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FSU to Host Classes With Dance Masters Gina Milovan-Kohler and James Morrow
04/28/2010

Frostburg State University will host classes by dance masters Gina Milovan-Kohler and James Morrow in the FSU Dance Studio in the Cordts Physical Education Center. Saturday, May 8, will be open to dancers ages 14 and up. Sunday, May 9, will be open to children 13 and under. The cost is $10 per class.

Vinyasa Yoga class will start Saturday’s lessons available to dancers ages 14 and up from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. The class will begin with meditation and pranayama and move into a continuous sequence of asanas linked through breath. This class is open to a range of levels and can be tailored to meet the needs of the group through requests.

From 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., a modern dance class will be taught. This class will begin with a full body warm-up and will work on embracing gravity with various exercises and combinations. It will also blend Horton, Graham, Dunham and fall release techniques.

From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., an urban fusion dance class will be taught. This class is a blend of West African, modern and urban dance styles fused together with emerging techniques and various forms of hip hop.

From noon to 1 p.m., jazz is highlighted. Morrow’s class is rooted in the Joel Hall Urban Jazz style. This is a very energetic and aerobic dance class incorporating traditional jazz and vocabulary with new urban social dance styles.

From 1 to 2 p.m., a contemporary dance class will explore the relationships between breath and movement, the range and motion in the body, momentum, direction, technical specificity, space, musicality and intention.

From 2 to 3 p.m., hip hop will be presented and conclude the lessons for the day. This session encourages the students to appropriate the instructor’s style of dance with the idea to eventually find their own movement voice.

Sunday, May 9, classes available to children ages 13 and under will begin from 9 to 10 a.m. with Milovan-Kholer’s Vinyasa Yoga class. From 10 to 11 a.m., jazz class will be held, followed by contemporary dance from 11 a.m. to noon. Hip hop will conclude the day of classes from noon to 1 p.m.

Milovan-Kohler is an independent choreographer, teacher and yoga instructor. She holds an undergraduate degree in dance from Kent State University, yoga teaching certification through the white Lotus Foundation and most recently received her MFA from Hollins University/American Dance Festival. She is currently on the faculty at Dance New Amsterdam in New York.

Morrow is the founder and artistic director of Instruments of Movement. A native of Chicago, he received his BA from Northeastern Illinois University. Morrow was given the honor of become an Artistic Ambassador to NEIU where he taught Jazz I, II, III, repertory dance ensemble and performance seminars. He was a member of the Joel Hall Dancers, apprenticed with Deeply Rooted Productions and toured with “Sesame Street.”

Advanced registration is requested. Contact company director Jamie McGreevy at jsmcgreevy@comcast.net for more information.

Milovan-Kohler and Morrow are also guest artists for the FSU Dance Company’s Spring Concert presented May 6, 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the FSU Performing Arts Center. For more information on the concert, call 301-687-7462.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258. -end-

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