Education

Open Class
Gearshifting Performance Works offers open company class 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. In addition to this, classes and workshops with Guest Teachers are presented.

Open Class is an Advanced/Professional level class. Classes are 75- 90 minutes in duration. The most current info can be found below.

2017-2018 season:
Three classes in August:
August classes taught by Artistic Director, Jolene Bailie, at 109 Pulford Street, 2nd Floor.
Wednesday, August 16, 10:30-11:45am, with percussionist Jay Stoller.
Monday, August 21, 10:30-11:45am, with percussionist Jay Stoller.
Wednesday, August 23, 10:30-11:45am, with percussionist Ian Mikita.

One class in September with Guest Artist, Marie-Josee Chartier:
Sunday, September 10, 2017, 10:30-11:45am, location TBC.

Cost: $5 per class for drop in’s. Cash Only.
Please note: Scent free environment. Classes can be cumulative.
Space opens 20 minutes before start time for dancer warm-ups.

SPRING 2017:
March 27, 28, 29 and 31, 2017
April 10-14, 2017
April 17, 2017
10:00-11:15am, Classes will be taught by Guest Choreographer: Marie-Josee Chartier, Guest Artist: Darryl Tracy and Artistic Director: Jolene Bailie.
Most classes with live percussion.
All Spring classes, with exception of April 14, will be held at the NAfro studio, 109 Pulford Street, 2nd floor.
On April 14, class will be held at The Gas Station Arts Centre.

Cost: $5 per class
Accompanists for the 2016-2017 season include: Ian Mikita, Jay Stoller and Mark Cameron.

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


RECENT:
Open Classes:
December 18-21, 2016
10:00-11:15am with live percussion by Ian Mikita and Jay Stoller.
All classes taught by Guest Teacher, Darryl Tracy
December classes held at The School of Contemporary Dancers.

September 03, 04, 05, 2016
Classes run during the long weekend, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
10:00-11:15am with live percussion.
All classes led by Artistic Director, Jolene Bailie.
All classes are held at the NAfro studio, 109 Pulford Street, 2nd floor.

August 15-26, 2016
Classes run all weekdays 10:00-11:15am with live percussion.
All classes led by Artistic Director, Jolene Bailie.
All classes are held at the NAfro studio, 109 Pulford Street, 2nd floor.

July 25-29, 2016
Classes run all weekdays 10:00-11:15am with live percussion.
July 25, 26, 28 and 29 class taught by Artistic Director, Jolene Bailie.
July 27 class taught by Johanna Riley.
All classes are held at the NAfro studio, 109 Pulford Street, 2nd floor.

March/April 2016
Monday, March 28, 10:00-11:15am at 109 Pulford Street
Tuesday, March 29, 10:00-11:15am at 109 Pulford Street
Wednesday, March 30, 10:00-11:15am at 109 Pulford Street
Thursday, March  31, 10:00-11:15am at 109 Pulford Street
Friday, April 01, 10:00-11:15am at 109 Pulford Street
Sunday, April 03, 12:00-1:15pm at The Rachel Browne Theatre
Tuesday, April 05, 10:00-11:15am at 109 Pulford Street
Wednesday, April 06, 10:00-11:15am at 109 Pulford Street
Thursday, April 07, 10:00-11:15am at 109 Pulford Street
Friday, April 08, 10:00-11:15am at 109 Pulford Street
Tuesday, April 12, 10:00-11:15am, The Rachel Browne Theatre
Wednesday, April 13, 11:30am-12:45pm, The Rachel Browne Theatre
Thursday, April 14, 11:30am-12:45pm, The Rachel Browne Theatre

October 18, 2015: Workshop with Jeanne Bresciani
Movement Workshop followed by Artist Talk

Please join us for a moving exploration of art and ideas and a celebration of the Isadora Legacy with Jeanne Bresciani, Artistic Director of the International Isadora Duncan Institute in new York City. Suitable for all level of movers, ages 16 and up. 

2:00-4:00pm Movement Workshop with Jeanne Bresciani
Pianist: Shirley Grierson
Location: The School of Contemporary Dancers, Suite 104-211 Bannatyne

The Movement Workshop will be followed by an Artist Talk
Artist Talk with Jeanne Bresciani and conversation on mythic and historical elements.
Anticipated end time is approximately 5:00pm.

Cost: $15, cash only at the event

About Jeanne Bresciani:
Jeanne Bresciani has been hailed by the internationl press as:
“The foremost interpreter of Duncan’s dance in North America”

Jeanne Bresciani, M.A., M.A., I.M.A., Ph.D., the main protégée of Maria Theresa Duncan, adopted daughter of Isadora Duncan, serves as Artistic Director for the Isadora Duncan International Institute, Inc. (IDII), founded by Maria-Theresa Duncan, ‘the last dancing Isadorable’ and Kay Bardsley in 1977. Jeanne is recognized nationally and internationally as a solo performer, choreographer, educator and scholar of unparalleled authority on Isadora Duncan’s life, works and performance repertoire. Her lineage encompasses study and performance with Hortense Kooluris and Julia Levien of the Anna and Irma Duncan heritage, as well as dance training and internship with Anita Zahn of the Elizabeth Duncan School.

 

MORE INFO:
Gearshifting Performance Works takes an active role in developing the talents of emerging professional dancers. From 2005-2008 Jolene initiated and implemented the pre-professional mentorship, SURGE and from 2008 through 2010, she also participated as a Mentor in Arts and Cultural Industries Manitoba’s Youth Mentorship Program for several years. Since April of 2010, Jolene has mentored through independent bridging projects and often in conjunction with The School of Contemporary Dancers.

Mentorship activities are project-based and can include performance opportunities for emerging dancers who are committed to their contemporary dance studies. Educational activities have included performance opportunities in conjunction with several of the company’s shows, including: petites danses (2017), Inner Compass (2016), Happyland (2016), Myriad Beings (2015), Set and Re-Set (2013), Aspects of Alterity (2012), Inspiro (2012 and 2013), Hybrid Human (2010, 2011, 2013), Sensoria (2011), Love and War (2009), Evolution (2008), Landing on a Ship in the Middle of the Ocean in the Middle of the Night (2008), Rooms With A View (April 2006), SWITCHBACK (July 2006),  GearShifting (October 2006) and Climbing to the Moon (2005).

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 throughout at the year at The School of Contemporary Dancers (1997-present) and at The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Professional Division (2001-2002 and 2013-present).

The Company is happy to teach workshops and classes throughout the season and in conjunction with touring. Please contact us for more information.   info@gearshifting.org