You are invited to attend and participate in our exciting FREE series of lectures and master classes. Sponsored by the SMC Associates and SMC Dance Department. Please see smc.edu/dance or call (310) 434-3467 for information.

Seating is strictly on a first-arrival basis.


Invertigo Dance Theatre

Formulae & Fairy Tales

Invertigo Dance TheatreInvertigo Dance Theatre, founded in 2007 by Artistic Director Laura Karlin, connects people to story and community through a blend of dynamic contemporary movement and compelling theatre. Karlin will present a master class that includes contemporary technique, improvisation, group work, and partnering, with movement ranging from subtle, intimate moments to big, spiraling, rich physicality. Co-presented with The Broad Stage. If participating, wear appropriate black on black dancewear.

Monday, September 9 | 10:15 a.m. | Free
CPC 304 & 308
Monday, September 9 | 1 p.m. | Free
Studio Stage at Theatre Arts Complex


Bryn Cohn

Contemporary Modern

Bryn CohnAward-winning choreographer, educator, and published scholar Bryn Cohn has been the artistic director of bicoastal dance company Bryn Cohn + Artists since 2011. A sought-after teacher who received a full feature in Dance Teacher magazine, she was adjunct faculty at Loyola Marymount University, has taught at Los Angeles Ballet and directed the contemporary department at Greenwich Ballet Academy. Cohn will lead a contemporary modern class that begins with crafted and improvisational exercises and becomes a springboard to launch into dynamic, athletic, and gestural phrasework. If participating, wear appropriate black on black dancewear.

Thursday, September 19 | 12:30 p.m. | Free | CPC 304 & 308


Linda Tomko

Baroque Dance

Linda TomkoHistorian, dancer, and embodier of dances past, Linda Tomko is Associate Professor of Dance at UC Riverside and Past President of the Society of Dance History Scholars. She has directed troupes in performances for the Berkeley Early Music Festival, Utrecht Early Music Festival, and with USC’s Thornton Baroque Sinfonia. Tomko will lead a master class that introduces the noble style of dancing that emerged in Louis XIV’s reign and explores bodily stances, steps, and gestures; typical spatial patterns that dances carved; and the bows or “honors” used to acknowledge others. If participating, wear clothing that fully reveals your knees, lower legs and feet, and arms; and soft, full-soled (no pleats) shoes or sock feet. No heels!

Wednesday, October 16 | 10:15 a.m. | Free | CPC 304 & 308


Lauren Hall

Musical Jazz

Lauren HallLos Angeles-based choreographer, teacher, and dance media artist Lauren Hall is currently director of the upper school dance program at Brentwood School. Her dance films have been shown at Dance Camera West, the Newport Beach Film Festival, and Dance Camera Istanbul, and she recently choreographed a music video for Warner Bros. recording artist Gerard Way. With influences ranging from Bob Fosse to Beyoncé, Hall will teach a master class that is a fusion of contemporary and classic jazz with a focus on musicality, dynamics, storytelling, and creative decision-making. If participating, wear appropriate black on black dancewear.

Wednesday, November 13 | 10:15 a.m. | Free | CPC 304 & 308