Classes, w/Kelley Donovan via Zoom

Summer/Fall 2020
Private lessons, stretching, dancing, working on choreography,
reasonably priced via Zoom! (for the time being!)

Private dance instruction is a chance to work one on one to address dance technique, performance, stage presence, express yourself through choreography, learn KD&D Repertory, ask questions, and address  technical issues you have always wondered about.

This could also be an opportunity to workshop choreography, revise and develop something you have been working on or work on a piece you plan to perform.  The time is yours and can be used in whatever way is most useful!

Learn how to create and develop your own movement style and signature solo you can perform at a later date!

Ideal for an aspiring dancers or a focused professional whose practice has plateaued, individual attention will accelerate your growth to achieve or explore your goals.  Enjoy the luxury of  undivided attention to enhance your growth and expansion, to develop a program that suits your needs.

Creativity and art making is strength building for the spirit, coming together regularly,  even when we are apart, making art matters as it is an empty place to be vulnerable, sensitive, wise, kind, supportive and human. We dig deep in creative process, reflect on how we can show up more fully for one another- recognize our blind spots- and grow.  Sift thru past work and see where you want to go next creatively!

Contact kelleydonovandance@gmail.com ranging from $25-$30/hr. arranged by appointment, afternoons and evenings.

For more information

https://kddcompany.wordpress.com/classes-studio-300/

contact:  Kelley Donovan 617 388 3247

Dance History held Tuesdays 7-9pm at Newton Community Educations starting June 23rd.

Leave your dancing shoes at home. Join us to learn about dance as a contemporary art form. We’ll discuss current issues in dance, and compare points of view as expressed by major choreographers as we consider their unique contributions to the dance world. Through readings, videos, and discussion, you’ll gain a critical perspective and enhance your appreciation of dance as an exciting and ever-changing performance art. We’ll explore significant choreographers and dancers including Isadora Duncan, Ballet Russe, Balanchine, Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, Mark Morris, Alvin Ailey, Jose Limon, Twyla Tharp, and many more.

4 classes, Weekly $ 119

register here:

https://registration.xenegrade.com/nce/courseDisplay.cfm?schID=15268

http://www2.newtoncommunityed.org/

 

Upcoming Summer/Fall 2020, Email if interested!

Choreography Workshop is for choreographers at all levels who are interested in exploring a variety of methods for creating dances.  It is open to anyone interested in choreography and helpful to anyone who feels their creative process has hit a plateau.  We will focus on the craft and structure of making dances as well as many methods for approaching how to generate movement.  Participants will get a chance to create collaboratively and learn how to develop movement structures and invent dance that explores the basic elements of space, time and force with an emphasis on learning how to craft a complete work from a finite amount of material.

Dance Composition will explore a variety of methods for creating dances with a focus on the craft of making dances with an emphasis on learning how to craft a complete work from a finite amount of material.  Participants will get a chance to create collaboratively and explore the basic elements of dance and will focus on a collaboratively created work of choreography as well as provide individuals with ideas for creating their own dances.

This class is for choreographers at all levels who are interested in exploring a variety of methods for creating dances.  It is open to anyone interested in choreography and helpful to anyone who feels their creative process has hit a plateau.  We will focus on the craft and structure of making dances as well as many methods for approaching how to generate movement.  Participants will get a chance to create collaboratively and learn how to develop movement structures and invent dance that explores the basic elements of space, time and force with an emphasis on learning how to craft a complete work from a finite amount of material.

