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Physically Integrated Dance Series: Open Dance Classes w. Stephanie Bastos

April 5 : 8:40 am - 9:30 am

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One event on April 8, 2021 at 9:00 am


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APRIL 5 & 7: URBAN CONTEMPORARY DANCE taught by Stephanie Bastos incorporates the elements of nature, dynamic phrase work, and Afro- Brazilian symbolism with the objective of conditioning the body, mind and spirit for a moving experience. The class features internalization, Braindance- based warm up and eclectic choreography. You will explore articulation of the spine, pelvis, and torso all while finding momentum through the entire body. Regardless of prior experience, this class offers a way to develop, evolve and discover your potential as a dancer.


April 8: PHYSCIALLY INTEGRATED/INCLUSIVE DANCE taught by Stephanie Bastos’s fresh approach to envision, create, and collaborate in the ever- evolving art of movement in community. This innovative approach to challenging stereotypes in the field of dance will create spaciousness for all bodies to be included in the art form. Improvisation, composition, and contemporary techniques will be utilized to develop a safe space for all bodies create collectively.


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STEPHANIE BASTOS – Daughter of Bernadette Chaves Nunes and Aluizio Ribeiro Bastos, started her performance career with the Miami Ballet and later, became one of the founding members of the internationally acclaimed Isadora Duncan Dance Ensemble of Miami, FL directed by Andrea Seidel and featured in Isadora Duncan Dance and Repertory by Princeton Book Company. After losing her right leg in a car accident and subsequently retraining herself to dance with and without a prosthetic leg, she graduated cum Laude with her BFA in Dance and has been performing, touring and teaching Contemporary Dance throughout the United States, Germany, Poland, Argentina and Brazil. A current resident of Oakland, CA, she is the winner of the 2011 San Francisco “Izzies” Award for Outstanding Achievement in Performance Ensemble with Ase West Dance Theater Collective and has also worked with the Urban Bush Women, Axis Dance Company, Deep Waters Dance Theater, Águas Dance Company, REVolutions Dance and Ron Brown’s/ EVIDENCE as a guest performer. Her teaching credits include SCD Summer Intensive, FSU/World Dance Festival, American College Dance Festival, ODC in San Francisco, Destiny Arts Center in Oakland, CA and Youth In Arts/ VSA. She is also a former mentee for Dance/USA Institute for Leadership Training (DILT), the 2016 EDGE artist- in- residence at Counterpulse, San Francisco, for her autobiographical work, Timeline directed by Leymis Bolaños Wilmott. In 2020, she served as a choreographer for Axis Dance Company’s first Virtual Choreo Lab and UCLA’s 2020/ 2021 Virtual DanceDisability Lab. Most recently, she was nominated for a Kenneth Rainin Fellowship for being a Bay Area anchor artist who has exhibited authentic community connection, a deep commitment to the region and demonstrating clear vision that pushes boundaries and advances the field of Dance.


Physically Integrated Dance Series: This series is an expansion of the popular annual NCF Dance for Parkinson event. In keeping with our focus of offering physically integrative movement, we aim for this series to show its participants that dance is for everybody, no matter their age, social-economic background, abilities, and or previous experiences or lack of  dance. For the full series line-up visit ncf.edu/physically-integrated-dance-series/


Support for these events was provided by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This event is made possible through the efforts of Sarasota Contemporary Dance and New College of Florida’s Partnership.

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