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FREE Chen Dance Master Class (Phoenix)

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FREE Chen Dance Master Class (Phoenix)

March 16, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm MST



Desert Dance Theatre hosts a FREE Master Class taught by Gary Champi, company member of H.T. Chen & Dancers.

The Master Class is open to the Arizona Dance Community.
Who can take classes? Dancers and dance educators from ages 16 years and up.

Dates: Wednesday, March 16, 2022 from 6:30pm-7:30pm
Location: Dance Theater West, 3925 E Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85018
Cost: FREE
Donations are appreciated and accepted via cash, check, ZellePay or PayPal

Registration Deadline is Wednesday, March 16, 2022 by 12:00pm (NOON).


IN-PERSON ClASS is limited to 15 people (Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to class.)
ONLINE ZOOM CLASS is limited to 50 people

CANCELLATION – Although this is a free class, please be sure to let us know if you must cancel, to allow others on the waiting list to attend.

Health & Safety Guidelines: As a precaution to the continued Covid pandemic and its unpredictability, proof of vaccination (card or photo on phone) and wearing masks will be required in enclosed dance studio and building. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before class to check in.


INSTRUCTOR BIO – GARY CHAMPI is a dance artist currently completing his MFA in dance at the University of Washington. As a performer, he works between New York and Seattle, drawing on experience with a variety of choreographers, touring nationally and abroad in theater spaces, museum installations, and site-specific work. As an educator, he teaches commercial dance and western contemporary modern forms at UW, is certified to teach Cunningham Technique®, and has taught master classes and workshops for various institutions throughout the country. As a choreographer, Gary has presented work at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club and in collaboration with other artists for concert dance, exhibitions, and competitions. He also has experience restaging dance work, as an assistant for Cunningham repertory, and excerpts for H.T. Chen & Dancers. Gary also holds a degree in Cognitive Science from Stanford University and has experience as an administrator in the arts and for a biotech company.

CLASS INFO – The master class will introduce traditional Chinese movement arts and its evolution into contemporary work by NY choreographer, H.T. Chen. Warm-up exercises begin with concepts from Tai Ch’i and the martial arts.  Students will be guided in the use of breath, weight, flow, and the Yin/Yang balance. Students will also explore the use of planal organization and dissonance in the warm-up and in movements phrases.

H.T. Chen trained in traditional Chinese dance and Chinese Opera Movements at the University of Chinese Culture in Taiwan. In NYC, H.T. Chen studied at the Graham School, the Ailey School, the Juilliard School, and received his master’s in dance education from N.Y.U.

(Gary’s warmup will also have the students explore balance and counterbalance as one of the Yin/Yang exercises before learning traveling phrases or phrases from repertory.)

INFO: gro.ertaehTecnaDtreseDnull@asiL
CALL/TEXT 602-740-9616



March 16, 2022
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm MST
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Desert Dance Theatre
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Dance Theater West
3925 East Indian School Road
Phoenix, 85018 United States
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