"I grew up in the theatre. I made my acting debut at the age of 10 - in a theatre company with which I performed for 9 years. I always left school earlier than necessary to hide at the back of the theatre and watch the entire technical rehearsal setup. It seemed to me that anything that occurred within the frame of the proscenium had supernatural powers."
There will be no classes held on Sunday May 19 or Monday May 20. Enjoy the long weekend!
In honour of the Guelph Dance Festival, professional class on Friday May 31 will be held from 10:00am to 11:30am. Visiting dancers are more than welcome to attend the class with Suzette Sherman.
Interested in an immersive and transformative dance experience this summer? Check out the programming being offered in July and August, for intermediate, advanced and professional dancers.
This is not dance for dance’s sake, for an audience of dancers, for the little kingdom to which contemporary dance has been relegated. This is dance for people who are curious, who love architecture, who need beauty, who wish to feel.
We are working to reaffirm certain values that are threatened in our society such as dignity, respect, honour, and commitment.
My dancers have always been individuals, each physically unique, embodying their own character powerfully and clearly, and they have touched people profoundly on every continent. I honour my role as teacher and have spent my lifetime collaborating in the creation of dance instruments that are open, strong, and true.
It was Martha Graham’s intention to create a universal dance language. North America has been a new frontier for the world and is peopled by members of every race. She was influenced by African dance forms and rhythms, by Asian philosophies and their physical disciplines, and she borrowed elements from European theatre dance.
In my class I acknowledge my inheritance from the artists who have preceded me in Modern Dance, and I trust that in allowing my teaching to be inspired by the great dancers who illuminate my Life’s work, a new dance language will continue to evolve.