Master Class with B.J. Sullivan (Mini-Fest, American Dance Legacy Initiative)


Ashamu Dance Studio

B.J. Sullivan, dance teacher / choreographer / performer, is active in the development of post modern dance technique. As a tenured associate professor at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, her research is in choreography and her applied technique. Gaining recognition for the teaching methods of her own style and floor work, Sullivan coined this body of material "Safety Release Technique".  She has traveled extensively teaching SRT at many universities and professional schools globally including Dance New Amsterdam in New York City and serving on the summer faculties of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Interlochen Arts Academy.

Safety Release Technique combines the health practicalities of human movement with the breadth and depth of artistic possibility. SRT skillfully blends multiple layers of movement principles while informing dancing with a mixture of somatic and release applications. In preparation for full-bodied and vivid expressiveness the classes begin on the floor and progressively develop into full-range combinations. Sullivan's style encourages students to comprehend "flow of motion" through the body and through changes in level, challenging their ability to get into and out of the floor easily.

The Master Class is part of the ADLI Mini-Fest 2014 program. ADLI Mini-Fest 2014 is part of WIDENING THE CIRCLE: Intersections of Art, Science and Community, a series of master classes, lecture demonstrations, performances, and seminars February 21-March 8 presented by FirstWorks and American Dance Legacy Initiative, in collaboration with Artists and Scientists as Partners, Brown University, and Mark Morris Dance Group.