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The Program in Dance presents
Masters of Dance: master class series

Master Classes are open to all University students. Free and no pre-registration necessary.  Observers from the Princeton University community welcome.

Monday, March 28 from 7 - 9 PM

John Heginbotham
Mark Morris Repertory & Modern Technique

Acclaimed Morris dancer John Heginbotham will conduct a master class in modern technique and Mark Morris Dance Group Repertory. A graduate of The Juilliard School, he has danced in the companies of Susan Marshall, Pilobolus Dance Theater (guest artist), John Jasperse, and Ben Munisteri. His choreography is featured in the work of recording artists Fischerspooner, and in Champ: A Space Opera (New York International Fringe Festival).


Past Master Classes


Thursday, January 13 from 12 - 2 PM

Gayle Samuels
Bob Fosse Repertory & Master Class

Gayle Samuels, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, has appeared in Sunset Boulevard, Grind, Dancin' and Dreamgirls and has worked with some of Broadway’s best directors – Trevor Nunn, Michael Bennett, Hal Prince and Bob Fosse.

This class will explore Fosse’s signature isolation and rhythmic patterns, and students will learn routines from his Broadway shows.  Bring your jazz shoes and get ready for a "Fosse" good time!


Monday, January 17 from 12 - 2 PM

Heather Watts
Balanchine Repertory & Master Class

Heather Watts joined New York City Ballet in 1970 and was a Principal Dancer until her retirement in 1995. Ms. Watts worked closely with George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins at NYCB, and was an acclaimed international star. This class will be aimed at refining physical and musical approaches to ballet and introduce students to Balanchine repertory. Please wear ballet slippers, and ladies may bring pointe shoes if appropriate.


Wednesday, January 19 from 12 - 2 PM

Robert LaFosse
Jerome Robbins Repertory & Master Class

Robert La Fosse, former Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet, worked extensively with Jerome Robbins in both Ballet and Broadway. Mr. La Fosse, a guest artist this spring in DAN 431: Approaches to Ballet, will conduct a master class in contemporary ballet technique and select dances from Robbins’ acclaimed musical West Side Story.


Wednesday, March 23 from 7 - 9 PM

Hilary Cartwright
Yoga for Dancers

Yoga for dancers – Hilary Cartwright, a former soloist with the Royal Ballet, opened the White Cloud Studio with Juliu Horvath and has been teaching “Yoga for Dancers” for the past twenty years. Based on the Juliu Horvath System applying yoga principles, but unlike a traditional Hatha Yoga class, positions are not held but repeated in a fluid undulation. Through imagery the class allows an individual to gently unravel knots both mental and physical. This class provides a way to achieve flexibility in the body yet maintain the control to pass smoothly from one shape to another. It allows the mind to relax while rhythm and breath take over. At the same time it addresses elements of technique that apply directly to ballet placement, line and control.

Please bring your own yoga mat. Free and no pre-registration necessary. Observers welcome.


Event Information

All classes take place in the
Patricia and Ward Hagan '48 Dance Studio

Lewis Center for the Arts

at 185 Nassau Street

Open to the Princeton University Community Only

With funding from the 1932 Visiting Lecturer Fund

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