Registration for Holiday Master Class Series
All December long! Enjoy a series of Saturday Master Classes taught by the biggest names in San Diego Modern Dance!
1 class = $20
All 4 classes = $70 ($10 discount)
Michael Mizerany Partnering Master Class
Saturday, December 9 – 12:00 – 2:00pm (Intermediate/Advanced Level)
Michael Mizerany is known for his quicksilver movements, lush quality, and inventive partnering. If you’ve ever wondered what if feels like to move at lightning speed and then be catapulted into the air, this is the class for you.
Michael Mizerany is the artistic director for Compulsion Dance & Theater and former associate artistic director of Malashock Dance in San Diego. He conceived and directed both the popular dance series Hot Guys Dancing and Malashock/RAW. Recently he premiered a new cabaret series, In The VaVaVoom Room, at San Diego’s Diversionary Theatre. He has choreographed extensively for Diversionary Theatre, Ion Theatre, the Coronado Playhouse, Cygnet Theatre, and New Village Arts, among many other companies in southern California.
Sadie Weinberg Improvisation Master Class
Saturday, December 16 – 12:00 – 2:00pm
Improvisation serves many purposes; a way to check in, a movement exploration, a choreographic tool and an avenue of performance. Along with my technical dance training, improvisation has been something I have always engaged in. It’s the thing I did before I ever stepped into a dance class; grooving alone in my bedroom to the Beastie Boys, License to Ill, among other classics, as a pre-teen. Improvisation is almost always an aspect of my technique classes, choreographic process, and often my dance work. In this master class for Malashock Dance, we will touch on all of these aspects of improvisation; investigation, exploration, choreographing and performing. Let’s dance!
Sadie Weinberg graduated with a BFA in Dance from the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College and an MFA from UC Irvine. She has danced professionally in San Diego with Jean Isaacs’ San Diego Dance Theater, Malashock Dance, IMAGOmoves, McCaleb Dance and many other independent choreographers. She currently teaches at UCSD, MiraCosta and Palomar Community Colleges and Coronado High School of the Arts. Sadie is currently hard at work building a Contemporary Rep Company, LITVAKdance based in the NorthWest region of San Diego County.
Courtney Giannone Graham Foundations Master Class
Saturday, December 23 – 12:00 – 2:00pm
This Graham-based modern class will introduce the basic vocabulary of Graham Technique. The class begins with floor work to help dancers understand and discover their center as well as the use of appendages to utilize the body as a unit of movement. This process continues with standing center work and progressions across the floor.
The repeated use of the iconic Graham-based contraction and release gives a rhythmic energy to the movements while using the arms and legs move in concert with the spine.
Courtney Giannone is a professional dancer, choreographer, and movement instructor. She holds a BFA in dance from Fordham University and The Ailey School and also studied extensively at Joffrey Ballet and Martha Graham. Courtney has performed with Queen of the Night, Neil Patrick Harris, Company XIV, Quixotic Fusion, Buglisi Dance Theater, Kazuko Hirabayashi, Pascal Rioult, STREB, Diavolo, Martha Graham, and Alvin Ailey.
John Malashock Master Class
Saturday, December 30 – 12:00 – 2:00pm
After several warm-up exercises focusing on expansion and release, John will dive into his award-winning choreographic style, creating movement and exploring phrasing and musical timing. Dancers are given permission to sink into their artistry and dive into the creative process from the perspective of a Malashock Company Member.
After a successful decade-long career in modern dance, including working with the acclaimed choreographer Twyla Tharp, John Malashock returned to San Diego to establish Malashock Dance in 1988. Since its inception, the company has grown into the largest Modern Dance Company and School in Southern California. John has received numerous awards and mentions on the local, national, and international level, including multiple Emmy awards for his dance productions in collaboration with KPBS.