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Helen Simoneau Danse has a varied repertoire of dance works that can be performed along side each other or separately in a shared evening. These pieces range from ten minutes to 70mins and can vary in cast size from one solo dancer to a group of twenty.
Guest Artist Residencies
Helen Simoneau and the company regularly work at Colleges and Universities across the country.Residencies can include teaching daily technique class and workshops in addition to rehearsals. Simoneau has created and restaged her work for students of:
- The Juilliard School (NYC)
- Point Park University (PA)
- The American Dance Festival, Footprints Series (NC)
- The University of the North Carolina School of the Arts
- The University of the Arts (PA)
- The University of Oklahoma
- Wake Forest University (NC)
- Hollins University (VA)
- Dickinson College (PA)
- Roger Williams University (RI)
- University of South Carolina
- Beloit College (WI)
- Plymouth State University (NH)
- University of Virginia
- Salem College (NC)
- Slippery Rock University (PA)
- Virginia Commonwealth University, VCU, (VA)
- The University of Virginia (VA)
- Goucher College (MD)
Helen Simoneau and the company offer modern technique and improvisation classes to all ages and levels of experience.
Description of Helen Simoneau’s technique class: This class utilizes a standing warm-up with exercises that develop a strong technical base focusing on efficient anatomical alignment while encouraging a full range of motion in the torso and articulation of the spine. An adagio phrase develops strength and stamina, while a fast and large moving combination, either across the floor or in center, explores full use of space, shifts of weight, physicality, momentum as well as a balance between precision and making it your own.
Helen Simoneau has attended the Lincoln Center Institute’s educator workshop which has influenced the nature of HSDanse workshops. Students are led through an experience of a HSDanse piece from the inside of the creation process. They are taught phrasework in addition to exploring specific tasks originally used in the creation of the work before viewing the piece either through demonstration or video. Workshops can be tailored to any age and level of dance experience.