Samantha Giron is an American choreographer who had her formative years as an artist in underground urban dance and electronic music communities. This club kid went on to earn formal Dance degrees, including a BA from Mills College and a MFA from California Institute of the Arts. Her sequential, circular movement; and collaborations with video designers and electronic musicians – address issues such as: queer and female sexuality, the conflict between tradition and the individual, and violence against women. She has shown her work at prominent theaters, such as: Z Space, KUNST-STOFF arts, ODC, Cowell Theater and nightclubs such as: The Mezzanine, Public Works and 1015 Folsom.
She was a featured presenter at The American National Dance Conference and moderator of Dance Discourse Project – where she presented on various street dance forms. She is curator and creator of monthly dance show and party: Makeup Mutiny. She is a published dance essayist who has taught at many colleges, including San Francisco State University. A licensed Dance teacher, she recently resigned as head of Dance at TECA Academy in San Francisco, to relocate to Europe.
She currently teaches contemporary, street dance and breakdancing throughout Berlin.
In the class, you will integrate contemporary training with a street sensibility. Sequential and circular articulation of the joints moving in opposition, with a dynamic range of musicality, swing and weight. Engaged center, loose spine and hips. We pop, pulse and devour space by redirecting and propelling isolated parts of the body.
We warm up the core muscles, lubricate the joints and integrate the breath, body and mind. We then practice a variety of dance sequences that culminate in a larger phrase from the company repertoire. Dancers are encouraged to make informed choices: honoring their unique artistic voice and dance background, while expressing the fundamental vision of the choreographer / teacher.