Full-bodied, fluid, musical, athletic.
What: A free course in advance contemporary techniques taught by dance educator Marin Leggat Roper
|| About the Course ||
Principle-based movement experiences will draw from various movement theories including Release Technique, yoga, Bartenieff Fundamentals, contact improvisation and classical modern dance techniques (Graham/Limon). We will work to deepen sound reflexive habits, increase the connection between inner functionality of the body and outer expressivity of movement in space, hone performance skills, and discover inroads towards more transformative dancing.
|| About the Teacher ||
Marin Leggat Roper is a dance educator and advocate, choreographer and performer. She is currently a faculty member at Brigham Young University/USA, where she teaches studio courses in Contemporary Technique, Principles of Somatics, Composition, Movement for Actors, and lecture courses addressing issues of dance and identity. She holds a BA in Dance Education and Sociology from Brigham Young University, and a Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) in Dance from the University of Utah, and certification in Laban Movement Analysis through Integrated Movement Studies (www.ims.com)
Marin believes in the power of dance to cultivate empathy among diverse groups of people. In New York City, she founded M.E.L.D. Danceworks, a contemporary dance company committed to “dissolving religious and cultural barriers through the art of dance.” The U.S. State Department named Ms. Leggat-Roper a Cultural Envoy to India in 2008, where she choreographed a new work, Light Traces, on the Terence Lewis Contemporary Dance Company in Mumbai. Her writing about dance and empathy is included in the 2015 textbook, Dance Education Around the World, published by Routlege. She is also author of Moving Out Loud, a movement and leadership curriculum inspiring Bold Living and Bold Leading in girls and women. (www.movingoutloud.com)
Ms. Leggat-Roper has taught workshops and master classes for universities, dance schools, and NGO’s throughout South and Southeast Asia, Africa and the U.S, including the Royal University of Fine Arts in Cambodia, Kolkata Sanved (Kolkata), and SUNY Purchase in New York City. She is also an active musical theater choreographer, favorite productions including,
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Disney’s Aida, Fiddler on the Roof, Annie Get Your Gun, Scarlet Pimpernel and Brigadoon.