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Programming Spotlight: Spring-ish Dance Classes

All this month, we have another limited-run of drop-in dances classes at Le Mondo! Join us and work with local professionals on dance and movement. We always have some unique classes not typically available in the Baltimore area.



Monday, March 20


Instructor: danah bella

An investigation of movement from the inside out, this class encourages efficient use of alignment while exploring full bodied movement with an emphasis on strength, breath and dynamics. We begin with a gentle warm-up investigating Functional Awareness® principals and transition to a choreographed phrase, an opportunity to discover the body’s unique potential, and find one’s individual voice.


danah bella is the founding chair of the Dance Department at the Peabody Conservatory. Since its launch in 2018, bella has led the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance program with an intentional focus on interdisciplinary studies, social justice, and a wide variety of movement, performance, and choreography opportunities for every student. She has worked in higher education since 2002, teaching modern technique, dance theory, and history.

In addition to her role at the Peabody Conservatory, bella has served as an artist-in-residence and taught workshops at festivals and universities throughout the United States and abroad, including Pro Danza Italia, Bates Dance Festival, Monterey Dance Fest, the American College Dance Association’s Regional and National Conferences, Western Michigan University, University of Virginia, Oklahoma Contemporary Dance Festival, Santa Barbara City College, and Goose Route Dance Festival.

An award-winning choreographer, she is the artistic director of d a n a h b e l l a DanceWorks, a modern dance company focused on reclaiming evocative movement as social practice, and a founding member of Colectivo Caliban, an artist collective that transgresses disciplinary borders through sound and movement. bella has performed and presented her work throughout the country including the Cool New York Festival in New York, the United States Asian American Festival in San Francisco, the Bates Dance Festival in Maine, the American College Dance Association’s National Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center, ReVIEWING Black Mountain College international conference in Asheville, N.C., as well as in Mexico and Italy.



Instructor: Kelly Hirina

Countertechnique, created by Anouk van Dijk, provides tools for body and mind to deal with the deman­ding dance practice of the 21st century. It is a movement system to help the dancer think about the dancing body, focusing on the process of incorporating information into action. Within a clear structure of exercises, the Countertechnique class thoroughly prepares the body for rehearsal and performance, enabling dancers to move bigger, more fluidly and more spatially, while becoming stronger and more flexible. [MORE ON KELLY...]




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