Our Workshop Series is a sequence of workshops rooted in the dances of the African Diaspora. Canadian and International instructors are invited to be in residence for a period of time to share their knowledge and expertise.
2017/2018 Workshop Series
dance Immersion Workshop Series Presents Contemporary Dance Class with Germaul Barnes
Germaul Barnes / Viewsic Dance
Saturday May 26th from 4:00pm - 5:30pm
National Ballet School, 400 Jarvis St
Germaul Barnes has created JOY™ - a contemporary dance class that exposes students to the fundamentals of the Barnes' fusion of movement styles. Participates will focus on the ability in their relation to the floor, building power, fluidity, balance, and speed. With additional focus on isometric conditioning and proper alignment, the class teaches dancers how to apply energy, efficiency, and accuracy to movement while reclaiming the JOY™ of dancing. Open to all levels of dance practitioners.
Germaul Barnes, New York Dance and Performance Award -the BESSIES recipient, is honored to have had a professional dance career that spans more than thirty years. He recently choreographed the world premiere of Marley - A Musical based on the life and music of reggae superstar Bob Marley. Forming Viewsic Dance - a project by project dance company, the mission is to present multilayered dance performances. Barnes has created over 50 works for Viewsic Dance, many invested in anthropology, culture, blackness, musicality, and social justice. Choreography credits include the Central Park Summer Stage, Lincoln Center Outdoors, Kumble Theatre, Dixon Place, HarlemStages, Judson Church Movement Research, Billie Holiday Theater, Errol Mosley’s Hearts of Men, Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, Collegium for African Diasporan Dance Conference, Cyrus Arts Productions, 92nd Street Y, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Alvin Ailey-Fordham School, Joffrey Ballet Summer Intensives, University of Illinois-Urbana, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, University of Illinois-Urbana; internationally - State of Emergency Festival, Belarus International Modern Dance Festival, Boroditsky Denis Dance Company (Russia), Ghana National Dance Company, and the Lublin International Dance Festival (Poland), Friends of Tafo in London, England, Jasmyn Fyffe Dance, Kulturhuset-Sweden (England), Teatro Centre Municipal Culture (France), Teatro do Campo Alegre (Portugal)and Dance Immersion (Toronto).
Barnes is a former dancer and current répétiteur for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. Barnes has also worked with Pilobolus, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Joseph Tmim's - Tolada dance company, Joan Miller Players, Group Motions Dance Company, Philadanco, Katherine Dunham, Eleo Pomare, and guest artist for numerous ballet and contemporary companies.
Barnes is currently director of Contemporary Improvisation for Black Men, RestorationArts Artist-in-Residency, resident choreographer at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, curator for Contemporary Improvisation for Black Men, choreographers adviser for One Dance-UK and Next Generation Committee member for the International Association of Black in Dance, INC. For more achievements visit:: www.viewsicdance.com
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