Contemporary Dance Fundamentals by Madison Palffy


Contemporary Dance Fundamentals by Madison Palffy is for experienced dancers and new-comers alike who want to re-examine the building blocks of contemporary dance technique. Drawing upon Laban/Bartenieff Fundamentals, Body Mind Centering, and The Axis Syllabus, we will build skills and have fun! Classes aim to empower students by deepening anatomical knowledge and proprioceptive activation. We will expand our edges, move in and out of the floor, engage with improvisational scores, and perhaps find more ease and joy in our dancing!

Saturdays 10:30am - 12pm
First Session: January 12, 19, Feb 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9
Second Session: March 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4

$80 for an 8 week session if paid in advance. $150 for both 8 week sessions if paid in advance. $12-15 sliding scale drop in. Payment accepted in cash, check, or PayPal to

Madison is a dancer, performer, performance-maker, and visual artist originally from Chicago. Her work is a continual investigation of magic, the senses, mystery, wilderness, and failure. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Hampshire College where she studied dance, performance, and queer theory. She has had the pleasure of performing in works by Kathleen Hermesdorf, Wendy Woodson, Paul Matteson, Angie Hauser, Chris Aiken, Katie Martin, Lailye Weidman, Kate Seethaler, and Cathy Nicoli among others. Her work has been shown at Studio 303 (Montreal), The Iron Factory (Philadelphia), Ponderosa (Germany), The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought (Northampton, MA), GreenSpace (NYC), Mascher Space Co-op (Philadelphia) and throughout New England. Madison is a founding member of LOCULUS, a dance and performance collective based in Northampton, MA that creates performances in non-traditional spaces and produces a quarterly journal. She teaches adult dance classes regularly through The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought in Northampton, MA and master classes through the Moving Target: Portland series.

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