The first video class teaching the legendary Lester Horton technique – The Advanced Beginner Class taught by Ana Marie Forsythe including Improvisation with Marjorie Perces. This Advanced Beginners Horton class was created to show how the Horton studies can be incorporated and taught within a class. The class is based on the book The Dance Technique of Lester Horton by Marjorie Perces, Ana Marie Forsythe and Cheryl Bell, and the three Dance Spotlight videos: Lester Horton Technique The Warm-Up, Intermediate and Advanced Levels. These sources contain more in depth analysis of the movements and can be used as reference by teachers and students. The class contains: THE WARM-UP with Ana Marie Forsythe: Round Over and Round Up; Flat Back Series; Primitive Squat Descent and Ascent; Lateral Stretches; Release Swing Series; Fortification #1; Prelude #1; Twists with Open Egyptian Arms; Leg Swings; Leg Swings with Stag Position Balance; Preparation for Deep Forward Lunges; and Coccyx Balance. IMPROVISATION with Marjorie Perces. CENTER FLOOR work with Ana Marie Forsythe: Lateral T Study. PROGRESSIONS: Side Hip Pull; Side Hip Pull with Figure 4 Turn; Side Hip Pull with Figure 4 Turn and Lateral T Balance; Single Foot Arch Springs; Single Foot Arch Springs with Stag Jump; and Fortification #14. DANCERS: Zara Bartels – Lion King – London production; Courtney Corbin – Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater 5/05; Katherine Horrigan - Elisa Monte Dance Company; Mary "Little Light" Hudetz – North Carolina Dance Theater II; Kevin Jackson – Dalas Black Dance Company; ShaylaVie Jenkins; Andrew Lamar – Kansas City Ballet; James Pierce – Ailey II; Yusha Marie Sorzano – Ailey II; and Hattie Mae Williams – Independent choreographer. All are graduates or former students in the Ailey School/Fordham University BFA program. 90 mins. (2007) DVD-All-Region.
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