Over the past fifteen years, Jean has succeeded in creating a vibrant and supportive community brought together by his weekly Saturday Afro-Haitian class at The Dance Complex. It’s a loose network of hundreds of people, 75 of which attend class on any given Saturday. The students are a multicultural rainbow of all ages, shapes, genders and abilities. It is a communal celebration through dance and music.
Saturday, 1:30 - 3:00 pm. $15. The Dance Complex.
This class features live percussion accompaniment and is open to all ages and abilities. Each class begins with a warm up in front of the mirror, followed by Haitian folkloric movement across the floor. All levels are welcome.
Modern (Horton) class with the Company
Thursday, 6-7:30pm. $15. The Dance Complex.
This is a fast-paced modern class based in Horton with Afro-Haitian and jazz influences. Each class starts in the center with some traditional Horton exercises (roll downs, flat backs), moving into longer center combinations. Next, dancers go across the floor. Class will either finish there, or conclude with a modern-based combination. You'll sweat and work on some serious modern technique.
Jean's Teaching Practice
Jean’s practice is based on a strong foundation in ballet, Horton technique, and Haitian folkoric dance. Developed by Lester Horton, Horton technique emphasizes a whole body, anatomical approach to dance that uses flexibility, strength, coordination and body and spatial awareness to enable unrestricted, dramatic freedom of expression. Jean’s alma mater, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, is known for its strong use of Horton technique, derived from Ailey’s studies with Lester Horton, who was his most significant artistic and pedagogical influence.
Beyond technique, Jean’s dance classroom provides a uniquely positive and affirming atmosphere in which every student (regardless of ability and prior training) is deemed inherently capable and artistic. Jean creates a highly rigorous and challenging environment in which he has the same expectations of every student: to achieve their best through personal expression. Jean’s gift as a teacher is that all dancers leave the same class feeling that they have had a successful experience, regardless of whether they are a beginning or advanced dancer.