For a mere $10.00 transcend into the world of martial arts.
Martial arts, like dance, constitutes an inscribed practice upon the body. In essence, it IS dance: sparring with a partner is a dance with another, and performing kata is a dance with oneself. In either case, there are lessons to be gained from martial arts applicable to the stage: namely, an awareness of one’s core in guiding movement and controlling tension and release of muscles, allowing for both “hard” and “soft” dynamic movement, as well as maintaining balance.
Class will consist of a short description, a warm up, and techniques from Goju-Ryu Karate kata (forms) involving stance/core awareness in conjunction with movement of the limbs, modifiable to the student’s level of ability. The class will end with an experimental portion where students take what they learned and apply it to improvised dance. Ideally this will allow the student to have an additional perspective to add to act choreographing which will allow them to maintain balance and engage in dynamic movement, whether involving tension or receptivity.
This workshop incorporates standing and positioning the legs, but can be modified since engaging the core can be done from a seated position as well. This class does require mobility of the arms and hands.
Rambo Reza is a transfeminine burlesque performer from Tucson, AZ, who has been performing for three years. Starting in Tucson’s male revue The Manly Manlesque Show, Rambo eventually enrolled in Inga Kaboom’s nascent Burlesque for the Soul program, thus having experience in both masculine and feminine environments. In 2015, Rambo briefly resided in Seattle, and made her national appearance in a festival circuit encompassing the Southwest Burlesque Showcase, Oregon Burlesque Festival, ABurlyQ! Burlesque and Sideshow Spectaculár, Michigan Burlesque Festival, and Arizona Burlesque Festival. She came out as a trans girl at the end of her festival circuit, and now resides in Tucson, AZ where she continues honing her craft, working on her Ph.D., and gender transitioning.
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