January 2012 Community Classes

photo by Gabriel Bienczycki

Jump into the nEW year with a week of technique classes by Bethany Formica!

Community Classes at the nEW Festival are held at 1401 Walnut (the corner of Walnut and Broad above Banana Republic) University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Monday Jan. 9 through Friday Jan. 13
Pay what you want/donations welcome

Class Description
Bethany Formica uses her multi-company performance experience and eclectic skill base in a class designed to build up ideas and break down techniques for articulate floor, flip, and handstand work.  One need not be afraid to sweat, laugh, or fall over.  This class is accessible and aerobic, so humor and high energy are all that is required. 

Bethany Formica
Bethany Formica is a dancer/actress who is currently a performer with Cardell Dance Theater and MacArthur Dance Project.  Bethany has been fortunate enough to work with New York City based companies such as the Kevin Wynn Collection, Sean Curran, Pearson/Widrig DanceTheatre, Martha Bowers Dance Theatre, Michael Foley Dance, Guido Tuveri, Fancy Stitch Machine, JoAnna Mendl Shaw, Julia Ritter Performance Group, Steeledance, Kim Whittam, and Philadelphia based companies such as Megan Mazarick, Curt Haworth, Melanie Stewart Dance Theatre, BoanDanz Action, Nichole Canuso Dance Co., Brian Sanders/JUNK, J. Ferron Hiat, Ladybird, Makoto Hirano, Elisa Lane, Rennie Harris, Myra Bazell, Kate Watson-Wallace, Jeb Kreager, Lee Etzold/My Kinda Pony, White Box Theatre, Group Motion, Phillip Grosser, Merge Dance Co.,Travis Mesman; and Dada von Bzdülöw Theatre and Koncentrat in Poland, among others. She graduated with a BFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in 1994. Bethany Formica has received an Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts (2012), Dances in Public Spaces Grant/Stipend to work with musician Ken Filiano (2011), Rocky Award (2009), Fellowship for Choreography from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (2008), and several Professional Development Awards supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through Dance Advance, and the Philadelphia Live Arts LAB. Bethany has taught workshops at studios and universities throughout the U.S. and internationally. Her work has been presented in NYC, Philadelphia, NJ, Bulgaria, Poland, England, and Italy. She was the Co-Director of REACTIONARIES from 2005-2006. In her spare time she is a wood turner. www.bethanyformica.org