Master Classes and Workshops

An inspiring and in-depth dance journey guided by world class guest artists.

Each mainstage season and during Kanopy’s Summer Intensives Kanopy invites premiere dancers and choreographers—leading voices in shaping Modern Dance—to star in and collaborate on our productions. As part of their guest artist residency, they also offer a series of master classes and workshops that are held periodically throughout the year and are open to experienced dancers in our community and to our intermediate and advanced Kanopy Academy dancers.

In a changing rotation workshops and master classes are offered in the principal American Modern and Contemporary techniques of Martha Graham, José Limón, Merce Cunningham, Doris Humphrey, Charles Weidman, Anna Sokolow, Erick Hawkins, and Lester Horton, training in the European Physical Theater, as well as the work of emerging new choreographers.

Among the dance luminaries who have worked as artists in residence with Kanopy Master Classes are: Tadej Brdnik, Colin Connor, Donlin Foreman, Samantha Geracht, Sandra Kaufmann, Lloyd Knight, Stanley Love, Martin Løfsnes, Miki Orihara, Lone Kjar Larsen, Virginie Mécène, Pascal Rioult; as well as Amit Lahav, Gecko Theatre and Steve Wasson & Corinne Soum, Theatre de l’Ange Fou and the International School of Corporeal Mime.

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Master Class
Martha Graham Technique

“Embracing Tradition, Shaping Innovation: Harnessing the Martha Graham Technique for Today’s Dancers”

Taught by Tadej Brdnik, former principal dancer and soloist for Martha Graham Dance Company, NYC

For Intermediate/Advanced dancers ages 12-adult
Saturday Oct 21, 2023 | 1:00-2:30pm

Kanopy Center for Contemporary Dance | 329 W Mifflin St Madison WI 53703

$40

Master Classes Faculty
Tadej Brdnik

Master Class
Martha Graham Technique & Repertory

Taught by Miki Orihara, Bessie award winning former principal dancer, soloist, and faculty for Martha Graham Dance Company, NYC

Intermediate and Advanced dancers from other technique bases will learn fundamentals of this technique. Dancers with Graham technique will explore details, accuracy, and deeper nuance in their training.

Focus will be on imagery, dramatic intent and gesture, correct body alignment, use of the fundamentals of effort and space, and complexities of rhythm and tempo. Graham repertory may be used to explore the connection between the technique and Graham’s choreography.

For Intermediate/Advanced dancers ages 12-adult
Thursday Jan 18, 2024 | 6:00-7:30pm

Kanopy Center for Contemporary Dance | 329 W Mifflin St Madison WI 53703

$40

Master Classes Faculty
Miki Orihara

Master Class
Martha Graham Technique & Exploration

The Masks of God: A Master Class Exploring the Thematic Language of Martha Graham

Taught by Sandra Kaufmann, director of Loyola University dance program and former principal dancer and soloist, Martha Graham Dance Company, NYC

Noted for its intense physicality, the Martha Graham technique developed to give voice to her profound choreographic impulses.  This class will introduce some primary themes of Graham repertory: Jungian symbolism, American ideals, abstract expressionism and mystic Christianity.   Students will learn repertory phrases, introducing dancers to some of Graham’s masterpieces  contextualizing some of her major themes.  

For Intermediate/Advanced dancers ages 12-adult
Sunday Jan 21, 2024 | 10:00-11:30am

Kanopy Center for Contemporary Dance | 329 W Mifflin St Madison WI 53703

$40

Master Classes Faculty
Sandra Kaufmann