James is a contemporary dance artist whose performance career spans over 25 years, most notably with Montreal’s Compagnie Marie Chouinard. Since graduating in both Musical Theatre and Dance Programs at Alberta’s Grant MacEwan University in 1998, James has enjoyed performing his own and others choreographic works for international audiences at festivals and theatres all over the world. In 2009, he and his fellow dancers were awarded a Gemini Award for Best Performance from the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television for the Chouinard company’s film version of bODY_rEMIX/ les_vARIATIONS_gOLDBErg. In 2016, he was awarded funding from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec (CALQ) to become a certified Gaga teacher and to study with the Batsheva Dance Company under the direction of Ohad Naharin in Tel Aviv, Israel. In addition to choreographing, collaborating, performing, and rehearsal directing for other artists across Canada, James travels frequently to share his passion of movement to students of all levels as a guest teacher in various dance institutions, schools, movement facilities and universities.
About the class
VIVUS/movement is a class based on concepts from contemporary dance, yoga, voice, and stretching techniques that encourage each participant to awaken their body through new sensations. We will move intuitively, in our own personal way, applying weight, speed, range of motion and flow of energy. This experience is an invitation to move without judgement, at one’s own pace, no approach being either right or wrong, allowing our sensations to guide us. Above all we will seek pleasure, joy, power and release. Come with an open mind.
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