (10-15 week sessions)
Photo by: Sharon Harsa
Movement for Senior Citizens
Level: Classes can be taught for all levels.
Approach: This class allows for a safe and nurturing environment whereby seniors can enjoy appropriate dance based exercises and movement creation while working on cognitive and physical skills. In addition each class includes the sharing of ideas, as well as watching and learning from one another and discussing what has been seen and experienced. Creativity will be fostered through the use of imagery, music, stories, and props.
Length: 45-60 minutes
Level: This workshop is valuable for all dancers, choreographers, actors and directors.
Approach: Dance Entropy offers an annual Summer Dance Intensive at Green Space taught by company members featuring modern dance technique, choreography, pilates, nutrition, and the signature Performance in Action Lab, which culminates into a free friends and family performance. Dance Entropy's Artistic Director Valerie Green will direct a new work for the final performance drawing on phrases, explorations and choreographic studies developed during the intensive week to facilitate the participants use of bringing newly learned concepts into their performance experience.
Length: 7 days. Mon.-Fri. 10am-4pm, Sat. 10am-2pm, Sun. 10am-2:30pm
Photo by: Kasheem Daniels