master classes

Master classes at Keshet Center for the Arts are typically for professional dancers/movers or university-level dance students (unless otherwise indicated). Master classes are given by specialty faculty or guest artists.

Check back regularly as Makers who visit Keshet Center for the Arts to create work, often hold a master class during their stay.

  •  2018/19 Maker Space Experience Master Classes Schedule Coming soon!

Saturday, September 8, 2018; 2pm – 3:45pm

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Contemporary Partnering & Dance Technique Workshop

PRICE: Pay what you can – suggested price $20

Join ClancyWorks’ Associate Artistic Director, Mathew Heggem, for an intensive contemporary partnering dance technique workshop highlighting the essential mission of this award-winning, Maryland-based dance organization. ClancyWorks Dance Company, founded by Dr. Adrienne Clancy in 2001, is committed to enhancing the quality of life for individuals in various communities using the arts as a vehicle to develop understanding and to advance positive social action. They are known for their use of dynamic partnering in order to exemplify an environment of mutual respect and to create empowering images that embrace diversity and build community, as they work towards “shifting perceptions through performance.” With an exploration of these core principles and through signature repertory, participants will blend exercises in improvisation, compositions and modern partnering technique to expand their choreographic & performance capabilities.


Mathew Heggem, Associate Artistic Director, of ClancyWorks Dance Company. As a dancer, in addition to working with ClancyWorks, Mathew has worked with Nicholas Leichter Dance, Clyde Forth Visual Theater, and Jennifer Monson. He was a soloist for historical reconstructions of Ted Shawn and Doris Humphrey works as part of ‘The Art of the Solo.’ For over 14 years, he has presented his own work at arts festivals, cabarets, and theaters throughout the Northeast, including: Cabaret Cataplexy; Queer Art Impact’s ‘Come As You Are’ Festival and Gay Wars; various evenings at Dixon Place, The Tank, CPR (Center for Performance Research), and Arts On Site; the New Dance Alliance’s ‘Performance Mix Festival’, the Gloucester New Arts Festival, and the Transmodern Festival, as part of a duet company, Kineasthesia, co-directed with artist Wendell Cooper, and as co-founder of NYC-based dance company, Left Side Labs, with collaborator Emma Batman. He was also an artist in residence for the acclaimed Djerassi Resident Artist Program. As an arts educator, he has been on faculty at the Goucher Summer Arts Institute and Experimental Movement Concepts, was a resident artist for the Trinity College LaMaMa Summer Arts program, and taught workshops for various colleges, high schools and private performing arts institutions. Mathew holds a BA in Dance from Goucher College and completed a 2-year certification in Awareness Through Movement at The Feldenkrais Institute.

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