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summer | main event

running from the 1st to the 28th of july 2024

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b12 summer main event


location: eden***** studios


Chelsea Ainsworth & Jessica Smith


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Maximum Capacity

dual rivet's class emphasises our maximum physical capacity as movers. it will encompass a wide range of contemporary floorwork and partnering skills while exploring intense physicality through strength building techniques, playing with weight distribution, and a curiosity to move. classes will include basic floorwork and partnering concepts, contact improvisation, and repertoire that is inspired heavily by capoeira, acrobatics, and release technique. throughout the class we will focus on softening and delving into safe practices. the result will be momentous, seamless and sustainable movement, allowing for personal exploration of style and musicality.

please be aware of our early bird special offer for this workshop! you can apply for this offer up until the 24th of march 2024. after the 24th the regular workshop fee applies. applications are accepted up until one day before the workshops starts.

CHELSEA AINSWORTH is a graduate of the Dance Department of The Juilliard School. After graduating, she worked with Johannes Wieland / Staatstheater Kassel in Germany, Lorena Egan, Flexicure, Amber Sloan, Bryn Cohn & Artists, and was on the modern / ballet dance faculty at Cap21 musical theater school and Chen DanceCenter. Currently she is dancing with The Bang Group, as well as ZviDance. She’s also the co-founder and Executive Director of Arts On Site, a non-profit organization, dedicated to supporting artists of all disciplines, by offering affordable studio space and hosting monthly events to encourage community collaboration. She also built and curates residencies at a retreat and residency center in the Shawangunk mountains in upstate New York. In 2020 she joined the Dance Advisory Board of Marymount Manhattan College.


JESSICA SMITH (she/they) is a New York City based dancer from New Orleans, Louisiana. She studied at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, London Contemporary Dance School, and received her BFA in dance from the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College. She has performed with companies such as Punchdrunk's Sleep No More NYC, Vim Vigor Dance Company, ZviDance, and Kizuna Dance. She continues to teach and set work at schools, festivals, and training programs throughout the U.S. and internationally. Jessica was one of eight choreographers chosen for The Jacob's Pillow Ann and Weston Hicks Choreographic Fellowship in 2022. She was the Associate Director of Arts On Site NYC, a non-profit arts organization, for 4 years. Jessica is the Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Dual Rivet, a highly physical contemporary dance company based in NYC. Jessica is currently on Faculty at The Juilliard School, Purchase College, Gibney, Peridance and STEPS.


Dual Rivet

DUAL RIVET is a women-led dance company focused on creating and sharing highly physical contemporary dance to a wide audience. Based in NYC, Dual Rivet creates work for stage and film that exchanges a cinematic and visceral language to influence both platforms. Directors Jessica Smith and Chelsea Ainsworth have been making and presenting work since 2017. They have performed and set work at Festival PRISMA (Panama), Centro Cultural Los Talleres (Mexico), Oklahoma International Dance Festival, Barnard College/Columbia University, West End Theatre, Kittery Maine, Musikfest Pennsylvania, Peridance Capezio Center, CreateArt, Arts On Site, and many more. The company teaches a myriad of classes, throughout the United States and internationally, with an emphasis on contemporary partnering and floorwork. Dual Rivet is currently on faculty at The Juilliard School, Gibney, Peridance, SUNY Purchase, and Adelphi University. The company hosts an annual choreography festival, MADE BY WOMEN, highlighting women choreographers and creators. For more info: www.dualrivetdance.com @dualrivet



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