True Grit: Building Technique
with Molly Heller
Sunday, December 3, 11:30-1:00pm
Class Fee: $20.00
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An emphasis is placed on the practice of contemporary technique as it relates to dynamic choice making, whole body movement, and personal expression. This class will offer participants a deeper knowledge of the body and its inter-workings with awareness placed on easeFULL dancing/learning, core mobility (with stability) and spinal articulation. Participants can also expect a stimulating, multi-sensory environment that encourages functional alignment and length without creating excess muscular tension.
This class aims to train and foster adaptability in one’s dancing – promoting vitality, resilience, and expansion (physically, energetically, spatially and communally). Within class, we will honor our proclivities and what “feels good” while simultaneously challenging what we avoid or resist (with an intention to not overly attached to either). We will grow our technical range dimensionally, we will work hard, sweat together, laugh, and share our movement.
Molly is a Salt Lake City dance artist and Assistant Professor within the School of Dance at the University of Utah. Her research investigates performance as a healing practice and the relationship between physical expression and emotion. Molly has also been on faculty at Westminster College (SLC), SUNY New Paltz (NY), and Dance New Amsterdam (NYC) and has taught for: Utah Valley University, Middlebury College, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Creighton University (Omaha, NE), Salt Dance Fest (University of Utah), Utah Ballet Summer Intensive (University of Utah), Ririe-Woodbury’s Professional Intensive (SLC), Boise State University, and Balance Dance Company (Boise, ID). Molly is also Co-Director of Salt Dance Fest, a professional intensive focused on the creative process.
Molly’s choreographic work is an extension of her interest in health and wellbeing, as well as an interweaving of theater practices and dance. Her work has been presented in venues such as: Eccles Regent Street Blackbox Theater (SLC), Kingsbury Hall for TEDx SaltLakeCity, Gowanus Art + Production (NYC), Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church (NYC), Movement Research at the Judson Church (NYC), Green Space (NYC), DUMBO Dance Festival (Brooklyn, NY), The Mahaney Center for the Arts (Middlebury, VT), Balance Dance Company (Boise, ID), Boise State University, Westminster College (SLC), Sugar Space Studio for the Arts (SLC), and the Ladies’ Literary Club (SLC).
Molly also holds certifications in Pilates and Reiki and is co-owner of SLC’s loose-leaf teahouse, the Tea Grotto