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    Cara McManus

    Cara McManus

    Graham Technique

    Biography:

    Cara trained in her native Falmouth, MA, then earned a BFA in dance and a BA in Comparative Literature from Fordham University and the Ailey School. She currently performs with the Caterina Rago Dance Company and teaches at the Martha Graham School. Before that, she performed for 5 years with the Martha Graham Dance Company and Graham II in NYC seasons and on tours. She has also performed with the Nai- Ni Chen Dance Company and Joshua Beamish's MOVE: The Company, and was recently featured in The White Wolf, a film by visual artist Sue de Beer displayed at the Marianne Boesky Gallery in NYC.




    Class Description:



    Cara's Graham class draws on her extensive experience studying under Graham masters at the Ailey School and the Graham School, such as Christine Dakin, Jacqulyn Buglisi, Denise Vale, and Peggy Lyman, as well as her experience rehearsing and performing with the Martha Graham Dance Company. The class starts with a traditional floorwork that centralizes the breath and the spiral, activating these processes through the use of vibrant imagery. We then continue through standing exercises that grow from spinal alignment and articulation, and end with combinations that weave together the fundamental elements of the technique into a dance. Particular attention is paid throughout to movement quality, and individual-based feedback is utilized heavily.

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