Dance Workshops

Experience the joy of childhood again! Remember the spontaneous inspiration to move, the freedom and complete lack of inhibition when you allow yourself to move to the music in a completely natural and organic way! 

Experience your body, mind and spirit as an integrated whole. 
 
As you tap into your childhood enthusiasm and unchecked joy, introduce yourself to Jennifer’s unique combination of precise body-sculpting ballet movements and spirit-lifting modern jazz dance sequences. Train your body and mind with precision, as you acquire new spatial awareness, overall strength, flexibility and grace. 
 
Jennifer Kries instructs students like no other and guides dancers to achieve their full artistic potential-to discover the joy and freedom and celebration of dance. Whether you are a seasoned professional, or beginner, experience techniques in Jennifer’s workshops that are designed to cultivate and develop strong, well-trained dancers who are educated to perform more skillfully and creatively and enjoy dance for the pure love of the art and movement. 
 
Come to know why dance is one of the most powerful vehicles for personal expression, celebration of the body as sensual, muscular, thinking, feeling, and sentient vessel. 
 

Contemporary Dance Theatre New York
 
Modern Jazz Dance 101
 
Learn the foundational elements of modern jazz dance and set your spirit free! Tone and sculpt your entire body, cultivating your sense of rhythm and timing, enhancing coordination and building strength and stamina. 
 
Jennifer will lead the participants through a challenging, yet accessible jazz warm-up, incorporating African and Latin movement styles, rhythms and movement patterns, accompanied by live percussion. 
 
~All welcome, age 15 and above ~Dance workshops can be presented in a few different formats:
The 2-hour master class, three-day workshop featuring (2) two-hour classes daily or the week-long workshop, also featuring (2) two-hour classes daily.
 

Contemporary Dance Theatre New York
Introduction to Company Repertoire Technique
 
Welcome to the unique style and choreography of Jennifer’s Contemporary Dance Theatre New York. This workshop is open to dancers who have had a minimum of 5 years professional dance training and or aspiring dance professionals. 
 
Learn the art and execution of specific jazz-inspired movement sequences that highlight athleticism, nuance and incorporate folkloric choreographic influences. 
 
Jennifer will give a ballet-modern jazz warm-up, along with some Pilates Mat exercises for core strength and flexibility and then lead the participants through some traveling movement sequences across the floor to introduce rudimentary choreographic elements. 
 
Following the warm-up and movement sequences, Jennifer will teach a combination from company repertoire and give the students an opportunity to finesse it and perform it several times during the remainder of the workshop. 
 
~ A minimum of 5 years professional dance training required 
 
~Dance workshops can be presented in a few different formats:
The 2-hour master class, three-day workshop featuring (2) two-hour classes daily or the weeklong workshop, also featuring (2) two-hour classes daily.
 

Contemporary Dance Theatre New York Company Repertoire for the Professional
 
This dance workshop is open to professional dancers only who have had a minimum of 10 years professional dance training and 5 years performance experience, both on the collegiate level and in metropolitan settings, who are interested in expanding their dance vocabulary and expertise and want to acquaint themselves with Jennifer’s unique choreographic style. This workshop also serves as an auditioning platform for those dancers interested in being considered for employment with CDTNY. 
 
Learn the art and execution of Contemporary Dance Theatre’s jazz-inspired movement sequences that highlight athleticism, nuance and incorporate folkloric choreographic influences. 
 
Jennifer will give a ballet and modern jazz warm-up, along with some Pilates Mat exercises for core strength and flexibility and then lead the participants through some traveling movement sequences across the floor to introduce more simplistic choreographic elements and phrases. 
 
Following the warm-up and movement sequences, Jennifer will teach a combination from company repertoire and give the dancers an opportunity to finesse and perform it several times during the remainder of the workshop. 
 
~Dance workshops can be presented in a few different formats:
The 2-hour master class, three-day workshop featuring (2) two-hour classes daily or the weeklong workshop, also featuring (2) two-hour classes daily.
~This workshop can be tailored to suit the needs of your university dance program or studio.
 

Contemporary Dance Theatre New York: Company Portrait
 
“What a stunning treasure this Company and its Choreographer are! —seamless, sensuous and refreshingly progressive, Contemporary Dance Theatre New York is liquidly sensual…clean, expressive, visceral, gestural…imparting a richness of movement rarely seen…there’s a sheer physical joy that pulses inside and you merge with the action on stage as if you were a part of the plan from the moment the lights go up and the music begins…”
~Jack Anderson, The New York Times
 
Founded by Jennifer Kries in 1997, CDTNY made its debut, “Heart Protector” at the Merce Cunningham Studio to rave reviews. The company then enjoyed another spectacular run at Lincoln Center’s Clark Studio Theater in March,1999 with its Season Premier, “Trust Me, A Dark Fairytale,” choreographed by Jennifer Kries and directed by Benjamin Krevolin, and set design by the extraordinary Spanish artist, Richard Negre. Guest performers at CDTNY’s Lincoln Center performances included Alvin Ailey’s Antonio Carlos Scott, Michael Blake and Lakey Evans. 
 
The company is a celebration of dance and drama. Kries has taken themes of renaissance masters who preceded her and contemporized them, synthesizing the strongest elements to develop a dance theater genre as before unseen by the American dance public. CDTNY is an evolution, combining the beauty of a great classical ballet with all the fire and verve of jazz. You are not a casual observer when you watch a performance of CDTNY; the action draws you in, asks you to participate emotionally and makes question your feelings. Your heart races. Your pulse quickens. Your mind travels with the action on stage and takes you to a place where time stops and the imagination runs wild. CDTNY sets the standard for new and courageous work in American dance-theater today. 
 
Jennifer Kries, artistic director and principal choreographer combines her incomparable artistic vision with years of performance to create New York’s first Dance Theater Company. CDTNY is a contemporary model of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes that ruled the art scene in Europe before taking the dance front by storm here in New York in the twenties and thirties. The Ballets Russes represented a standard in collaborative genius. In 1929, Diaghilev as director, was a pioneer in his conceptual approach to dance as theater, bringing together the finest talents in writing, costume, set design, music and lighting. He truly set a precedent and created the first “dance-theater”, which until CDTNY was lost to a European sensibility. CDTNY was created in an effort to reinstate this Aristotelian concept of total theater marrying movement, music and text to create greater depth and dimension. The movement is a synthesis of many styles: ballet, modern, jazz, Flamenco and folk dance among others, that along with text creates a story — a total concept that breaks convention and gives birth to fantasy. Inspired by the work of many masters, among them, Forsythe and Bausch, Kries uses an eclectic blend of music, and while her work is high art, it can be appreciated without being over-analyzed, admired for its entertainment value alone.