The Trudl Zipper Dance Institute’s modern dance classes for students ages 7–18 are built on classical modern techniques, primarily Cunningham and Horton technique. The use of strength, physicality, rhythm, and momentum together with proper body alignment are key components of the class, as well as celebrating the expressivity of dance.
This class introduces students to proper body alignment and engaging and strengthening muscles. Articulations through the spine and torso are developed together with work on coordination, balance, rhythm, and a fundamental movement vocabulary.
While continuing to work on body alignment and strength, students begin to build a movement vocabulary. Phrases of movement across the space, use of different levels, and jumping are added to help build physicality and spatial awareness.
Dancers are invited to sign up for Modern IIB, where they will join Modern III dancers for a once a week a ballet class.
Dancers who sign up for Modern II B instead of Modern II will join Modern III for a Ballet class once a week on Saturdays.
At level III, students add comprehensive movement exercises that continue to develop strength, technique, and alignment. Students progress to more complex movement phrases that incorporate and explore the use of different levels, rhythm, and use of space. To develop artistry, the class emphasizes work on quality and dynamics within the movement. The addition of ballet once a week continues to help students develop strength and technique as well as knowledge of ballet terminology.
In this more advanced level, students begin to learn an additional technique, while continuing to work on the Horton based technique. The current second technique is Cunningham, developed by the choreographer Merce Cunningham. Unique in its use of the torso and of space, these classes continue to develop the students dancers’ strength, physicality and artistry.
At the most advanced level offered, students continue to study Cunningham and Horton technique, with the addition of Graham technique class once a week. Ballet is offered twice a week to further development. Unique to level V is Repertory class; students learn the repertory of faculty and guest choreographers such as Merce Cunningham. Students have more performance opportunities and can take master classes. The focus in this level, while continuing to perfect general technique, is being able to move with a multidimensional orientation and developing artistry.
Creative Dance classes combine the mastery of dance skills and vocabulary with creative expression. They can be a transition from Early Childhood movement classes or be a child’s first experience with dance and movement.
In Creative Dance, students learn to invent movement from within their own skills and movement history. They are taught to experiment and try new, unexplored movements that arise from the demands of the moment, enabling them to create, think and respond to a variety of stimuli and prompts.
Students work along, with partners, and in small groups to explore key dance concepts as space, time, energy, relationship, and body awareness. Through structured improvisations, skill building and creative problem solving, students are immersed in the artistic process, empowered to make creative choices in a supportive, joyful environment.
Creative Dance includes live musical accompaniment, enhancing the experience and aiding the development of musicality. Auditions are not required but students between ages of 4 years, 5 months and 4 years, 11 months are encouraged to take a trial class.