Photo courtesy of the Cairo Contemporary Dance Center
It’s the start of a new year and the perfect time to sign yourself up for some dance programs to get you fit and back in shape. This month, the Cairo Contemporary Dance Center is offering a series of innovative workshops that will burn off those Christmas and New Year’s calories.
The month kicks off with a six-week step-by-step contemporary course with dance artist and educator Nicole Roerick will explore dance techniques that include modern and contemporary dance. Participants will work on skills that include alignment, balance, strength, flexibility, fall and recovery, turning, jumping, weight shifting, isolation of body parts, rhythm, musicality, expression, and improvisation. The class will include working on set pieces of choreography and building upon them each week.
Ahmed Azmy, a graduate of the CDC’s fulltime, three-year professional program, is teaching an Animal Flow class next week. Animal Flow is an innovative fitness program that combines quadrupedal and ground-based movement with elements from various bodyweight-training disciplines to create a fun, challenging workout emphasizing multi-planar, fluid movement. Animal Flow is for everyone who wants to get into their peak physical condition and have fun while doing it.
For something a little more relaxed, check out the Floor Work workshop with Shady Abdelrahman. All about the relation between the dancer and the floor, the workshop focuses on body movement and positions on the floor level; how to move between different levels and arriving to the floor smoothly; learning different techniques: how to fall, how to use gravity power in the movement with controlling the rhythm and the continuity of it; as well as working on different tools and muscles.
Contemporary course with Nicole Roerick, January 2 to February 6 • Animal Flow course with Ahmed Azmy, January 20 to March 3 • Floor Work workshop with Shady Abdelrahman, January 18-20. For more information, visit facebook.com/cairocontemporarydancecenter