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February 16, 2023 6:00–7:30 pm
The Ark Dance Studio on East Campus
Dance & Movement

Contemporary Dance Flow

Partnership with Duke Arts Create

Taught by Alyah Baker

About the Workshop

This class focuses on exploring the fundamentals of contemporary dance techniques in a fun and supportive environment. Students will work to hone their body awareness, alignment, and musicality through combinations that encourage flexibility, balance, coordination, and flow. Open to movers of all experience levels, backgrounds, and identities. Participants should wear comfortable clothes that allow freedom of movement and can dance in socks or barefoot.

DISCLAIMER: This program involves physical exertion and movement through and across space, so before beginning ensure you have adequate clear, safe space free of obstacles to move and are wearing appropriate footwear for the floor surface. If more than one person will be participating, ensure adequate space to avoid contact with other participants. It is your responsibility to use personal judgment concerning the degree of your participation in the activities, and to determine that you are in proper physical condition to participate in such activities.

About the Instructor

Alyah Baker is a dance artist, scholar, and choreographer working at the intersection of art and embodied activism. For the past 19 years, she has worked as a freelance artist performing classical, contemporary, and commercial works throughout the US.  In addition to choreographing and performing, Alyah has two decades of teaching experience. She holds a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Dance from Duke University and was a member of the inaugural MFA in Dance: Embodied Interdisciplinary Praxis graduate class. In 2020-2021 she was the recipient of the Kenan Institute of Ethics Graduate Arts Fellowship in Social Choreography and Performance. Currently, Alyah lives and works in North Carolina and teaches dance at Duke University.

About the Location

This workshop will meet in the Ark Dance Studio on East Campus: get directions.

Address: 14 Epworth Dorm Lane, Durham, NC 27708

Can I take a bus there?

Yes! The Ark Dance Studio is located on East Campus, off of bus route C1.

About Duke Arts Create

Duke Arts Create is a series of free, hands-on arts workshops designed to help all Duke students, including graduate and professional students (including Duke Health), as well as Duke faculty and staff develop a variety of creative skills in the visual arts, dance and movement, creative writing and more. Workshops are open to all skill levels and backgrounds. Most workshops are held in the Duke Arts Annex, the Rubenstein Arts Center or the Duke Arts Office 2101 and are typically held weeknights from 6-8 p.m.

Registration for the following week’s workshops go live on Friday mornings at 9 a.m. – sign up in advance to guarantee your spot. Didn’t get a spot? No problem! We always reserve space for walk-ins. Email if you have any questions. Sign up for the monthly newsletter here, which includes the full list of classes offered during the following month.

Duke Arts Create is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts (Duke Arts).