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PLUNGE: Performance-based
Seminar Program for International F-1 Students

Length of program: 6 months
Program start date: the first day of each month all year round
Seminar classes each week:

  • 2 hours voice work
  • 4 hours performance workshop classes

Plus your choice of 8 classes from the Peridance Open Class Schedule:

  • Choose from different levels of ballet, modern, contemporary, heels,
    hip- hop, street styles, tap, Jazz/theater, Barre à Terre, Gyrokinesis,
    African based dance & Samurai Sword Fight!
  • Informal studio performances at the end of every 3-month cycle

Tuition: $3600 for the entire 6 months of study.

For more information, contact
Isabel Eisen, International Programs Coordinator

PLUNGE is a weekly seminar course that uses Dance Theater principles to deliver material and performance strategies to enhance each individual dance artist's abilities.

  • The first portion of class will focus on preparing the performing body through exercises focused on the musculoskeletal system, mind-body connection, and self-care.
    By adopting yoga philosophies, the class draws in keen body awareness, flexibility, strength, power, and balance.
  • The second portion of class will explore theatrical and movement strategies to build choreography that will be performed at the end of each 3-month seminar cycle. Some of the performance elements include:
    • Theater improvisation to enhance emotional & mental awareness, while exploring character development & igniting the imagination
    • Movement improvisation to enhance physical awareness, movement vocabulary, & personal artistry
    • Contemporary dance Choreography
      • Hyper-physical complex phrase-work
      • Floor-work sequences
      • Contemporary partnering

Performance Workshop Instructor:

Mathew James earned his MFA at Tisch School of the Arts in Performance & Choreography, as well as his Yoga teaching certification at The Perri Institute of Mind and Body. He received his BA at Loyola Marymount University, where he performed repertoire by Barak Marshall and Lillian Barbeito, Co-Artistic Director of BODYTRAFFIC. Mathew has performed works by Bill T. Jones, Shannon Gillen, Felipe Barrueto of Joe Good Performance Group, former NYC Ballet Soloist Nolan T'sani, Kevin Williamson, and Lauren Adams. He has performed professionally with Red Bucket Dance Theatre, NickersonRossi Dance, Los Angeles Movement Arts, and consistently worked in the commercial industry as a dancer and movement director with brands such as Diesel Jeans and Disney Channel. Mathew produced his first evening-length work, Hostage in Sovereignty, in 2013. Most recently, Mathew choreographed a work for the Jewish Community Center: Manhattan, worked with creative team, Sonya Tayeh, The Bengsons, and Joe Lampert on the development of the production, The Lucky Ones, and performed work by Mat Elder Dance in NYC, Baltimore, & Boston. Currently, Mathew is the Artistic Director and Choreographer for U R B A N / T R I B E. Mathew has presented work with U R B A N / T R I B E at Stub Theater in Los Angeles, The Jack Crystal Theater, Access Theater SoHo, The Dance Theater Lab in Purchase, NY, and Salvatore Capezio Theater. For more information visit: URBAN-TRIBE.ORG

Aubrey Johnson has held jazz voice teaching positions at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, The New England Conservatory, and currently Queens College, Montclair State University, Peridance Capezio Center, and the New York Jazz Academy. She will be releasing her debut album of her original music and arrangements on legendary saxophonist Greg Osby's record label, Inner Circle Music, in early 2018. Aubrey's voice is featured on Bobby McFerrin's Grammy-nominated album, "VoCAbuLaries". She has toured with John Zorn's vocal group, Mycale in South/Central America, and has performed and taught workshops throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and China.