Master Class Series

Master Classes are by Donation. 
Pay when you arrive with cash or a check made out to The Future Traditions Foundation. 
You can reserve your space through EVENTBRITE !

Sunday 6/12/ 2011

meet on lawn
next to the pond

Kristin Hatleberg

Drawing/Dancing - Active Listening Workshop
 Saturday 6/18/2011 


Ramya Harishankar

Bharata Natyam

 Sunday 6/19/ 2011 


Dudley Brooks

Clowning for Dancers (and Non-Dancers) All levels & ages welcome

Check in: 3:45
Workshop: 4:00-6:00
$15 suggested donation

Workshop Description  This is an Active listening workshop, in which participants will come on a guided listening walk to a set, undisclosed location. Upon arrival, I will guide the group through a series of drawing activities that are in direct response to the surroundings: First, drawing in space with our limbs the lines of the location. Second, sharing that dance with a partner while the partner draws it on paper. Third, dancing the drawing. We move from our surroundings into our bodies, to documentation and into reinterpretation. The workshop ends with a group discussion.

Check In:  9:30
Master Class: 9:45 am - 11:45

$15 suggested donation

Class Description

Ramya will be offering her Bharata Natyam, the most renown of Indian dance forms is a combination of nrtta – pure dance to rhythm and melody and abhinayainterpretive dance, giving equal importance to both. In the 20th century as a part of restructuring of the form to gain social acceptance, Abhinaya was relegated to the back burner and much of the repertoire performed by the traditional dancers/devadasis was removed from performance or just re/mis interpreted. Thanks to my legendary guru Kalanidhi Narayanan, the Bharata Natyam world has awakened to this special and unique repertoire of dance compositions today. I consider myself extremely fortunate to be one of her protégés. Abhinaya is the art of communicating thru body language, limbs, gait, stance and the face, the content and imagery of word - the poem. The verbal imagery forms the foundation and the movements are the superstructure that the dancer creates. This superstructure of interpretations are created using variations, a single mood with multiple shades thereby making the style of abhinaya very multilayered and nuanced. In a session which could be called ‘acting for dancers’ we could explore how this language which I consider universal and timeless could be used to express oneself. It would be particularly relevant to modern dancers.

Check In:  9:30
Master Class:
9:45 am - 11:45
$15 suggested donation

Class Description
This is based on Dudley's study with famous clowns such as Bill  Irwin, Avner Eisenberg, Diane Wasnak, and the San Francisco School of Circus Arts, and on my own many years of experience choreographing humorous dances.

Discover the Clown within the Dancer and the Dancer within the Clown.
Performing is about giving pleasure to others, and in this two-hour
Master Class you'll give so much pleasure that people will laugh out loud!

You'll start with exercises to warm up your body and your sense of
silliness. You'll discover your own Clown "character". Then you'll
explore Clown "schtick" like tripping, falling, slapping, and being
(gracefully) ungraceful. Working with partners you'll learn a classic
Clown routine and develop your own variation on it and perform it with

And you will laugh a lot!

The class is open to all ages and all levels of experience.