Over the past fifteen years in Boston, Jean has succeeded in creating a vibrant and supportive community brought together by his weekly Saturday Afro-Haitian class at The Dance Complex (536 Mass Ave, Cambridge). It’s a huge, loose network of hundreds of people, about 75 of whom dance together in Jean's class every 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.
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.