Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Announces Fall Session Add-on, Gaga Dance Technique, 11/1
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and its home in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood, the Hubbard Street Dance Center, announced today the facility's first public classes in Gaga dance technique, to begin November 1, 2013.
Originally developed by renowned choreographer Ohad Naharin at the Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv, Israel, Gaga technique has quickly grown in popularity and influence worldwide. Gaga classes include structured movement improvisations designed to heighten awareness of physical sensations, encourage exhaustive exploration of movement tasks, and engage the imagination in tandem with the body's muscle groups and biological systems.
Says Claire Bataille, Director of the Lou Conte Dance Studio: "Gaga offers innumerable benefits to dancers trained in any combination of other techniques, in addition to providing a body-friendly point of entry to structured dance study in general. We're delighted to add Gaga technique to our growing list of class types available to the public, and are proud to be part of the positive impact that Gaga is making internationally."
This first session also furthers the connection between Hubbard Street's professional company of 18 dancers and the Lou Conte Dance Studio, founded three years earlier in 1974. Gaga technique was previously available only to company dancers during their work with Ohad Naharin and other Batsheva personnel, such as choreographer Sharon Eyal and rehearsal directors Yoshifumi Inao and Adi Salant.
Six initial Gaga classes will be held Fridays from 12 pm-1:45 pm November 1 through December 13 at the Lou Conte Dance Studio, 1147 West Jackson Boulevard in Chicago. Guest instructor Anna Long, based in New York City, completed the pilot Gaga Teacher Training Program in 2012. Regular LCDS class cards can be used for any and all Gaga session classes; the drop-in rate is $15. Space is limited. For more information, visit hubbardstreetdance.com/lcds.
Anna Long, born in Boston MA, is a freelance dancer, choreographer, and Gaga teacher based in the
United States. Long began dancing at age three at the New England Dance Academy, continuing her
studies with the Festival Ballet (Providence, RI) and Spindle City Ballet (Fall River, MA). She completed her
BA degree in dance and biology at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY and continues to perform and
teach contemporary dance in the U.S. and abroad. Long was first exposed to Gaga technique in 2010 and,
the following year, was chosen to participate in the pilot Gaga Teachers Training Program, completing her
certification in 2012. Long has since taught Gaga classes regularly around New York City, at Dance New