9th Way to Redefine Yourself: Modern with Helanius at Joy of Motion/Friendship Heights

modern danceFor day nine of my 10 day dance challenge, I was at Joy of Motion/Friendship Heights for modern with Helanius Wilkins. I met Helanius a few months back when I interviewed him for danceDC so was excited to take his low intermediate level class. He started the class with plenty of exercises to warm up our feet. Before moving into across the floor exercises, he taught a short combination that had us constantly changing directions. I was extremely confused when he first showed it, but I think I finally had it down by the last time we did it in groups.

One of the across the floor exercises that stood out in my mind included a cart-wheel. I can’t remember the last time I had done one so was happy to give it a try. I thought we were doing another short across the floor exercise, but it turned into a longer combination that we did in smaller groups of three or four. The combination also included lots of changes in directions like the short combo from earlier in the class. I liked that the choreography traveled across the floor and used the whole space. Helanius also had such a pleasant demeanor while teaching class. I really appreciated that. If you’re looking to learn from a positive role model and also to take a fun, modern class, I hope you’ll try one of Helanius’ classes.

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danceDC Weekend Event Guide 9/18-9/19

Dance/MetroDC┬áhosted its Fall Season All Dance Kick-Off Party at the Skybar of the Beacon Hotel on Wednesday, September 15th. I was in attendance to enjoy the roof top views and also to watch members of Urban Artistry break it down. At the party, I was thrilled to meet Helanius J. Wilkins, Artistic Director of Edgeworks Dance Theater. His all male contemporary dance company will be performing this weekend at the American Dance Institute. I’m hoping to make it to their 3pm performance on Sunday as I’ll be taking in the sites and sounds of the H Street Festival on Saturday. Hope your weekend is full of dancing!

Saturday, September 18th

Sunday, September 19th

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