W&L Dance Masterclass Series



Jordan Kriston: Partnering Through Improvisation

Jordan Kriston was born in Illinois and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She grew up playing sports and spending lots of time outdoors. Athletics and interest in the arts eventually led Jordan to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance Performance from Arizona State University.

Audra Vanderland: Buti Yoga

Buti Yoga fuses power yoga with bursts of cardio-infused dance + body sculpting primal movement. Buti Yoga utilizes the Spiral Structure Technique to sculpt + tone the deep abdominal muscles that stabilize and strengthen the body. Buti Yoga isn’t a workout - it’s a chance to create - let go - connect - and sweat with intention.

Autumn Eckman: Modern Dance

Described by Chicago Sun-Times reviewer Hedy Weiss as a "Galvanic work with a truly distinctive language," "Yes…And!" was devised to illuminate the rhythmical intricacies of its score by Brazilian body percussion group, the Barbatuques. Designed to unfold much like casual conversations between various groupings of people, the work grounds itself in the classic tenet of improvisation theater known by the same title. "Yes…And!" explores the relationship of highly amplified percussive beats to corresponding stage patterning, gestural articulations, highly physicalized movement sequences and musical responses wherein its content — seen in overlapping motifs of movement-based "question" — is driven forward through affirmation and fast-paced response.

Lauren Hall: Jazz

Lauren Hall is a choreographer, teacher, and dance media artist based out of Los Angeles, California. She received an MFA in Dance from the University of California, Irvine, and a BFA in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College.
 She has guest lectured and set choreography on dance students at Southern Methodist University, University of Central Oklahoma, Lamar University, Stephens College, University of Hawaii – Manoa, and the Beijing Dance Academy.