DOUGLAS GILLESPIE is a Brooklyn-based Dance Artist and was an originating member and creative contributor throughout Kate Weare Company’s first decade. Gillespie teaches at colleges and dance centers around the world, most recently at The Juilliard School, NYU Tisch Summer Program,Mark Morris Dance Group, National Taiwan University of the Arts and is on faculty at Gibney Dance Center in New York. Gillespie is an avid dance maker most recently choreographing for Moving Current Dance Collective, Doug Varone DEVICES workshop and Sarasota Contemporary Dance. Gillespie has also created his own student commissions for Hillsborough Community College, Cleveland State University, University of Florida and Santa Fe College; two of his works have premiered at American College Dance Association. Gillespie premiered his first solo project in Taiwan in November 2015 and had its U.S. debut in 2016. Gillespie has performed in Punchdrunk Emursive’s Sleep No More and Third Rail Projects’ Then She Fell. Gillespie was born in San Diego, raised in Jacksonville and received his BFA in Dance from Florida State University in 2005.
Class begins on the floor with mind/body centering followed by short floor exercises to get our blood pumping. Class then moves into guided improvisation to help us delve deeper into our intrinsic movement and explore other kinetic influences. Students are then taken through a series of several short combinations to become familiar with the movement and sink into their unique stylization within the choreography. This dancing will range from expansive full bodied, gestural, in and out of the floor, stop-action to explosive. Culminating the class we will add all the short combinations together for a monster phrase of dance to dive into the qualities of what it means to be an engaging magnanimous performer.
Repertory will explore the dancer's movement invention and hone in on their distinctive choreographic skills. Utilizing concepts of improvisation, spatial and rhythmic awareness and movement cueing, this class explores composition and the process of a collaborative dance making. Dancers will use given movement phrases and create raw material from structured improvisations or movement concepts that we will develop into a dance work that takes shape through the influence and engineering of myself and the dancers.
Clarity, calming and centering
Clarity, calming and centering are some of the important aspects that a Yoga practice can produce in its participants. In this class we will draw on the Yoga asanas (or poses) to help clear the subconscious of unneeded stressors utilizing breath moving in and out of asanas. This is particularly helpful for dancers in understanding how your breath can aid your every movement. To calm the psyche, dancers will be led through short meditation series to reach a new level of appreciation for themselves, others and their surroundings. Centering is developed through the physicality of the asanas, dynamic stretching and restorative poses in combination with the clarity and calming of the mind. Throughout this class dancers will be taken through classic sun salutations, Iyengar-based alignment and asanas, arm balances, inversions and other rigorous corporeal movements to help as dancers and humans navigate our world.