ClassClassClass (CCC) is an intergenerational ecosystem of artists taking a chance at teaching and learning models. CCC is a blank slate for movement artists to experiment with their artistic practice in some form of student-teacher relationship. CCC values the willingness to investigate ideas without the pressure of product; students and teachers, come as you are. Since 2009, CCC has operated as an artist-run, artist-initiated platform. For its current iteration, we’re working within the intergenerational ecosystem of artists in the experimental dance community. CCC promotes pedagogy as an artistic and learning tool, our space partner is Pageant Space, and CCC is organized by Mariana Valencia.
Symara Sarai, March 3
Yanira Castro , March 10 (daylight savings)
Martita Abril, April 7
Juli Brandano, April 14
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70 Graham Ave, 3rd Floor Brooklyn
Unfortunately, Pageant is not an ADA-accessible space. They are located up two flights of stairs.
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Meet the teachers and learn about their ClassClassClasses…
Symara Sarai (she/her), a Portland, Oregon native currently residing in Brooklyn, has immersed herself in interdisciplinary and choreographic studies globally. Her work varies due to the different influences she has embraced throughout her life. She is a 2023 Bessie Winner for Breakout Choreographer. Symara is a graduate of SUNY Purchase’s Conservatory of Dance Program. She was a resident artist for Bearnstow, Gibney 6.2 Work Up, Gallim’s 2022 Moving Artist’s Residency, BAX’s Fall 2022 Space Grant Program, and Center for Performance Research’s 2022 AIR Program. She is a 2023/24 Women in Motion Commissioned Artist and currently a Fresh Tracks artist. Their work as a performer and maker has been reviewed and featured in the NY Times, Dance Enthusiast, Fjord, as well as promoted through Forbes. She is currently an Urban Bush Women company member and has freelanced throughout New York, Germany, and China as a choreographer, filmmaker and dancer.
Description: At present I am interested in creating worlds inside of proscenium spaces that mimic real life societal structures and create space for anarchical play for queer black femininity. My work calls me to facilitate black disruptions and showcase the gratifying chaos this produces in performance and practice. This class is in practice with your present, a physical conversation that ignites the many parts within us to activate and shift our perceptions and expansions of ourselves and others . We take time to choose where we want to go and dive into our agency. I’ll play the role of facilitator as we share entrances and exits formulated through my own experience of being. You are invited to be whoever and whatever during this
Symara headshot photo credit: Hayim Heron
Yanira Castro (she/her) is an interdisciplinary artist born in Borikén (Puerto Rico), living in Lenapehoking (Brooklyn), and working at the intersection of communal practices, performance, installation, and interactive technology. Yanira forms iterative, multimodal projects that center the complexity of land, citizenship, and governance in works activated and performed by the public. Since 2009, she’s created and performed with a team of collaborators as a canary torsi. Their recent work includes a performance manual for reckoning; a participatory podcast to rehearse for a collective future; and most recently a platform of projects called, “I came here to weep,” a collective exorcism for americans to perform. Castro has received national awards and residencies for her work, has been commissioned and presented nationally. She has received two Bessie Awards for Outstanding Production.
Description: #promptsforplayandlightness is a class/meditation for score-writing and enacting. It is a space for offering self, communal making, operating in the unknown and attending to what happens. The class is simple because more than that is unnecessary. No experience necessary. Curiosity and skepticism in abundance. Come to play.
Yanira photo credits: Simon Courchel and Ignacio Leiva.
Juli Brandano (she/her) is a dancer and choreographer based in Brooklyn, NY. She has collaborated as a performer with Julia Antinozzi, Phoebe Berglund, Jessica Cook, Ayano Elson, Leah Fournier, Amelia Heintzelman, and Cally Spooner. She was a 2020 Lighthouse Works Fellow and a 2022 Dance Research Fellow at the New York Public Library’s Jerome Robbins Dance Division during the theme of Dance and Ecology. Her choreographic work has been presented at Pageant, fouroneone, Movement Research at Judson Church, the Westbeth Courtyard, and BAX, among others.
Description: As a dancer, I consider class to be a sacred time: two hours devoted to tuning into my own body and the bodies in class with me. In our time together, I hope to cultivate that kind of experience, beginning with a lengthy and grounding warmup that uses contemporary release techniques, yoga, aerobics, and Cunningham technique. We will tune into sensation and then get organized, developing heat, momentum, and flexibility. The second half of class will focus on improvising together, working through score-based practices that allow us to work compositionally and as a choreographic team. We will cultivate a space for focused hard work, physical experimentation, open critical conversation, and collaboration.
Martita Abril (she/ella) alias Pichu is from the border city of Tijuana, México and moved to Brooklyn a decade ago. She took her first Jazz dance class in Tijuana, at Denz Studios, with Denia Zepeda, where she found great friends. Before moving to NYC, she trained in Jazz class with Raúl Navarro from Lux Boreal Danza Contemporánea, Donna Flournoy, and Mary Jo Horvath. Martita enjoys sharing and collaborating, and for many weekends she has been guiding workshops for Spanish speaking familias that recently arrived to NYC, for the iLAND (Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art Nature and Dance) in Bushwick gardens. Martita resides at the border of Bushwick/Greenpoint Brooklyn with her partner and 35 house plants.
Descripción: Calling all groovers with a love for a Mexican Cardio/Jazz Dance class. Dust off those jazz shoes and bring those leotards (unitards also welcome). No experience needed, just a willingness to have a good time and explore some 90’s beats. Bring that 90s-inspired dance attire (think neon, leg warmers,and scrunchies!). Embrace your alter ego and let loose, leaving your inhibitions behind, and have a good old dance time. ¿Qué pasará en clase? Calentamiento: We’ll start with a funky warm-up incorporating some stretching, isolations, some light cardio to then move across the floor. Progressions designed to build tú cordinación, balance, stamina, and flexibilidad. Maybe some jazz walks, grapevines and chassés, piqué turns and some contracciones. Combo final: think sharp angles, layouts, ball change, and some fan kicks? Will see how we are feeling that day!
Martita photo credits: Paola Carvajal (probably), and unknown