Themed Contemporary Dance with Jose Silva ($25)

Thursdays 5:30 – 6:45 pm.

Starts Feb 6, 2020.

  • $25
  • 3 for $65
  • 8 for $150
  • $4 for Golden Circle Members & Faculty

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Enjoy the experience of training and dancing with an exquisitely talented dancer, one who also loves teaching. Let him push your limits, expand the boundaries of your imagination, and take you with him on a different choreographic journey each week. The theme for each night’s choreography – such as ‘strength’, ‘grounding’, ‘tenderness’, ‘exuberance’, etc. – becomes the guiding light for the entire class.

Jose begins with 10 minutes of standing warm-ups followed by 10 minutes of floor work.  He includes breath, stretch and strengthening elements to tone the entire body, employing both classic ballet and modern dance techniques. This ‘moving meditation’ of the group reminds him of a flock of birds moving synchronistically.

He next unfolds his inspired choreographic sequence for the night, section by section, moving at a brisk pace, providing many chances for repetition. Slipping into its musical context, Jose’s choreography can make perfect, unpredictable changes in rhythm, speed, and direction, providing his dancers with striking elements of surprise and beauty as they move powerfully across the floor. 

Enjoy, too, the lively support of dancing on Still & Moving Center’s breathtaking mango wood sprung floors – appealing to the eye, and delightful on the legs, feet and back. You’ll find easy parking across the street at Whole Foods, where you can grab a snack before or after class.

Jose dances with you all class long and cheers for you the whole time – what a treat! As long as you’ve got some decent dance training in your background, you’ll leave this class exhilarated.

Jose Silva

A really great teacher is one who believes in you enough to challenge you, and who has your back no matter what. Jose is such a teacher. Add to that his remarkable gifts as a dancer and choreographer, and you have a winning a package!

Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Jose grew up in Orange County, California where he first received his dance training. At the age of seventeen, he moved to Los Angeles to continue his studies.

His path took him to Japan where he taught and performed for two years. He has also worked in film, television and the stage in the U.S. He was cast as lead dancer in the Broadway production of The Lion King and as lead dancer and Dance Captain for the touring company, as well over a 7 year time span. Touring gave him the opportunity to teach in studios around the country and eventually brought him to Hawaii and Mid-Pacific Institute where he has been teaching contemporary dance for the past two years.

“I have been so blessed my entire life, but to now have the opportunity to pass the torch to young dancers here in Hawaii is a dream come true. Truly the Circle of Life.”


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