Join Dancing Grounds for a special Broadway Jazz workshop with Anton Ovchinnikov (Ukraine)!
Broadway Jazz w/ Anton (CEC ArtsLink Fellow)
Wednesday, November 1st | 7:30-8:45pm
$12 Drop Ins | FREE for DG Members
(in place of Freestyle Lab)
Broadway jazz is the most dynamic, expressive and extravagant version of jazz dance. Initially created and developed in Broadway musicals. At the heart of my class of Broadway jazz lies the technique of American choreographer Matt Mattox, who in turn learned a lot from one of the founders of jazz dance, Jack Cole. Jack Cole integrated into jazz dance a variety of different styles of choreography: folk dance, Indian dance, tap dance and classical ballet. Because of this Broadway jazz can express any images and characters in performance.
This class is dedicated to the nature and quality of the movement in jazz. Coordination, impulses and getting rid of unnecessary tension is a guarantee of easy and quick displacement of the center of weight of the body both in the vertical and horizontal planes, as well as isolated centers. We will look at the basic principles of jazz dance technique with simple exercises by using coordination of different body parts movement and changing timing and rhythm with the music. The class ends with a combination based on the learned principles in the style of modern Broadway jazz dance with its inherent expressiveness and emotionality.
Anton Ovchinnikov - lecturer, performer, choreographer and organizer of the annual international dance festival Zelyonka FEST in Kiev. In 2008, after ten years of teaching, trips to international forums and festivals, Ovchinnikov established the Black O!Range dance theater. The theater is recognized as one of the most distinctive and original dance projects in Ukraine. In 2017 the Black O!Range is an independent dance production company, which, despite the total lack of funding, continues to be the vanguard of the dance scene. In 2016/2017 Anton Ovchinnikov presented two solo performances and created two multidisciplinary projects and was selected to participate in the residence of CEC Artslink in the USA. Main objectives of Ukrainian Contemporary Dance Platform managed by Anton Ovchinnikov is to support young Ukrainian choreographers, integrate contemporary dance into the modern cultural life of Ukraine and establish a national center of contemporary dance.