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Barbara teaches modern dance classes Tuesday and Friday afternoons from 3:00 to 4:30 in Room 122, Banbury Place, Building 13F. Plans for a beginning class are beginning to evolve on Friday’s at 2:30. These classes are based on Graham Technique as distilled by Michael Doran of the Lynn Dance Company and Barbara’s teacher.

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Modern Dance With Barbara Shafer

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Modern Dance Classes

Barbara teaches modern dance classes Tuesday and Friday afternoons from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM in Room 122, Banbury Place, Building 13F. These classes are based on Graham Technique as distilled by Michael Doran of the Lynn Dance Company and Barbara’s teacher.

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MODERN DANCE WORK

One reality that I met face to face when, I began my studies with te Lynn Dance Company at the age of 49, was that I remained the same person as the little girl who would jump and twirl around the living room, so desperately wanting to be a dancer. But, at 49, I had already begun those big and small changes that mark the entrance into mature adulthood. To cross the threshold into my “older” persona, while simultaneously discovering myself as a dancer, was at once exhilarating and very scary.

Much of my work touches on this. It is a distillation of personal experiences, experiences that I believe to be archetypal. It is apparent to me that the closer I come to touching on shared sensations with the audience, the greater their response.

Of course, I know that not all little girls dream of becoming dancers and certainly most mature women do not aspire to this avocation. But, there are times, for each of us, when a latent dream awakens and a new aspect of oneself emerges into an exhilarating and scary world.

In many of my dances my desire to create a more total theatre experience for the audience is evident. By drawing on my training as a sculptor and painter, I design props, stage sets and costumes. The centerpiece of each performance is the dance, but beginning with many works cannot be performed without the accompanying props and sets. Many of these props and sets are designed to stand alone as independent works of art.