Contemporary with Mary Kate Sheehan, Freelance Artist in NYC and Europe
Contemporary Class (Warm-Up + Small Phrase for Small Spaces) with Mary Kate Sheehan on Instagram Live at @mksheehanigans
Class Description: Mary Kate’s Contemporary Class focuses on activating and using the whole body, both physically and energetically. In the warm-up, small movement series are intermingled with moments of technique and bits of basic yoga to slowly and gently, yet thoroughly warm-up the whole body while waking up channels of energy both within the body and those connecting the body to the surrounding space. We find our center, our internal alignments, and our relationship to the space around us in a gently rigorous practice that focuses on body awareness, intention of movement, and caring for the body as our most important instrument. The warm-up is followed by a short phrase that is specially created for the small spaces most of us have to navigate during our Quarantine dance classes. The phrase explores the possibilities of finding full-bodied movement and dynamic weight shifts within the unusual confines of space in our homes.
Mary Kate Sheehan (San Diego, CA) is a modern and contemporary dancer in both New York City and Europe. Mary Kate has performed with a number of companies and choreographers including Yvonne Rainer, KEIGWIN + COMPANY, and Sean Curran Company at theaters including Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, and New York City Center. She participates in many dance and art events for other choreographers including Julia Ehrstrand/Ehrstrand Dance Collective, Tyler Gilstrap, Darrah Carr, and The Windmill Factory, and she is the General Manager of Sidra Bell Dance New York. Mary Kate has performed in the USA, Mexico, Sweden, Ireland, Ghana, Cyprus, and Taiwan. She teaches master classes in New York City, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, the UK, Greece, Taiwan, Mexico, and South Africa in professional, pre-professional, and outreach settings.
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