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Teachers at the Old Town School

Monica Thomas

Dance

Monica fosters a fun and engaging learning environment that allows for personal empowerment and creative outlet. We focus on solid fundamentals of dance technique while also exploring major movement concepts, using Anne Green Gilbert's philosophy of BrainDance and ideas based on Laban Movement fundamentals. She emphasizes personal progress and achievements and encourages group collaboration. This leads students to a better understanding of their bodies and themselves.

Monica is a performer, choreographer, and filmmaker. As a dancer and actor, she has performed with Winifred Haun & Dancers, Mordine & Company, Striding Lion Performance Group, Redmoon, The Whiskey Rebellion, and The House Theater. Her film work has shown at festivals nationally and internationally. She is a former High Concept Laboratories Sponsored Artist and received the choreographic mentorship from Mordine & Company in 2013.

Started at the Old Town School in March of 2014


Group Classes for the session beginning 09/02/2019

Youth Dance Ensemble: Level 1 & 2 with Monica Thomas

for kids with birthdays between: 09/03/2009 and 09/03/2012
The OTS Dance Ensemble is a performance-focused opportunity for young dancers. Under the direction of Monica Thomas, dancers will prepare a repertoire of material that they will showcase at an array of public performances both at OTS and in the larger Chicago community. In the process, dancers will develop their individual creative voices while also building collaboration skills. They will learn an array of dance styles from many dance professionals as well as improvising and choreographing their own movement material. Through public performances, dancers will have an expressive outlet while building community connections as representatives of the Old Town School. The Old Town Dance Ensemble has a four-fold mission: Creativity - leading young dancers to find their individual creative voices by exposing them to an array of dance styles as well as dance composition methods Collaboration - Providing a fast-paced yet supportive environment where students collaborate as an ensemble and work with a number of professional dance artists Performance - giving young dancers opportunities to hone their performance preparation skills in a multitude of performance settings Community - to bring dance of many styles into our communities, exposing audiences to the offerings at OTS and building the profile of the dance program, as well as making dance performance accessible to all

$480 ($460 members)

09/03/2019 – 12/17/2019 (16 meetings)

Tuesdays · 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Youth Dance Ensemble: Level 3 - 5 with Monica Thomas

for kids with birthdays between: 10/03/2002 and 09/03/2008
The OTS Dance Ensemble is a performance-focused opportunity for young dancers. Under the direction of Monica Thomas, dancers will prepare a repertoire of material that they will showcase at an array of public performances both at OTS and in the larger Chicago community. In the process, dancers will develop their individual creative voices while also building collaboration skills. They will learn an array of dance styles from many dance professionals as well as improvising and choreographing their own movement material. Through public performances, dancers will have an expressive outlet while building community connections as representatives of the Old Town School. The Old Town Dance Ensemble has a four-fold mission: Creativity - leading young dancers to find their individual creative voices by exposing them to an array of dance styles as well as dance composition methods Collaboration - Providing a fast-paced yet supportive environment where students collaborate as an ensemble and work with a number of professional dance artists Performance - giving young dancers opportunities to hone their performance preparation skills in a multitude of performance settings Community - to bring dance of many styles into our communities, exposing audiences to the offerings at OTS and building the profile of the dance program, as well as making dance performance accessible to all

$480 ($460 members)

09/03/2019 – 12/17/2019 (16 meetings)

Tuesdays · 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave