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Developing Strength and Technique In Lyrical Dance

Lyrical dance is a beautiful, expressive form of art that allows dancers to tell stories through movement. It is an incredibly powerful way for dancers to express emotion and develop their technique as they become stronger and more confident in their movements. For dancers of all ages and levels, lyrical dance can be immensely rewarding and enjoyable.

At its core, lyrical dance requires strength and technique in order to successfully execute the steps and movements. Developing strength in lyrical dance requires building both physical strength, such as muscular endurance, flexibility, agility, balance, coordination and body awareness; as well as mental strength or “inner power” necessary for intense concentration while performing the movements.

To build physical strength for lyrical dance one must practice regularly with proper form and technique. This includes strengthening muscles through exercises such as stretching or weight training that are specific to the moves used in lyrical dancing. For example: if you tend to do a lot of leaps during your performance you will need to strengthen your legs with exercises like squats or calf raises; if you use lots of turns you will need strong abs; if you use lots of arms circles then arm exercises like tricep dips will help build muscle. Additionally, many dancers find that cross-training activities such as running or swimming can also help build overall body strength for improved performance on stage.

In addition to developing physical strength it is important for dancers to also cultivate mental focus – learning how to stay present in each moment – so that they can fully embody the emotion behind the movement while executing complex steps with precision accuracy and ease. Mental focus can be developed through mindful meditation practices such as yoga or tai chi which allow dancers time away from rehearsal studios so they may reconnect with their inner depths before returning back into full-time training mode again.

Once a dancer has built up physical and mental strength they are ready to start building their technical skills by mastering basic steps, jumps, turns etc., often referred to as “fundamentals” which are essential for any dancer looking to take on more complex choreography later down the line. Aspiring dancers should always remember that mastering fundamentals is key when it comes to lyrical dance – it’s not just about doing big tricks but rather having a solid foundation from which those tricks may safely extend from!

When learning new techniques it’s important not only practice regularly but also have fun while doing so! It’s crucial for any dancer looking at taking on a more serious approach towards this art form keep enjoying what they’re doing whilst still being disciplined enough push through when things get tough! The combination of discipline & enjoyment is essential when striving towards becoming a successful performer who is able take on any challenge thrown at them!

At Institute of Dance Artistry located in Fort Washington PA we offer classes specifically designed around helping our students build both physical & mental strength needed succeed in Lyrical Dance whilst still having fun along the way! Our experienced instructors guide our students every step of their journey towards becoming well rounded performers who have energy & enthusiasm within them whenever perform onstage (or off!). If you’re interested in taking your Lyrical Dance skills further please contact us today – we’d love show what Institute Dance Artistry has offer!

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Dominick Boyd was raised in the Bronx, New York where he started his professional dance career at the age of 17. He has performed with artists such as Alicia Keys, Bad Boy recording artist 112, Omarion, and others.

Now Dominick Boyd resides in the state of Pennsylvania where he created his own dance company and training program Born Into the Arts (B.I.A.). In its nine years of establishment, B.I.A. has received many awards and performed at many prestigious places and events such as World of Dance, Prelude, and Dance Craze. Just recently B.I.A. was accepted onto the legendary Showtime at the Apollo.

Dominick's artistic motto is "dance is the image of sound and movement is the window to your soul." Dominick has been a hip-hop teacher and company choreographer at IDA for ten years.

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Kelli Moshen, Founder and Artistic Director of Philadelphia’s premier dance company Project Moshen, is also a dance instructor at Koresh School of Dance and a Barre instructor at The Sporting Club at the Bellevue. Since receiving her BFA in jazz dance from the University of the Arts, she has choreographed and performed along with her company in various Philly Fringe Festivals, The Philadelphia Flower show, Corporate Events for Genos Steaks, Morris Animal Refuge’s Furball, Koresh Showcases, Steps on Broadway showcase, and the Come Together Dance Festival. Kelli has worked with acclaimed choreographers such as Rennie Harris, Ronen Koresh, Melissa Rector, Scott Jovovich, Crystal Fraizer and Samuel Reyes.

Besides running her own company, Kelli works for Events Beyond Expectations (EBE) as a Master of Ceremonies performing at Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, corporate events, galas and more. Kelli is also involved in the business aspects of dance. She has worked for McDonald Selznick Associates (MSA) a prominent Dance Agency in New York City and Los Angeles and Broadway Dance Center where her experience has taught her how to operate her own company and teach in the professional dance world.

Kelli’s love for performing has not only inspired her students, but her colleagues as well. Kelli continues to broaden her dance technique by traveling to New York and Los Angeles to train.

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Rebecca Inman. has been a full-time instructor at IDA for 11 years. She is a graduate from University of the Arts with a B.F.A. in Jazz Dance Performance. She has performed with several different dance companies in Philadelphia including Junto Society Dance Collective, Venus Dance and Flow.

Rebecca has also performed professionally with New Jersey's Surflight Theater in musical theater productions. Some of her leading roles include Belle in "Beauty and the Beast", Wendy in "Peter Pan", Cinderella in "Cinderella", and Glinda in "Wizard of Oz." 

