top of page

How I teach the Nikolais/Louis philosophy

Posted on April 29, 2015 by Candice Thompson


Modern Dance:


Classes are distinguished within the modern dance idiom by its clearly defined semantics of abstraction. Emphasize free-form motion rather than the study of patterns and it stresses the dancer’s unique gestures. Particular attention is paid to the development of each individual as an artist.


 Theory and Improvisation:


This class requires no particular background study although it is preferable for the students to have some orientation towards dance. The class is a session of directed creative endeavor designed to further explore and elaborate the concepts treated in the technique class. Vehicles of exploration, problem solving an solo and group improvisation are used to extend and enrich the student’s understanding and critical facility. This is usually a one-hour session that should follow a technique class.


 Choreographic Criticism:


During his extensive career, Mr. del Saz has developed an eye for recognizing and developing ingenious choreography. By Analyzing and commenting on works already created by students, Mr. Del Saz can offer students encouragement and constructive criticism. Mr. Del Saz’ own experience as a performer and a teacher makes his suggestions for exploring new systems of movement particularly expiring.



Getting It Right

Posted on December 1, 2010 by Karyn D. Collins

bottom of page