Teachers at the Old Town School

Christine Betsill

Modern Dance

Christine Betsill is a Carolina-bred, internationally working dancer, singer, and Alexander Technique Teacher.

Christine believes that the dance studio is a place for students to realize the power of the body. It is a self-discovery on all fronts. Her goal is to have each student develop a deeper awareness of their own individual body through somatic warm ups, experiential hand-on feedback, and juicy movement phrases. Christine’s studies in the Alexander Technique, Body-Mind Centering, and Laban-Bartenieff Fundamentals are incorporated into her technique class.

Christine was the co-founder and Artistic Director of Thread Meddle Outfit from 2005-2010. She received a Bachelors Degree in Vocal Performance and a MFA in Choreography from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. She received her Alexander Technique training at LCATT in London UK and ATTiC in Chicago, Illinois, completing her certificate in 2014. She has taught classes at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, Columbia College Chicago, New Trier High School, DUOC University of Chile, and Dovetail Studios among others.

Started at the Old Town School in June of 2019

Group Classes for the session beginning 10/26/2020

Modern Dance: Beg with Christine Betsill

This studio based movement class is geared toward beginner dancers with little or no experience with formal dance training. The class will focus on building the fundamentals of physical awareness using methods and techniques developed by American Modern Dance masters from Martha Graham to Bill T. Jones. Students will also be introduced to movement improvisation and the fundamentals of dance composition as it is practiced by Modern Dance artists. General Class format: • Set warm-up incorporating full body movements, specific articulations and simple stretches • Phrases with a focus on building students’ knowledge of modern dance’s movement vocabulary • Improvisation/compositional exercises that draw on students’ individual creative process • Learning and perfecting set choreographic phrases Class Objectives: • Develop the student’s general physical coordination • Cultivate student’s ability to learn, execute, and remember set choreography • Introduce students to the artistic, expressive, and creative possibilities of movement

$82 ($72 members)

10/29/2020 – 11/19/2020 (4 meetings)

Thursdays · 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM · Online Classes Available

Modern Dance: Intermediate and Advanced with Christine Betsill

This is a studio based movement class geared toward dancers with some (or extensive) dance experience. The class will focus on specific technical components of Contemporary concert dance forms. Classes may focus on one or several of the following elements: • Clear articulation of torso, joints, and limbs • Attention to shifting body alignment • Jumps, turns, and floor work • Musicality • Complex dynamic situations • Issues in performance • Improvisation General Class Format: • Set warm-up incorporating full-body movement, fine articulation, and stretching • Movement phrases and exercises with a focus on building strength, flexibility, alignment, and balance • Movement phrases and exercises designed to build the student’s movement vocabulary and challenge them physically • Set choreographic phrases Class Objectives: • Perfect and expand student’s current movement knowledge as it relates to Contemporary concert dance forms • Refine student’s technical abilities in relation to strength, flexibility, balance, articulation, rhythm, and alignment. • Introduce students to performance elements such as focus, breath and dynamics • Cultivate student’s ability to learn, execute, and remember set choreography

$82 ($72 members)

10/29/2020 – 11/19/2020 (4 meetings)

Thursdays · 8:00 PM – 9:15 PM · Online Classes Available