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Open-Level Contemporary Dance and Improvisation Games: Saturdays, August 24 & 31

  • Friends Meeting House 530 26th Avenue North Nashville, TN 37209 USA (map)


Open-Level Contemporary Dance Technique- Following the training syllabus designed by Banning Bouldin along with improvisation tasks based on Forsythe's Improvisation Technologies, this contemporary dance class is designed to establish a healthy sense of basic body alignment and to build strength and coordination. Dancers will learn/reinforce specific and efficient movement pathways and explore their own full range of motion with improvisation tasks.

Improvisation Games- The exercises and improvisation tasks from technique class will serve as a launching pad for imaginative play and creative partnering. Through dance theatre games and directed improvisation, dancers will build physical and spacial awareness, and trust and communication when working together.


Rebecca Allen: instructor

Rebecca Allen, a New Orleans native, studied dance and visual arts at Loyola University, Tulane University, and the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts. In 2001, she received her B.A. in Cultural Studies from the University of New Orleans. From 2003-2010, Rebecca was the assistant director as well as a performer with StillPoint Dance Theatre. In 2007, she was privileged to perform Missa Brevis with the Limon Company.  She has taught both ballet and contemporary technique in several Nashville area schools including Vanderbilt University, where she earned a Certificate in Dance Studies. In 2010 she choreographed, directed and designed the set for her first children’s ballet, Where the Wild Things Are. Since then she has directed several children’s productions including Hansel and Gretel, The Nutcracker, and The Little Mermaid. Rebecca is currently collaborating with Banning Bouldin and New Dialect, both as a dancer and a teacher in New Dialect’s Contemporary Cross-Training Series. She is also on faculty at the School of Nashville Ballet.




Saturdays, August 24 & 31

Contemporary Dance Technique    2:00-3:15PM  

Improvisation Games    3:30-4:30PM




Contemporary Dance Technique  $15

Contemporary Dance Technique + Improvisation Games  $25


Note: Dancers must take technique class in order to participate in the improvisation class from 3:30-4:30. Doors will be open 30 minutes before class starts. New Dialect accepts cash or check made out to New Dialect.




Friend's Meeting House

530 26th Ave. N

Nashville, TN 37209