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Contemporary Movement Research with Laurel Desmerais

  • Houston Station 434 Houston Street Nashville, TN 37204 USA (map)

Laurel Desmarais returns to New Dialect for a weeklong contemporary movement intensive for intermediate and advanced dancers that combines somatics, release technique, and contemporary ballet.

May 18-22 | Monday-Friday from 9:30-11 AM @ Houston Station

This series explores a technical foundation for clearly articulated expression using elements of contemporary ballet, release technique and somatic practices. Class begins with gentle centering exercises to integrate core movement patterns, breath-support and embodied awareness. Progressions include finding the relationships between fall and rebound, articulation and flow, momentum and kinetic range.  This class strives to create an environment for dancers to explore multi-dimensional organic movement that can translate into any setting.


Full Workshop | 5 sessions  $50

Drop In | Single 1.5 hour session  $12

New Dialect accepts cash, credit, or check made payable to New Dialect. There is no online or pre-registration required for this workshop. Doors open at 9 AM. Please be sure to arrive with plenty of time to sign in and warm up before class begins.


Houston Station, 434 Houston Street, Nashville, TN 37203 

I am interested in the exchange of knowledge, sharing what I know and learning from others, constantly investigating the language of movement.
— Laurel Desmerais

Laurel has been a movement educator and freelance artist for the past eight years in New York City. She has taught for institutions as Dance New Amsterdam, Chez Bushwick and the Dance Forum Festival in Sweden. Most recently she collaborated with photographer Emra Islek on multi-media project Subliminal involving pinhole photography and live piano composition. She assisted Max Stone for the Complexions summer dance program and Mathew Bourne’s Swan Lake as well as traveled to Sweden for the annual Dance Forum; a ten day festival bringing together dancers from all over the world.