Kelley Donovan has performed work by Ann Carlson and Liz Lerman. She teaches advanced modern dance on the dance faculty at UMass Boston and has taught in Boston area for 15 years at Green Street Studios, Roger Williams University, Summer Stages, Boston Ctr. for the Arts, The Dance Complex, MIT, CasaNia, SpringStep, Third Life Studio, Newton Community Ed, Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, Boston Center for Adult Ed, Osher Life Long Learning Ctr. and PB&J. She has taught in NYC at Moving Body Resources, Mark Morris Dance Center and Brooklyn Art Exchange. In Boston she has had work commissioned by World Music/Crash Arts, DanceNow/Boston, Summer Stages Dance and The Boston Center for the Arts and received an Artist Fellowship Grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. In NYC she has shown work, Joyce SoHo, Galapogos, University Settlement, The Graham Center, Movement Research, Tedx Gramercy, Peridance Center, PMT, and the 92nd St. Y. Donovan received her training in choreography from Mark Morris and Bessie Schonberg.

Purpose and Mission

Salon 300, located on Columbia St. in Cambridge is a small studio space and the primary home of Kelley Donovan & Dancers’ classes.

Seeing the need for places where choreographers and artists can gather, show their work, and share ideas outside of formal commercial settings, Salon 300 serves the community in this tradition, as a place where these gatherings can happen.

Kelley Donovan & Dancers host The Speakeasy at at Salon 300 in which Donovan and other artists presented their work – both sketches and completed pieces – to intimate audiences.  Our First show will be held on April 27th!

In Spring 2019 Kelley Donovan & Dancers will launched Salon 300, a diverse event series that includes film screenings, performances, dance parties, and all manner of happenings on Sunday evenings at 8pm. The program is in constant development, growing and being shaped by you!  the people who attend, present, speak, perform, and play.

Please visit the calendar to learn more about upcoming events at Salon 300.

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ANNOUNCING SPRING CHOREOGRAPHER RESIDENCIES IN CAMBRIDGE, February-July, 2019

culminates in a showing hosted at Salon 300!!!

A Project of Kelley Donovan & Dancers, Salon 300 located near Inman Sq. Cambridge

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offers classes, workshops and performances:

Dance History with video and discussion of major choreographers and their contributions we will enhance your appreciation of dance as an exciting and ever changing performance art. Including the work of many 20th century choreographers/significant dance figures including: Isadora Duncan, Vaslav Nijinsky, George Balanchine, Ruth St. Denis, Ted Shawn, Martha Graham, Doris Humprey, Merce Cunningham, Jose Limon, Katherine Dunham,  Enjoy some Dance History videos  https://kddcompany.wordpress.com/umass-boston/

Private dance instruction is a chance to work one on one to address dance technique, performance, stage presence, ask questions, address technical issues you have always wondered about.  This could also be an opportunity to workshop choreography, revise and develop something you have been working on or work on a piece you plan to perform.  The time is yours and can be used in whatever way is most useful!

Ideal for an aspiring dancers or a focused professional, individual attention will accelerate your growth to achieve or explore your goals.  Enjoy the luxury of  undivided attention to enhance your growth and expansion, to develop a program that suits your needs.

Creativity and art making is strength building for the spirit, coming together regularly, making art matters as it is an empty place to be vulnerable, sensitive, wise, kind, supportive and human. We dig deep in creative process, reflect on how we can show up more fully for one another- recognize our blind spots- and grow.

Contact kelleydonovandance@gmail.com ranging from $30-$39/hr. arranged by appointment, afternoons and evenings.  ($10 class card available for $280)

For more information contact:

Kelley Donovan

kelleydonovandance@gmail.com

617-388-3247

Payment by Check, Cash or Venmo

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May offer courses below via zoom in the future, email if interested!

(Classes at Cambridge Community Ctr for the Arts, 500 Kendall St., Cambridge)

Modern/Contemporary Technique Lab

Time: Monday, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. — Starting February 10th – April 6th, Drop-ins welcome!
Class will begin with a dynamic investigation of proper alignment. Through Cunningham and Limon inspired exercises, we will explore articulation of the spine, use of weight, and economy of movement. We will do short phrases across the floor to facilitate the learning of a physically dynamic final phrase that collects the elements explored in the class to hone our skills, apply our training and deepen the understanding and intelligence in our bodies with nuanced phrase material. Utilizing breath and a sense of grounding, to release the joints and activate internal muscles we will create a visceral understanding of expression in movement with an expansive use of space.
Level: All Levels  Age Group: Teens & Adults / Adults   Ages: 14 & Up

