Leverage Dance Theater

June 23-27 Intensive

Leverage Dance Theater presents a unique intensive focusing on teacher training and 
performance skills through contact improvisation. 

K-12 Classroom Arts Integration
4:00 – 5:45 PM

Join the enigmatic Adriana Durant, guest artist from Chicago, for teacher training focusing on using improvisation as a classroom tool, curriculum development, creative movement and more. Topics change daily. Read more about Adriana below.

Intermediate/Advanced Contact Improvisation
6:00 – 8:00 PM 

Visceral Learning with Adriana Durant
In this contact improvisation class, physical awareness and listening skills will be heightened as students engage in improvisational structures to develop partnering techniques. Students will warm up by “arriving” in their bodies, then move on to skill building exercises that address primary concepts and  fundamental principals necessary to successful weight sharing. The physics of the body in motion will be emphasized as students consider their relationship to each other, time, force, momentum, speed, direction, and gravity as they lift, catch, and fall.  Students will also create innovative choreography via their experiences in class. A safe environment, where students feel comfortable asking questions and taking risks, will be established from the start.


*Entire week registration cost is $125
Drop in for K-12 Classes: $20/class or $15 for 3 or more classes
Drop in for Contact Improvisation: $15/class or $10 for 3 or more classes

Email staff@LV-DT.org for registration information.

ADRIANA DURANT is a dance artist and educator and a collaborator with STRIDING LION PERFORMANCE GROUP. She has a MFA in Choreography from The Ohio State University, a BFA in Performance from Emerson College in Boston, and a k-12 certificate in dance from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She has worked as a Teaching Artist with Hubbard St. Dance Chicago, Striding Lion Performance Group, Chicago Dance Institute, and the Old Town School of Folk Music and as a professor at Columbia college, Ohio University, The Ohio State University, and guest artist at numerous universities, dance companies, and high schools. Adriana is an instructor for the annual summer intensive, the Now and Next Mentoring Project and teaches master classes and workshops nationally as a member of Like You Mean It, an improvisation trio focusing on group composition in performance. Adriana is currently the lead dance teacher at Senn High School in Chicago.


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