Smitty has been accepted into an exclusive winter intensive with the dance company ate9 for ten days in December. Amazing opportunity! Smitty needs to first pay for the intensive which came to $735 total with fees. Smitty needs to get down there and back, approximately $500. Find a place to stay or likely need to rent an overpriced hostel while paying rent up in Seattle also, at least $1000. There is also the cost of transportation and food while in LA. Sadly the news of getting laid-off due to budget and job cuts came shortly after being accepted to this prestigious program and a little extra help is needed. First person to donate gets an extra special one of a kind surprise from me. The next seven people will get a pretty rad 1/7 surprise. … because seven ate9. lol.
Always something special for the folks who donate such as insider updates and sneak peaks on what i am working on and possible free/discount tickets to the show when i get back. And always that great feeling you get for knowing you have contributed to the success and well being of someone. I will also design and print a limit edition t-shirt and some buttons.
For folks who don’t know already, Smitty has been dancing since 2010. Performing since 2003, first a spoken word artist and in the last few years they have incorporated their spoken word into dance/movement pieces such as their piece #metoo which explores being a trans queer person existing parallel to the #metoo movement since that movement is not trans inclusive. Or their piece sensual solitude which explores puppetry and movement on top of spoken word and music composed also by smitty. In between they practice acrobatics with Stefan Furst and aerial of which many videos can be seen on their vimeo page. Smitty is currently in a Yoga Teacher Training with Poseurs, the only pay what you can ashram in Seattle and practices with the Heartcenter ashram which is one of only a few ashrams in Seattle started by a person of color and with predominantly poc practitioners. Smitty’s main dance instructors have been Isaiah Tillman and Dani Tirrell, both have a lyrical based street style. Smitty also draws from their ancestral cultures as well as their disabilities when composing their pieces.
concentration 1- gaga When: Dec 12-14 from 1-6 pm
What: Dive deep into Gaga principles and methodologies through class and research sessions along with Creation and Improvisation development using Gaga tools.
Who: Dancers of all levels interested in 3 days of intense movement and research.
Concentration 2- training & performance When: Dec 16-18 from 1-6 pm
What: Experience Danielle’s technique-oriented classes drawing from both Gaga and Ballet along with learning of highly physical Ate9 rep.
Who: Professional and pre-professional dancers.
| Concentration 3- choreography & composition When: Dec 20-22 from 1-6 pm
What: Develop your vocabulary generation and explore the impact of structure and sound as you create for yourself and others in a demanding yet collaborative environment.
Who: Anyone interested with at least some previous choreographic experience.
The course was highly productive, and packed with value. It was physically and mentally rigorous, and simultaneously supportive. I recommend this intensive only to dancers who are prepared to do deep work.
-Testimonial from 2018 Ate9 Summer Intensive