Thursday, June 8, 2017

Heretica: Exploring the boundaries of movement

When: Thursdays, 5:30 - 6:30PM, July 20th to August 24th (Six Weeks)

Where:  Bright Star World Dance
               108 High Street3rd Floor
               Portland, ME 

Cost: $60 Advanced Registration/$75 Day Of (full session only – no drop-ins)

Drawing from a variety of contemporary dance styles as well as authentic movement and deep improvisation this class is a six week movement exploration.  Students who attend the six week program have the option to join the fall session of Heretica, an exploratory dance performance student troupe.

Utilizing techniques such as guided physical meditation, silent improvisation, group rhythmic exploration and theatrical movement, students will learn to create physical expressions of emotion and foster a seamless connection between mind and body; thought and action.  The class is conducted to live music.

Each class includes a warm-up with drills, theatrical dance exercises and cool down.  Optional out of class exercises that will help students build their movement practice at home will also be offered.

Students of all movement backgrounds are welcome to join the class.  Students should have a solid foundation in their particular movement style.  You will want to wear comfortable clothing that allows for freedom of movement.  You may also want to bring a notebook and a water bottle. 

In order to facilitate free exploration we seek to create a safe space for all types of dancers and movement artists to explore creative expression.  The class is open to all genders and movement forms.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Practical Zils!

Time: July 11th to August 1st, 6:45 – 7:45PM

Location:  Bright Star World Dance
                  108 High Street, 3rd Floor
                  Portland, Maine

Cost: Full Session $45 Advance/ $55 First Class (no drop-ins)

…I’m never sure if I’m doing it right.  I swear I practice but when I get to class it seems I’m playing something totally different from what the teacher is playing.

…I can play the zils just fine, but as soon as I move I get all mixed up.

...OMG!  My zils are too loud! (my neighbors complain and it scares my cat)

The biggest obstacle to learning the zils is finding a way to practice on a consistent basis, and there are so many things that can prevent that!  This four-week special session addresses the issues that get in the way of practice by providing you with practical techniques that will build your skill and nurture your zil confidence.

Zil technique will be covered in class as well as…

  •             Exercises to build rhythmic skill
  •        How to use a metronome app for practicing at home
  •        A few tricks that will aid in zilling while actually dancing!
  •        Warmup exercises to strengthen your hands and fingers.
  •        Games that make learning zils fun!
  •        And of course, how to practice quietly!

Students will be provided with access to short online videos of warm-up exercises and practice patterns for learning at home. 

This class will meet weekly over four weeks and is open to all levels of zil players – yes, even total beginners.  Students must provide their own zils.  Links for ordering and guidance on purchasing are available upon request.

Live music accompaniment will be provided by drummer Stephen Carpenter. 

Monday, June 5, 2017

Why Was My Performance Video Removed From YouTube?

Date:  July 6th, 5:30 – 7:00pm

Location: Bright Star World Dance
                 108 High Street, 3rd Floor
                 Portland Maine

Cost: $10 in advance (closed)/$15 at the door (register below)

It is a common problem.  You have a video recording of a performance you are proud of.  You post the video to YouTube or Facebook, only to have it removed for a copyright violation a few hours later.  Yet a dancer who performed at the same show posted her video and it has had no issues at all.

What happened?

This workshop for dancers and other performers will help answer questions such as…

·       What are music rights and why are they important?

·       What is the difference between private use, public performance and using a piece of music in a video?

·       Why are some videos allowed to remain on YouTube and why are others taken down?

·       Is there a way to find out in advance how YouTube may treat a video?

·                  ·       How to navigate the YouTube copyright dispute process.

The workshop will include real world examples and a demonstration of how to use YouTube’s music database.  Students are encouraged to bring a piece of music they are considering performing to. 
A question and answer period will follow the presentation.

Note:  The information presented in this workshop is an overview only and is in no way intended to replace the legal advice that could be obtained by engaging the services of an attorney.