Faculty Profile Grace Whitworth

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    Grace Whitworth

    Grace Whitworth

    Contemporary

    Biography:

    Grace Whitworth was born in Cleveland, OH and grew up dancing at the Fine Arts Association (FAA) in Willoughby, OH. The FAA awarded her the Outstanding Senior Award and a scholarship to Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. She graduated with the Nicole Marie Falbo Memorial Scholarship and a BA in Dance, concentrations in both Ballet and Contemporary studies. Grace danced in Chicago, on scholarship, at Lou Conte Dance School (home of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago). She joined Graham based dance company, Winifred Haun and Dancers and soon began dancing regularly with Jaxon Movement Arts and Thodos Dance Chicago "New Dances". As a freelance dancer, Grace performed notably in Dance Chance (Eduardo Zuniga, former Luna Negra dancer), Dance Chance Redux (Autumn Eckman, former Hubbard Street dancer). Grace moved to NYC in 2011 and began dancing for YY Dance Company. YYDC has performed full length works at Dixon Place, Peridance, FLICfest, Jacob’s Pillow, Summer Stage, International Fringe Festival, Jiangxi Nanchang, China, and this amazing show and audience in Aachen, Germany.

    Class Description:



    Grace’s teaching style is directly related to Yin Yue’s FoCo Technique, as she has studied alongside Yin Yue for the past eight years. The FoCo class requires sophisticated understanding of dance technique and demands strong physical and mental stamina. The class is 90 min and it starts with an active follow-along sequence including Triggering, Rooting and Mapping. In each of these sections, students are led by the instructor to create awareness in muscular structure, familiar with rhythmic pattern and generate heat in the body to prepare for the phrase work. In the second part of the class a specific phrase work will be created or a suitable combination from a rep will be taught in details.

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