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Spring Guest Teacher: Heather Cornell

  • Sound Space 2511 West Girard Avenue Philadelphia, PA, 19130 United States (map)
Heather Cornell returns to Philadelphia to lead a improvisation workshop focusing on world rhythms and percussive dance. Students will be immersed in Heather's singular teaching style, which is focused on musicality concepts: feeling the pulse and groove of world rhythms in our own bodies and feet, exploring rhythmic improvisation and how to become our own innovators and creators of rhythm. There will be group improvisation and polyrhythms. Ideal for any mover at any level in dance, yoga or theater! 
Heather Cornell is one of the most innovative and deeply musical tap artists working on the scene today. From 1985-2004, Heather Cornell directed Manhattan Tap, one of the busiest and most successful tap dance companies of the period. With her home base in New York, she worked with some of the most famous jazz musicians in the world and pioneered an approach to tap choreography that has been called "visual music." Currently, she tours internationally mentoring students, teaching the connections between tap dance and music, and headlining at tap and jazz festivals around the world. In 2016, she released her first album, "Making Music Dance," a collaboration of original music using tap shoes, violin, balafon and guitar.