indepenDANCE Class – A special Galentine’s dance class for fierce and feisty movers. Grab your best gal pals (or just yourself!) and groove with us in an open and welcoming environment. Class will consist of a follow-along style warm up and learning between 4 to 8 eight-counts of fun and feminine choreography. Personal style and individuality is highly encouraged!
Lauren Gendron works in the Indianapolis arts community with a huge passion for dance, choreography, and live performance. After taking some time off during college to pursue her education, Lauren remembers seeking out adult beginner hip hop classes to reintroduce herself and her body to dance a few years ago, but found herself in classes with junior dancers. Her passion for adult beginner classes and creating an open and welcoming environment comes from her own personal experiences navigating life with and without dance. Lauren is proud to represent Echo Dance Company and to partner with Indianapolis Movement Arts Collective to lead adult beginner to intermediate choreography classes.
March 1-March 22
Price includes $2 processing fee
Intermediate Jazz Session
We must have a minimum of 5 registrations for the full 4-week session in order for this class to meet.
A jazz class based in the Luigi technique for intermediate-level dancers of any type (you don’t have to be a “jazz dancer” to take this class). Jen’s warm-up is Luigi’s, using Luigi’s own music, then she will teach a combination of her own style, which is deeply rooted in the Luigi style and reflects her two favorite Luigi sayings: (1) “Never stop moving”; and (2) “to dance, put your hand on your heart and listen to the sound of your soul”.
For those not familiar with Luigi (born Eugene Louis Faccuito), he is considered to be one of the “jazz masters”, and the innovator of the first codified jazz technique. Involved in a car accident that nearly took his life, and resulted in a basal skull fracture and paralysis down one side of his body-doctors told Luigi it was unlikely he would walk again, to which he thought, “I don’t’ want to walk, I want to dance.” As he rehabilitated, he developed his own set of exercise to help him learn to center and control his body, and within a few years he was dancing- cast by Gene Kelly (who gave him his nickname) in the MGM musical “On The Town”. While on set, he regularly did his own exercises to keep his body warm and centered. It didn’t take long for other dancers to join him, and out of that what we now know as the Luigi warm-up was born. Luigi taught his first dance class in the early 50s, and he continued to do so into his late 80s, when his declining health forced him to the sidelines. He passed away in 2015 at the age of 90, and Jen’s goal (and the goal of so many others) is to keep the technique alive.
Jen has performed locally with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Yuletide, with Actors’ Theatre of Indiana (Chicago), with Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre (La Casa Azul) at the Athenaeum (A Funny Thing Happened..., produced by Bobdirex), at American Cabaret Theater (Swing!, Holidays at the Hop, Porter and Gershwin, and Vegas!), at Civic Theatre (Swing!, Smokey Joe’s Café, five productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Pippin), Footlite (Anything Goes, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas), at Starlight Musicals (Annie, My Fair Lady, Little Shop of Horrors, Wizard of Oz, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and Grease), and at Indiana Repertory Theater (Guys and Dolls). A former member of the Indiana Pacemates dance team (1995-2000), Jen also has performed at the Augusta Opera (Oklahoma!) and the Lily Langtree Theater in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania (City Lights). She is a graduate of Broad Ripple High School’s performing arts magnet and Butler University’s dance department, and has taught jazz (Luigi technique) at the Academy of Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre. In addition to studying with Luigi and Francis J. Roach, and before attending Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, Jen was a scholarship dancer at Steps on Broadway in NYC. Formerly a partner in the law firm Wallack Somers & Haas, Jen now is senior counsel at the firm Wooden & McLaughlin.