Modern Dance Classes


Toni Valle and Sara Draper in Life Museum, Part I: Feet

Dance for Professional and Pre-Professional Modern Dancers

Vocal Dance is a modern dance technique class that includes vocal warm-ups common to actors. Humor and breath are used to help dancers overcome fear of using their voices in performance. Basic vocal skills for stage acting are developed in this class. This happens during a vigorous dance class! It’s a useful class for dancers who are asked to speak in postmodern works but who have no vocal training, and it provides experience in gauging energy when combining voice and dance. As a master class this has been taught at University of Houston, San Jacinto College, Freneticore, and at the 2010 Texas Dance Improvisation Festival that was the most fun, creative, and exhausting class ever!

Sara Draper, Silvia Salamanca in Gypsy Dance


Modern Andalusian Fusion grew out of the Dancepatheatre Al Andalus Project. In medieval Spain, numerous cultures co-existed peacefully, and so did their music and dance styles. This class explores blending techniques and styles of those cultures with modern dance. It’s an ongoing experiment of fusing modern with Middle Eastern, North African, Persian, Gypsy, and Spanish flamenco-like elements. Modern students at universities in Texas and Louisiana have responded with exhilaration to this energetic, earthy master class.


Movement for Professional and Pre-Professional Singers

Stage Movement for Classical Singers has much in common with modern dance classes, but of course is tailored to the performance needs of opera singers. Since 2008 this class has been offered from time to time to singers in the community. Sara has taught this class since 2009 as both private lessons and as a group class to singers in the Houston Grand Opera Studio as its Guest Movement Instructor. She is serving as Movement Instructor to graduate students in the Rice University Opera Studies Program in the Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 semesters. For a complete description and scheduling information, click here.



Mezzo-soprano Shannon Langman (center),
with dancers Joani Trevino and Lydia Hance in Five Tonadillas with Elementals
Photo by Dan Mohr
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