During our festival, several selected instructors will be teaching free Fitness Labs sponsored by FitEngine, classes designed to have you try different styles of dance as well as unique fitness & wellness classes.
Friday, June 16, 2017, 4:00-5:30 PM, CAP21 Studios (Rm 603), Sassy Jazz by Sherell Whitmire
Sherrell Whitmire is a native of Columbus, Ohio where she attended The Ohio State University studying Dance and Social Work. In her earlier years she studied at Ballet Met Columbus, emerging herself in various dance styles such as Ballet, Afro Carribean, Dunham technique, Horton and Graham, under the direction of Former Ailey principal dancer April Berry. After graduation Sherrell took her drive and passion for dance to NYC where she completed the professional semester at Broadway Dance Center. Studying from some of the most elite faculty members in the commercial and musical theater industry. She is currently a faculty member at Mark Morris Dance Group School in downtown Brooklyn. She recently finished the National tour of Jim Hensons Sid the Science Kid Live! serving as dance captain with director John Tartaglia and choreographer Shannan Lewis. She is also a former NY Jets Flight Crew Cheerlearder. Sherrell has made several appearences on PBS, MTV and Good Morning America. Sherrell enjoys teaching dance in underserved communities and looks at dance as a way that one can express themselves in a nonverbal way. Sherrell uses dance as her everyday workout and feels that others can do the same! Combining some of her dance and cheer experience together Sherrell hopes that people leave her class with high self esteem and confidence in the person they were created to be. She inspires everyone to find their talent and use it to change lives for the better. Love and light!
If you have always wanted to bring out your inner sexiness and alter ego this class is for you! Exploring the basics of jazz technique in a fun way through across the floor technique and in warm up. An intense cardio warm up starts the class and infuses moments of cheer moves because cheerleaders are dancers too! Followed by a fun and sassy jazz combination that will be built upon and repeated as movement is learned. Even a non dancer will this class wanting to explore jazz technique a little more.
Saturday, June 17, 2017, 10:00 AM-11:00 AM, Moving Visions, Stretch with Tasha Norman
Tasha Norman is the founder of the celebrated online fitness resource FitEngine, Inc. (www.fitengine.com), CEO/publisher of Tendu Magazine and FitEngine Magazine and founder/director of the popular NYC Dance Week Festival (www.nycdanceweek.org). Tasha, is a former elite gymnast, coach, athlete and dancer with certifications in Pilates from Pilates-On-Fifth and Romana’s Pilates, and certifications in Bio-Mechanics and Anatomy, and a Fami Grad. In her spare time (like she has any) Tasha writes articles on how to get ‘per-fit’ and fabulous revealing no-nonsense truths on techniques that really work and why. Tasha’s journey travels from injury to incredible and shares her love of teaching and training with individuals who want to look really good and feel great. All her classes focus on working smart with proper alignment, core and hip strength, flexibility, toning, strengthening and defining. It’s a whole body conditioning approach while also improving the trouble spots. Tasha’s Flexibility, Stretch & Mobility class is a game changer-where athletes, celebrities and enthusiasts take her class to increase flexibility, range of motion and keep the body healthy. Her philosophy is: Individuals choose to take fitness classes to work out, feel good, and possibly, to reach a goal. As instructors we must knowledgable about the body, and be ready, willing and able to provide the necessary guidance. And most important, be attentive and present with everyone that we encounter. Tasha is excited to welcome everyone to be a part of the FitEngine Fitness family. Thank you all.
Stretch, Flexibility & Mobility Class is personalized for every individual. This class is designed to release joint restrictions, and increase your range of motion safely.
The Stretch, Flexibility & Mobility class technique focuses on various techniques including Isometric & PNF stretching, joint mobility, and more without injury or stress to the body. Participants learn how to connect their unique anatomy and biomechanics to improve range of motion, skill and function.
Experience huge progress without risking injury– clients leave class feeling lengthened with more range of motion.
