Workshops & Classes
The following classes are taught in New York City by Valerie Green and are also available for residencies, and other engagements.
Modern Dance Technique
Tuesdays 6:30-8 pm, Ongoing at Green Space
Level: can be accommodating to all levels.
Approach: This class is influenced by the Erick Hawkins modern dance technique. The principles emphasized in this class are universally beneficial to dance training and include using the power of the center to initiate, control, and radiate movement, plus pelvis initiation, and the use of under and over curves. Informing this class is Miss Green's certified background in BodyMind Fitness. Exercises are guided with the safe use of body mechanics and neuromuscular imagery, highlighting movement that follows the logic of the body's innate spirals and bone rhythms.
Class is structured to begin with a series of floor exercises designed to awaken the feet, spine, center and pelvis. Standing center work focuses on technical exercises supported by proper alignment. The class culminates in rhythmical, full-bodied across the floor movement combinations that incorporate the use of turns, jumps, working in and out of the floor, detailed gestures, and diverse dynamics.
Students will increase strength and acquire knowledge in training the body to execute healthy, organized, and clear movement. Students will gain the ability to move quickly with efficient ease, as well as move slow with a strong intent. In addition we work on developing expressive movement with a dramatic purpose, connecting an inner emotional state through physicality.
This class features movement created by Valerie Green, supported by the fundamentals of the Erick Hawkins technique, and guided by principles of BodyMind Fitness.
Length: 1.5 - 2 hours
Choreography: Inspiration to Create Outside the Box
Level: This workshop is valuable for dancers, choreographers, actors and directors.
Approach: Through improvisation, structured exercises, and partnering this workshop investigates the principles of composition as well as how, when, and why the body moves. The artists will be in a nurturing environment where they will be guided to further discover and develop their own creative process.
Length: 2 hour mini workshop, one-two week intensive, or semester
Creative Movement for Children
Level: can be designed for different age levels.
Approach: The Creative Movement for Children classes offered by Dance Entropy and Green Space allow for a safe and nurturing community where children can enjoy discovering the world of movement. Each class is built around the development of cognitive and social, as well as physical skills. As they investigate how they move, boys and girls will develop self-confidence and learn to work together. We will explore balance, coordination, and comprehension, as well as listening skills and class etiquette. Each class includes the sharing of ideas, as well as watching and learning from one another and discussing what has been seen. Creativity will be fostered through the use of imagery, music, stories, and colorful props. The dance studio will become a playground where we explore, learn, and create.
Length: 45-60 minutes per class (10-15 week sessions)
Photo by: Sharon Harsa
Movement for Senior Citizens
Level: Classes can be taught for all levels.
Approach: This class allows for a safe and nurturing environment whereby seniors can enjoy appropriate dance based exercises and movement creation while working on cognitive and physical skills. In addition each class includes the sharing of ideas, as well as watching and learning from one another and discussing what has been seen and experienced. Creativity will be fostered through the use of imagery, music, stories, and props.
Length: 45-60 minutes
Trauma Survivors: Skimming The Surface Lecture Demonstration
Demographic: Adult populations that maybe overcoming diverse forms of trauma, for
example: abuse, victims of rape, human trafficking, veterans, or anyone suffering from
various causes of post traumatic stress disorder, etc.
Approach: This special program consists of three parts: first the performance of the work; "Skimming the Surface: Fragments of Collective Unconscious" a quartet with four women, inspired by trauma and emotional wounds, second a movement workshop, and lastly the event closes with a discussion in circle format. The workshop component will lead participants in exploring their own movement; and is in relation to the creative process used in developing the work performed. Dance and movement have an incredible ability to allow individuals to open up and express emotion and heal. The discussion will offer a nurturing and safe environment for participants to discuss personal thoughts and experiences based on the workshop and performance if they so desire. The all-inclusive program will garner a therapeutic effect and/or emotional release for participants.
Length: 75-90 minutes
Photo by: Rodney Zagury