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Percussive Dance Masterclass: Dance the Tune

$45 members, seniors, students and children under 16 / $50 non-member

Percussive Dance Masterclass: Dance the Tune
with Nic Gareiss and Cleek Schrey
in conjunction with This is How We Fly

Saturday, April 25 | 10 am - 12 pm

For dancers with some percussive dance experience (Irish Step, Tap, Flamenco)

Utilizing improvisation, organic movement, and drawing from a myriad of percussive dance styles including Irish step dance, sean-nós, Appalachian flat-footing, and Quebecois gigue, this class will keep you moving with the help of live fiddle accompaniment. Led by master teachers and performers Nic Gareiss and Cleek Schrey, this class explores the sheer musical potential of your feet.

Nic Gareiss
Michigan-born dancer, musician, and dance researcher Nic Gareiss has been described by the Irish Times as “the human epitome of the unbearable lightness of being,” and "the most inventive and expressive step dancer on the scene” by the Boston Herald. His choreographic work re-imagines movement as a musical activity, recasting dance as medium that appeals to both eyes and ears. Gareiss draws from many percussive dance traditions to weave together a dance technique facilitating his love of improvisation, traditional dance footwork vocabulary, and musical collaboration. He has concertized internationally for over ten years with many of the luminaries of traditional Irish music, including Frankie Gavin, Dervish, Buille, Solas, Martin Hayes, Liz Carroll, The Gloaming and The Chieftains. Nic holds a degree in Anthropology from Central Michigan University and a MA in Ethnochoreology from the University of Limerick.  His MA thesis based upon ethnographic work with LGTBQ competitive step dancers was the first piece of scholarship to query the experience of sexual minorities within Irish dance.  His present research seeks to illuminate discursive formations of national identity, gender and sexual orientation via ethnography and embodied practice. www.nicgareiss.com

 


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