LSMSA’s Dance Ensemble Participates in Virtual Dance Technique Master Class with Steve Rooks
The Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA) Dance Ensemble participated in a virtual Dance Master Class with Professor Steve Rooks on Oct. 2. Rooks is the Chair of Dance and Resident Choreographer at Vassar College in New York.
Crystal Lewis, Dance Instructor at LSMSA, felt her Ensemble did a great job, and got a lot out of their lesson in Graham Technique, comprised of contraction and release, opposition, shift of weight and spirals. It’s a concept based on the breathing cycle, which has become a "trademark" of modern dance forms.
“I'm so glad we were able to take a class from him" said Ella Abney (Slidell, '22). "I've seen a few of the pieces he has been in and to be able to learn from him was phenomenal, especially knowing who he learned from. Experiencing his perspective on movement was wonderful. It was something exciting in this time of craziness."
After the class Professor Rooks held a Q&A session with the Ensemble, where they discussed college dance auditions, dancing professionally, and a variety of other topics. Rooks was very complimentary of the Louisiana School dancers.
Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA) is the preeminent state-supported residential high school with competitive admissions for Louisiana's high-achieving, highly-motivated sophomores, juniors, and seniors. As a public school, there is no tuition to attend, and assistance from the LSMSA Foundation ensures the program is available to all qualifying students regardless of family financial need.