Floorwork VOL II DVD
INTERMEIDATE TO ADVANCED LEVELS
The sister Video to Floorwork Volume I, Calen and Chris continue to guide you through their innovative “Floorwork” helping give the Intermediate/Advanced dancer another level of spatial awareness. They break down more basic body positions and inform you how to support yourself through the use of your technical training. Then they demonstrate some of their signature steps and variations to add to your vocabulary as a dancer. This all concludes with a step by step break down of two contemporary combinations one lyrical jazz and a modern piece, that illustrate methods to help create seamless transitions on and off the floor.
Calen Kurka has taught across Canada, the US, Ireland and Japan. Currently teaching at Broadway Dance Center, he also teaches for several leading conventions touring the US. He is currently instructing for Dance Masters of America as one of their Master Faculty, and is also on faculty with Dance Educators of America. His choreography has been recognized as outstanding at many competitions throughout the U.S. and Canada, and has been the recipient of many awards. In addition to teaching in and around New York he’s also assistant to choreographer, director, instructor, Michele Assaf. Calen is the founder, artistic director, and choreographer of “pushing progress,” a contemporary performing and educational workshop company. Calen’s performing credits include being an original member of the first national tour of Jeff Amsden’s widely acclaimed “A Few Good Men Dancin’,” and performing with recording artist Carmella in a tribute concert to Cher. He’s also worked closely with choreographer/instructor Chris Hale. As a featured performer, Calen’s stage credits include having spent a year on contract with Tokyo Disney as a Main Stage performer, and taking on such leading roles as Capt. Von Trapp in “The Sound of Music” and Seymour in “Little Shop of Horrors” in regional stage productions.
Chris Hale began his career as director, choreographer, and teacher at The Hudson Valley Conservatory under the direction of Samuel E.Wright (“Mufasa” original broadway cast of Disney’s “The Lion King”) and is steadily establishing himself as one of the most sought after instructors of his time. Professional credits include KTU’s miracle on 34th Street where he performed with such recording artists as Mary J. Blige, Deborah Cox, Tamia, Gloria Gaynor, and Michael Jackson. Other credits include: principal dancer in Houston Grand Opera’s production of Carmen with director/choreographer Michèle Assaf, performing with international singing sensation Anastasia at the FIFA World Cup Final Draw in Busan, Korea, working with choreographer Jeff Amsden in 2003 on a production of his renowned show “A Few Good Men Dancin’.” Television credits include Disney concert series with Jason Raize and Jessica Simpson, as well as appearing on Saturday Night Live with such hosts as Al Gore and Selma Hayek. Chris has also had the pleasure of being in the final season of HBO’s “Sex and the City” playing opposite Kim Catrall. Chris is currently on faculty at Braodway Dance Center.