What is your personal relationship to rhythm? Is it natural? Forced? Are you a slave to it? Do you desire a deeper connection to it? Do you want to get better at picking up choreography in class, get out of a freestyle/improvisation rut, be a better dancer at the club, bring something new to the cypher, or simply improve your physical sense of musicality?
We begin with a structured warm up to get the body ready to respond to guided improvisation that will challenge how you listen to, interpret, and physically communicate with music. You will witness many interpretations of the same concept through dancing with and for each other. We will explore various attitudes around dancing to music in different cultures to further understand our own biases and personal blocks to potentially open us up to a new perspective. This workshop is open to all styles of dancer and all levels of experience. Come with an open mind, a desire to grow, to connect to others, and to get down.
Amy O’Neal aka Amy O, is a physically multi-lingual dance artist equally participating in street and club dance culture and contemporary dance. She grew up a military brat doing the Hip Hop party dances of the 90’s as well as studying various forms of codified dance techniques in studios. Amy continues to evolve her personal style through participating in battles, open sessions, going to the club, and keeping up on the latest contemporary dance trends. A recent transplant to LA after 20 years in Seattle, Amy tours her work nationally and internationally and is a sought after educator. She choreographs and movement directs for stage, film, and music videos and is a long time collaborator of musician/comedian, Reggie Watts (currently the band leader for the Late Late Show with James Cordon). Her work is a personal amalgam of her diverse life and dance experiences, combining dark humor, social commentary, and heavy beats. She received support for her work from all the major funders in Seattle as well as the Creative Capital Foundation, National Performance Network, National Dance Project, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and Foundation for Contemporary Art. She was awarded the first Distinguished Alumni Award from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, is a two-time Stranger Genius nominee, a DanceWEB (Vienna) Scholar, and a Herb Alpert Award nominee. Her latest evening-length work Opposing Forces, an exploration of fears of feminine qualities in our culture through the masculine dance form of Bboying/Breaking, premiered and toured 2014- 2017. She was recently seen performing a solo based on Opposing Forces at No Side Now at Grand Performances, curated by Los Angeles Performance Practice. She teaches Rhythm is a Dancer as a weekly class on Sunday evenings at Ryan Heffington’s studio, The Sweatspot.