Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Learning to Dance like a Pro

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Learning to Dance like a Pro

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Holding hands, the students stood in a circle. This simple

movement, commented Tim Latta, is important. "It's everyone

working together," he said.

One of the students sneezed. A couple of others whispered,

"Bless you."

Latta took this as a cue for a quip that hammered his point

home: "Everyone working together," he said. "I love that."

This is a central point for Latta, a teacher who works with the

popular company, Pilobolus Dance Theater. The company is known

for presenting unexpected lifts. Beyond the physicality, though,

the style of movement demands a sort of trust and dependence.

While Pilobolus is set to perform at The Florida Theatre April

17, Latta came to town early. He brought the company's style to

local students in a series of classes and workshops.

His first stop was a new dance studio at the south campus of

the Florida Community College at Jacksonville, where he worked

with the school's drama students. Outreach work at a college is

appropriate. Pilobolus emerged from a college dance class in

1971. Now the company -- 25 years old -- is passing its style

along to a new generation.

At another dance studio on the campus of Jacksonville

University, there was a similar effort earlier this week.

Demetrius Klein of the Demetrius Klein Dance Company of Lake

Worth led JU students through a class. He was scheduled to work

with students at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts as well.

Outreach is traditional, said Klein, whose company will perform

Saturday at The Florida Theatre. "Modern dance has always been

nurtured in this way."

He has taught at Harvard Summer Dance Center and is adjunct

faculty member at Harid Conservatory and Florida Atlantic

University in Boca Raton. Students were enthusiastic about his

class.

"It's great," said Lindsay Wilson, 21, of Jacksonville

University. …

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