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Open Contemporary




Tuesdays 6:15-7:15pm

About the Course

This classes  utilizes a  “Natural Body Development”  approach, through integrating breath-work with, weight, and gravity shifting. This movement class focus is to use philosophies of internal and external energies and how the two are mutually generating the physical body. We also plan to be exploring different body systems and movement qualities  as instruments in the development to expanded movement repertoire. This class will use an assortment of media elements, including dance, painting, sound, theater and video.

Your Instructor

Chloe Mahalek

Chloe Mahalek

Chloe is a native to the metropolitan D.C. area and currently resides in Lexington,Virginia. At the age of 12, Chloe first studied Character, Ballet, and Modern dance at Cuppets Dance studio in Vienna, Virginia. She also attended summer classes at BalletNova in Arlington, Virginia. Currently, Chloe has received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.A/B.F.A) in Dance with a minor in Psychology. Her background and interests include: contemporary dance, Gaga, Shen Wei, somatic practice, and improvisation. She found her love for contemporary dance at the ADFs Summer/Winter Intensives. While dance is one of Chloe’s many passions in life, she also has various backgrounds in photography, film, music, and art from her experience at Fairfax High School Arts Academy. She recently attended a workshop with Valetto Dance Company in Miami, Florida 2022, where she researched Gaga and Kundalini practices. Chloe has performed in many Hollins University Fall and Spring dance performances including three of her own works and her Honors Senior Thesis. As a conceptual activist, dance is Chloe’s tool for conjuring change. It has supported her in re-claiming agency as a female through creative, contemporary movements spaces that explore notions of: Femininity, tension, intimacy, raw emotions, and self-awareness.

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