THE HORTON DANCE TECHNIQUE
A unique Modern dance technique that was developed by Lester Horton in 1937 that emphasises a whole body anatomical dance series specifically appointed towards Contemporary and Ballet dancers that includes a body corrective approach, strength, co-ordination, flexibility and body/spacial awareness to enable unrestricted freedom of movement.
The technique offers dancers from all disciplines to develop skills to enhance their performance for the rehearsal space and the stage, enabling an empowering movement quality to all dance practices and cultures to develop skills that bridges the gap from Contemporary dance and Commercial enterprises today.
The Horton Dance Technique is not just dance technique...
Horton used diverse elements such as Native American Folk Dance, Japanese arm gestures, Javanese and Balinese isolations for the upper body- particularly the eyes, head and hands as well as Afro-Caribbean elements, like hip circles and pulses.
Lester Horton, was determined to develop a warm-up that did not limit how the body could move, and that was “anatomically corrective”.
As a result, his method has enormous variety, range and complexity.
The Horton technique was one of the methods that helped form what Contemporary dance is today which fills in the gaps to empower all dance disciplines.
* Some may say that, "The Horton Technique is the Ballet technique for Contemporary Dancers".
The Class is infused with House and Percussion music, a structural warm up, Fortifications, Preludes, locomotor phrases and concludes with a choreographed phrase created by Georgette that combines elements from the Horton Technique with a Contemporary dance edge.
Noted dancers/choreographers, Alvin Ailey, Bella Lewitzky and Joyce Trisler began their dance training with Horton and used the techniques with their own students and choreography influence.
Horton’s protégée Marjorie B. Perces and Ana Marie Forsythe lead a group of young professional dancers and the viewer through leg swings, metatarsal presses and fortifications, which preserves this important achievement in dance training for generation to come.
Suitable for Beginners to Elite Dancers.