Drastic Action offers various classes, workshops, education programs and residencies for young people, college students, adults, professional dancers and special populations. The company has taught extensively in New York City and in Germany in settings such as public schools, after-school programs, community centers and colleges. Drastic Action teaching artists and curriculum designers have extensive training and experience working with a variety of student populations.
Below is a sampling of programs we offer:
Contemporary Dance Technique: Sensuality, Power and Flow
This contemporary dance class begins with a thorough warm up designed to help dancers cultivate an internal understanding of their dancing bodies as well as clarity of design. Emphasis is on clear initiation, efficient alignment and expanding the range of motion. As movement progresses from the floor, to standing, to traveling through space, dancers will further explore their relationship to gravity, time and space. Movement phrases work in Geismar’s signature style with impulses snaking through the body in generous loops and curves anchored by a percussive sense of weight. Within these phrases Geismar guides students through a range of performance dynamics and encourages personal expression.
This class can be geared to various age groups from 5 year olds to adults. After a simple warm up, class focuses on investigating the elements of dance through exploratory exercises and games. Students create their own dance works for performance.
Company members lead dance makers or students in an exploration of the creative process. The objective is to help participants build the tools to clarify their own creative voices.
Anatomy for Dance or Yoga
Geismar has taught anatomy at Marymount Manhattan College dance program, The Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences and GYROTONIC™ studios. Her anatomy curriculum for dancers brings the musculoskeletal system to life in a comprehensive way and can help movers reduce their risk of injury through sound body mechanics.
Geismar is a certified GYROKINESIS™ and GYROTONIC™ trainer with experience working with everyone from professional dancers, weekend warriors, children, seniors, serious athletes and couch potatoes. GYROKINESIS™ is a pleasurable therapeutic movement modality that emphasizes breath, core support, internal connections and freedom of movement. It is a great preparation for dance and other activities and a fun and gentle way to get in shape or rehab from injury.
Drastic Action is available for lecture demonstrations in which the company performs excerpts of repertory and unpacks the creative process.