BRIAH Danse endeavors to pursue the legacy of the great pioneers in dance - from classical through contemporary. We strive to study the methods, philosophy, driving artistry of George Balanchine, Robert Joffrey, the internationalism of Lucia Chase and Richard Pleasant and Oliver Smith, the multiculturalism of Alvin Ailey and Alonso King; the soul searches of Martha Graham and convictions of Lester Horton, Bella Lewinsky, Twyla Tharp and many others that we all speak our truths in the universal language of postures and gestures, energy and dynamic tensions. It is Embodied Awareness Systems Explained! Dancers who dance with BRIAH are modern and contemporary ballet based and come to explore, discover, and be who they are.
We look forward to training, studying and working with you. For more information, please contact us.
About BRIAH Danse Company
BRIAH is a Kabalistic word meaning "life breath" with "life spirit." It is another work for chi and also means ever-creating and anew.
BRIAH endeavors to pursue the legacy of the great pioneers in dance - from classical through contemporary. We strive to study the methods, philosophy, driving artistry of George Balanchine, Robert Joffrey, the internationalism of Lucia Chase and Richard Pleasant and Oliver Smith, the multiculturalism of Alvin Ailey and Alonso King; the soul searches of Martha Graham and convictions of Lester Horton, Bella Lewinsky, Twyla Tharp and many others that we all speak our truths in the universal language of postures and gestures, energy and dynamic tensions. It is Embodied Awareness unlimited. Dancers who dance with BRIAH are modern and contemporary ballet based and come to explore, discover, and be who they are. The repertory reflects the past and reaches toward the future - preserving legacies, conventions and history while pushing the edges of the new in contemporary dance.
BRIAH Danse Company was first created to bring together international artists in New Hampshire for the McDowell Colony Centennial Celebration. The original company of dancers, musicians and visual artists toured the state -performing broadly in the Manchester/Nashua and Peterborough area and travelled internationally to France, Italy and Spain.
Since 2014-17, BRIAH Danse Company as a fledgling company in Colorado has been rooted in the greater Denver area, offering contemporary ballet: adding to the cultural scene in the Boulder/greater Denver area through company performances, collaboration with musicians (Julia Emery), and visual artists (Karen Schwager), workshops, open stages & fund raiser (Amy Hollinger Benefit), joining the Boulder Arts Week each year and continuing to offer classes and outreach through Open Classes, The Young Dancers' Project, Workshops and Performances. BRIAH Danse has performed in Boulder, Colorado at The Dairy Arts Center, The Armstrong Center for the Arts, Denver, Co; for Boulder Arts Week, offered a multi-company/dancer/choreographer showcase at the Gordon Gamm Theater and supported the training and enrichments of schools, conservatories and companies in Colorado.
WE NEED YOU! Please join us and add your voice to the artistry of BRIAH Danse. We welcome you!
VOLUNTEER - You can volunteer and share your thoughts and ideas.
ADVISE - You can join us in Advisory Committees for Educational Outreach; for national and international collaboration; for working with the disenfranchised or forgotten, unhealthy or mentally or emotionally, or for artistic development of our programs, performances, workshops.
STEER - You can join the Board of Directors. We meet four times a year and enjoy each others perspectives. We have fun!
CONTRIBUTE - You can sponsor through your donations to BRIAH Danse Company - the dancers, programs, performances, international and national ventures in performance and development of works. Add your support to helping others develop a love for dance and for themselves.
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AUDITION for BRIAH - Please contact Jayne Persch for your audition and Interview.
COLLABORATE - If you are a composer, musician, visual artist, or small company, please send us your work. How can we weave together to make magic through the arts!
Auditions for BRIAH
BRIAH Danse welcomes CV's, video and letters of interest from dancers with strong ballet, modern technique and contemporary dance backgrounds. BRIAH auditions for 2018-19 season begin in February 2018. Please send CV, Photos, Video/Reel for audition and Interview. Dancers are also welcome to GroundworX and Open to More Classes.
Welcome to BRIAH Danse Company!
What BRIAH Offers
As an artistic and educational organization:
BRIAH Danse is a professional company that performs classical and contemporary ballet works based in the finest traditions, preserving the legacies of the masters, exploring today's movement and reaching into the future.
The BRIAH Young Dancers Project is a pre-professional program for serious students wishing to study and train in the finest tradition with personal somatic understanding through a system of movement that cares for each individual; physically, mentally and emotionally.
BRIAH OTM/Push! Project for Advanced & Professional dancers open to more in the technical bases, personal understanding of their body in movement.
Open Classes in multi-genres of dance, classes in Embodied Awareness Systems Explained conditioning. Tai Chi, Gyro, Yoga, from beginner through advanced professional. This comprehensive course of study is designed to help trainees to systematically build knowledge, develop skills with a new perspective, incorporating the new sciences with traditional training systems and ancient wisdom in positive and supportive environment. All classes, workshops and training are age and level appropriate.
BRIAH Training includes the use of the finest traditions in classical ballet and modern dance and offers an anatomical understanding of Russian, Italian, French, Danish, English and American Pedagogy and European as well as American teachings in Modern and Contemporary Dance. BRIAH Danse also includes an understanding of Asian movement including Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and Kabuki Theater. It brings together Eastern and Western medicine and movement for health and well-being. BRIAH Danse Company is a group of dancers training and understanding BRIAH Danse – using their personal understanding and growth to enhance their expression in and through movement as individuals and as a group of dancers dedicated to their journey in and with and through dance. See Classes for details about study and training.
