KYLD Summer Workshop – Modern with Zane Booker

This summer train alongside our company artists by enrolling in one of our summer workshops series catered for the pre-professional and professional dancer! These workshops are held Tuesday through Friday and focus on a specific technique to strengthen and develop you further as a moving artist. Register for the entire series or check it out with a purchase of a single drop-in class.

Zane teaches a Horton-based modern class. He stresses anatomical alignment and the dynamics of physics as a way to master physical movement. Form, momentum, opposition, intention, elongation, and multi-dimensional exploration are common themes you will investigate in class.

About Zane:

Mr. Booker has been a member of numerous dance companies including The White Oak Dance Project, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Les Ballet Des Monte Carlo, Netherlands Dance Theater, and Philadanco, just to name a few. As a performer, teacher, and choreographer most recently, Zane was part of “The Elephant is in the Room” with Rennie Harris and Raphael Xavier. The film was created by Roni Koresh in response to the death of Mr. George Floyd. In the COVID era, Booker’s online and radio talk show appearances include Black Dance Stories, Rhetorically Speaking/Phillip Roundtree, The Lounge on WURD radio/Phillip Roundtree, Conversations with Roni Koresh, and My Mortality Matters/ John Taylor. Mr. Booker teaches company class for PHILADANCO. Before ZBE productions (Zane’s present company) in 2006, Zane, Brandi, and Elaine Booker co-founded the Smoke, Lilies and Jade Arts Initiative (SLJ), a socially conscious, multimedia, dance theater company, promoting HIV/ AIDS awareness. Mr. Booker has choreographed for Contemporary West Dance Theater, Philadanco, BalletX, Brandywine Ballet, Kathy Sledge, Danse4Nia, just to name a few. Mr. Booker’s choreographic film credits also include Nadine Patterson’s, Tango Macbeth. As a faculty member, Zane has taught at the University of the Arts and Howard University. Dance Magazine chose SLJ as one of 25 companies to watch in 2007. Zane has received awards from Philadelphia Black Gay Pride, Men of All Colors United and in 2011 was honored by Equality Forum with an award and Tribute Concert. SLJ produced its last work in 2011 in residency at Swarthmore College’s Window on the Work series. Presently, ZBE is producing a fundraiser for Philadanco.

KYLD Summer Workshop – Modern with Zane Booker

This summer train alongside our company artists by enrolling in one of our summer workshops series catered for the pre-professional and professional dancer! These workshops are held Tuesday through Friday and focus on a specific technique to strengthen and develop you further as a moving artist. Register for the entire series or check it out with a purchase of a single drop-in class.

Zane teaches a Horton-based modern class. He stresses anatomical alignment and the dynamics of physics as a way to master physical movement. Form, momentum, opposition, intention, elongation, and multi-dimensional exploration are common themes you will investigate in class.

About Zane:

Mr. Booker has been a member of numerous dance companies including The White Oak Dance Project, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Les Ballet Des Monte Carlo, Netherlands Dance Theater, and Philadanco, just to name a few. As a performer, teacher, and choreographer most recently, Zane was part of “The Elephant is in the Room” with Rennie Harris and Raphael Xavier. The film was created by Roni Koresh in response to the death of Mr. George Floyd. In the COVID era, Booker’s online and radio talk show appearances include Black Dance Stories, Rhetorically Speaking/Phillip Roundtree, The Lounge on WURD radio/Phillip Roundtree, Conversations with Roni Koresh, and My Mortality Matters/ John Taylor. Mr. Booker teaches company class for PHILADANCO. Before ZBE productions (Zane’s present company) in 2006, Zane, Brandi, and Elaine Booker co-founded the Smoke, Lilies and Jade Arts Initiative (SLJ), a socially conscious, multimedia, dance theater company, promoting HIV/ AIDS awareness. Mr. Booker has choreographed for Contemporary West Dance Theater, Philadanco, BalletX, Brandywine Ballet, Kathy Sledge, Danse4Nia, just to name a few. Mr. Booker’s choreographic film credits also include Nadine Patterson’s, Tango Macbeth. As a faculty member, Zane has taught at the University of the Arts and Howard University. Dance Magazine chose SLJ as one of 25 companies to watch in 2007. Zane has received awards from Philadelphia Black Gay Pride, Men of All Colors United and in 2011 was honored by Equality Forum with an award and Tribute Concert. SLJ produced its last work in 2011 in residency at Swarthmore College’s Window on the Work series. Presently, ZBE is producing a fundraiser for Philadanco.

KYLD Summer Workshop – Modern with Zane Booker

This summer train alongside our company artists by enrolling in one of our summer workshops series catered for the pre-professional and professional dancer! These workshops are held Tuesday through Friday and focus on a specific technique to strengthen and develop you further as a moving artist. Register for the entire series or check it out with a purchase of a single drop-in class.

