KYL/D's Open Company Classes are back in full-swing! Each Thursday, a KYL/D company member will teach his/her own technique that is open to the public. The company member changes each month and for the month of August, Nikolai McKenzie will be teaching a contemporary class you don't want to miss. Read below for more info!
When: August 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th from 4:00pm-5:30pm
Where: CHI Movement Arts Center- 1316 S. 9th St. Philadelphia, PA 19147
Cost: $12 for Students/Professionals, $15 Drop-In
Class Description: Nikolai’s contemporary class is a high-rigor, dynamic exploration of the power of the body in play. Using exercises aimed at cultivating efficient suppleness with quiet strength, the class is a blend of both embodied technical and creative expressive approaches to dance work. From crawling, evolving to standing, walking and ultimately flying, we conquer gravity, embody breath, command our own effort, and most of all, amplify the stakes through risk in order to create in ourselves and the space around us an available, vulnerable and authentic physicality.
About Nikolai: Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Nikolai McKenzie is a graduate of the BFA in Dance and Choreography Program at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. Some performance highlights include the works of Banning Bouldin, Aszure Barton, Robert Battle, Ohad Naharin, Kate Weare, Adam Barruch, Christian Von Howard and is a recent addition to Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers. Nikolai has had the pleasure studying with such artists as Sidra Bell, Alexandra Wells, Adam Barruch, Ernesta Corvino, Antonio Brown, and Shannon Gillen through such distinguished dance programs as the American Dance Festival, Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School, the Movement Invention Project in NYC, and Springboard Danse Montreal. Nikolai’s choreography has been performed in Richmond, VA, and Norfolk, VA and Philadelphia, PA.