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2085 Monroe Ave
Memphis, TN, 38104
United States

901-214-5327

Project: Motion Modern Dance Collective. Cultivating Innovative Modern Dance in Memphis Since 1987

CLASS INSTRUCTORS

Louisa Koeppel, Dancer, Choreographer, Class Instructor, presents Modern dance classes that combine smart sequencing with a bio-mechanical and alignment-based teaching.  She draws from years behind the barre at Ballet Memphis mixed in with a strong sense of gesture, ease of body movement, and sense of spacial awareness. Koeppel's goal is to make everyone feel at home in class, no matter the technique background.  At the beginning of class, she will introduce ideas drawn from everyday observations and experiences, and incorporate them throughout an entire class, allowing the dancer to fully explore and test the concepts presented. Koeppel aims to provide an end goal, and within class, allow different movers time to achieve the concepts at their own pace. In addition to the freedom to “get it when we get it,” She encourages dancers (and non-dancers) to “get it differently,” to riff off the given material. Body awareness, self care, and proper body mechanics and alignment are at the fore-front of her teaching, while pedestrian based influences become translated into fluid and rich movement phrases.

Louisa Koeppel, Dancer, Choreographer, Class Instructor, presents Modern dance classes that combine smart sequencing with a bio-mechanical and alignment-based teaching.  She draws from years behind the barre at Ballet Memphis mixed in with a strong sense of gesture, ease of body movement, and sense of spacial awareness. Koeppel's goal is to make everyone feel at home in class, no matter the technique background.  At the beginning of class, she will introduce ideas drawn from everyday observations and experiences, and incorporate them throughout an entire class, allowing the dancer to fully explore and test the concepts presented. Koeppel aims to provide an end goal, and within class, allow different movers time to achieve the concepts at their own pace. In addition to the freedom to “get it when we get it,” She encourages dancers (and non-dancers) to “get it differently,” to riff off the given material. Body awareness, self care, and proper body mechanics and alignment are at the fore-front of her teaching, while pedestrian based influences become translated into fluid and rich movement phrases.

Wayne M. Smith, Dancer, Choreographer, Class Instructor,  presents Modern dance classes that are body centered, focused on efficient use of movement and awareness of sound alignment. Much of the heart of his class is based in exploration and implementation of traditional modern dance movement with emphasis on weight transfer, core strength development, awareness of head-tail connection, suspension & release, active use of breath, and the importance of plié. Wayne’s classes are for individuals that seek to move with an inner awareness and expressing dance movement organically, through musicality, rhythm, shift and pulse are hallmarks of his teaching style.

Wayne M. Smith, Dancer, Choreographer, Class Instructor,  presents Modern dance classes that are body centered, focused on efficient use of movement and awareness of sound alignment. Much of the heart of his class is based in exploration and implementation of traditional modern dance movement with emphasis on weight transfer, core strength development, awareness of head-tail connection, suspension & release, active use of breath, and the importance of plié. Wayne’s classes are for individuals that seek to move with an inner awareness and expressing dance movement organically, through musicality, rhythm, shift and pulse are hallmarks of his teaching style.

Bethany Bak, Class Manager, Dancer, Choreographer, Class Instructor, is passionate about full-body movement that travels boldly through space. She strives for clarity in her phrase material by honing in on what parts of the body initiate the movement and what concepts of energy are at play once in motion. Her phrases are lengthy in order to give the student efficient time to fully investigate the movement as well as provide a mental challenge. She is interested in examining what “technique” is and how it is integrated into class phrase material. Bethany is very particular about the music used in class and often draws inspiration from her husband’s extensive record collection. Bethany’s “contemporary practice” class is geared toward the intermediate/advanced mover.  

Bethany Bak, Class Manager, Dancer, Choreographer, Class Instructor, is passionate about full-body movement that travels boldly through space. She strives for clarity in her phrase material by honing in on what parts of the body initiate the movement and what concepts of energy are at play once in motion. Her phrases are lengthy in order to give the student efficient time to fully investigate the movement as well as provide a mental challenge. She is interested in examining what “technique” is and how it is integrated into class phrase material. Bethany is very particular about the music used in class and often draws inspiration from her husband’s extensive record collection. Bethany’s “contemporary practice” class is geared toward the intermediate/advanced mover.

 

Rebecca (Rosey) Cochran, Artistic Director, Dancer, Choreographer, Class Instructor, embodies a style of teaching that comes from grounded roots, as the pelvis is the source of movement. Suspension and release, and working with the natural flow of the body while challenging the dancer with unexpected weight shifts, guide her process in approaching students in a differentiated way to speak to their various needs. A believer in the fundamentals of ballet and the fundamental ideas of Limon, Humphrey, and Horton, she challenges students to explore weight-bearing partner work and unison following breath, driven heavily by musicality. Her image-oriented approach to alignment, technique, and focus fosters a keen eye for detail while allowing the spirit of the dancer to shine through.

Rebecca (Rosey) Cochran, Artistic Director, Dancer, Choreographer, Class Instructor, embodies a style of teaching that comes from grounded roots, as the pelvis is the source of movement. Suspension and release, and working with the natural flow of the body while challenging the dancer with unexpected weight shifts, guide her process in approaching students in a differentiated way to speak to their various needs. A believer in the fundamentals of ballet and the fundamental ideas of Limon, Humphrey, and Horton, she challenges students to explore weight-bearing partner work and unison following breath, driven heavily by musicality. Her image-oriented approach to alignment, technique, and focus fosters a keen eye for detail while allowing the spirit of the dancer to shine through.

PHOTO CREDITS: YASMINE OMARI 


Guest Teaching Artists