|ShoreDance 2015: Koresh Dance Company|
Summer Stage 2015: Session Seven
The ShoreDance program is a week-long dance intensive, taught daily by professional contemporary dancers from Koresh Dance Company. Students will be divided into two groups based on experience level. All skill levels are welcome to register.
This year ShoreDance will be a study and celebration of various styles of dance that are fused to make the Koresh Style. In addition to a daily warm-up, students will have technique classes in jazz, ballet, modern, hip hop and tap. The students will then rehearse and learn choreography by Ronen Koresh, Artistic Director, to learn to fuse all these styles into the Koresh brand of eloquent, explosive and emotionally charged dance.
This engagement of Koresh Dance Company is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Due to the nature of the exercises and activities within the dance workshops, proper clothing and shoe attire is mandatory. It is suggested that students wear to each class: leotard and tights or t-shirts and leggings. Please make sure that your child is prepared for class in clothes that will allow them to move around freely. For safety and comfort, no dresses, loose jewelry, flip-flops, crocs, nor Uggs. Students should wear clothes that will allow them to be comfortable in full range of motion. No loose fitting clothing. Proper footwear must be worn; flat jazz shoes, ballet slippers or jazz.
Stretch & Strengthen:
This class is perfect for young dancers in the morning. The class will begin with stretching to warm the body and will go into exercises to increase strength, stamina and flexibility.
After warming up with isolations and stretching, using popular music, the class will then move across the floor to work on rhythm, upper body strength and funky footwork. The class will end with a fun combination that will leave the students energized.
This class will cover the fundamentals of classical ballet technique. Students will begin with a ballet barre and then move to center and across the floor.
This class will help students further their technique, musicality and style by focusing on floor warm-ups, rhythm exercises, across the floor work, combinations and choreography.
This style of dance reflects the style of the Koresh Dance Company. Modern Jazz classes encompass components from jazz, modern, ballet, folk and Middle Eastern dancing.
Repertory: Roni Koresh
Students will learn a piece from the Koresh Dance Company's diverse repertory.
Meet The Talent:
Ronen Koresh, Artistic Director & Founder
Ronen (Roni) Koresh was born and raised in Israel, where his early training in folk movement, modern dance, and the military contributed to his signature style: "Earthy, folk-dancey, emotionally direct, physically intense, and ostentatiously eccentric." (The New Yorker). Koresh received early dance training from his mother, a folk dancer in the Yemenite tradition, and from teachers Alida Gera, Micha Deri, Nira Paz and Moshe Romano. He joined Martha Graham's Batsheva 2 Dance Company before enlisting for three years in the Israeli army, and in 1983, moved to New York to study with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Koresh began performing with Shimon Braun's Waves Jazz Dance Company in Philadelphia, and in 1991, founded Koresh Dance Company in this new home city, followed by the Koresh School of Dance in 1993.
"A wealth of forceful invention" (Art Burst Miami), Koresh has established a repertoire of over 60 works "rang[ing] from intimate to high-voltage"(Northwestern Press) and hailed as "fresh, urgent and deeply persuasive" (The LA Times). He develops 2 to 3 new works each year, including unique commissioned works for companies including Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Giordano Dane Chicago, GroundWorks Dance Theatre, Las Vegas Contemporary, Odyssey Dance Theatre, Spectrum Dance Theater, the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Dance Celebration, MADCO, and St. Louis' New Dance Horizons series. Committed to exploring human relationships, perception, and how they shift over time, Koresh produces contemporary dance that is simultaneously highly technical and deeply resonant on an emotional plane, acclaimed by critics as both innovative and accessible. "Athletic, exuberant, [and] disciplined" (Cincinnati Enquirer), Koresh choreography also displays a quick wit, "big-heartedness, and ... humor" (Reading Eagle).
Koresh has been on the faculty at Philadelphia's University of the Arts since 1986, teaches master classes across the country, and participates in festivals including Jacob's Pillow and the Northwest National Dance Project. Recipient of a Philadelphia dance community Rocky Award from FringeArts and Dance/USA Philadelphia, Koresh is an avid collaborator and supporter of emerging artists. His interdisciplinary works have been supported by multi-year fellowships and grants from the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Jerome Robbins Foundation, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. In 2014, Koresh set new and repertory works on the dancers of Point Park University, Jacksonville University and East Carolina University, and mentored students at performing arts high schools and studios across the country while touring with the company.
Shannon Bramham, Dancer
Originally from Virginia, Shannon graduated with her BFA in Dance Performance from East Carolina University. She had the chance to set her work on the South Dayton Dance Theatre, Wright State University and We Are Artists. Her work has also been showcased at ACDFA and RDA. Shannon currently teaches adults at the Koresh School of Dance. She joined Koresh Dance Company in 2008.
Joseph Cotler, Dancer
Joe Cotler grew up in Batavia, NY and trained at his mother Robin Cotler’s dance studio, Images in Dance. He graduated from The University of the Arts in May 2009. While at school, he had the opportunity to work with numerous choreographers including Scott Jovovich, Ronen Koresh and Paul Selwyn-Norton. He currently teaches and choreographs for numerous studios in the area. Joe joined Koresh as an apprentice in 2009 and has been a company dancer since 2010.
Micah Geyer, Dancer
Raised in North Carolina, Micah started dancing at a young age with Nina's School of Dance in Durham. He later joined the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble under the direction of Gene Medler. During his career, he had the privilege to perform at the Kennedy Center and the Joyce Theater for Tap City, as well as tour throughout Europe and South America. He received his BFA in Dance Performance and Psychology from East Carolina University and joined Koresh Dance Company in 2007.
Krista Montrone, Dancer
Krista began her training at the age of three in Hudson, NH at Melissa Hoffman Dance Center. After moving to Connecticut in 2000, she continued her training at D'valda & Sirico Dance and Music Centre. In 2008 Krista moved to NYC where she was involved in many projects including the opening of Revolution at the Joyce Theatre and various industrial projects ranging from Aflac to Juicy Couture. She currently teaches and sets choreography for multiple schools in Philadelphia. Krista joined Koresh Dance Company in 2011.
Robert Tyler, Dancer
Robert Tyler grew up in Batavia, NY and began dancing at the age of 10. He studied under the instruction of Robin Cotler at her studio, Images in Dance. In 2008 he began studying at The University of the Arts and graduated in May 2012 with a BFA in Dance Performance majoring in ballet. In the summer of 2010 and 2011, he worked with Robin Cotler’s dance company, Images Evolution, and performed at the International Dance Festival in Poland. Robert joined Koresh Dance Company in 2012.
ShoreDance Performance 2015