This class will explore rhythm and movement through body percussion, guided improvisation exercises, and percussive foot work. We will explore rhythms and patterns of the African diaspora and explore how to apply these grooves to multiple disciplines.
Nicholas Van Young is a dancer, musician, choreographer, and a 2014 Bessie Award recipient. He began his professional career at age 16 under Acia Gray and Deirdre Strand with Tapestry Dance Company in Austin, Texas, eventually rising to principal dancer and resident choreographer. Since moving to New York he has performed with Manhattan Tap, RumbaTap, Dorrance Dance, and Beat the Donkey; he has toured as a drummer for Darwin Deez; and he spent almost a decade performing with STOMP, where he performed the lead role and acted as rehearsal director. Young tours both nationally and internationally teaching and performing at various tap festivals, and founded Sound Movement dance company and IFTRA, the Institute for the Rhythmic Arts. Nicholas most recently acted as Associate Artistic Director of Dorrance Dance and co-creating and co-choreographed ETM: Double Down, Elemental, and Guggenheim Rotunda Project, all collaborative efforts with Michelle Dorrance the company’s founder and Artistic Director. In addition he has created and choreographed two additional suites for Dorrance Dance, Elastic Time, and Untitled Waveforms. Currently he is the Artistic Director of North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble, and on faculty at 92Y Harkness Dance Center.
Kaatsbaan Cultural Park continues to require COVID-19 vaccination and booster for all outdoor and indoor events, but will no longer require proof of vaccination to attend, in line with NYC theaters.
We are unable to accept cash. Please note that class fees are non-refundable.