Classes & Workshops

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Past Classes & Workshops

Community Dance Class at Yale

Date: April 15, 2018

Time: 10:30am-12:30pm

Location: Yale University

Community Dance Class at Yale

Respect, Equity, and Excellence in our Visiting Arts Practices

Date: March 9, 2018

Time: 11:00am-12:30pm

Location: RestorationART, Brooklyn, NY

Respect, Equity, and Excellence in our Visiting Arts Practices

In her participatory session, dance artist and community organizer Maria Bauman will help us identify and embody our best thinking around how we honor the history and culture of places we visit as teaching artists, arts administrators, and artists in residence. She will also coach participants to consider how race affects our artistic relationships within various communities. She will bring her experiences with MBDance, with The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, and with Urban Bush Women among others to help address the conference theme. This session is open to everyone, and includes verbal and movement discussion as well as other artistic modes.

This session is part of the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable Day of Learning on Equity and Inclusion.

Tues/Thurs Professionals’ & Pre-professionals’ Class

Start date: January 30, 2018

End date: February 20, 2018

Time: 10:00am-12:00pm

Location: Gibney Dance Center

Tues/Thurs Professionals’ & Pre-professionals’ Class

MBDance is back at Gibney Dance Center! Maria is leading dance classes in the Contemporary Forms slot. She is teaching Tuesday and Thursday from January 30th through February 20th, 10:00am-12:00pm.

What’s MBDance class like? We sweat our truths, flying into the floor safely and using our hands like feet! MBDance classes focus on broadening the dancers’ physical resources while remaining true to their current range and strengths–contemporary dance emphasizing powerful, spatial fluidity and floorwork. Come sweat your truth!

 

Renew and Restore Workshop for inspireDANCE Festival

Date: January 25, 2018

Time: 4:50pm-6:05pm

Location: University of Rochester

Renew and Restore Workshop for inspireDANCE Festival

This workshop with choreographer Maria Bauman creates the time and context to slow down and experience physical and mental restoration. Drawing upon Maria’s background in partnered stretching and in designing and implementing movement experiences for people of all ages and levels of comfort in their bodies, she is offering safe tools for muscle ease and lengthening and greater breath awareness. We will relieve tension, increase flexibility, release energy stashed in the body, and take in the caring energy of the group – leaning on one another literally and figuratively for greater release than is possible alone. The workshop is all-gender inclusive, gender-presentation inclusive, age inclusive, and body positive; all body types and levels of experience are welcome.

MBDance Residency at James Madison University

Start date: January 7, 2018

End date: January 11, 2018

Location: James Madison University

MBDance Residency at James Madison University

Maria Bauman will create a dance for students there, drawing on themes of resourcefulness and lineage. We’re excited to travel to Virginia!

Using the ACRE Platform: A Toolkit for Racial Equity in the Arts

Date: November 28, 2017

Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm

Using the ACRE Platform: A Toolkit for Racial Equity in the Arts
ACRE (Artists Co-creating Real Equity) is an intergenerational, multi-racial group of artists and cultural workers committed to organizing for racial equity in the influential realms of art and culture.
Creating in multiple genres and at various stages of growth in our artistic fields, they are artists and community organizers united by the foundational anti-racist principles of The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond. In their current work based in the northeast United States, they focus on six primary areas: racial equity in arts education, funding, coverage in media, curation, casting, and in space allocation/availability. Together, ACRE members have created a six-point platform that explains their vision for racial equity within each of the focus areas. 
 
In this workshop, two of the ACRE co-founders, Maria Bauman and Nathan Trice, share the ACRE Platform and help participants examine their own artistic practices and artistic organizations with a racial justice lens informed by The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond. ACRE members will be present at the workshop, in addition to Maria, Nathan, and Sarita.
This workshop/discussion is open to all artists committed to undoing racism.

Dancing Our Ancestors

Date: August 15, 2017

Time: 12:30-3:30pm

Location: Gibney Dance Center 53A Chambers Street NY, NY

Dancing Our Ancestors

For Dancing Our Ancestors, Bauman will lead participants in a creative practice through which they will generate contributions to the dying and dying and dying Gallery Exhibition on view from Friday, August 18 – Friday, September 22.

Beginning with free writing and movement exercises, this workshop will also bring participants on a walking tour to the nearby Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue Cemetery and African Burial Ground. Upon returning return from the two sites, Bauman will lead participants in dancing their impressions of the journey.

The workshop will close with a memorial-building activity wherein participants can choose from provided materials to create a collective memorial to both experiences and to people who are no longer. This is a joyous and cathartic activity, rather than a maudlin or somber one.

UBW Summer Leadership Institute

Start date: July 28, 2017

End date: August 6, 2017

Location: NYU Tisch School of the Arts NY, NY

UBW Summer Leadership Institute

Each year, Maria Bauman is on faculty for Urban Bush Women’s acclaimed Summer Leadership Institute. It is a special time for artists of multiple genres to hone their crafts and to braid in their concerns around justice and equity. This summer we will revisit the theme from 2016 – You, Me, We: Understanding Internalized Racial Oppression and How it Manifests in Our Artistic Community. The urgency of addressing racial oppression is a clarion call to our arts community. Together we will examine Internalized Racial Oppression as it manifests both for people of color and white people and how these manifestations show up in our organizing, creations and collaborations. In partnership with People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, classes will be taught by UBW’s BOLD (Builders, Organizers & Leaders through Dance) facilitators.

Renew and Restore, Boston

Date: July 22, 2017

Time: 10am-12pm

Location: The Institute Of Contemporary Art/Boston 25 Harbor Shore Drive Boston, MA 02210

Renew and Restore, Boston

This workshop with Maria Bauman creates the time and context to slow down and experience restoration within a capitalist climate that is depleting all of us. Drawing upon Maria’s background in partnered stretching and in designing and implementing movement experiences for people of all ages and levels of comfort in their bodies, she is offering safe tools for muscle ease and lengthening and greater breath awareness. We will relieve tension, increase flexibility, release energy stashed in the body, and take in the caring energy of the group – leaning on one another literally and figuratively for greater release than is possible alone.

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Skeleton Architecture has organized these workshops “as a safer space for Black bodies to collect and center ourselves in particular solidarity. The workshops are all-gender inclusive, gender-presentation inclusive, age inclusive, and body positive; all body types and levels of experience are welcome.”

Check out the full list of workshops HERE

Dancing our Ancestors: Teen Experience

Date: July 11, 2017

Time: 2:00-4:00pm

Location: Gibney Dance Center 53A Chambers Street NY, NY

Dancing our Ancestors: Teen Experience

Maria Bauman will lead teenagers from The Door (NYC) in a creative practice through which they will generate contributions to the dying and dying and dying Gallery Exhibition on view from Friday, August 18 – Friday, September 22. This dance and multi-genre workshop is based on Bauman’s new evening-length work dying and dying and dying.

Beginning with free writing and movement exercises, this workshop will also bring participants on a walking tour to the nearby African Burial Ground. Upon returning return from the sites, Bauman will lead participants in dancing their impressions of the journey.

The workshop will close with a memorial-building activity wherein the teens can choose from provided materials to create a collective memorial to both experiences and to people and experiences who are no longer. This is a joyous and cathartic activity, rather than a maudlin or somber one.