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The latest from Omaha’s modern dance community

New time for Friday company class

6:30 – 8:00 is the new time for the Friday night Int/Adv modern class with Susan Dickson-Matsunami.

Classes are at Robin Welch Dance Arts at 8801 F St.

Also, the new session for Omdc classes starts Friday, November 4th.  Sessions are only $85 and gives you 12 classes.  What a great way to stay in shape over the upcoming holidays!

For more information, contact omdc at

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New Modern Dance Class with Maya Taylor

Maya Taylor is teaching an Int/Adv modern dance class on Saturdays beginning October 8, 2011.Maya Taylor

Classes will be held from 4:15 – 5:45pm at the Omaha Academy of Ballet studios at 4950 Dodge St.

Class fee is $12 (cash).

Maya received her BFA from the Alvin Ailey/Fordham University dance program. While at The Ailey School, she performed the works of Robert Battle, Pascal Rioult, Lar Lubovitch, Jacqulyn Buglisi, and Alvin Ailey among many others. She is a 2003 alumna of the Contemporary Program at Jacob’s Pillow, where she was introduced to works by Maguy Marin, Pina Bausch, and Angelin Preljocaj. Maya joined Elisa Monte Dance in 2006, performing Monte’s works throughout Europe and the United States until 2009. She was the 2010-2011 guest artist of UNO’s The Moving Company, and most recently performed Brice Mousset’s Red for the Pushing Progress 2011 Showcase Series at Manhattan Movement Arts Center.

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45° Celsius – Omaha’s first movement arts festival!

OMAHA, Ne. — The concept is broad, but the works are short: 45 to 60 seconds in most cases. That’s the unique feature of 45° Celsius, Omaha’s first “movement arts festival.”

Click here to read more about the participating artists…

“Sometimes the most challenging part of creativity is deciding what to leave out,” said festival coordinator Liz Ivkovich. “Our artists met that challenge head-on — and the result is a program that’s wide-ranging, innovative, and a lot of fun to watch.”

The results will be on view in an outdoor, free-admission performance on Sunday, August 14, at the Stinson Park Amphitheater in Aksarben Village. The event will begin at 6 pm with a half-hour concert by local musicians, followed by the 45-minute movement arts concert beginning at 7 pm.

Sponsored by the Omaha Modern Dance Collective, 45° Celsius will feature solo and group movement works created by thirteen artists on a total of more than 50 dancers. Styles of work on the program include mainstream modern and urban contemporary dance, a dance/yoga hybrid, a work incorporating hula-hoop performers, and a “flash-mob” work in which the audience will be invited to participate.

Featured guest artist Maya Taylor is staging a solo and a group work for the performance. Taylor, daughter of influential Omaha choreographer Mary Waugh Taylor [1956-2010], is a professional dance performer, choreographer and teacher who divides her time between Omaha and New York. She is a graduate of the Alvin Ailey/Fordham University dance program, and toured internationally with the Elisa Monte Dance company from 2006 through 2009.

Ticket information: No ticket required! The performance is free (although donations will be welcome.)

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