Rocha Dance Theater’s Workshop Series!
September 17th-21st, 5pm-8pm
located at Teatro Ribeiragrandense
Register online HERE
From September 17 – 21, Rocha Dance Theater’s artistic director, Jenny Rocha, will conduct five 3-hour workshops at Teatro Ribeiragrandense, teaching students ages 12 – 18 modern and contemporary dance. In addition to teaching technique, Rocha will encourage dancers to find their own creative voice through movement. She will collaborate with the students, creating a new dance as part of her work Battledress. At the end of the workshop series, 20 participating students will be asked to perform the dance they created within the workshop at Rocha Dance Theater’s performance of Battledress on Saturday, September 22nd.
Please fill out the registration form in order to participate. Students should arrive by 4:30pm on the first day of the workshop, September 17th. Participants can bring loose fitting, comfortable clothes that you can move in. No dance shoes, ballet slippers or other footwear is needed.
Jenny Rocha is a choreographer, dancer, costume designer and teaching artist. She is the Artistic Director of Rocha Dance Theater and her cabaret group, The Painted Ladies. A first generation Portuguese-American from New Bedford, Massachusetts, Rocha attended Roger Williams University for Dance and Performance, where she graduated with an Outstanding Achievement in Dance Award. She then moved to New York City, where Jenny served as a member of Sean Curran Company, Heidi Latsky Dance and other choreographers. Her work has been presented by esteemed venues such as The Philadelphia Museum of Art,The Boston Center for the Arts, America’s Got Talent, Danspace Project, La MaMa, Galapagos Art Space, and more. Rocha has received awards and residencies including The Puffin Foundation grant, Galapagos Art Space Residency from 2008-2014, Armitage Gone! Dance/MANA Contemporary Space Residency and CUNY Dance Initiative in 2015 and 2018. The US Embassy in Lisbon recently awarded her an Innovation Grant to perform her work Battledress in Azores, Portugal, as well as host educational workshops. As a teaching artist, she has taught dance at universities and colleges nationwide, including Roger Williams University, Connecticut College, West Virginia University, Rhode Island College and Lehman College. Rocha currently teaches choreography at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and serves on the guest faculty of Mark Morris Dance Center.