Modern Technique

Monday Night

Pay What You Can

We want to dance, and we know you do too. Join us!

Welcome Crossroads Dance Indy to technique class on Mondays in January.


January 8 with Morgan Skiles

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In this hour and a half class we will be working from the floor up; playing with gravitational pull and working against it. Gravity is always present, so it is important to incorporate awareness of this relationship with every movement. We will explore phrase work on the floor and beyond. All experience levels welcome!

Morgan Skiles is a performance artist and choreographer residing in Indianapolis. She began studying dance at Anderson Young Ballet Theatre, where she is currently a Ballet instructor and choreographer. She attended Indiana University as a Dance major with a Kinesiology concentration, and was able to perform works by Paul Taylor, Martha Graham, Donald McKayle, and Laurie Eisenhower. Morgan has attended workshops with Inaside Dance Chicago, Paul Taylor in New York City, and Bates Dance Festival. She is currently a company member at Phoenix Rising Dance Company and Crossroads Dance.


January 15 with Sammi Bowyer

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In this hour and a half class, we will be exploring contrast in movement. Exercises will examine the differences in how slow/fast, smooth/sharp, low/high, etc. feel in our bodies. All experience levels are welcome to join!

Sammi Bowyer began her childhood dance training at the Academy of Dance Arts in Middletown, Ohio. She received her B.S. and M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from Miami University of Ohio. During her time at Miami, she danced and choreographed for Dance Theatre, a modern dance company affiliated with the university. She currently works full-time as a school-based speech pathologist. She continues to pursue dance as a company member of Crossroads Dance and has performed at various local dance showcases including Indy Fringe and Cultivate.


January 22 with Brittany (Branson) Gaither

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In this class we will be exploring two different kinds of movement energy- smooth and sustained energy in contrast to sharp and sudden. Class will be a combination of choreographed exercises as well as guided improvisation. Come ready for creative play. All experience levels are welcome.

Brittany (Branson) Gaither grew up in Anderson, where she trained and performed as a company member with Anderson Young Ballet Theatre Academy. She went on to receive her B.A. from Columbia College Chicago where she majored in Dance Performance and Choreography. There she performed works by the great Merce Cunningham and Mark Morris. Afterwards, she went onto receive her masters in Teaching Education from Dominican University. She is a public school teacher for KIPP where she founded the dance program and created her own curriculum based on jazz and ballet technique as well as creative movement and modern. She is currently a member of Crossroads Dance.


January 29 with Ashley Youmell

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In this class we will be exploring our body’s movement through floor work. Sequential movement patterns will have your joints feeling more flexible by the end of class. If the word FLOOR already makes your knees hurt then fear not, we will be focusing more on core and arm strengthening.

Ashley graduated with a BA in Dance and a Business minor in 2012 from Ohio University. Since moving to Indianapolis, Ashley performed with Flamencóle at the 2014 International Festival. Additionally, she has performed with Motus Dance in Cultivate and Maze. Ashley, along with Rebecca Lomax, won Cultivate in 2016 and is a co-artistic Director of Elisha Movement Christian Dance Company. She is also a member of Crossroads Dance. Currently, she manages a branch for KeyBank and is outreach coordinator for Unconditional Ministries.



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