Colleen Thomas Dance

"the beautiful and the ominous mingle in thoughtfully poetic ways" - Village Voice

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

The practice of the art of dance has been noted for its ability to develop discipline, concentration skills, and a level of commitment that pervades all areas of the student’s life. The persistence of and focus on the detail of form and sensation can create an awareness of the body that is invaluable in the career of the dance artist.

My technique classes emphasize alignment and the student’s exploration of space, rhythm, and dynamic quality. I believe that the best teachers focus on the student’s growth as they develop an understanding of their body’s relationship to movement.

I do not believe in a hierarchy of technique or style. My own training began with ballet and traveled through the traditional techniques of Graham, Cunningham, and Horton. Later, I was introduced to release technique, contact improvisation and more contemporary forms of modern dance. The ability to connect with my own body and having a grounded technique to work from afforded me a successful career in New York City. I want to help dancers discover their innate qualities while developing an aligned body, and inspire them to apply that to movement in space and time. This knowledge will create a versatility that can be instrumental as they encounter other forms of movement in their careers.

The teacher’s attention to curriculum, knowledge and love of the form can help guide the student through her/his own journey. Dance was my first love and continues to inspire and inform my life. My experience as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher in the field continues to feed my passion for the art form.



Photos ©  Alex Escalante, Gary Noel, Ian Douglas, Ernesto Mancebo, Yi-Chun Wu, Judy Stuart and Michael Discenza