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Where the Wild Things Move

Youth Summer Camp

Is a youth dance camp focused in choreography, while using props, such as many plastic milk crates in order to tell a story. The participants engage in the exchange of individual ideas in order to create a unique story culminating with a performance. Everyone will get a dance workout, participate in creativity exercises, and learn choreography. While providing a safe space for self expression, the camp encourages team work with a collective goal: The Show!

Directed by Arts & Above Co-Founders Kate Jordan and Bruno Augusto, everyone will spend a week learning, creating and developing a performance. By dancing with props, we create our own story, and then we perform it.

Ages 8-12 (going into 2nd grade -5th grade recommended)
*older and younger ages may participate.


Please contact us with any questions.
#unleashedimagination #comewithus

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photo: Adina Rutherford


photo: Adina Rutherford


photo: Jon Bertsche


Técnica de la Danza Moderna Cubana

Also known as Cuban Modern Dance Technique

Created by Arnaldo Patterson and developed into a codified technique by Ramiro Guerra Suarez, in Havanna, Cuba, in 1959. This dance technique is meant to train/make the Modern and Contemporary Cuban dancer. Elements from Classical Ballet and North American dance techniques created by Martha Graham, José Limón, Doris Humphrey, and Lester Horton are the foundation. This technique also incorporates elements from Flamenco, African dances, and
Cuban Folklore, all creating a unique melange. Executed to African rhythms and sometimes chanting, it emphasizes tempo, phrasing and syncopation to
maximize its performative aspects. This particular technique requires constant awareness of the space, as the practitioners are encouraged to further their individual artistry. Bruno Augusto studied, trained and graduated in 1996 at the Escuela Nacional de Artes (Danza) where this technique is still taught today.

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photo: Jon Bertsche

Humans Blossom

Human Blossoms | Blossom

Humans Blossom, started as a performance/art installation for an interdisciplinary art event in 2014, in Oakland, CA. The premise was simple: love. And as they know it today, it is also beautifully complex. Kate and Bruno embarked on an artistic adventure, which culminated with the creation of a new dance, a musical composition, a film, and two pyramids (PVC piping and joints) at 15 feet tall by 6 square feet at the base. They stretched bone toned fabric to achieve clean and straight surfaces. They projected the film onto them. They danced inside and outside them. Together, alone, and together again. Humans Blossom was/is an immersive experience both for the viewers, and the doers. They interviewed several humans regarding love, which was part of the sound score, along with the sounds of water running, falling, dropping, waving, and a melody from Bruno’s childhood he then recorded on a piano. 

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photo: Michele Rutherford

With a strong desire to share this experience with other humans, Kate and Bruno decided to break the work into parts, a workshop, and a performance.

The workshop, which is titled Blossoms, starts from a guided warmup of the senses and the body. It dives into the exploration of the hands as a means of communication, in relation to touch, and gesture. This exploration is progressively and incrementally expanded to the full body. Repetition is part of the process, but with the intention of finding a different outcome with each journey. The tasks being explored will move us all throughout the space provided. It is about the community at hand and the journey of all at that given moment.

Human Blossoms, which is a performance, may emerge from the workshop. It is a group performance showcasing a series of duets by participants of the workshop. It is not limited to a specific sight, or venue. It is not restricting in age, nor ability. Instead, it seeks possibility. It focuses on a connection between two persons wanting to share their unique forms of love for one another. It proposes that it is in togetherness that we may find a certain kind of strength; a strength
which is never codependent, nor narcissistic.

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