EVENING CLASSES / MAKING DANCE WITH SUZANNE MILLER

TUESDAY 5:45 P.M. – 7:15 P.M.

Fall: September 7th to December 12th, 2019 (14 classes)
$15/class, see with teacher for session rate
Directed by Suzanne Miller (Company Director, Choreographer, Dancer and Teacher) accompanied by Allan Paivio (musician and composer).
www.millerpaivio.com / szumiller@gmail.com / Bilingual teacher

CONTENT // Making Dance – choreographic practice and dance performance; underlines the unique characteristics, abilities and signature of the individual (the student) through various easy to learn and apply choreographic scores. The 12-week course focuses on developing a movement repertoire based on support systems that help to direct the dancers’ decision making in time and space. Each class begins with a group warm-up to live music (repeated weekly) followed by creation, exploration, collaboration and performance.

BIO // Working professionally since the age of 17, my formal background in dance embraces a broad spectrum of artistic enquiry. The best teachers in my life are also practicing artists who have the courage to reach beyond what they know to explore and innovate language to extend the conventions of their respective traditions. A culturally diverse, vibrant body of artistic and pedagogical tradition informs what I do. I lead from a fluid, open perspective, while stressing a dancer’s personal expression; a disciplined knowledge of dance technique, choreography, collaborative processes, and dance history. I underline the special importance of preventative and restorative techniques to impart a deep respect for one’s body and a healthy approach to dance practice. I work hard to establish a generous, inclusive atmosphere while setting the highest standards for intelligent and thoughtful artistic practice.

My company, Suzanne Miller & Allan Paivio Productions, works toward a hybrid repertoire rooted in non-hierarchical approaches to dance performance. Since 1998, the ethos of the company is rooted in our passion for cultural and artistic exchange; our dance is characterized by a poetics of movement, space and sound, and by the use of metaphor, analogy and narrative to evoke wonder. Using dance as a form of knowledge – gathering, healing and questioning, I explore what it is to be human, and alive; what brings us together and separates us; what is shared and resisted. Our repertoire includes over fifty original works, hundreds of performances, commissions and site-works developed for presentation in theatres as well as for uncommon sites for dance that exist in the public realm. In addition, I have taught Master Classes and maintained a vibrant teaching practice for over thirty-five years.  As a choreographer, my broad aim is to reveal and to revel in the extraordinary. Our company’s productions have toured North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, and most recently, South Asia.

Image: The College of Architecture in Chandigarh India with dancers Monique Romeiko and Fawas Ameer Hamsa. Photo credit: Suzanne Miller


Evening classes are open to all levels, and it’s always possible to drop-in without registering in advance.

Registration is on site directly with the teachers, please contact them if you need additional information.

Come try the classes! Free classes at the beginning of the sessions:
Saturday, September 7, 2019 / Saturday, January 4, 2020 / Saturday, March 28, 2020