Faculty Profile Sumi Clements

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    Sumi Clements

    Sumi Clements

    Contemporary

    Biography:

    Sumi is the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Summation Dance, based in New York City. A native of California, Sumi received her BFA in Dance from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She then moved to New York where she was a member of Peter Kyle Dance and involved in various projects around the city before returning to study at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Upon receiving her MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography, she went on to co- found Summation Dance, producing annual seasons at Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Fishman Theater, Baryshnikov Arts Center, and the Dancing Literate Project at Judson Memorial Church. Her work has also been shown at Danspace at St. Mark’s Church, the 92nd St Y, Baruch College, La Mama, FlicFest at the Irondale Center, Dance New Amsterdam, and San Francisco’s ZSpace, among others. She has worked with Dylan Crossman, Gerald Casel Dance Company and Sarah Holmes Danceworks, and has performed in the works of Doug Varone, Alwin Nikolais, Kyle Abraham, Andrea Miller and Sydney Skybetter. Sumi has completed numerous university residencies, is on faculty at the Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop in Colorado, and is a Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) graduate.

    Class Description

    Class begins with a standing warm-up that explores mobility and dynamic flow. Exercises are focused on strengthening the core and reinforcing alignment to allow for freedom of the limbs. Emphasis is placed on quick shifting of the weight, locomotion, suspension, collapse, and projection into and through space. Class culminates in a vigorous phrase in the style of Summation repertory, requiring strong full-body involvement and ease moving in and out of the floor. I aim to offer students a comprehensive and energetic exploration of the body in an environment that encourages students to find their own unique voice while sweating it out!