PWYC Intermediate Modern Technique


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Mondays • 7:00 – 8:30pm

PWYC Intermediate Modern will be moving to Tuesday nights in 2020!

No need to pre-register.
Just show up and pay what you can.


Emily Miser of Crossroads Dance Indy

December 2nd


Emily’s intermediate modern technique class focuses on the strong and smooth in both energy and movement – a reflection of her training in Graham and release techniques. We will focus on using our strength and energy to maximize movement quality through floor work, conditioning, and center. Let’s move!

Emily Miser began dancing at The Children’s Ballet, where she studied ballet and pointe under Deni Jacks, Robyn Wenrich, Edward Moffat, and Heidi Eads-Jones. She continued her training at Anderson University, studying ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, and tap with Oybek Tashpulatov, George Salinas, Debra Silveus, Shauna Steele, Doug King and Kenny Shepard. She graduated summa cum laude and with honors with a BA in dance business. Her piece, “Compter Sur,” was presented at the American College Dance Festival in 2014, and her solo “Forever Night” received the Allen Choreography Award the same year. She additionally has worked with Sharon Wong, Lynn Peterson, Mocha Dance Project, and Jillian Godwin. Emily was a company member of Phoenix Rising Dance Company in 2016-2017, and teaches locally. She is a co-founder of Crossroads Dance Indy, and her choreography was featured in Indy Fringe in 2016-19.

Bethany Wells Bak of Indianapolis Movement Arts Collective

December 9th

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Bethany’s class is all about full-bodied movement that travels boldly through space. We will strive for clarity in phrase material by honing in on what parts of the body initiate movement and what concepts of energy are at play once in motion. Come explore energy, space, and rhythm!

Bethany Wells Bak holds a Bachelor of Fine and Applied Arts in Dance Performance from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a performer, teacher, and maker of contemporary dance in Indianapolis. She is proud to serve as the Director of Movement Education for IMAC. Since moving to Indianapolis in 2016, Bethany has performed for Motus Dance Theatre, Rebecca Pappas, Stephanie Nugent, and NoExit Performance. She has presented new dance-works at Cultivate: An Emerging Choreographer Showcase and at Flourish: A Modern Dance Showcase. Her work was selected for live performance at the Midwest RAD Fest in 2018 and 2020. Bethany is a co-founder of Dance Makers Workshop, alongside her collaborative partner Sarah Ledbetter. DMW, based in Memphis, TN, is a vehicle for the generation of new dance material in a community setting through workshops, movement research, and performance. She was a member of Memphis’ Project:Motion Modern Dance Collective for four seasons and also served as the Class Coordinator for the Collective.

Brittany Gaither of Crossroads Dance Indy

December 16th


In this class we will be exploring two different kinds of movement energy- smooth and sustained energy in contrast to sharp and sudden. Class will be a combination of choreographed exercises as well as guided improvisation. Come ready for creative play. All experience levels are welcome.

Brittany (Branson) Gaither grew up in Anderson, where she trained and performed as a company member with Anderson Young Ballet Theatre Academy. She went on to receive her B.A. from Columbia College Chicago where she majored in Dance Performance and Choreography. There she performed works by the great Merce Cunningham and Mark Morris. Afterwards, she went onto receive her masters in Teaching Education from Dominican University. She is a public school teacher for KIPP where she founded the dance program and created her own curriculum based on jazz and ballet technique as well as creative movement and modern. She is currently a member of Crossroads Dance.

Idrienne Steiman, MA, CMA of Indianapolis Movement Arts Collective

Bartenieff Fundamentals – The Basic Six

January 14th 2020


​Irmgard Bartenieff was a physical therapist who was influenced by her work with Rudolph Laban. Her exploration of the body in relationship to space was and still is a unique characteristic of the work. This class will introduce and clarify the principles of Bartenieff Fundamentals. We will explore in depth the “Basic Six” exercises in terms of body connectivity, breath, initiation and joint function.

Idrienne Steiman, MA, CMA is a Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst and Master Pilates Instructor. Her early dance training was at the Joffrey Ballet School and The Juilliard School. She received her B.S. in dance from Skidmore College and an M.A. in dance from UCLA. She applied the Laban material in her Stage Movement for the Actor course at USC’s Drama Division. In 1989, Idrienne was hired as Assistant Professor for the Butler University Dance Department, where she taught numerous classes for dance majors, including Laban, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Pilates and improvisation. Subsequently, she opened the first Pilates studio in Indy and served as the teacher training Certifying Studio for the Physicalmind Institute. She has had the opportunity to teach Pilates in Italy and Laban in Israel. She enjoys introducing the Laban concepts at the IU High School summer program. Idrienne is a board member of Indianapolis Movement Arts Collective.