Vector Series

Known Mass hosts classes for adult advanced and professional dancers. The Vector Series aims for skill sharing and community building, with no affiliation to a particular company or technique, to address the needs of the growing dance community in New Orleans. The series will focus on contemporary technique, structured improv, and phrasework labs but leaves the door open to other styles and formats. Classes are led by a diverse roster of local and visiting teachers.

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JULY 8: Making the Connections with Shannon Stewart

Shannon Stewart has trained, taught, and performed internationally. Along with years of ballet, yoga, and somatic forms, she has studied gaga, Forsythe improvisation, Skinner Releasing, and CounterTechnique intensively. Her teaching mentors include Crystal Pite and many Gyrotonic Master Trainers. Shannon is certified in four formats of Gyrokinesis and is a Gyrotonic Instructor. She has taught … Continue reading JULY 8: Making the Connections with Shannon Stewart

May 4, 11, 18, 25: Contemporary with Saskia Hofman

SASKIA HOFMAN is a Dutch theatre maker, dance performer, teacher, and physical therapist. Educated at the Rotterdam Dance Academy, she has created work and provided instruction in technique, improvisation, and composition for a number of companies and institutions across the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, and Syria. She danced professionally with Jan Fabre (Belgium) and the Bremen … Continue reading May 4, 11, 18, 25: Contemporary with Saskia Hofman

March 16-April 13, 2016 – Contemporary with (another) Michelle Ramos

Michelle Ramos is a dancer and choreographer born in Chicago and raised in Mexico City. She studied ballet under the tutelage of Lourdes Trevino and soon after entered the National School of Classical and Contemporary Dance in Mexico City where she trained in classical ballet for seven years. Miss Ramos had an active performance life at … Continue reading March 16-April 13, 2016 – Contemporary with (another) Michelle Ramos

MONDAYS with TARREN JOHNSON

Tarren Johnson (tarrenjohnson.info) is a creative movement director, performer, and visual artist from the coast of California. She works at the intersection of concert dance and installation performance. She received her BFA in Dance and Choreography in 2013 from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and has danced and shown work internationally. MONDAYS (JANUARY 11 – FEBRUARY 15, 2016): BODY BASICS. Dancers … Continue reading MONDAYS with TARREN JOHNSON

DECEMBER 9 and 16, 2015: BODY BASICS with TARREN JOHNSON

Tarren Johnson (tarrenjohnson.info) is a creative movement director, performer, and visual artist from the coast of California. She works at the intersection of concert dance and installation performance. She received her BFA in Dance and Choreography in 2013 from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and has danced and shown work internationally. WEDNESDAYS (December 9, 16): BODY BASICS. Dancers will … Continue reading DECEMBER 9 and 16, 2015: BODY BASICS with TARREN JOHNSON

November 24-25, 2015: Phrasework with Michelle Ramos-Burkhart and Brittney Williams

Michelle Ramos-Burkhart is a retired professional ballet dancer, dance instructor, and nationally recognized arts leader. During her twelve-year dance career she trained and performed in her hometown of Denver, CO, with Larry Boyette, Ballet Arts, Colorado Ballet, and Cleo Parker Robinson. She danced with Dance Theater of Harlem in New York and San Diego Festival … Continue reading November 24-25, 2015: Phrasework with Michelle Ramos-Burkhart and Brittney Williams

November 3, 10, and 17, 2015: Contemporary Physical Practice with Shannon Stewart

Recently relocated to New Orleans from Seattle, Shannon Stewart creates and tours work for stage and film with collaborator Adam Sekuler. Her work has been supported through numerous awards and residencies, and their films have screened in film festivals around the world.  Shannon has performed nationally and internationally in work by Deborah Hay (Austin), tEEth (Portland), … Continue reading November 3, 10, and 17, 2015: Contemporary Physical Practice with Shannon Stewart

October 27-28, 2015: Technique and Phrasework with Kellis McSparrin Oldenburg

Kellis McSparrin Oldenburg is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher from Clinton, Mississippi.  In 2010, she received her BFA in Dance from the University of Southern Mississippi and in 2012 she graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with an MFA.  Kellis is a former instructor of dance at Belhaven University in Jackson, MS, and USM in Hattiesburg, MS.  She … Continue reading October 27-28, 2015: Technique and Phrasework with Kellis McSparrin Oldenburg

October 20-22, 2015: Technique, Improv, and Phrasework with Clare Cook

Clare Cook has choreographed professionally in NYC since 2008. Projects include choreography for HERE Arts Center, NY Theatre Barn’s Choreography Lab, Ars Nova, Berkshire Fringe, Planet Connections Festival (Best Choreography Award), NYU, Columbia Stages, New School for Drama, and multiple operas with Opera Slavica. Most recently, she was the choreographer for the national tour of Bullets Over … Continue reading October 20-22, 2015: Technique, Improv, and Phrasework with Clare Cook

October 13-15, 2015: Technique and Improv with Shannon Stewart and Michelle Ramos-Burkhart

Recently relocated to New Orleans from Seattle, Shannon Stewart creates and tours work for stage and film with collaborator Adam Sekuler. Her work has been supported through numerous awards and residencies, and their films have screened in film festivals around the world.  Shannon has performed nationally and internationally in work by Deborah Hay (Austin), tEEth (Portland), … Continue reading October 13-15, 2015: Technique and Improv with Shannon Stewart and Michelle Ramos-Burkhart

October 6-8, 2015: Technique, Improv, and Phrasework with Shannon Stewart and Coco Loupe

Recently relocated to New Orleans from Seattle, Shannon Stewart creates and tours work for stage and film with collaborator Adam Sekuler. Her work has been supported through numerous awards and residencies, and their films have screened in film festivals around the world.  Shannon has performed nationally and internationally in work by Deborah Hay (Austin), tEEth (Portland), … Continue reading October 6-8, 2015: Technique, Improv, and Phrasework with Shannon Stewart and Coco Loupe

September 29-October 1, 2015: Technique, Improv, and Phrasework with Gretchen Erickson and Meryl Murman

Gretchen Erickson began her formal dance training in the pre-professional division at Louisiana Dance Theatre, performing at Regional Dance America Festivals, the Tanzsommer Festival in Austria and Germany, and Jazz Dance World Congress.  Additionally she trained with the Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and at the Joffery Ballet School in New York. She went on to study … Continue reading September 29-October 1, 2015: Technique, Improv, and Phrasework with Gretchen Erickson and Meryl Murman

SEPTEMBER 22-24, 2015: Technique, Improv, and Phrasework with Tess Losada and Yanina Orellana

Tess Losada began her dance studies at age 14 through the Orchesis Intercity Dance Company (Normal, IL) where she developed a passion for modern dance and the mechanics of the dancing body. Tess earned her BA in Dance Performance from Illinois State University’s School of Theatre and Dance in 2014. She is a Pilates Teacher-in-Training … Continue reading SEPTEMBER 22-24, 2015: Technique, Improv, and Phrasework with Tess Losada and Yanina Orellana

SEPTEMBER 8-9, 2015: Technique, Improv, and Phrasework with Yanina Orellana

Yanina Orellana is originally from Guadalajara, México. She began her studies in Modern Dance with The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. She received a BFA in Dance at California Institute of the Arts. She has danced in a creation of Rosanna Gamson, Herb Alpert award winner Julia Rhoads and NOLA-based choreographer Meryl Murman. In 2014, … Continue reading SEPTEMBER 8-9, 2015: Technique, Improv, and Phrasework with Yanina Orellana