Adult Contemporary Dance Series (Beginner/Intermediate) with Neva
December 5 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm EST
Dates: November 14, 21, 28 and December 5, 12, 29
6-week class series on Mondays 5:30-7pm EST
$120 Registration deadline November 10th
* Reach out if money is a barrier
This 90 minute, 6-week online series will leave you feeling creative, healthy, and inspired as we head into the winter! The class is tailored to fit in a living room (6x6ish foot space).
Class begins with a technique-based warm up with an emphasis on strength, flexibility, and balance. Next, we’ll do a series of exercises to build specific Contemporary Dance skills and an ability to move freely with grace. We’ll then learn a contemporary phrase, practicing full-body movement and musicality. And finally, each person will adapt the phrase into their own choreography and show their work. We will be moving up and down from the floor, taking weight on the hands, learning a phrase, and practicing making choreography. This series is ideal if you’ve been wanting to get back into moving, used to dance but haven’t in a while, or just want a good blend of technique, strength, choreography, and artistic engagement.
What people are saying about Neva’s classes on Zoom:
“What Neva offers in how she thinks about dance and relationship to body as home has been such a gift for me.”
“I experienced some rich and vivid sensations during practice with Neva – which is so nice since I’ve found it hard to cultivate that richness in other online spaces.”
“That was amazing! NEVA is amazing. Thank you for the wonderful class. I can’t wait to join again. I left feeling such joy in my body and spirit!”
What do I need to know?
Set yourself up where you have as much open floor space as possible.
The class is meant to be done either barefoot or in socks. If wearing shoes is better for your body, I recommend lightweight sneakers or dance shoes, and you’ll likely need to modify a few things.
You can dance on whatever surface you have available. If you have a smooth surface, I’d choose that over carpet. If your body is more sensitive to impact, you might enjoy having carpet or mats on the floor for some padding, though this can make turning more difficult.
Bring a water bottle.
Wear clothes that are comfortable and allow you to move freely, and ideally help you feel good in your beautiful body!
Place the computer on a chair or table top where you can see the screen both from standing and the floor. I encourage you to look away from the screen as much as possible, so as to be fully embodying in your space. When we show our work at the end of class, you’ll want to have the computer as far away from you as possible, so we can see as much of your body as possible.
I will do my best to start and end class on time. The Zoom room will be open a few minutes before we begin. Please do your best to come a few minutes early so we can all begin together.
Neva Cockrell is a professional dancer, interdisciplinary artis, and embodiment teacher. She danced with Pilobolus in 2016 – 2019 touring to Germany, Switzerland, Austria, China, Mexico, Israel, Dubai, and within the US both as a dancer and as the Dance Captain. She is also a writer and director who uses dance-theater as a tool for social change. In 2010 she co-founded her own interdisciplinary company, Loom Ensemble, based in NYC which has toured across the US, Europe, and UAE. She is passionate about using Loom Ensemble’s performances to open difficult conversations, and then facilitate community discussion to unpack the emotional vulnerability and cultural taboos of each show. She was recently awarded the New Work New England grant from NEFA as a director for Loom’s newest upcoming piece.
Neva has been teaching dance, theater, and embodiment practices for over a decade, including opening Physique 57’s first international studio in Dubai and developing her own movement technique, Catalyst. Her diverse background in gymnastics, partner acrobatics, contact improvisation, Capoeira Angola, and Yoga inspire her unique style of Contemporary Dance in both her choreography and her classes. She is yoga teacher certified through Simple Yoga with Eric Stewart, and is deeply passionate about the overlap of somatic work and breaking down systems of oppression.
In 2012, she joined the Art Monastery Project, and served as a co-director from 2014-2021 running programming in Italy, Colorado, and Vermont.
Neva has been practicing meditation for over 15 years, and has found beautiful overlap in her artistic creations and her meditation practice. Her life path is deeply grounded in communal living, body-based activities, art-making, being outside, and contemplative practice. She now lives, works, teaches, and creates at WildHeart: Center for Performance and Embodiment Practice (founded by Neva and her partner Raphael) in the Hudson Valley.
A important note on class level and caring for yourself:
I give options throughout the class to help you find more support or more of a challenge, depending on what you’re looking for. This class is appropriate for Beginner or Intermediate level and are not meant as introductory classes. Some previous experience with the form will be helpful, though is not required if you are excited to jump in and try something new. More advanced dancers are welcome to join and add in their own challenges to keep it interesting!
You are responsible for your own health and safety. By signing up for these classes, you agree to take full responsibility for your own health and well being, and agree to NOT hold Neva Cockrell accountable for any injuries you may incur during class. Especially in an online format, the teacher cannot help with specific alignment and corrections, so you must take extra care for yourself. You know your body more than anyone else, and you are responsible and able to choose what is best for you today!