Master Classes & Residencies

Master Classes and Residencies at The Carver are designed to make the artists we present each season more accessible to the community. Educational opportunities abound, from simply learning more about the artist’s work, to demonstrations and workshops held on site and at public schools around San Antonio.

Master Class 1: Nai-Ni Chen & Ahn Trio
Date: November 16, 2013, 10:00 a.m.

Nai-Ni Chen introduces her modern technique and repertory, choosing movement phrases from Temptation of the Muses. Students experience her signature style and hear music from the program played by the Ahn Trio CD.

Master Class 2: Rennie Harris
Date: February 20, 2014; 6:00 p.m.

These master classes include exercises to develop muscle strength, flexibility and stamina. The basic movement and techniques are defined, practiced and developed into combinations. Hip Hop styles are explored as sources for inspiration and vocabulary for choreography. In addition, the movement is technically tied to complex and often challenging, invigorating and uplifting driving rhythms.

Master Class 3: Dr. Lonnie Smith
Date: January 31, 2014; 5:30 p.m.

Dr. Lonnie will discuss the full expression of the B3 organ and how musicians should play with an organist, which is quite different than playing with a pianist. The workshop will clover a “musical question and answer” as well as the traditional Q&A. This is a tremendous opportunity to learn from the Hammond B3 master. Students are encouraged to bring their instruments.

Master Class 4: SF Jazz Collective
Date: April 5, 2014; 2:00 p.m.

Mentoring young musicians is an important part of the Collective’s mission. Members of the Collective will conduct a master class for musicians. Participants will receive constructive, practicable feedback from the chosen Collective members.

Master Class 5: Step Afrika
Date: June 5, 2014, 6:00 p.m.

The Carver will host a residency by Step Afrika!, the first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping. Through a series of in school visits, master classes and performances the company will introduce participants to this unique artform. Step Afrika’s repertory includes West African traditional dance, South African contemporary & traditional dance styles, tap, slam poetry and fraternity & sorority styles of stepping. The company has been critically-acclaimed for its efforts to promote an understanding of and appreciation for stepping and the dance tradition’s use as an educational tool for young people worldwide.FUNDING: Green Is The New Black is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by Carver Community Cultural Center in partnership with Dance Place, Washington Performing Arts Society and NPN. For more information: www.npnweb.org.

Residency: Step Afrika
June 3-8, 2014

The Carver will host a residency by Step Afrika!, the first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping. Through a series of in school visits, master classes and performances the company will introduce participants to this unique artform. Step Afrika’s repertory includes West African traditional dance, South African contemporary & traditional dance styles, tap, slam poetry and fraternity & sorority styles of stepping. The company has been critically-acclaimed for its efforts to promote an understanding of and appreciation for stepping and the dance tradition’s use as an educational tool for young people worldwide.

FUNDING: Green Is The New Black is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by Carver Community Cultural Center in partnership with Dance Place, Washington Performing Arts Society and NPN. For more information: www.npnweb.org.

For more information, please call (210) 207-2719.

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