Image Description: Jessie Young (a white woman with short blonde hair) wears a light pink oversize t-shirt and loose fitting turquoise pants. She is moving in front of a gray wall, lit from the front (casting a shadow of her frame back behind her). The image is catching her mid-movement, with her feet on the ground and propelling her spine and arms around. Photo by Whitney Browne
Work The Ground with Jessie Young
Tuesday, June 15th at 12-1:30pm
This class will be about working with the ground! Work if for friction, for rebound and weight as a place to fall into and push down against as it pushes up against us. We will challenge and develop strategies for disorientation - eyes open, head shifting, swarms of heat, eyes closed, sensing/seeing with different parts of our body. We will get playful with visiting the kind of "floor work" that is typically done on flat/smooth/rebounded surfaces... because we will be on grass (and dirt, mud, stones, sticks). We will engage with where we are, who we are with and what is available to us. We make this class and this work together, let’s see what unfolds.
Jessie Young is a Brooklyn-based choreographer, performer and teacher originally from Port Angeles, WA. She uses her teaching and choreography as a way to explore her movement training. Teaching is the bedrock of her choreography and her classes are energetic, playful and experimental.
She has been an artist in residence at New York Live Arts (Fresh Tracks), Brooklyn Studios for Dance (NY), The Floor on Atlantic (NY) and Centrum (WA). As a performer, she has had the pleasure of working with Abby Z and the New Utility, Julie Mayo, Stephanie Acosta and Khecari Dance Theater, among others. She is currently on faculty at Rutgers University, American Dance Festival and contributes to the online teaching platform freeskewl. Jessie-Young.com
Though we request pre-registration, we recommend paying for class at the event. We cannot accommodate refunds and the weather is unpredictable!
Payment is via a tiered system based on economic position. Determine your place on these scales by considering your circumstances of inherited wealth (financial and social capital) / other sources of financial support. Black, Indigenous, Asian American and Pacific Islander, Latinx, Disabled, and Trans* folx may pay outside these tiers.
$7-15 - Unemployed
$15-25 - Stable Employment
$25-50 - Artist Supporter
Masks must be worn by participants except when away from the group to drink water, eat a snack, or take a breather. The facilitator may occasionally, briefly pull down their mask when distanced from others so as to be heard. Please keep about 2+ feet distance between yourself and others.