Technique:Focusing on core strength, alignment, and creative expression, YSDT's classes offer an environment of technical and artistic exploration for dancers of all levels. Drawing on classical and contemporary dance techniques as well as the related arts of yoga and Pilates, YSDT technique classes challenge participants to connect to their core in order to find an authentic and organic source of movement. Dancers are given the freedom to investigate movement phrases through choreographic and improvisational tools that allow them to inhabit their own movement more fully and to find new solutions for problems of phrasing, intent, and technical ability.
Repertory:With over 25 pieces of original choreography ranging from 6 to 75 minutes in length, Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre repertory includes solo, small ensemble and group work that can accommodate any student population. True to the collaborative nature of the company, YSDT constructs a creative environment that draws on input from the participants while maintaining the integrity of the choreographed work. Dancers are coached in areas of technique, partnering and musicality as well as intention and dramatic content.
Classes for children:Encouraging balance, coordination and healthy habits alongside creative tools for self-expression, YSDT's children's dance classes offer a safe environment for students to explore the world of movement through fun movement phrases, improvisation and games.
Scenario-based Composition to Engage, Nurture, and Empower:
SCENE Workshops offer creative movement skills to non-dancers in order to enhance participants’ critical thinking, creative problem solving and leadership skills. Created and conducted by Samar Haddad King and Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre.
TARGETED POPULATIONS: Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre is committed to working with underserved youth communities including high school students, incarcerated minors, survivors of abuse, and young adults with developmental disabilities. SCENE workshops empower these populations with tools for creative self-expression and encourage participants to think critically to solve problems both individually and as a group.
YSDT’s personal narrative workshops introduce students without a dance background to the choreographic process through the complimentary action of written composition. Students first write a personal narrative/story which serves as the foundation for their composition, and over the course of the workshop learn how movement and choreographic structure can convey narrative and emotion.
TARGETED POPULATIONS: Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre is committed to working with underserved youth communities including high school students, incarcerated minors, refugees, survivors of abuse, and young adults with developmental disabilities. Personal Narrative workshops are appropriate for all students ages 8-18.Read and see video from some of YSDT's other outreach workshops!
✶Basic creative movement skills; increased strength, enhanced body awareness and coordination. ✶Improvisational methods and choreographic/composition skills ✶The ability to think critically to solve create problems ✶Peer leadership skills and the ability to work collectively within a group ✶Tools for constructive criticism with peers