Hilary Easton is a master teacher who works with a truly wide range of students, from professional dancers to elementary-high school students in New York City and elsewhere. She is on the faculty of The Juilliard School, NYC, where she teaches dance composition, and has also taught at universities and colleges including Connecticut College, New York University Tisch School of the Arts, the University of Montana, and Princeton University. From 1997-2006, she was a staff developer at Lincoln Center Institute, having been a teaching artist from 1989-1997. Since 2006 she has been the Educational Consultant for the New York Philharmonic Education Department, and has been a consultant and program evaluator for education programs including the 92nd Street Y Educational Outreach Program, VSA arts, and the Delaware Institute for the Arts in Education. In 2012, Ms. Easton represented the United States as their teaching artist at the First International Teaching Artist Conference, Oslo, Norway. She is the Creative Director for Education, Training, and Research and Gibney 280 in NYC.
Dance Making/Composition Classes
For dancers, choreographers, and others who are interested in developing tools for choreographic investigation, the goal of the work is to enhance and clarify each participant’s vision, and to facilitate a better articulation of individual choreographic rationale. Students are asked to experiment with compositional problems and to expand upon their studies created through a process of guided inquiry and personal reflection. Individual work acts as a springboard for group discussion, affording the class an opportunity to look at a wide range of kinesthetic solutions as our “texts” for study. There is an ongoing investigation of larger aesthetic questions, such as the relationship of artistic intent to audience interpretation and the role of specific movement vocabularies in the communication of individual ideas.
Aesthetic Education-Movement Based Workshops
For students in local schools, classroom teachers, or artists interested in learning about the practice of aesthetic education. Based on the model developed at Lincoln Center Institute and other programs of aesthetic education, participants are invited to actively experiment with and reflect upon the kinds of choice-making made by professional artists. Through this process of doing and discussing, we see both our own artistic endeavors more clearly, as well as the ideas embedded in works of art.
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For dancers or non-professionals. Taught by Hilary Easton + Company. Based upon Ms. Easton’s repertory and the particular buoyant, physically challenging qualities of her work.
Repertory/New Dance Development
Ms. Easton works with students in the development of new dances in much the same manner that she works with her company: by taking an idea and exploring it through many kinesthetic possibilities. In new work, sometimes the movement is created and taught by Ms. Easton, sometimes it is generated by the group. Repertory is taught by Ms. Easton and her company, with variations/adaptations created to suit the dancers learning the material.