Thursday, August 4, 2011

Emotions Warm Up

Larissa Humiston the choreographer and founder of Emotions Dance hosts a contemporary dance class every Tuesday evening at 9pm at Turning Point A Dance Studio (470 E Lake Brantley Dr. Longwood, FL). When I arrived dancers were stretching in the hallway since an aerobic dance class was going on in the main dance hall. Several of the dancers had a serious sunburn. I suspect the dancers as a group had an adventure in the great outdoors. Amanda Miller, one of the dancers asked that I not sketch the bandage around her thigh. Since they were all in constant motion, it would have been hard to catch that detail anyway.

Larissa had all the dancers go into a smaller room where they stretched and warmed up. There were actual bleachers in the hallway and a glass wall for spectators like myself. I sat next to one of the dancer's boyfriends and started sketching. The class offered intermediate to advanced contemporary dance. Contemporary dance fuses lyrical, modern, ballet and jazz dance to give dancers the ultimate in body technique and overall artistry. The class included ballet barre, across the floor with jumps and turns and a contemporary combination with improvisational movement. The class was just $10 and offered the chance to dance beside some of the most expressive dancers in Orlando.

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

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