GW Dance Technique as Performance

In 2017, five dancers, students at George Washington University, studied with Maida Withers, to explore a course, Dance Technique as Performance. The course was divided into four segments. After three weeks of studying movement and movement phrases, the students performed with an added element to their improvisation on technique moves such as live music improvisers, adding objects, improvising with themselves improvising the movement material projected into the performance, with the final event taking place in the Flagg Building of the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design. The public was invited to these four presentations during the semester. In this course the movements were devised and taught by Maida Withers, but the students improvised on that material. The movements were “typical” technical aspects of Withers interest/style.