Saturday, June 17, 2017, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM, Moving Visions, Open Vinyasa Yoga with Cecilia Tse
Cecilia Tse is a 200-hour RYT who specializes in making the practice of yoga accessible, fun and rewarding to even the fast paced and time poor, as informed by her over 10 years’ corporate experience advising multi-nationals through complex transactions. Her well-balanced sequences aim to help the mind maintain connection with the body through alignment-focused vinyasa flow and dynamic movements. Originally from Sydney, Australia, Cecilia completed her 200-hr teacher training at YogaWorks, New York under the guidance of Jodie Rufty, Jeanmarie Paolillo, Heather Seagraves and Julie Mellk. Cecilia is currently studying holistic nutrition at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and has a passion for empowering others to prioritize whole health in their busy lives.
Find joy and create space in your body with this open level yoga class that will see you both flowing through and indulging in held poses. Prioritize you and emerge feeling invigorated! All levels are welcome. This class is accompanied with music.
Saturday, June 17, 2017, 4:30-6:00 PM, CAP21 Studios (Rm 606), Freestyle Jersey Club Dancing by Rey
Description: Students prepare to sweat as this Underground Jersey Club Dance Pioneer takes you thru his journey of Jersey Club Dancing within his movements of fast pace footwork , catchy 2 steps & body rocking. The class will participate in learning & demonstrating popular dance moves done to this high energetic genre of music. Tempo of this Jersey sound switches from 135 bmp to 160 bmp ( beats per minute ). Rey will show the class how he turns up the crowds within Jersey’s Infamous Party Dance Scene. Students expect to leave out feeling pump up like you have just left the gym after a great work out & ready to show off your new dance moves to the world.
Sunday, June 18, 2017, 2:30-4:00 PM, CAP21 Studios (Rm 603), Heels with Sarah Esser
Sarah Esser is a dancer and choreographer based in New York City. Originally from San Francisco, she has studied ballet, modern, and hip hop at the Academy of Ballet San Francisco, ODC, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, as well as Studio Harmonic and Centre de danse du Marais in Paris. She studied dance and women’s leadership at Barnard College, where both her scholarship and movement research focused on the intersection of feminist leadership and improvisation. Esser is the founder and artistic director of era Dance Collective, a community of movers/shakers passionately committed to exploring improvisation and, through it, discovering identity, agency, and empowerment through the body.
Designed for the intermediate level dancer, this heels class emphasizes musicality, line, & individual groove. Please come in comfortable clothing & socks or bare feet for warmup. Heels are strongly recommended, but not required.
Sunday, June 18, 2017, 4:30-6:00 PM, CAP21 Studios (Rm 603), STRONG by Zumba with Sarika Patel
Sarika Patel discovered dance fitness in 2013 to fill a void in her 9-to-5 corporate lifestyle post-graduation from Babson College. As a long time performer and choreographer, she couldn’t imagine her work-life balance without continued focus on movement and health. She has since obtained multiple licenses: Zumba, Strong (by Zumba), and CizeLive (by Beachbody). She has also moved forward to create her own class called Belly*Bolly*Bhangra. Along with leading these classes, she also holds private lessons for wedding dances and other event choreography. When she is not in the studio, she works full time as an analyst at an online grocery company in NYC. Sarika’s high energy and spirit locks her students in and always promises a unique experience!
“STRONG by Zumba™ is a high intensity interval training workout driven by the science of Synced Music Motivation. Unlike all other workouts, we don’t just create moves to a playlist. Instead, we craft and reverse engineer the songs to match every move, driving the intensity in a challenging progression that provides a total body workout. The result is a group fitness experience unlike any other. This class will push you past your limits to help you reach your fitness goals faster. Using your own body weight, you will gain muscular endurance, tone, and definition, and you will experience an increased afterburn.”
(Description from Zumba.com)
Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 5:00-6:30 PM, CAP21 Studios (Rm 606), All-level Contemporary Fusion with Linda Kuo
Linda is the Director and Choreographer of Dancers Unlimited Hawaii, Shanghai, and NYC. Linda has a dance background in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Hip Hop, House, Voguing, Waacking, and the Hula. She trained intensively for a year as an intern at the world-renown Broadway Dance Center in NYC. Currently, Linda trained intensively with MOPTOP and Dance Fusion NYC teachers, with direct mentorship under Sekou Heru.
