COMMUNITY /// Gearshifting OPEN advanced level contemporary dance classes

Gearshifting Performance Works is hosting five open advanced level contemporary dance classes in December, 2015. Classes are 75 minutes in duration. 

Tuesday, December 15, 10:00-11:15am
Thursday, December 17, 10:00-11:15am
Friday, December 18, 10:00-11:15am
Monday, December 21, 10:00-11:15am
Tuesday, December 22, 10:00-11:15am

All classes are at the NAfro studios, 109 Pulford Street.
Cost: $5 per class for drop in’s, payable directly prior to class, cash only please
Teacher: Jolene Bailie
Accompanist: Ian Mikita

Please respect start times. Scent free environment.
Studio will be open 20 minutes prior to start time.
No latecomers please.

Please share this information with anyone and/or invite friends who you think may be interested. 

Background info and more about it: 
Gearshifting Performance Works offers open classes at select times during the season and has been providing open classes to the community since 2004. Classes are most often taught by Artistic Director, Jolene Bailie. 

Jolene Bailie is well-respected for her education activities and teaching expertise, teaching in numerous schools and institutions since 1995. Jolene holds a B.A Honors degree with a specialization in dance from The University of Winnipeg, a Teacher’s Certificate with Distinction from The Royal Academy of Dance and a Master of Fine Arts in Dance through The American Dance Festival/Hollins University. Jolene teaches extensively, including regularly teaching at The School of Contemporary Dancers (1997-present) and at The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Professional Division (2001-2002 and 2013-present). 

Jolene Bailie is a dancer, choreographer, teacher and the Founding Artistic Director of Gearshifting Performance Works. Jolene’s career began with commissioning solo works and touring solo shows extensively. In 2005 she began touring her own self-created solos and her self-created solos, most notably “Bell/Anti Bell” and “Switchback” which toured for multiple years. Her evening length works include: “Everything’s Coming Up Roses”, “Inanimate Jungles Have Clocks”, “Sensory Life, Infinite World”, “Hybrid Human”, “Inspiro”, “Aspects of Alterity”, “Eat All You Want/The Top?” and it’s further development into “All You Can Eat/The Top?”. Additional selected works include: “An Aspect of Alterity”, “Being Outer”, “Inner Being”, “A Lemon For Your Thoughts”, “Set and Re-Set”, “Gloria’s Sensoria”, “A Conception of Mentality”, “A Theory of Machines”, “Give and Take in the Kingdom of Love”, “Hybrid Xi’an”, “Today Solo”, “Are You Having Any Fun?” and “Lost”. Her outdoor durational works include: “Landscape Synergy” and “Mirage on the Muses Plateau”. Her work for bridging professionals/mentorship include: “The Bathing Ya-Ya”, “The Shadow Ya-Ya”, “Solitude”, “The Heart of Wisdom”, “Memory Forms”, “Crowding”, “Fencing”, “Stop Pause Go”, “Gearshifting”, “Yo Shakespeare” and “Hearing the Time”.

As a dancer, Jolene has also worked with Bill Evans, the Bill Evans Dance Company, Bill Evans and Friends, Trip Dance Company, Ruth Cansfield Dance and Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers. From 2001-2010, she worked all over North America on new creations with numerous celebrated choreographers and directors. These include: Marc Boivin, Marie-Josée Chartier, Denise Clarke, Deborah Dunn, Bill Evans, Don Halquist, Joe Laughlin, Jim May, Julia Sasso and Nina Watt. Highlights of her solo performing career includes: full length solo shows at The Joyce SoHo as well as studying, performing and touring seven historical works, including the suite of five solos, “Dances for Isadora”, by Jose Limon as well as “Escape” and “The End?” by Anna Sokolow. In Winnipeg, she has also worked with: Brent Lott, Rachel Browne, Stephanie Ballard and Gaile Petursson-Hiley.

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