When: April 14, 2019

Cost: FREE

Registration: To register please email info@wakeforestdancefestival.org. Space is limited!

Where: 417 Brooks St.

           Wake Forest, NC 27587

Time: 1:00PM-2:00PM (Masterclass for ages 13 and up)

          2:00PM-3:00PM (ADF Pre-Professional Intensive Audition for ages 13-17)

$1,000 IN TUITION to be awarded by the Dancing Angels Foundation.

Don’t miss this FREE masterclass with sought after artist and faculty member of the American Dance Festival, Jenna Riegel! Students ages 13-17 interested in auditioning for ADF 3 week Summer Pre-Professional Dance Intensive, please have a 1 minute solo prepared.

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Jenna Riegel, a native of Fairfield, Iowa, has been a New York-based dancer, performer and teacher since 2007. Jenna holds an M.F.A. in Dance Performance from the University of Iowa and a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Maharishi University of Management. Since moving to NYC, Jenna has performed with Daara Dance (choreographer Michel Kouakou), Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, Shaneeka Harrell, Tania Isaac Dance and johannes weiland. She has also toured and performed nationally and internationally as a company member of David Dorfman Dance, Alexandra Beller/ Dances and Bill Young/ Colleen Thomas & Company. In 2011, Jenna joined the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company. Jenna has taught ongoing open classes in Contemporary Technique in New York City at Gina Gibney Dance Center, New York Live Arts, Mark Morris Dance Center and 100 Grand Dance. She has been on faculty in the Dance Departments of Barnard College and The Juilliard School. In addition, she has taught master classes at The Joffrey Ballet School, Columbia College, NYU, The New School, Ohio State University, SUNY Purchase, Bard College, Connecticut College, Hollins University, Emory College, Arizona State University, Brigham-Young University, Dartmouth College, Williams College, Skidmore College, LIU, University of Maryland, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of California-Berkeley, University of Iowa, the American Dance Festival and the Bates Dance Festival. Jenna’s choreographic work has been commissioned by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the University of Iowa, Barnard College and Colby College. She has also acted as repetiteur for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company and has re-staged Continuous Replay and D-Man in the Waters (Movement One). Most recently, Jenna served as Assistant Choreographer to Bill T. Jones on a new musical, Paradise Square: An American Musical and is currently a Visiting Guest Faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University where she teaches Modern Technique, Composition and Partnering.


Class will begin with floor work, yoga and pilates stretching and strengthening and improvisation to build warmth, ease us into motion, find agility and help us arrive more fully present in our bodies. Introductions to one another will be made with a name circle, contact improvisation exercises or interactive warm-up exercises in order to build a sense of trust and community together. Center standing work will draw upon a combination of release technique and ballet and align, balance and increase awareness of energetic efficiency and ease. Head/tail exploration and spinal articulation will be integrated into more traditional foot and leg exercises. Across the floor phrase-work will oscillate between imagery and task-based veracious improvisational scores and rigorous locomotion, athletic inversions and ambitious lofting. A culminating phrase will challenge the polarities of movement and investigate both off-balance and centered movement, bound and released, sustained and staccato, momentum driven and spatially controlled, on the floor and in the air, and sensation-based and shape-based movement. A friendly, uplifting, non-judgmental class culture will be attended to by steering clear of the binary of right and wrong and instead directing attention to cause and effect, the action and results of our choices. Personal findings will be encouraged to be shared to expedite learning within our community. Individualism will be honored and upheld even as profound body awareness and ability to replicate outside material is practiced. Enjoyment and fun will be contagious and inevitable!

REGISTER NOW at info@wakeforestdancefestival.org. Watch your email for confirmation for the class.