She has been a featured dancer in "Damn Yankees," "La Cage Aux Folles," "Cabaret," and "Fiddler on the Roof."  Rebecca was also a principle dancer in Cygnus Contemporary Dance Company where she performed in the corps de ballet in "Coppelia," "Cinderella," and "Faust" with memebrs of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

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Fort Washington, PA 19034
215.628.0600
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Day 2: Hip-Hop & Jazz
Wed, Sept 2nd @ 6:00 – 7:30pm
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Sarah Dziomba is a dancer, choreographer, and dance educator in the Philadelphia area. Originally from southeastern Connecticut, she grew up performing and competing across the country while staying involved in local musical theater productions. Sarah moved to Philadelphia where she earned her BFA in dance choreography and performance from Temple University. She also studied dance/movement therapy at Drexel University and worked with various populations including pediatric cancer patients, children with cerebral palsy, mental healthcare recipients, and breast cancer survivors.

Sarah has performed with Philadelphia dance companies Project Moshen and Blind Faith Project. She has also worked with independent choreographers including Tara Madsen Robbins, Alicia Sehn, and Tracy Kelsey. Sarah has trained and performed as an aerialist and was on staff at the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts as a summer intensive dance instructor for teen aerialists in training. As a dance educator, Sarah believes that a passion and respect for dance as an athletic craft should be cultivated and supported.

Interested in taking her passion of movement, strength, and helping people even further, Sarah is training and studying as a new strength coach under the guidance of John Bair of Bair Knuckle Strength. She is a certified Functional Movement Specialist (FMS) and is excited to begin this new venture that will help others increase the vibrancy of their lives through building strength.

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625 West Ridge Pike, Building C
Conshohocken, PA 19428
215.628.0600
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Open House at Plymouth Meeting
Wed, August 26th @ 5:00 – 7:00pm
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Amy Smith graduated with a BFA in dance from Temple University with concentrations in modern, jazz and ballet. She was a modern dance scholarship student at the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts and was asked back for several years to assist. Amy continues to train and take class at Broadway Dance Center, NYC and throughout Philadelphia.

Amy has performed at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre as part of Koresh Dance Company’s Come Together Festival, the Koresh Artist Showcase, at The Producer’s Club in NYC, at The Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYC, at the Kraine Theatre in NYC, at the Teatro Centro Civico Eloy Alfaro in Guayaquil, Ecuador and has opened for BalletX in Philadelphia, to name a few.

As a choreographer, Amy has directed her own dance company, The AccoMpanY Dancers, which performed at Temple University, in Atlantic City, and throughout New Jersey. Her choreography was presented at the Capitol Fringe in Washington D.C., at the Koresh Artist Showcase, Koresh’s Come Together Festival, in many theaters in NYC and throughout Philadelphia.

As a teacher, Amy pushes her students rhythmically and artistically while focusing on dance as a performance art, not a competition. amysmithdance.com.

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Jamie Lipskin
is the founder and director of Institute of Dance Artistry. She has a B.F.A. in dance from Temple University with concentrations in modern and ballet. She is also the director of the IDA Repertory Companies and has worked to form a strong relationship between Institute of Dance Artistry and the Philadelphia professional dance community.

Jamie produces the Generations Dance Concert series featuring student and professional dancers helping raise money for various charities. Her choreography has been selected and performed at the Koresh Artists Showcase, Inhale Performance Series, and Philadelphia Youth Dance Festival. She also is a musical theater choreographer and has staged many great dance shows including West Side Story, Cabaret, Spring Awakening, and A Chorus Line. Jamie has performed with various dance companies and independent choreographers in the Philadelphia area in many venues including the Arts Bank, Drake Theatre, International House, Meetinghouse Theatre, Conwell Dance Theatre, Merriam Theater and Society Hill Playhouse as well as in several Philadelphia Fringe Festivals.

Jamie’s number one passion is teaching dance. She believes in creating a lively, energetic environment where students work hard to achieve their absolute best while generating an excitement and enthusiasm for the art of dance.

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Wendi Fisch began dance training at the age of three and still continues to study her art form. She became a serious student at the Tidewater Ballet Association in Norfolk, VA. under the direction of Gene Hammett. She was an invitational student at the School of American Ballet in New York City, The Royal Ballet in London, Melissa Hayden Ballet School and a scholarship recipient at the Joffrey Ballet. She performed with Mikhail Baryshnikov and New York City Ballet at Kennedy Center and the White House. Wendi was one of two dancers chosen to dance Balanchine’s Union Jack at Kennedy Center.

She has worked or studied with renowned choreographers and teachers ,including Alexandra Danilova, Edward Villella , Meredith Baylis, Francesca Corkle, Suki Schorer, Patricia Sorrell and many more. Wendi has been a guest artist for many companies including the Richmond Ballet,Washington Ballet and a member of the San Antonio Ballet Company and American Festival Ballet Company. She received a Bachelor of Science in Ballet/Music and Psychology from Indiana University, Bloomington under the direction of Jean Pierre Bonnefoux, Patricia McBride and Jacques Cesbron. While at Indiana, she originated roles in Carmina Burana for Jaques Cesbron and works for the opera with noted choreographer Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux.

She has performed lead roles in Gisele, Swan Lake, Paquita, Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty and Balanchine works. She has been teaching for over twenty-five years throughout the country and the Philadelphia area and enthusiastically continues to teach and choreograph. Wendi has been involved in the preparation of her students participating in the Youth America Grand Prix competition and dancing at Regional Dance America. She has started numerous non-profit dance programs throughout the country that are still thriving today. Wendi uses her current pilates training to focus on proper alignment and body awareness while concentrating on a strong technical foundation. She believes in inspiring her students to follow their dreams with a solid work ethic, confidence, artistry and passion.

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Fort Washington, PA 19034
215.628.0600
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Day 3: Modern & Lyrical
Thurs, Sept 3rd @ 6:00 – 7:30pm
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