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Kat Roman

instructor

san francisco

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Kat Roman, a native Swiss, received her BFA in Dance from California State University Long Beach. She holds a Horton pedagogy certification from the Ailey School in NYC and is a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer. She has taught Horton internationally and worked as an active performer and choreographer in the NYC and Bay Area dance communities. She currently teaches Horton Technique at Alonzo King LINES Dance Center in San Francisco and Shawl-Anderson Dance Center in Berkeley. Kat is Artistic Director of Copious Dance Theater. (www.copiousdance.org).

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Intermediate Horton

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This class is based on the principles of the Lester Horton Technique, as taught at the Ailey School in NYC. A typical class begins standing, rather than sitting, like some other modern techniques. It progresses across the floor with movement phrases, turns, and jumps. Horton Technique is designed to correct and improve a dancer's physical limitations so that they might pursue any form of dance. The class is dynamic and dramatic, develops both strength and flexibility, and works with an energy that is constantly in motion. The primary focus of many beginner level Horton studies is creating length in the spine and hamstrings. There is also an emphasis throughout all levels on developing musicality and performance qualities. As students progress, exercises become longer and more complex. Horton technique helps create dancers who are long and strong. Dancers coming to their first Horton class can prepare by drawing on their experience with jazz dance. Many jazz teachers incorporate some of Horton’s ideas in their warm-ups. For instance, Horton uses flat backs and lateral stretches, tilt lines and lunges, all movements that could be found in a jazz warm-up. (Horton technique also incorporates lyrical, circular movements focusing on stretching in opposite directions.) Class Structure “Horton believed in getting the body warmed-up and blood flowing quickly, so class begins standing, rather than sitting, like some other modern techniques. The specific order of exercises can vary based upon the teacher’s interpretation of the technique. As taught at The Ailey School, codified Horton technique incorporates 17 “fortification studies” (among other elements) that each focus on a different idea, such as descent/ascent and laterals, or body parts such as the Achilles tendons or abdominals. Class then progresses across the floor with movement phrases, turns and single-foot arch springs (jumps from one foot).

wednesday

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Intermediate

Alonzo King Lines Ballet
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wednesday

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Intermediate

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MY STORY

Kat Roman, a native Swiss, received her BFA in Dance from California State University Long Beach. She holds a Horton pedagogy certification from the Ailey School in NYC and is a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer. She has taught Horton internationally and worked as an active performer and choreographer in the NYC and Bay Area dance communities. She currently teaches Horton Technique at Alonzo King LINES Dance Center in San Francisco and Shawl-Anderson Dance Center in Berkeley. Kat is Artistic Director of Copious Dance Theater. (www.copiousdance.org).

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