In case you missed the last Workinonit (works in progress cabaret), the students of Laurel's Dance Fitness and Solo Rhythm Salsa classes put together and awesome surprise for Laurel. In anticipation of Workinonit, Laurel rallied her nearly two dozen of her students, most of whom have never done any kind of latin dance before, to perform three short routines. Not only did all the students bring amazing energy, but, in appreciation of all Laurel has given then, they threw down a sweet surprise: team T-shirts. Laurel had no idea! The shirts read: BOOM BOOM BA! Laurel's scats for half of a salsa basic step. We'll post a video soon with highlights from the whole night.
Check the schedule to sign up for any of Laurel's super saucy, body positive classes!
UMA has a few ways to stay warm as it only gets colder outside.
The classes we added this fall: Locking with Drew Ramsey, B'more Afro House with Sanchel Brown, and Hip Hop with Majesqitue, among others are SWEATY.
There's also a lot to warm the spirit. WORKINONIT, our next works in progress showing is Nov 29 at 9 pm. It's about seeing what different kinds of movement artists within the community are up to, as well as celebrate the progress of our adult students, with demos from different classes. Informal and friendly, BYOB if you fancy, it's cozy vibes.
But really, this blog headline is just an excuse to share this video of excerpts from this summer's Artists in Residence performance. Hot. Hot. Hot.
update: for info on their final showing, visit the Upcoming Events page HERE.
Maddie & Kayla take class at UMA nearly every single day. When they applied for our summer residency, it became clear I needed to create a longer-term program for movers to do some slow cooking of creative ideas alongside their committed training in our classes. As two young women recently out of college and settling into Philly, they also were asking questions about the technical side self producing. They were diligent and excited about helping with other productions in the space, and thinking about dance in Philly at large. Kayla helped run lights and sound for me fringe show with Metal (and had a dancing cameo). Maddie performed at our works-in-progress-cabaret workinonit this past July and has written about UMA and other aspects of dance in Philly for thinkingDance. And so, I present to you, UMA's first Choreographic Fellows: Maddie & Kayla. They will present a full evening performance on Sunday Dec 16 at 7 and 9 pm!
September was FIRE. Philly Kerplop, UMA's in house music and dance ensemble took over LOVE Park, with Chi Chi Chip (Ode to the Gnarly) a bizarre and slap happy mix of virtuosity, social commentary, and goofiness. UMA instructors Lily Kind & BBoy Metal threw down an intimate and intricate double-solo show both heart warming and hilarious. Check out some photos and reviews!
Lots of love for Indestructible Flowers from thinkingDance and The Philadelphia Dance Journal (so many great photos!)
I asked Pilar for a peak into what she's been working on at UMA. She shared, "Words I'm playing with right now: invasion, discomfort, shifts, siblings, foundation, flooding."
UMA's founding director Vince Johnson, along with many of our all star teachers, have been performing around Philadelphia more frequently this year, expanding their repertoire of engaging and entertaining performances for audience of all ages. Drawing on his years of experience creating family friendly performances for Move Makers showcases, as well his work as an independent performing artist, Vince will be continuing to create performances under the new title Philly Kerplop! Most recently, Kerplop performed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. On June 14th, they'll be presenting at the Performance Garage.
Check out Kerplop's new website. Kerplop is excited about touring their work to new audiences outside of Philadelphia.
Drawing on vaudeville traditions, Philly Kerplop is both big and boisterous as well as site specific and intimate. Kerplop includes a rotating cast of Philly's best dance theater performers that can expand to fill auditoriums and lecture halls. At the same time, 'i.d.' a duet between Vince and Francois Zayas (Philly Music Factory), is also a Kerplop show that can fit into any dance studio or black box theater. Last summer, Vince was the recipient of a MANCC Choreographic Lab residency. He took this opportunity to research and develop the duet material, and first presented it locally as the inaugural performance after the studio renovation during this past fall, during the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Keep an eye out for more from Kerplop!