Introduction to Contemporary Dance
Partnership with Duke Arts Create & DuWell
About the Workshop
Join MFA Graduate Courtney Crumpler for a dynamic and physical contemporary dance workshop featuring beginner-friendly strengthening exercises, improvisation prompts, and movement phrases. The class introduces foundational elements of contemporary dance while encouraging students to move with autonomy, self-awareness, acceptance, and joy. Students will work to deepen coordination, flexibility, and musicality in a supportive, low-stress, and welcoming environment! All experience levels, backgrounds, and identities are welcome to join! Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a pair of socks.
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 Crumpler is a movement artist, organizer, researcher, and translator working between Brazil and the United States. She investigates the roles of embodied knowledge and experience in political protest, organizing, and education. A graduate of the inaugural cohort of Duke’s MFA in Dance: Embodied Interdisciplinary Praxis, Courtney teaches in the Program in Dance and is pursuing a PhD in Romance Studies (Portuguese and Spanish track). She is a co-coordinator of the Black Lives Matter Brazil-USA exhibit project, a member leader with Durham for All, a founding member of the Gigantes Na Luta feminist performance collective and has performed, on stilts, in five Rio de Janeiro carnivals.
About the Location
This workshop will take place in the Art Annex: get directions.
Address: 404 Gattis St, Durham, NC 27701