Zane teaches a Horton-based modern class. He stresses anatomical alignment and the dynamics of physics as a way to master physical movement. Form, momentum, opposition, intention, elongation, and multi-dimensional exploration are common themes you will investigate in class.

About Zane:

Mr. Booker has been a member of numerous dance companies including The White Oak Dance Project, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Les Ballet Des Monte Carlo, Netherlands Dance Theater, and Philadanco, just to name a few. As a performer, teacher, and choreographer most recently, Zane was part of “The Elephant is in the Room” with Rennie Harris and Raphael Xavier. The film was created by Roni Koresh in response to the death of Mr. George Floyd. In the COVID era, Booker’s online and radio talk show appearances include Black Dance Stories, Rhetorically Speaking/Phillip Roundtree, The Lounge on WURD radio/Phillip Roundtree, Conversations with Roni Koresh, and My Mortality Matters/ John Taylor. Mr. Booker teaches company class for PHILADANCO. Before ZBE productions (Zane’s present company) in 2006, Zane, Brandi, and Elaine Booker co-founded the Smoke, Lilies and Jade Arts Initiative (SLJ), a socially conscious, multimedia, dance theater company, promoting HIV/ AIDS awareness. Mr. Booker has choreographed for Contemporary West Dance Theater, Philadanco, BalletX, Brandywine Ballet, Kathy Sledge, Danse4Nia, just to name a few. Mr. Booker’s choreographic film credits also include Nadine Patterson’s, Tango Macbeth. As a faculty member, Zane has taught at the University of the Arts and Howard University. Dance Magazine chose SLJ as one of 25 companies to watch in 2007. Zane has received awards from Philadelphia Black Gay Pride, Men of All Colors United and in 2011 was honored by Equality Forum with an award and Tribute Concert. SLJ produced its last work in 2011 in residency at Swarthmore College’s Window on the Work series. Presently, ZBE is producing a fundraiser for Philadanco.

KYLD Summer Workshop – Modern with Zane Booker

This summer train alongside our company artists by enrolling in one of our summer workshops series catered for the pre-professional and professional dancer! These workshops are held Tuesday through Friday and focus on a specific technique to strengthen and develop you further as a moving artist. Register for the entire series or check it out with a purchase of a single drop-in class.

Zane teaches a Horton-based modern class. He stresses anatomical alignment and the dynamics of physics as a way to master physical movement. Form, momentum, opposition, intention, elongation, and multi-dimensional exploration are common themes you will investigate in class.

About Zane:

Mr. Booker has been a member of numerous dance companies including The White Oak Dance Project, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Les Ballet Des Monte Carlo, Netherlands Dance Theater, and Philadanco, just to name a few. As a performer, teacher, and choreographer most recently, Zane was part of “The Elephant is in the Room” with Rennie Harris and Raphael Xavier. The film was created by Roni Koresh in response to the death of Mr. George Floyd. In the COVID era, Booker’s online and radio talk show appearances include Black Dance Stories, Rhetorically Speaking/Phillip Roundtree, The Lounge on WURD radio/Phillip Roundtree, Conversations with Roni Koresh, and My Mortality Matters/ John Taylor. Mr. Booker teaches company class for PHILADANCO. Before ZBE productions (Zane’s present company) in 2006, Zane, Brandi, and Elaine Booker co-founded the Smoke, Lilies and Jade Arts Initiative (SLJ), a socially conscious, multimedia, dance theater company, promoting HIV/ AIDS awareness. Mr. Booker has choreographed for Contemporary West Dance Theater, Philadanco, BalletX, Brandywine Ballet, Kathy Sledge, Danse4Nia, just to name a few. Mr. Booker’s choreographic film credits also include Nadine Patterson’s, Tango Macbeth. As a faculty member, Zane has taught at the University of the Arts and Howard University. Dance Magazine chose SLJ as one of 25 companies to watch in 2007. Zane has received awards from Philadelphia Black Gay Pride, Men of All Colors United and in 2011 was honored by Equality Forum with an award and Tribute Concert. SLJ produced its last work in 2011 in residency at Swarthmore College’s Window on the Work series. Presently, ZBE is producing a fundraiser for Philadanco.

Dance Speak – a workshop in emergent language in dance improvisation with Zornitsa Stoyanova

Join in to learn new compositional and improvisation tools to bring forth the possibility of language in dance improvisation.

The great Simone Forti pioneered talking and dancing and many of us have continued with similar practices.

Zornitsa Stoyanova believes that spontaneous language in improvisation it is one more possibility for expression and composition.

It is a possibility to bring forth meaning, to let the moment emerge in clarity.

She believes that as performers, who are involved with researching the here and now, it is our duty to have all of our humanity and possibility on stage.

To truly embrace the first rule of “come as you are” in improvisation, we need to exercise and prepare ourselves for the possibility of language.
Join her in this two hour workshop that will offer techniques for using language, decomposing it and re-composing it in new and surprising ways… always with the focus on embodiment and movement….always with the focus of the body and the brain working together.

