Adult Ballez

with Katy Pyle and guests

September 30 – December 16
Mondays | 7:30-9:00 pm

$12.00 Drop-in | $60.00 for a six class card
Click HERE for information on how to register.

Description

Adult Ballez is a dance class to explore the historically gendered and Imperialist movements of Ballet, and to radically re-imagine those potentially oppressive tools into a physicalized site of play, freedom, strength, and liberation. We will shift the focus away from athletic virtuosity and towards the virtuosity of genderqueer embodiment, and seek active engagement with classmates(aka cruising), as opposed to the typically endless shame spirals of self-loathing based upon an unattainable ideal! We’ll play with ballet’s traditionally gendered form, learning and practicing the steps of both ballerinas and danseurs. We’ll warm-up at the barre, practice codified postures and movements, and then move into center to turn, jump and learn short movement phrases. We’ll learn techniques for, and practice, partnering that is not based on size, but rather on weight-sharing, listening, and cooperation, all with the accompaniment of oft-embarassing music by queer icons.

ABOUT Katy Pyle

Katy Pyle believes that the only way out is through. She is a Multimedia Performance Artist, as well as a practitioner of reiki, yoga therapy, and mindfulness practice. Her recent work on the first ever Ballez, The Firebird, has led her to uncover many demons within her body. She presented The Firebird at Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church through a grant from the Jerome Foundation, support from Mount Tremper Arts, Abrons Arts Center, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and the support of 259 individual Kickstarter donors. She is a collaborative creator, and believer in community reflective art practice; aside from the Ballez, she has recently created work with Young Jean Lee Theater Company, with whom she is touring the Untitled Feminist Show. She founded dance bands asubtout, Dirty Power, and JERK, and has performed/collaborated with Ivy Baldwin, Faye Driscoll, John Jasperse, Jennifer Monson, Karinne Keithley, Anna Sperber, Katie Workum, and many other wonderful people! She feels excited and enlivened by the process of sharing art and ideas through movement practices and conversation. www.cargocollective.com/katypyle