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Contemporary Cross-Training Series: 6// January 6-February 7, 2014

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

Photo credit: Eden Frangipane


January 6-February 7, 2014

M-F | 9:30-11:00 AM

@ Houston Station


Guest teachers: Joy Davis returns for a week of classes in Countertechnique, and Rebekah Hampton Barger, artistic director of FALL, will be offering contemporary dance/aerial classes on Wednesdays.

Contemporary Cross-Training is a series of contemporary dance classes that offers advanced and 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 what they teach, and each dancer is actively engaged in the process of identifying with clarity and confidence his or her own movement signature.


Class Descriptions:

Rebecca Allen- Contemporary Ballet: 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.

Banning Bouldin- Flooring/Falling/Sliding: 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.

Rebekah Hampton Barger- This class allows dancers to experiment with gravity in new ways by taking contemporary dance techniques and translating them to aerial fabric, as well as bringing aerial dance elements to the ground. Improvisation exercises are used to encourage changes in weight, balance, and orientation in space by utilizing both vertical and horizontal pathways.

Joy Davis- Countertechnique® is a contemporary dance technique that stretches, coordinates and strengthens the body, making the dancer sweat, build stamina and move! The class starts with a recurring set of exercises, allowing dancers to investigate the Countertechnique® principles in detail. The second half of the class consists of changing components, working towards luscious movement combinations and jumping. The Countertechnique® class results in dancers using less energy, losing their fear of taking risks and gaining speed in changing direction.



Schedule: M-F | 9:30-11 AM

Week 1:  January 6-10

Monday-Friday// Countertechnique with Joy Davis


Weeks 2-4: January 13-February 7

Mondays and Thursdays// Contemporary Ballet with Rebecca Allen

Tuesdays and Fridays// Flooring, Falling, & Sliding with Banning Bouldin

Wednesdays// Contemporary Dance + Beginning Aerial with Rebekah Barger



Unlimited classes (5 weeks/25 sessions): $150

10-class card: $100

5-class card: $50

Drop-ins: $12

New Dialect accepts credit, 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


Contemporary Cross-Training Mission:

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 our 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 interpret and make work that is well-researched and inspiring.