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Master Class Series
February 28, March 28, April 25, May 16
12 – 1:30pm

Join us every month for a new guest teacher!

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Due to COVID-19, the master classes will take place over Zoom.
Once registered, you will receive class ID and password.

Single Class: $15
No one turned away for lack of funds. Contact us if there is financial worry.
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Dancer, singer and drummer Akayaa Atule brings her own flavor of Ghanaian Highlife music to San Diego. Akayaa is a native of the Frafra tribe in the Upper East Region of Ghana. She attended the Performing Arts School of Ghana, where she furthered her study of the talking drum and traditional dances. She obtained a Master’s in Dance and Music from the Performing Arts College in Ghana in 1982. In 2002, she founded Akayaa and Bolgo Zohdoomah, a high life musical band, in San Diego, CA. Akayaa also teaches music and dance to young audiences in the San Diego area.

This class offers an introduction to multiple cultures and global dance traditions. A variety of traditions will be explored through techniques, styles, and rhythms, and especially, the exploration of movement characteristics of each cultural dance form. This class is open level and welcomes anyone interested in dance.

Jody Oberfelder is a director, choreographer, and filmmaker. Recent projects include site specific work in Germany, London, Brisbane, and New York City, as well as concert dance. Jody has been a guest teacher at a number of universities and has created ten dance films. She holds numerous honors from New York foundations and organizations and was voted “Outstanding Choreographer” in the FringeNYC Festival in 2009. Her company, Jody Oberfelder Projects, has performed nationally and internationally. Jody is a choreographer for this year’s Trolley Dances. Photo Credit: Heather Sten

NYC based director, choreographer, and filmmaker Jody Oberfelder has performed and created all over the world. Her class starts with a warmup leading into movement invention, embracing intuition and instinct. How do you use your skills and articulate artfully? Dive into juicy movement and thoughtfully tap into your physical imaginations.

Monica Bill Barnes is a choreographer, performer, and the Artistic Director of Monica Bill Barnes & Company. Barnes founded MBB&CO in 1997 with a collection of solos that could be performed anywhere. In 2013, MBB&CO gave itself the challenge to “bring dance where it doesn’t belong” and has been striving to follow this self-imposed motto ever since. The company has performed in venues ranging from Upright Citizen’s Brigade to The Sydney Opera House, and has been presented in more than 100 cities throughout the US and internationally. Monica has worked in film, theater, and set over 30 different works on college students all over the country. She is a long-time collaborator and partner with San Diego Dance Theater and is choreographing again for this year’s Trolley Dances. Photo Credit: Paula Lobo

Since 2013, Monica has been bringing dance where it doesn’t belong. Within new contexts and borrowed environments, her company’s work constantly finds humor in awkward, everyday triumphs and failures and pulls inspiration from all things NOT dance. Get ready for some stamina building dancing with lots of fun and laughter!

Khamla has worked in concert dance for over 25 years. Prior to moving to San Diego, she performed in the Bay Area with ODC/San Francisco Dance Company and taught at Mills College, Berkeley Ballet and Shawl-Anderson Dance Center. Other performance credits include Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company, Dance Esaias, Na-Ni Chen Dance Company, East/West Repertory Ensemble, New World Dance Company, Soundance Dance Company, Malashock Dance Company, San Diego Opera’s “Nixon In China”, and the Broadway production and first national touring company of “The King and I.” She trained at Duke Ellington High School of Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and the University of Arts in Philadelphia in addition to receiving her Horton Pedagogy Certification from the Alvin Ailey School in NYC and a Bachelor of Arts from Saint Mary’s College of California. Currently, she is Artist-In-Residence at Canyon Crest Academy and Artistic Lead for the San Dieguito Dance Ensemble at San Dieguito Academy. Photo Credit: Doug McMinimy

Dancer’s bodies must condition, strengthen and practice movement pertaining to specific disciplines of dance. My classes are rooted in the Horton technique and emphasize body alignment. articulation, movement exploration, athleticism and phraseology. My purpose as a teacher is to propel each and every dancer forward in their development, through a supportive and encouraging environment. Expect to dance hard, experience more and discover anew.


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