Beginning with guided improvisations, we focus on getting the blood flowing, awakening the skin’s sensation, and inviting brain and body to arrive in the space. Moving in and out of the floor with more structured exercises, we activate the core and large muscle groups while exploring the head-tail connection and the body’s edge versus center. Eating the space with spirals, floorwork and turns, we progress across the space using improvisation tasks and simple phrases to integrate sensation and detail with larger movements. Bringing the various elements together, the class culminates in learning some phrase-work and developing it further always playing with contrast and oppositional forces. Victoria’s class is a collage of influences drawn from her technical training, her diverse performance experience, from deepening improv explorations, and from her own creative practice of choreography and writing. Aiming for engaged senses and stronger connections between mind and body, the movement flavors and technical vocabulary of the class encompass elements from yoga to contemporary improvisation, and many other things in between.
A native Californian, Victoria has always been moving. Earning a BFA in Dance from Belhaven University, she has been dancing and exploring new places ever since. In Europe since 2015, Victoria has performed with Tanz Company Gervasi, Gail Skrela, Sara Angius, and the Staatsoper Berlin as well as for films such as “Babylon Berlin” or “Berlin, I Love You”. Developing her own choreography, Victoria also collaborates with Berlin-based musician, Joshua Tennent of TwoKites Musik. In Seattle from 2009-2015 she worked with many artists including Catapult Dance, Ilvs Strauss, Kimberly Holloway, Alana O Rogers, Tara Dyberg, Coriolis Dance Collective, filmmaker Brad Curran, musician Noah Gundersen. Also a curator, Victoria has collaboratively produced arts events in Seattle, with Abbey Arts including “Net//Works” and “Abbey Grown”.