Having directed her Philadelphia-based company Jeanne Ruddy Dance for twelve years (1999-2012), Ms. Ruddy will be teaching the Martha Graham Technique as it was taught to her by Martha Graham and Ms. Graham’s senior Company Members. Ruddy incorporates her knowledge of anatomy, the pilates technique and ballet technique, to help connect the student’s understanding of how the various techniques connect and interrelate. The technique helps dancers learn to work from their center and to dance not only from their arms and legs but also throughout the torso and pelvis. They will explore the contraction, the spirals, the breathings and all of the extraordinary exercises based on a thoroughly developed philosophy that Ms. Graham created over her lifetime.
Class consists of one half-hour with the floor work, one half-hour with strength building standing work, and one half-hour moving in combinations across the dance floor. The class is open to begginer to intermediate dancers. Some experience with having studied the Graham Technique is appreciated, but not necessary.
Jeanne Ruddy is a former Principal Dancer of the Martha Graham Company who traveled worldwide and was a part of Ms. Graham’s creation of new works for a decade. After leaving the Company in 1984, Ms. Ruddy was invited to teach on the faculties of The Graham School of Contemporary Dance, the Alvin Ailey School where she became the Chair of the Modern Department, and was invited to join the faculty of the Juilliard School where she taught for nine years. In addition, she became the Company teacher for Ballet Hispanico for two years as well as traveled internationally to guest teach and give master classes.
Wednesday, 24 May, 2017
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