Register Here for Modern Dance:  http://bccaonline.com/class_detail.php?classID=CD186

Drop In: $16/class
Block of 4: $14/class
Block of 8: $13/class

Dance Improvisation Workshop

Time: Tuesday, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. — Starting February 11th – April 7th, Drop-ins welcome!
We will follow what is organic and natural to our body, exploring motion with freedom, as we break in and out of dance forms led by our breath, inner rhythm and body. Classes are composed of an ongoing guided and intuitive flow of energy, momentum, physicality and curiosity. This process is dedicated to accessing our own movement and arriving at a place of body awareness, strengthening, flexibility and high energy.
Level: All Levels  Age Group: Teens & Adults / Adults   Ages: 14 & Up

Register Here for Improvisation Workshop: http://bccaonline.com/class_detail.php?classID=CD185

Drop In: $16
Block of 5: $14/class
Block of 9: $13/class

 

 

Class Descriptions (Must RSVP, space is very limited!): kelleydonovandance@gmail.com

Intermediate Creative Modern Dance will draw on elements from Limon, Cunningham, Release techniques incorporating the use of basic anatomical principles, to initiate, build, transform our bodies and minds for fully embodied movement.  In this class we will explore motion with freedom, as we break in and out of dance forms led by our breath and inner rhythm.The class will move through a warm up with an emphasis on alignment, physical mechanics, breath and gravity and reciprocity.  Moments of flow of energy, release, momentum, weight leading into phrase work, arriving at a place of body awareness, strengthening, flexibility and high energy.

During the second portion of the class we will learn choreographic structures designed to create a group dance.  We will explore structures to generate movement, edit and transform material, while empowering participants to find their unique choreographic voices.  Allowing the body’s innate intelligence to evolve into composition tasks we will strive to create a community with the common goal to connect to creativity as a life practice, informing our interests as a movement artists.  We will encourage students to collaborate, make choices and invent movement while learning methods and ideas that will be developed into fully formed cohesive group piece developed by the class.  All levels welcome, but students should have taken some technique classes in the past.

The Technique class is for adult dancers with a little or no experience and is a great place to start if you are coming back to dance or have never danced before and incorporates ideas from Limon and Cunningham techniques. The class will move through a warm up that builds strength and clarifies alignment principals followed by fluid phrases with an emphasis on performance quality, focus and presence. Participants will get a chance to create collaboratively and explore the basic elements of dance.

Performance Workshop will focus on a collaboratively created work of choreography over the six weeks.

Improvisational dance, following what is organic and natural to our body, exploring motion with freedom, as we break in and out of dance forms led by our breath, inner rhythm and body. Classes are composed of an ongoing guided and intuitive flow of energy, momentum, physicality and curiosity. This process is dedicated to accessing our own movement and arriving at a place of body awareness, strengthening, flexibility and high energy.

Choreography Workshop is for choreographers at all levels who are interested in exploring a variety of methods for creating dances with a focus on the craft and structure of making dances and an emphasis on learning how to craft a complete work from a finite amount of material.

Other events

Movement in the Moment series combines improvised video, ambient music, movement and sometimes spoken word.

Space is available for rehearsal rental for small dance groups of 4 or less for $10/hour and for other groups for yoga, mediation classes, private lessons for $15/per hour.

Kelley Donovan’s work has been named in the Top performances of the year by The New York Times, Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, Art Fuse and The Boston Phoenix. She has performed work by Rozann Kraus, Liz Lerman and Ann Carlson and has taught dance at BCAE, MIT, Dance Complex and Umass Boston. Her choreography has been produced by World Music, MIT and The Cunningham Studio, Joyce SoHo, Movement Research and the 92nd St. Y in New York City. Kelley studied choreography with Mark Morris and Bessie Schönberg and other artists in Boston.