Fun·da·men·tal/

fəndəˈmen(t)əl/

adjective

forming a necessary base or core; of central importance.
“the protection of fundamental human rights”
Synonyms: basic, underlying, core, foundational, rudimentary, elemental, basal, root

DANCE FUNDAMENTALS

Release Technique, Floorwork, and Structured Improvisation for adult beginner dancers.

This program is ideal for adult* dancers looking for an introduction to western contemporary dance in a fun, welcoming, safe environment, or for adult dancers coming back to dance after some time away. The intention behind these classes is to work with your body exactly where it’s at, to develop your personal dance voice. We learn release technique for efficiency of movement and body mechanics, and we apply this technique to dance phrases and short choreographies. But technique is not all we do; the classes are premised on an ongoing commitment to physical autonomy and creative expression; explored through experiential anatomy, embodiment exercises, and structured improvisation.

At the core of these classes is a commitment to body love. For Laura, body positivity includes intersections of body shape, size, age, shade, mobility, gender, and sexuality. Laura’s pedagogy strives to deconstruct capitalist beauty narratives, creating space for dance as an expression of joy, self-sovereignty, and self-love.

*“adult” is flexible – if you are an interested teen, please feel welcome to join! All students are welcome to select their own level or if you are unsure of which level would be most appropriate for you, please don’t hesitate to email: laurajunedance@gmail.com

Levels

Level 1: This class moves slowly. We break down movements in detail with as much time as desired for questions. Improvisation exercises are explained step by step, building gently from one consideration to the next. There is an emphasis on safety and alignment, with little to no memorization between classes.

Level 2: Though this is still a beginner class, Level 2 moves a little faster than the Level 1. We generally cover more material at a quicker pace, spending less time on explanations and questions. Longer movement phrases require more memorization, and both improvisational scores and across the floor exercises are more complex and challenging than in Level 1.

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SCHOLARSHIP
OPPORTUNITY

Six scholarships for social justice organizers are available for the upcoming series of Dance Fundamentals classes (three class times, offering two spots in each class). These scholarships are available to organizers in Indigenous, anti-oppression, and QTBIPOC communities. These spots will be filled on a first come-first served basis. Applicants need not clarify or position themselves, just get in touch to register.

CONTACT FOR MORE INFO

WEEKLY SCHEDULE

  • Monday

    7:30pm – 9:00pm
    Sept 9 – Nov 18 (no class Oct 14 & Nov 11)

    Level 2

    Ache Brasil: 341 E Broadway (near Kingsway St)
    Vancouver, BC

     

    9 Weeks // $160 (no tax)

  • Tuesday

    6:00 – 7:30pm

    Sept 10 – Nov 18 (no class Oct 14 & Nov 11)

    Level 1

    KW Studios: 250 – 111 W Hastings St.
    Vancouver, BC
    (in the old W2 space, enter through the Woodwards Atrium)

     

    9 Weeks // $160 (no tax)

Enrolment Process

To enrol, please send your registration payment through:

Interac E-transfer $160 (no tax this session!) to laurajunedance@gmail.com

PayPal $160 + $5 PayPal fees (no tax this session!) = $165 total, to laurajunedance@gmail.com

Please note that I do not accept hyperwallet.

*** Please indicate which class you are registering for in the notes section of your PayPal or email money transfer! If you are sending through E-transfer, please send your security answer in a separate email to laurajunedance@gmail.com.

Upon receipt of payment I will confirm your registration. So looking forward to dancing with you!

  • "Laura is an amazing teacher who has made a profound impact on my life. I have had the privilege of studying with her for several years now, and during that time I have learnt an incredible deal about myself, my body, movement, creativity, and being in the world. Her way of guiding students through the study of dance is respectful, thoughtful, understanding, gentle, playful and supportive. I also greatly appreciate the fact that she brings the social justice perspective into her teaching. It has been a truly transformative experience working with her, and I'm immensely grateful for this opportunity."  — Anastasia Gaisenok
  • "My movement journey started with Laura over 6 years ago as one of the first dance influencers in my adult life. I wanted to gain a deeper connection with my mind and body after coming out of a particularly low period at the time.  Laura's guidance, thoughtfulness, patience and positivity has allowed me to learn so much about functional body movement, dancing outside of the box and moving with more expression. I feel much more confident as a dancer, and most importantly connected with my physical body. Laura fosters a safe space and encourages body positive principles to all levels of dancers. She has created a strong community of students in a supportive environment. I am thankful for Laura's teachings and invaluable depth of knowledge.  Her ideas, willingness to continually learn and openly share these experiences with her students is infections and ever so inspiring." — Cynthia Cruz Anton
  • "I had been dancing for many years when I had a serious work accident. It took me a few years to come back to dance, but when I did, I was fortunate enough to be directed to Laura June's previous Company. Through her classes in that dance form, as well as her Fundamentals classes, I have regained a lot of strength and am working on flexibility. My posture and confidence in both dance forms has improved and I continue to grow as a dancer. Her classes were something very foreign to me, not having ever taken any classical dance training before, but the classes are warm, inviting and totally inclusive! I do not have a "dancer's" body, by industry standards, but that does not matter. She has been a true support, and an amazing teacher in my dance journey, and I highly recommend her classes for ALL levels of dancers." — Rhonda Walsh
  • "I have been studying dance with Laura June for the past six years. As a teacher myself, and as someone with a PhD in Arts Education, I can honestly say that Laura is among the teachers whose teaching style and presence have most impressed and influenced me. There can be no question that she is an absolute expert in her areas of practice and yet she remains humble, open to learning, and remarkably dedicated to meeting her students where they each individually are. Her passion, joy, and willingness to work hard are all infectious in her dance classes, and she facilitates an environment where students are inspired to learn more and also to establish communities with one another. She is generous with her time, her insights, and her praise (which never feels forced) and she is committed to ensuring that the competitiveness and negative self-consciousness that can pervade dance spaces are openly addressed and actively dispelled from her classroom spaces. I have learned so much from Laura. Of course, there are the particular dance styles and movement vocabularies that I have learned, but I have also learned about myself as a human, a woman, an activist, and a feminist." — Julia Lane
  • "I don't know how, no matter how sick, exhausted or unmotivated I feel, Laura June’s Dance Fundamentals Class brings out the best in me...I started this session not really knowing what to expect, as most of my previous classes had followed a specific genre. For someone who leans towards structured choreography, it was challenging, but in a very good way, to allow myself to explore movement without being confined by a repertoire. All of this in an environment that encouraged self-discovery rather than achievement, which made it a pleasure to go to class even on the coldest and rainiest days. One aspect I felt I improved on was a growing awareness of my core and my leg muscles when moving on only one leg. This has been very useful in other dance forms I practice, like salsa, bachata and cabaret. Super grateful for this chance to "comfortably get out of my comfort zone" and looking forward to further exploring these kick, jumps, floor rolls and equilibria!" — Sarah - Voirelia Core Consultant