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January 27, 2022 6:00–7:00 pm
Arts Annex
Dance & Movement

Introduction to Contemporary Dance

Partnership with Duke Arts Create & DuWell

Taught by Courtney Liu

About the Workshop

Join MFA student Courtney Liu and the Embodiment student dance group for a contemporary dance workshop featuring beginner-friendly improvisation prompts and dance phrases. Low-stress, sweaty, and meditative, this workshop will lead us towards freedom and joy in movement while energizing the mind-body towards greater creativity, somatic awareness, connection to music, and general health and happiness. Join us in dancing away the winter blues and opening up space for a vibrant spring!

Note:  This event is open to the entire Duke Community.

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. 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

Courtney Liu is a Duke alum (Trinity 2013, Psychology), professional dancer (Broadway’s Phantom of the Opera, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake), and recent graduate of the inaugural cohort of Duke’s new M.F.A. in Dance. Courtney has taught dance nationally and internationally for the past 15 years and earned her RYT-200 yoga certification at Mind-Body Centering in Durham.

Currently, Courtney lives between New York and Durham and stays busy performing, teaching, and choreographing for a variety of schools, universities, and dance companies. Courtney and her fiancé, Troy, also teach and choreograph through Save the First Dance LLC, a company dedicated to making special events even more magical through dance.

About the Location

This workshop will meet in the Duke Arts Annex: get directions.

Address: 404 Gattis St, Durham, NC 27701

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 DukeCreate@duke.edu 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).