From its beginning, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company has emphasized community engagement and education. The Company is committed to community engagement through education and is unique in its ability to educate on tour. We offer many educational formats and adapt them to reach diverse audiences. The Company’s belief that “Dance is for Everybody” is reflected in our education offerings that range from performance demonstrations and creative movement classes for children to technique and master classes for dance students and professionals, to therapeutic movement and yoga classes for seniors.
Ririe-Woodbury dancers are dually trained as educators and bring their expertise together with the current Company repertory to connect audience members to dance in a memorable and meaningful way. The Company works with school classes, parent-child groups, dance student groups, dance professional groups, and adult and senior groups of all skill levels, and uses pieces of current Company repertory as tools to illustrate aspects of body, action, space, time and energy.
Ririe-Woodbury community engagement activities result in enthusiastic audience members who find deep connections to dance as an art, and to the dance experienced at Company performances. Because the Company works closely with presenters and communities to tailor our residencies and performances to each presenter’s audience and community, our community engagement and education activities build performance audiences, increase community awareness of Company performances, and compliment and complete the artist-presenter partnership.
Engagement and Education Offerings
Creative Movement for Children Classes
Local Artist Collaborations
Contemporary Dance Technique Classes
Master Contemporary Technique Classes
Dance Improvisation Classes
Company Repertory Classes
Teacher In-Service Trainings
Special Class Offerings
Ballet for Beginners
Ballet for Modern Dancers
Jazz Funk/Hip-Hop or Jazz/Contemporary
Latin Dance Rhythms
Gymnastics for Dancers
Theatre/Dance Backstage Technical
Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Yoga
Yoga for Special Populations
Creative Movement for Seniors
Physical Conditioning for Active Individuals
"We have been bringing professional companies to Baton Rouge for almost 30 years and this was one of our best experiences ever! We fell in love with Ririe-Woodbury when they delighted entire schools with their lecture demonstrations. They then taught incredible master classes before wowing our public with their diverse repertory and outstanding dancers. Add that to the generosity of their publicity appearances and guest lecture and we could not have been happier. They are smart, generous and incredibly talented. I wish we could have them every year!"
-Molly Buchmann, Head of Dance, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
"I just wanted to say how thrilled I was with this assembly. The feedback I got from the kids was very positive, but most importantly, the quality of their movement improved TREMENDOUSLY after the performance. The students haven’t had much movement experience. I’ve taught some creative movement [and] it’s been a struggle to get students to move creatively. After the assembly, the kids had SO many more ideas and were moving in really interesting ways, sometimes without even needing prompting from me. The assembly was worth many, many classes of my instruction, and the company did a really fantastic job. Thanks for offering this performance, and thanks to the company for their work to create a fantastic assembly."
-Christine Anderson, General Music, Mamie Towles Elementary School, Reno, NV