Hip Hop Freestyle
Q+A joined by Department Chair Betsy Cooper
Long Beach, CA
CSULB Dance offers students three undergraduate degree pathways—the BFA, BA and BA with option in Dance Science, preparing students for careers as performers, choreographers, dance educators, fitness and somatic specialists, other dance-related professions and for entry into graduate programs. Our holistic curriculum includes courses in improvisation and dance-making, modern, ballet, jazz, street and club dance styles, contemporary African dance, tap, and Pilates, integrated with coursework in dance history, dance science, music for dance, pedagogy, design and production. Master classes and guest artist residencies allow students to work closely with renowned performers and choreographers, and the department’s annual productions provide numerous opportunities to perform and create. The CSULB Dance Center features seven expansive and light-filled studios, an instructional classroom, a state-of-the-art dance clinic, a Pilates training facility, a computer/media lab, a large costume design and construction shop, a sound production studio, and 230-seat proscenium dance theater.
Somatic Ballet for Intermediate-Advanced Dancers
Rebecca Lemme, Associate Professor of Dance at California State University, Long Beach, will teach a Somatic, Release-based Ballet class. Focusing on a holistic approach to fully embodied movement this class will lead you through a barre and some center work while also incorporating opportunities for improvisation and strength building. Set to contemporary music. Please wear anything that you enjoy moving in. Join us!
Rebecca Lemme is an Associate Professor at California State University Long Beach where she co-coordinates the BFA program and teaches contemporary, ballet, improvisation, and composition, among other things. Founded in 2014, she is also Artistic Director of the performance group Acts of Matter. Thematically and physically, her work is grounded in an unfettered willingness to attempt something while accepting the possibility of its failure. This physical exertion—this act of trying—is the core of humanity in the work. Rebecca toured nationally with Chicago based companies Luna Negra and River North, and her choreographic work has been commissioned for numerous universities and professional companies throughout the country. Rebecca holds a degree from Princeton University in English and Theater and an MFA from California Institute of the Arts in Choreography.
Free Of Styles (Hip-Hop Freestyle Class) for Intermediate-Advanced Dancers
Q+A to be joined by Department Chair Betsy Cooper
Danzel Thompson-Stout, Assistant Professor of Dance at California State University, Long Beach, will teach “Free of Styles” an improvisational class that uses street/club dance forms, vocabulary, and aesthetics to create a personal exploration of freestyle culture. It is a guided experience that focuses on technique while then using these techniques to explore terms such as “innovation”, “individuality”, “aesthetic nuances”, & “foundation” with fundamental and inventive improv scores that come from various street/club dance forms. Forms such as Hip-Hop, House, Lite Feet, Chicago Footwork, Popping, Krump, Locking, etc. are the playgrounds we dance on while things such as isolations, groove, musicality, and floorwork are the tools used to guide this experience that ultimately pushes the boundaries of what freestyle dance is and could be.
Danzel Thompson-Stout, a native of Allentown, PA is a performer, choreographer, and educator of Afro-American dance forms. Committed to being an agent who brings authentic representation of these forms into the academy, he does so through his choreographic work with students and teachings as a Professor of Dance at CSULB. Danzel teaches a variety of street dance courses, improvisation classes, and offers a Contemporary African technique entitled Umfundalai to the CSULB community.