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TERRI BEST

Jazz

Terri Best's career as a dancer, choreographer and teacher spans nearly three decades. Her television, commercial and stage work includes: Star Trek: Phase 2, McDonald's, The Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers Christmas Special, The American Choreography Awards and the 15th Annual Golden Eagle Awards. She is Artistic Director of the Lester Horton Award winning company, Terri Best Dance. They have performed to critical acclaim and enthusiastic audiences throughout Southern California, including the L.A. Dance Invitational, Celebrate Dance, Pasadena Dance Festival and the Dance Under the Stars Choreography Festival, where Terri was a finalist for her choreography in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Described by the L.A. Times as “Thrilling, in your face…[with] a soaring sense of promise,” her work has also been commissioned by the L.A. Contemporary Dance Company, Commonality Dance Company and the Trudl Zipper Dance Institute, and performed at the Luckman, Alex, Nate Holden, El Portal, Diavolo, Japan America Theater, Zipper Hall, McCallum Theater and Pasadena Civic Auditorium, among other venues.

Terri is the honored recipient of the 2008 Stanley Holden Award for Distinguished Teaching, presented by Edward Villella at the 9th Annual L.A. Dance Invitational. She has been on faculty at EDGE Performing Arts Center since 1993, during which time she has trained and prepared numerous dancers for professional careers. She conducts master classes and workshops throughout the U.S. and abroad, and was a guest teacher at Balettakademien’s International Summer Courses in Stockholm, Sweden in 2010 and 2011.

Class Description:
Terri Best’s class incorporates elements of ballet, modern and Luigi jazz techniques, including turns, jumps, extensions, floor work, isolations and gestures. Emphasis is on movement motivation (moving from the inside out), musicality, shape and line, flow, attack and use of the breath. Dancers are encouraged to not merely imitate the movement, but to find within themselves an impetus for the honest physical expression of the passion, joy, or whatever emotion the music and choreography may suggest or inspire. The learning environment is supportive and encouraging - never judgmental or competitive – which allows every student, whether they aspire to dance professionally or recreationally, to feel supported in taking the risks that will enable them to grow, and to become articulate, passionate and fearless movers.

   

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