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Contemporary Cross-Training Series: 4, September 2-October 4

  • Houston Station 434 Houston Street Nashville, TN 37203 (map)
 Photo: Eden Frangipane

Photo: Eden Frangipane

This daily contemporary dance training series offers advanced and freelancing professional dancers the opportunity to study a variety of contemporary dance concepts and techniques on a regular basis, while giving instructors the opportunity to explore and refine the information they share.


September 2 - October 4, 2013

Mondays-Fridays, 9:30-11:00 AM

Houston Station


Marsha Barsky, Director of MTSU's Dance Program, artistic director of Company Rose, and certified Alexander Technique instructor, joins our roster of teachers this 5-week series, including Rebecca Allen and Banning Bouldin. Marsha will be sharing her expertise with Alexander Technique in classes designed for dancers Fridays: September 6, 13, 20, 27, and October 4.

For more information on Alexander Technique and why you'll want to take this class, check out the class description below and the official website:


Class Descriptions:

Rebecca Allen- Following a ballet class progression with exercises inspired by Cunningham technique and William Forsythe's Improvisation Technologies, this contemporary ballet class is designed to build a healthy balance of strength and flexibility in the lower body, while increasing overall stability and exploring a full range of motion in the upper body.

Marsha Barsky- Introduction to the Alexander Technique for Dancers
The Alexander Technique (AT) is an educational method for finding and discovering ways to move with more ease and freedom. AT offers us insight into our own mental processes, including perceptions we hold concerning our body’s structure, and allows us to replace faulty movement habits with coordinated movement patterns. This workshop series will use this method to help prepare the body/mind for the work of dancing. Through an investigation of all of our daily movement habits, we will use the principles of AT to understand what it is to be perfectly balanced and supported in our dance practice, as well as everything we do. The emphasis of this workshop will be on how we move, think and function as a whole.

Banning Bouldin- A cohesive and articulate training syllabus for the advanced dancer promoting awareness, stability, and specificity in an environment dedicated to research. Drawing from her extensive professional experience with some of the world's leading contemporary choreographers and instructors, Banning's class utilizes movement fundamentals rooted in Laban and Taylor techniques as influenced by 21st Century dance icons Mats Ek, Johan Inger, Aszure Barton, William Forsythe, and David Zambrano.


September 2 - October 4, 9:30-11:00 AM

Mondays & Wednesdays: Rebecca Allen (Contemporary Ballet)

Tuesdays & Thursdays: Banning Bouldin (Flooring, Falling, & Sliding)

 Fridays: Marsha Barsky (Alexander Technique)



Unlimited classes: $150

10-class card: $100

5-class card: $50

Drop-ins: $12

New Dialect accepts cash or check made out to New Dialect. If you are paying with cash, we ask that you try to bring exact change. Please be sure to arrive early to ensure class starts on time. Doors will be open at 9:00 a.m.

Note: 5, 10, & Unlimited class purchases are valid only for the current CCTS. Unused classes will not carry over to the next CCTS. 



Houston Station: 434 Houston Street, Nashville, TN, 37203


Special Thanks:

To abrasiveMedia for opening the doors of Houston Station to New Dialect! For more information on this local nonprofit and all they do to serve the Nashville arts and dance communities, visit their website: 


About Contemporary Cross-Training:

This contemporary dance training series offers advanced/professional dancers the opportunity to study a diverse range of contemporary dance concepts, vocabularies, and techniques on a daily basis. Designed to be a research lab for both dancers and teaching artists, New Dialect aims to create an environment where gifted teachers are encouraged to explore and refine their syllabi, and all participants are actively engaged in the process of identifying with clarity and confidence their own movement signatures. It is New Dialect’s goal to host and present high-level local, national, and international teaching artists on an ongoing basis. By further informing the dance community of the wide variety of high-quality movement vocabularies existing in the world of 21st century dance, we aspire to contribute to the bright future of contemporary dance in Nashville: training teachers, dancers, and choreographers to give, interpret, and make work that is well-researched and inspiring. For more information on New Dialect and Contemporary Cross-Training, email Banning Bouldin at