WHERE BETTER TO LEARN ENGLISH AND TO DANCE THAN THE WORLD CAPITAL OF DANCE – NEW YORK
Attend lessons teaching the technique of your choice:
A student’s typical day attending the Dance/English Course is as follows:
The core of the program is the BodiBalance Workshop that runs from 3.00pm to 5.00pm every weekday. During the first week of the course the lessons are held in Carol Fonda’s studio in Washington Square, later on in the course, when the movements taught become more ample the lessons will be held in an external studio
The other daily dance classes will be the teaching of techniques chosen by the student on the first evening. It is possible to choose from a large selection of very prestigious dance schools in New York, including the Joffrey Ballet School, Alvin Ailey American Dance Centre, Merce Cunningham Studio, Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, Erick Hawkins School of Dance, the José Limòn Institute and Dance Space (Lynn Simonson’s Jazz Technique).
Carol Fonda danced with the San Francisco Ballet, le Ballet de Lyon, Ballet Moderno de Guatemala (under the sponsorship of the State Department of the United States) and in various modern New York companies. As she is an affiliate artist, she has performed shows as a soloist all over the United States. She also founded the Carol Fonda & Company, a group of talented ballet dancers from New York who are specialized in contemporary work.
Ms Fonda taught as a guest at numerous American colleges and universities. Her BodiBalance TM system was the recent subject of a special program at WNYU-TV, based on a course held for dancers from all over the world at the Tisch School for Performing Arts at the University of New York. She has over 15 years experience as a dancer, teacher and choreographer and she has a Masters in Fine Arts at the Tisch School for Performing arts.
Dance Schools Participating
The classes at the JOFFREY BALLET SCHOOL (on Sixth Avenue at the heart of Greenwich Village) adheres to an international dance lexicon, whilst it emphasises the American approach of simplicity and purity of movement.
LYNN SIMONSON’S JAZZ technique is founded on the belief that one can dance without injuries and with the knowledge of correct alignments. Her stile uses a fluid movement of the body and gives a lyrical and percussion emphasis. The lexicon derives form the language of American Jazz but incorporates a fluidity found in contemporary modern dance. The classes include a well thought out warming up phase and a long combination that requires a sequential special, rhythmic precision. Simonson’s Jazz technique classes are held at Dance Space Inc north of SoHo on the lower part of Broadway.
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ALVIN AILEY’S school emphasizes the training of a very versatile dancer, able in modern, jazz and classical dance techniques. Students studying on the Dance/English Course can study techniques by Katherine Dunham (Afro-Caribbean) and techniques by Lester Horton, American jazz and classical ballet. All classes are held in the Alvin Ailey American Dance Centre (behind Lincoln Centre on the Upper West Side.)
MERCIE CUNNINGAM’s stile is built on the physical experience of movement in time and space, exploring the infinite possibilities of design and rhythm. Her movement lexicon uses the limbs and the torso freely to create designs in constant movement. Classes at the Cunningham Studio (near West Village) begin with a warming up phase on the floor, followed by sequences of movement that use the total direction of the body and direction of space.
ERIK HAWKINS’s style combines the energy, which flows freely with quick dynamic movements that require speed, grace and musicality. The relationship between the limbs and torso with the pelvis has a strong influence on the lexicon movement. The classes, from beginners to advanced are available in SoHo at the Chelsea Piers. They start with a warming up phase on the floor that include contractions, relaxation, circles and rocking. These are followed by exercises standing up in the centre of the studio and diagonal movement combinations conclude the lesson.
JOSÈ LIMON’s style is fluid, dynamic and powerful. The qualities of weight and the force of gravity are used as motivating forces, producing a natural style of movement, which is lyrical, spacious and musical. Every class includes a warming up phase, a standing up phase and a phase which develops movement, which progresses in diagonal to the space in the studio and ends with a jumping combination. The classes are held at the Limon Institute, north of SoHo, on the lower part of Broadway.
MARHA GRAHAM’s style is emotionally dramatic, with a frequent use of forms sculptured by the body. It is rhythmically unusual because it is based on an emotional phrasing, using 5, 3 and 4. Her movement finds its source from the pelvis and the torso, contracting, relaxing and moving the spine in a spiral movement to start the movement. Classes at the Graham School (on the Upper East Side) begin with a warming up phase sitting down of the torso and the legs, followed by a series of sanding exercises with falls that resist the force of gravity, contracting and moving in a spiral shape forward. Spacealy the movement sequences are generally in diagonal to the studio. It is a codified technique of movement that trains dancers from introductory levels to advanced levels
In the technique classes, you will have the opportunity to put into practice what you have learnt at the Workshop and you will be able to experience a professional class in a famous dance school, together with dance students from New York and from all over the world.
The characteristic of this program is the individual attention. Carol Fonda personally organizes the classes and students are encouraged to talk with Carol about their objectives. You will have the maximum of progress and you will have fun at the same time.
To supplement your studies, 6 times during the 4 week course, you will go to see some dance shows – world famous companies at the Lincoln Centre, musical theatre on Broadway, modern companies at the Joyce Theatre and avant-garde work by choreographers less well known.
This program was designed to be a unique experience for any aspiring dancer.
New York is the world capital of dance! It is a city with many exciting opportunities to meet dancers, teachers and choreographers from all over the world. It is a multi-lingual city but American English is its common language. To learn English is essential to make new friends and contacts.
There are more dance shows in New York every week than it is possible to see; more dance schools than you will ever be able to explore in a lifetime. To be guided in what to see and where to study is one of the advantages in participating in an organized program of Dance/English, managed in a personal and friendly manner. The Dance/English program of the language school in New York and Dance Forum designed and directed by Carol Fonda, can offer this opportunity.
The BodiBalance system teaches the student to recognize the way in which the body is naturally designed to move and to find a balance between the flow of energy and the muscular effort needed for any type of movement. When the muscular effort has the right balance from the right flow of energy, reducing this effort, the body moves in perfect harmony, which in turn gives an optimal performance.
Through a warm up phase on the floor and exercises at the centre of the studio, games of movement and dance combinations, you will discover the balance that encourages a consistent movement, easy, efficient and uniform. This system opens up the limbs, letting them move more freely and develops control through coordination instead of increasing the muscular mass.
Every class has the objective to learn the BodiBalance techniques Kinetically and apply them so as to solve problems with various lexicons of movement. The concept taught in a BodiBalance Workshop can help you to teach yourself and train independently once you have mastered the techniques: you will be able to apply them wherever you go in the dance world.
In time, the body develops new habits of movement in tune with the right balance of effort, energy, power and flexibility and you will discover a freedom of movement that will give you the possibility to aspire to a complete artistic expression.
The extraordinary city of New York is a live class of your course at the language school. To study English goes beyond the mere attendance of class. The student can experiment the totality of the American culture and way of life. Music, art, dance, theatre, fashion and finance are all part of the experience of studying in New York.
In its location in the centre of Manhattan, the language school offers intensive English programs for 20 hours per week. All aspects of the English language are covered. As a supplement to the lessons, excursions are organized every week. The dynamic method of the school insures the maximum of oral practice, which is guided by mother tongue teachers all with university qualifications. Classes have a maximum of 10 students and are conducted entirely in English. Audiocassettes, Videos and American films are used extensively, and discussions about American customs, its history and life style have an important role.
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