Koresh Dance – Int Contemporary Modern Workshop with Melissa Rector

Intermediate Contemporary Modern features Assistant Artistic Director Melissa Rector of Koresh Dance Company. This workshop is designed for intermediate, pre-professional, and professional level dancers with a background in dance training who want to advance their contemporary technique and enhance their artistry of movement. Dancers can expect technique conditioning followed by learning an excerpt of Melissa’s choreography.

KYLD Summer Workshop – Butoh with Shizu Homma

This summer train alongside our company artists by enrolling in one of our summer workshops series catered for the pre-professional and professional dancer! These workshops are held Tuesday through Friday and focus on a specific technique to strengthen and develop you further as a moving artist. Register for the entire series or check it out with a purchase of a single drop-in class.

Each day, we will prepare the body and mind to dance with a Noguchi exercise and Bodyweather informed warm up. Then we will explore approaches to dance, including imagery work/structured improvisation, and performance techniques. In this workshop, I will share methods that I learned studying with Butoh masters and dancing in butoh or butoh influenced companies. Some teachers include: Ko Muroboshi, Atsushi Takenouchi, Yuko Kaseki, and Akira Kasai. Some whom I danced for: Tilt Performance (Catherine Hourihan), Butoh Rockettes (Celeste Hastings), Corinna Brown, Kristin Narcowich, Moeno Wakamatsu, and Evelyn Dann. The class varies from strenuous to gentle, and it is recommended that participants wear layers. If you would like, bring notebooks and kneepads.

About Shizu:
Shizu Homma is a Brooklyn born Philadelphia based dance artist. Her work has been seen at venues including MR at Judson Church, Joyce Soho, La Mama, Bronx Museum, Dixon place, Chashama Oasis Festivals, No Longer Empty and AUNTS pop up locations, and BAAD!. Performance highlights include Stanley Love Performance Group, Butoh Rockettes, Tilt Performance, Sari Nordman, and Arthur Aviles, and Corinna Brown. In Philadelphia, she has worked for Thomas Choinacky, Annie Wilson, and The Kimmel Center. Since 2016 she has become an interdisciplinary artist. In Philadelphia, her work has been seen at City Hall, Asian Arts Initiative, Fringe Arts, A-Space, Church of the Advocate, and Hi 5 Gallery.

Koresh Dance – Int Contemporary Modern Workshop with Melissa Rector

Intermediate Contemporary Modern features Assistant Artistic Director Melissa Rector of Koresh Dance Company. This workshop is designed for intermediate, pre-professional, and professional level dancers with a background in dance training who want to advance their contemporary technique and enhance their artistry of movement. Dancers can expect technique conditioning followed by learning an excerpt of Melissa’s choreography.

KYLD Summer Workshop – Butoh with Shizu Homma

This summer train alongside our company artists by enrolling in one of our summer workshops series catered for the pre-professional and professional dancer! These workshops are held Tuesday through Friday and focus on a specific technique to strengthen and develop you further as a moving artist. Register for the entire series or check it out with a purchase of a single drop-in class.

Each day, we will prepare the body and mind to dance with a Noguchi exercise and Bodyweather informed warm up. Then we will explore approaches to dance, including imagery work/structured improvisation, and performance techniques. In this workshop, I will share methods that I learned studying with Butoh masters and dancing in butoh or butoh influenced companies. Some teachers include: Ko Muroboshi, Atsushi Takenouchi, Yuko Kaseki, and Akira Kasai. Some whom I danced for: Tilt Performance (Catherine Hourihan), Butoh Rockettes (Celeste Hastings), Corinna Brown, Kristin Narcowich, Moeno Wakamatsu, and Evelyn Dann. The class varies from strenuous to gentle, and it is recommended that participants wear layers. If you would like, bring notebooks and kneepads.

About Shizu:
Shizu Homma is a Brooklyn born Philadelphia based dance artist. Her work has been seen at venues including MR at Judson Church, Joyce Soho, La Mama, Bronx Museum, Dixon place, Chashama Oasis Festivals, No Longer Empty and AUNTS pop up locations, and BAAD!. Performance highlights include Stanley Love Performance Group, Butoh Rockettes, Tilt Performance, Sari Nordman, and Arthur Aviles, and Corinna Brown. In Philadelphia, she has worked for Thomas Choinacky, Annie Wilson, and The Kimmel Center. Since 2016 she has become an interdisciplinary artist. In Philadelphia, her work has been seen at City Hall, Asian Arts Initiative, Fringe Arts, A-Space, Church of the Advocate, and Hi 5 Gallery.

Koresh Dance – Int Contemporary Modern Workshop with Melissa Rector

Intermediate Contemporary Modern features Assistant Artistic Director Melissa Rector of Koresh Dance Company. This workshop is designed for intermediate, pre-professional, and professional level dancers with a background in dance training who want to advance their contemporary technique and enhance their artistry of movement. Dancers can expect technique conditioning followed by learning an excerpt of Melissa’s choreography.