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Master Class with Sylvain Lafortune
The Art and Technique of Lifting

Sylvain Lafortune, PhD, a leading authority on the subject of partnering in dance, will present a master class entitled “The Art and Technique of Lifting” on Friday, March 1 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Patricia and Ward Hagan ’48 Dance Studio at the Lewis Center for the Arts, 185 Nassau Street.  The class, in which Princeton dance students will participate, is free and open to the public to observe.
Trained in classical ballet, Sylvain Lafortune has performed works from the classical and contemporary repertory around the world for over thirty years.  A native of Montreal, Lafortune has been a featured soloist with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, O’Vertigo Danse, Montréal Danse, Lar Lubovitch Dance Co., Susan Marshall and Dancers, and Martha Clarke in her Off-Broadway production of The Garden of Earthly Delights.  Recognized as a versatile and skilled dancer in partnering, he has also appeared in numerous independent dance projects, films and gala performances.  Lafortune currently performs as a freelance dancer.
Lafortune earned his Master's and Doctorate degrees from L'Université du Québec à Montréal, where his research focused on partnering in dance.  His extensive teaching experience in both dance and circus, as well as his writings and lectures on the subject qualify him as one of today's leading authorities on partnering in dance.
Lafortune’s class will give students new insights into the craft of dance partnering. “Many dancers don't really understand what makes two dancers move as one,” Lafortune notes, “and strangely, considering its importance in dance, little is explicitly known on the subject.  Because of this, many unfounded theories circulate and the dominant approach to solving problems is by trial and error. Though this method often produces results, it is also time consuming and can lead to fatigue, frustration and risk of injury.”  By exploring and demonstrating the biomechanics at work in partnering, Lafortune's objective in the workshop is to equip students with the principles, terminology, and communication skills that can be used in either classical or contemporary dance.

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Event Information


Friday, March 1, 2013

4:30 - 6:20 PM

Free and open to the public


Patricia and Ward Hagan '48 Dance Studio

Lewis Center for the Arts
at 185 Nassau Street


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


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