Maria Konrad graduated from the Alexander W. Dreyfoos High School of Performing Arts, and then earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in performing arts from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Her performance experience includes the Barrymore Awards, the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, the Merriam Theater, and Project Dance. In the Philadelphia area, her choreography was featured in West Side Story, Hello Dolly, Annie Get Your Gun, Project Dance, The Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City. As a faculty member at Koresh Dance Company, Ms. Konrad helped create an early-dance-education curriculum. She is a guest teacher throughout the country at professional training programs, universities and festivals. Her work has been featured throughout the southeast from South Miami Dade Cultural Center to Spoleto Festival in South Carolina. After returning to Florida, Ms. Konrad founded REACH—A Dance Theater Collective, South Florida’s first modern-jazz workshop. Her company works hand in hand with Jerry Opdenaker's, O Dance, for a full performance season. In addition to being on faculty at The HARID Conservatory, she is director of the Contemporary Program at Florida School for Dance Education and an Artist in Residence at A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts.
This is a fast paced class that will include a center technique developed to help the dancer with placement and core strength as well as versatility in isolations, flexibility and technical vocabulary. The class will include progressions across the floor to bridge the gap between the center technique and different styles of choreography that will be discussed. Each class will explore a different period of jazz dance. Styles that will be explored will include broadway, concert dance, commercial work and contemporary jazz work of today. The class is designed to give the dancer an expansive historical overview to help the dancers' understanding of artistry, musicality and one's own body in space.