Local artist and educator Denise Dalfo leads a dance class perfect for those who are interested in letting music take the imagination into new embodied places, and acting one’s truth–the truth of the moment, how it expands and manifests itself in the air, sound, and all it touches.
Denise believes that we should “dance always, and everywhere: on the furniture, on the rocks, in the woods.” This class is geared toward adult movers of all ages and levels of dance experience, including beginners.
Denise Dalfo has been teaching dance since 1985, when she started teaching = at Morelli Studios in Greenwich Village. As a performer and teacher, she has worked to develop a nurturing, critical approach to class. She places an emphasis on musicality and using your technical skills to relate the clearest information possible to support the story (were there one) and the art. Dalfo has teached and coached at Locomotion Dance Theatre in Manhattan for 15 years. She began assisting Leah Mitchell in 2015, and is now the primary teacher for Ballet Imagination at Snug Harbor on Staten Island. She offers private classes for children and adults, including audition preparation.
Dalfo has worked as a choreographer, including for “Between time and Timbuktu,” and “Movement for Uncle Vanya,” at Village Theatre Company. She had the privilege of setting a piece of choreography for Jose Quintero’s production of “Rain Snakes.” She choreographed a CanCan and LApache for Bastille Day in the Meatpacking District that ran for 10 years or more with an ever-evolving cast of principles.
This workshop is a part of the Snug Harbor Dance Festival, a celebration of the local and citywide dance community. With dance classes throughout the month, the dance festival will culminate in a two-day event (Sept 23-24) made up of performances, workshops, dance films, field conversations, and site-based activations.
The Snug Harbor Dance Festival is supported by The Audience Building Project, a program of the Lake Placid Center for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts with support from the Governor and New York State Legislature. Additional support provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation, Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.