Dance artists Bryanna Cross and Rachel Dodson of Bryra Movement Collective have teamed up to create an exciting opportunity for dancers near and far to connect through innovative online dance programming. Each class is thoughtfully crafted for a positive and thorough student-centered experience with the intention of maintaining and building upon technique while conditioning through diversified practice. Dancers have the unique platform to study with different dance educators, connect with fellow students from all across the country, and explore healthy movement practices through a multitude of class and conditioning options.
A unique approach that targets technique through demonstrated knowledge application and skill-based practice.
A unique conditioning class for dancers, athletes, and pedestrians.
Entry level class available for any newbee!
All "OPEN-Level Classes" are ENTRY level--
NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY.
Welcome one and all!
Each class includes:
Franklin Method 2020
Pilates Certificate 2017
Yoga Certificate 2017
Franklin Method 1 2021
P.B.T. Certificate 2019
M.F.A. Dance 2017
B.F.A. Dance 2007
Rachel Dodson is a performance artist, educator, choreographer, and arts facilitator situated in the Pacific Northwest. As faculty at the University of Idaho and the University of Colorado Boulder she has offered studio courses in classical ballet, contemporary modern, Progressing Ballet Technique and somatic modalities to dance majors, minors, and non-majors. Outside of the academe, she offers community-based classes for participants of all levels of experience to explore diverse movement practices and deepen dialogue and communal action towards collaborative art making and performance.
Dodson attended the Crockett Academy of Ballet in Sacramento after her love of dance blossomed at the age of five. At the age of 13 she was one of fifty-five dancers across the United States invited to attend the Boston Ballet Summer Intensive where her commitment to ballet, contemporary dance, and dance composition grew. After performing pre-professionally throughout her teens and commissioned soloist projects in her twenties, she became committed to sharing her love of dance and choreography with generations to come. Upon acceptance into the competitive conservatory-model dance program at the University of California Irvine, she began her study of dance at a collegiate level learning from artists and scholars such as Donald McKayle, Loretta Livingston, Israel "El" Gabriel, Molly Lynch, Jennifer Fisher, and Lisa Naugle.
Dodson holds a Master of Fine Arts in Dance with an emphasis in Somatic Movement The Alexander Technique from the University of Colorado Boulder and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with an emphasis in Choreography from the University of California Irvine. She holds additional certificates in Women and Gender Studies and College Teaching from the University of Colorado Boulder and received The Healthy Dance Practice certificate from SAFE in Dance International in 2016. In 2019 she added a teacher certification in the junior, senior and advanced programs of Progressing Ballet Technique with Marie Walton-Mahon and is presently in studying Laban Movement Analysis and Bartenieff Fundamentals at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in New York.
Dodson has performed with various companies and artists as a soloist, duet, and corps dancer as both a permanent and guest artist for over 20 years--including but not limited to performances with Merce Cunningham, Loretta Livingston, Gesel Mason, Nada Diachenko, Mel Wong, Donald McKayle, Architexture Dance Company, Boston Ballet, and the Gilbert Reed Ballet. Her original scholarly and creative research has been invited for presentation at the Hawaii International Conference in Arts and Humanities and FEM + FEST Feminist Art Festival while movement research has been presented at the Colorado Dance Education Organization and American College Dance Association conferences. Her choreography has been commissioned and featured nationally and internationally in Kyriat Ono and Herzliya Pituach, Israel; Boulder, Longmont, Louisville, Paonia, and Lafayette, Colorado; Templeton, Arroyo Grande, Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo, Irvine, and Santa Cruz, California; Spokane, Washington; and Moscow, Idaho. In 2020, she was selected as a creative grant recipient by artsIDAHO and the National Endowment for the Arts and the Professional Development Scholarship by the National Dance Education Organization.