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© 2016 Nathaniel Hunt. All rights reserved

updated November 2019

background photo by Kelly Hsiao

Class Description

 

Nathaniel’s contemporary class focuses on the awareness, quality, and growth of one's movement and artistic voice. It challenges dancers of all types and backgrounds to find more possibilities within themselves.

 

He guides dancers to access ease and fluidity, to understand that the body, as a beautiful vessel, has natural curves working in sequence with one another. Nathaniel exploits the concept of infinite cyclical energy to assist dancers, in finding the full space within and beyond the walls of one's skin and confront exhaustion.

 

A warm-up consists of spinal manipulation, extremity articulation, and core engagement to connect the dancers into the space. He utilizes ballet vocabulary and Horton technique to emphasize correct anatomical alignment while ensuring safety and longevity.

 

After the body is stretched, maximizing its full range of motion, a movement phrase is then explored challenging the dancers technically and creatively. The choreographic phrase is given as a tool to deepen specificity in execution, coordination, and memory. Class combinations derive from either one of two movement themes (1) balancing momentum and flow with heavy emphasis on transitioning through each movement or (2) reflecting and enhancing the dynamic qualities within a particular song; as a result, refining the dancer’s ear to accentuate musicality and precision.

 

From the beginning of every class dancers are: encouraged to find their own voice within the given material, asked to be patient and supportive with oneself, and challenged to trust their own inner flame that can never be tainted, stolen,  or extinguished.

 

Past/Present Teaching 

Colleges/Universities

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA

Long Island University

Brooklyn, NY

Santa Fe College

Gainesville, FL

Community College of Baltimore County

Essex, MD

North Carolina A&T University 

Greensboro, NC

Anne Arundel Community College

Arnold, MD

College of DuPage

Glen Ellyn, IL

Elementary/Middle Schools

MS 358Q

Queens, NY

PS 372

Brooklyn, NY 

PS 3

Queens, NY  

Dance Studios/Institutions

 

Peabody Preparatory of the John Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

Studio Dans

Marriottsville, MD

Maui Academy of Performing Arts

Wailuku, HI

Spotlight Studio of Dance

Millersville, MD

Level Dance Project

Annapolis, MD

Shoreline Dance Academy 

Ocean Grove, NJ 

Design in Motion

Gambrills, MD

Arts N Motion

Odenton, MD

Alexander Academy of Performing Arts

Kula, HI

High Schools
 

Howard County Public Schools

Atholton High School

Centennial High School

Glenelg High School

Hammond High School

Howard High School

Long Reach High School

Marriotts Ridge High School

Mt. Hebron High School

Oakland Mills High School

Reservoir High School

River Hill High School

Wilde Lake High School

Anne Arundel County Public Schools

Arundel High School

Broadneck High School

Glen Burnie High School

Old Mill High School

Severna Park High School

South River High School