Contemporary dance originated from Europe and America in the 19th and 20th century with various styles of expressive dance that combines modern, ballet, lyrical jazz and today, other forms of street dance movement. In this class you will begin center floor with a full body warm up into a beginner class combo. Your class goals are to strive to connect the mind and body through fluid dance movements.
Socks, Barfoot, Foot Paws
Suggested Experience Needed:
No prior dance experience recommended. We highly recommend starting with Jumps and Turns, Beginner Ballet for absolute beginners.
Modern, Jumps & Turns, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Ballet
Annie (she/her) was born and raised in Baltimore, MD, where she trained in classical ballet, jazz, modern, and other styles from the age of 5. She trained in both the classical ballet conservatory (Washington Ballet, summers at Houston Ballet and American Ballet Theater) and the competition dance (placing with her team at NYCDA, NUVO, Headliners, and more) spaces until moving to Pittsburgh for her senior year of high school to attend Pittsburgh Ballet Theater’s Hugh School Full Time Program. In 2020, she was accepted to the trainee program with Alonzo King LINES Ballet here in San Francisco, completing her first year in the pandemic via Zoom, and finally moving to the Bay in 2021 to complete her second and final year.
In 2021, her performing career ended prematurely due to a spinal injury. After a short break from dance, she took a job this January at San Francisco High School of the Arts teaching ballet, contemporary, and jazz to both the full-time high schoolers and Young Artists Program. She also enjoys teaching jazz funk, heels, and other styles and is excited to start her journey with Rae Studios! She plans to continue learning and growing as a dance instructor.