Contemporary Class at Baryshnikov Arts Center, NYC
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Hee Ra on Teaching Contemporary Dance:
I teach my dance students in a way that they can understand the theories behind modern dance as they go through the physical experience of dancing. Dancers need to learn not only the specific movements being taught but also to tune into internal physical sensations, the understanding of which will allow them to create new movements. My class will give dancers tools to discover new movements and new ideas on their own. They must understand the basic physical tools of dance: weight, space, movement qualities, and interactions with other dancers. Through experimentation and practice with these tools, I help my dancers become creators.