Cunningham Technique is a rigorous class based on the traditional structure and exercises developed by Merce Cunningham to train his dancers for his company.
The class emphasizes rhythmical accuracy, clarity of form, coordination of torso and legwork, and development of virtuosity. Merce Cunningham’s choreography inspires this highly technical class and will be incorporated into the movement phrases.
Chard Gonzalez is a native San Diegan, dance artist, educator and advocate. He has choreographed, performed and taught dance throughout the USA and Europe. Companies he has performed with include: Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company (NYC), Douglas Dunn & Dancers (NYC), ALDES (Italy), Company Blu (Italy), Compagnia Virgilio Sieni Danza (Italy), Cathy Seago and Dancers (UK), and Jonathan Burrows (UK). Chard received his BFA in Dance Performance from SUNY Purchase and a MA in Dance Studies from Laban Centre London. And after four years of pursuing a PhD in Choreography at Laban, Chard decided to return to the USA to continue his life’s work. In 2009, he established Chard Gonzalez Dance Theatre in New Orleans. CGDT has since performed throughout the USA and made its Los Angeles premiere in the Spring of 2017.
Chard has 25 years experience of teaching ballet and modern techniques, improvisation, choreography and performance skills. He has taught at London Contemporary Dance School, Laban Centre, London Studio Centre, Roehampton University, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, California Ballet School, San Diego Academy of Performing Arts and is the current Principal at South Coast Conservatory in Orange County. He enjoys teaching modern techniques such as Cunningham and Graham that emphasize clarity of movement. And Chard’s approach centers around how students can reach their goals in their personal development and professional performance.