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Raphaëlle started her dance training at the Centre
Chorégraphique Veronique Théry in France. After her high
school diploma in art and literature, she moved to Paris to
study at the Centre de Danse Rick Odums, in Paris.
Advanced Beginner Level
Tuesdays and Fridays, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Raphaëlle came to the Martha Graham school in New York City in 2006 with a merit scholarship and danced for Graham II until 2009. She was a teacher at the Graham School for the Young Artist Program. She assisted Marnie Thomas at Peridance Capezio center and Adelphi University.
Raphaëlle Kessedjian joined Nu Dance Theater in July 2008, and Caliince Dance since September 2009. She recently has been a member of the Martha Graham Dance Company for their italian production "Cercando Picasso."
Raphaëlle is also a certified Pilates and Gyrotonic® instructor at the Sal Anthony's Movement salon.
The class taught by Raphaelle Kessedjian will be drawn from the syllabus of the Martha Graham Technique. The class will begin with the floorwork, moving on to the standing exercises, building into moving across the floor and a combination. The principals of the Graham technique will be explored such as the contraction, spirals, leg extensions, off balances exercises, shifts of weight, jumps, and challenging combinations incorporating all the basics elements.
The use of the back will be emphasized as the various floor exercises are evolved and the basics are mastered. The standing work will focus on sustaining balance while strengthening the use of the torso, the extremities, and challenging weight changes that define the Graham vocabulary.
As the class builds up the transitions, dynamics, and phrasing will be the major focus with the overall goal of finding how to create a dancing experience in the process of learning to speak the language.