As a dancer, Linda has performed on stages through Asia and the U.S: Shanghai World Expo (featured performer), Dance 2XS Urbanite Beijing (guest performer), Peter Pan (Asia Tour), Off-Broadway show / tour “Katrina: A Whole Lotta Water” (soloist), America’s Best Dance Crew (MTV On-Demand), The View featuring Faith Hill (ABC), ABC Network Memorial Day Concert, Dances From Da Hood (MTV), Puma, Kia Motors, Dos Equis Beer, and Semi-Precious Weapons. She was also a choreographer Comandante Zero featuring Wu-Tang Clan, The Contemporary Museum (Hawaii), Academy of Art (Hawaii), and various concerts at Hawaii Theatre. Linda was also a guest choreographer for the Chinese national TV program, Me & City Children’s Talent Contest. Linda’s NYC company, DUNYC is performing its 7th season this summer at Mark Morris Dance Center, Triskelion Arts, City Center Studios and Brooklyn Music School.
Class Description:The class is designed for dancers of all level to explore and expand their movement quality and experience. Linda fuses house dance and contemporary jazz technique while exploring grounding and floor work. The class is great for dancers of all backgrounds to explore moving in unexpected and unfamiliar ways.
Saturday, June 24, 2017, 2:00-3:30 PM, CAP21 Studios (Rm 603), Afro Fusion with Tamara Jones
Tamara Jones aka Faith Jones has been a member of several different dance companies. To name a few, her longest dance career has been with Harambee Dance Company based in Harlem, New York (Sandella Molloy) and Umoja Dance Company in New Jersey (Karen Love). Throughout her dance career, Tamara has had the opportunity to perform on many stages and venues. Those stages include Symphony Space, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), for Essence Magazine Events, Central Park shows, Summer Stage, the International African Arts Street Festival, NJPAC, Broadway Dance Center’s Tribute to Savion Glover 2005 and Kumble Theatre. Tamara is currently a teacher in Brooklyn, New York for children and teens, a substitute teacher Broadway Dance Center for Ousmane Wiles African Dance class and teaches classes at Ripley Grier Studios weekly.
Hot African Dance class incorporating contemporary genres of African popular music from Nigeria, Ghana and across the Continent. The class fuses dancehall, Reggae, Hip hop, Azonto, and Rumba peppered with some Jazz-Funk. The warm-up is designed to strengthen the student’s ability to adopt to Traditional African, Urban African club movements and multiple hip hop styles.
Saturday, June 24, 2017, 4:00-5:30 PM, CAP21 Studios (Rm 603), The Broadway Body Burn with Michelle Robinson
Michelle Robinson Michelle Robinson, an accomplished dancer, actress and inspiring writer has been seen from Europe to Broadway in such musical theater productions as Ain’t Misbehavin’, Can-Can, For Colored Girls…, Jelly’s Last Jam, Joseph… and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Sophisticated Ladies, They’re Playing Our Song, Sweet Charity, and The Tempest just to name a few. Her most recent accomplishment includes a twelve year run in the highly acclaimed Broadway musical revival, Chicago, alongside such notables as Bebe Neuwirth, Usher, Patrick Stewart, Joel Grey, Debbie Allen, Melanie Griffith, and Brooke Shields, etc. No stranger to film and TV, she has had a long-running recurring role as, Mrs. Sharp, on the daytime soap opera, One Life to Live.
As an educator, Michelle is the proud co-creator of BROADWAY in the SCHOOLS an in-school, artist-in-residency program which utilizes professionals of the trade and is designed to bring the experience of creating every aspect of an original “Broadway Style” musical, from script to stage, to students.
Class Description: If you’ve ever dreamt of being onstage performing moves from your favorite Musical, then this is the class for you. Broadway veteran performer, Michelle Robinson has taken her years of Broadway musical theater dance and performance experience and combined it with her apprecation for intense cardio exercise to create THE BROADWAY BODY BURN, a dancercize system that’s sure to appeal to the Musical Theater lover in you. Accompanied by funky re-mixed musical theater tunes,
each combination is crafted to contain moves with the “flavor” of that show. So, if you enjoy getting your “attitude” on while you work then BBB is for you. A brief 20 min feedback will close the session.