PlySpace and Cornerstone Center for the Arts are excited to pair with PlySpace Resident Linda Ryan to offer free public workshops on dancing and movement with technology. Ryan’s dance and choreographic work explores dance performance with unconventional costumes, tools, and technologies. She has created movement with velcro suits, wearable audio speakers, GoPro action cameras, and more.
While in residence at PlySpace, Linda will be researching new technological tools for dancing, including the creation of a heat sensitive modular flooring. As part of her community collaborative project, she will conduct a series of workshops that explore tools and methods any dancer can use to enhance their practice.
The workshops will all be held at Cornerstone Center for the Arts. Participants should register through the Cornerstone website to reserve a space.
Saturday, October 27th from 1:00 - 2:00 PM
Dance Technology for Kids
This 1 hour workshop will introduce attendees to a variety of gadgets and systems that Linda uses in her professional work. Come try out some cool tech and learn some dance steps you can use with it! No dance experience necessary. Suitable for ages 5 and up. Parents are encouraged to participate alongside their kids!
Register here for the Children’s Workshop
Saturday, November 3rd from 1:00 - 2:30 PM
Dance Technology for (Beginner) Adults
This 1.5 hour workshop is part dance technique class, part technology workshop. Come try out some of the gadgets Linda uses in her professional work and learn a dance combination to go with them! No dance experience necessary. This workshop is suitable for ages 16 and up. Wear simple dance attire with socks or bare feet.
Register here for the Adult Beginner Workshop
Saturday, November 17th from 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Dance Technology for (Advanced) Adults
This 2 hour workshop includes a dance class, a short lecture, and a Q & A session all centered around the role of digital technology in art and performance. Come learn about the performances Linda creates and make some for yourself! Dance experience preferred. Suitable for ages 16 and up. Wear simple dance attire with socks or bare feet.
Register Here for the Advanced Workshop.
Linda holds a BA in Dance from the George Washington University's Corcoran School of the Arts & Design, where she received the Luther Rice Research Fellowship as well as the Enosinian Scholars Grant. She is an award-winning dance researcher, conducting movement research and experiential choreography both internationally and at home in the US. Her previous performances include work by The Maida Withers Dance Construction Company, Vladimir Conde Reche, Annika B. Lewis, I-Fen Tung, and Anton Ovchinnikov. Linda worked in Washington, DC until 2018 and is now based in upstate New York.