Workshops

Looking to broaden your repertoire in your Jr. High or High School dance program? Need a professionally choreographed number for an upcoming show? Would you like to do professional development to refresh your repertoire? AIM offers highly customizable workshops to suit you, and your students' needs. Below are some workshop ideas. If you have something you want to explore with your class that you don't see below, get in touch! We are able to customize our workshops.

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Creative Dance

This workshop is great for Junior High and High School dance programs where students are interested in exploring their own creative voice. In this workshop, students are led through creation activities resulting in the development of a movement vocabulary unique to each student (groups of students). The focus of this workshop is to generate movement material unique unto the student.

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Modern/ Contemporary Dance

This workshop can take many shapes. Choose to focus on a particular Modern Technique (Graham, Limon, Cunningham, Horton, release/ floor), or enjoy a Contemporary dance class that draws on the history of Modern technique. In this workshop we examine the body's efficiency in movement, and turn to physiology to understand what we ask of our body to complete complex movement. The class is structured to be appropriate for beginner and advanced dancers.

The Craft Of Choreography

This workshop is a continuation of the Creative Dance workshop. In this workshop, AIM takes the creation process further to examine the structure of a dance. In this workshop, students will use their movement material as a base to develop a more complex structure. We will examine and dissect professional choreographies, and experiment with ways to develop and expand the original movement material. Attention to space and timing will also be addressed. This is offered as a workshop, but can develop into a mentorship process over a longer period of time.

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Dance for the Camera

Learn choreography, camera and film editing techniques to create a dance specifically for the screen! This unique workshop requires a mentorship process with a minimum of seven AIM classes. Through the process AIM introduces and teaches techniques essential to creating a Dancefilm. Students work independently under teacher supervision in between AIM classes to develop their material, to be ready for the next class. At the end of the workshop, students have a Dancefilm festival sharing their work.
*The students need access to video capable cameras or ipads in addition to editing software (iMovie, Final Cut or Adobe Premiere).

Dance History

Dance has a rich history. Choose to focus on Jazz, Ballet, or Modern/Contemporary Dance History, OR have AIM take a general approach drawing on historical significances from each. This workshop is designed as a 1-2 class lecture/ discussion delivered with visuals and in a fun and engaging manner. Learn some fascinating facts about dance.

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Jazz Dance

Jazz dance has a rich history, and is the result of the amalgamation of music and movement from two cultures. Today, the term 'Jazz dance' covers a wide array of different styles. AIM focusses at the beginnings of 'studio jazz' (which evolved out of broadway). We visit some original Luigi-style and Matt Mattox exercises, and expand into technical exercises focussing on turns and jumps. We are also able to introduce your students to the beginnings of Jazz, and do swing-style movement classes.

West-African Dance

Bring your energy for this fun workshop! AIM's West African Dance workshop focusses on giving students a a taste West-African dance. Expect to sweat and learn an authentic West-African Rhythm. Live drummers are recommended for students to gain the best experience.

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