Contemporary Masterclass with Belinda McGuire
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Belinda McGuire teaches a Limón-based technique class, aiming to break down our own preconceptions of physical limitations and to encourage the discovery of our potential breadth and power of expression. In a search to satisfy an adventurous spirit through movement, we will broaden our perception of range and appreciate the depth and versatility that such newfound tools can bring. We allow the goal of sensitization to illuminate “dark” or “blind” spots of our physicality, inciting different or new enthusiasm to move, leading to a more full-bodied power and coordination. The class takes over the full space of the room, occupying the center or traveling across. Development of material is designed so that our bodies are ready to take on new challenges as they come.
Dancer, Director, Choreographer
Belinda McGuire graduated from The Juilliard School (BFA 2006) and danced with the Limón Dance Company, The Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Gallim Dance, Doug Varone and Dancers and The Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre. Through Belinda McGuire Dance Projects, she performs primarily solo work, choreographs and engages in collaboration and production. McGuire has taken part in choreographic residencies at Springboard Danse Montréal, Centre de Création O Vertigo, Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, Éspace Marie Chouinard, ICKamsterdam, and The Yard. As a producer, Belinda launched one-woman shows “The Desert Island Project” (2008), “The Heist Project” (2011), and “Waltz Slaughterhouse Requiem” (2017), garnering a nomination for the 2013 Dora Award for Outstanding Performance. Through these solo endeavors, she has commissioned new work from Kate Alton, Andrea Miller, Sylvain Émard, Sharon B. Moore, Idan Sharabi, Zoe Scofield and has collaborated with Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten. Belinda teaches and choreographs as a guest artist for The Limón Institute, New York University/Tisch and The Juilliard School, the New Jersey Dance Theater Ensemble, for CCDT (Toronto), École de Danse Contemporaine de Montréal, New Dialect (Nashville) and for various other schools and universities across North and Central America.