The training program curricula is designed for:
Discipline of the body through training in the finest traditions of classical and contemporary dance supported by therapeutic modalities, methods of supplemental training, nutritional and emotional support. It also explores many of the traditional components of dance. Movement, and supportive movement methods such as Feldenkrias, Alexandar Technique, Yoga, Pilates, Gyrotonics, recreational movement and therapeutic exercises.
Opening of the Mind- making connections of what Jung called Mysterium Conjectio- the correlations of the mind to muscles, organs and the living systems of the body through dynamic training of and the awareness of fascia, connective tissues and neuro-muscular connections.
Awareness and Respect of Self and Spirit- a safe, open and honest environment - the work fosters and encourages the willingness to explore one's own body through emotions, movement, postures and gestures: in essence: DANCE!
BRIAH also offers and welcomes and encourages supplemental support in nutrition, physical therapy, cranio-sacral therapy, professional advice, artistic exchanges and collaborations.
BRIAH work simply looks to the body, the mind and the spirit with reverence and respect and can be applied in and with all functional trainings in movement. It offers a perspective and understanding of muscle in motion and the universal language of postures and gestures.
Beginning in 2018, BRIAH Danse will preview new works through open stages in Colorado and California; hold auditions for dancers, collaborate with new composers and submit to international and national festivals.
Joy || Hope || Share
I do not believe that old traditions die or fade out - I believe that they are shared transformed and transmuted. If all of my research and work can inspire you, enhance your work and the future - that is amazing!
In these times, I want to share and bring my best, continue to grow, learn, explore and be inspired! It touches me deeply to see dancers using the work to train, perform, and live; to see E.A.S.E being used for rehab and general well-being and to be able each day to be inspired by the people in front of me because every day is a new day and a new blend of possibilities an discoveries.
I have taught for the Royal Danish Ballet, schooled in Bournenville. I am certified in the ABT Curriculum, RAD, Cecchetti Technique, Horton Technique, Feldenkrais Self-Corrective Mechanisms. I have been a licensed and certified therapist since 1988 with a Masters in Psychology and Dance/Dance in Education. I teach for the Upledger Institute and am an Advanced Craniosacrale Therapist. I have danced both nationally and internationally and trained with the Masters of our time - I want to pass on the best of traditions to ensure the future of all that we love!
If my more than 50+ years of experience, mistakes, discoveries, inspirations and joy can be shared with you or your dancers or students - I am excited for all those possibilites. I love the beauty of this art, the depth and expansion it offers to the student, the dancer, the choreographer and the observer. I believe in the majesty of working together, to laughing and crying and becoming! It is a whimsical, wonderful and life-fulfilling journey. Come experience with us! ~ Jayne Persch
The world needs the arts in its fast paced, chaotic, mindless race toward .... our commitment is to the young, the future - to the hearts and minds of each day.
About Jayne's Work -BRIAH ~ A Brilliant System of Movement
Work with Jayne Persch - is derived from and continues to contribute to all systems of movement and dance. The understanding in BRIAH Work - of the body (anatomy, kinetic chains, mechanical links, anatomy trains , meridians and fascia), the mind (neuromuscular connections, patterns and pre-dispositions) and Spirit ( the body as memory, muscles to organs to memories and response - Conjunctio Mysterium from Carl Jung) supports all movement. It gets to the essence and initiation of movement.: It is curative and preventative and contributes to longevity and rehabilitation. It is inspirational in the discovery of artistry... and it is fun! We all dance!
Discover your movement in the finest tradition of Classical & Contemporary Dance, from classical ballet based in the finest traditions of Europe and America (Vaganova, Bolshoi, Cecchetti, Celli, RAD, Royal Ballet through ABT and Balanchine) and techniques from the founders of Modern Dance Techniques including Graham, Horton, Cunningham, Limon, and Parsons. See how it works with Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates and Gyro! Classes and workshops begin with you and are anatomically designed for each dancer - body, mind and spirit!
As a master teacher and licensed therapist for more than 25 years, Ms. Persch designs classes integrating body and mind with first hand study with masters in the finest traditions of classical and contemporary dance. See Background to learn more.
BRIAH Work and Embodied Awareness Philosophy
Foundations ~ GroundworX ~ Embodied Awareness Systems Explained or E.A.S.E Conditioning ~ Education
It is BRIAH's intention to help develop the kind of dancer, teacher, choreographer and therapist who is excited and passionate about sharing the joy and transformational powers of movement through understanding the entwining of body, mind and spirit. Dance & Movement’s increasing popularity brings with it the need for instructors who are confident and qualified to bring forth its teaching based in traditions and explained for today in our communities.
This journey is designed to help dancers, choreographers, teachers, therapists to systematically build knowledge, develop skills with a new perspective, incorporating the new sciences with traditional training systems and ancient wisdom.
Students of this program may wish to simply deepen their own practice, or develop an understanding of the principles needed to be personally safe, efficient in movement and continually opening to individual artistry. Health and well-being of dancers is paramount to BRIAH work. For teachers and therapists, the program offers an alternative understanding to offer and lead safe, instructional, and inspirational classes, sessions and workshops.
Through looking at the human process of being, studying the arts and the new sciences, medicine, color and tone, BRIAH Work offers courses; classes, workshops and certifications and training as an alternative, interwoven consciousness of the body, mind and spirit in movement.
The wonder of this work is for all of us ~ dancers, non-dancers, specialist, artists, teachers, choreographers and therapists.
CERTIFICATION - Add BRIAH Work & E.A.S.E to your teaching, choreography, therapeutic modalities through certification, workshops, classes and open stages. It is just a new way to see, to open the door, to be inspired!
CLASSES, WORKSHOPS + MORE - Join Us!