Daniel Sarr
Contemporary Jazz

Daniel’s contemporary jazz classes for Sustainable Dance Training focus on technique, musicality and groove and contain elements that Daniel brings from his research into the history and origins of jazz dance.
The classes start with a thorough warm-up that includes release technique, isolations, rhythmical and technical work.  He also gives choreographies with a mix of Contemporary dance and Jazz, plus a hint of Hip Hop elements, where he will also be able to incorporate specific movement elements from his artistic research and share the knowledge of their origins. Daniel’s classes thus tie together contemporary jazz dance with elements from jazz dance’s historical African origins and recognize the dynamics and time span between them.

Daniels classes are in close collaboration with Tanssille ry (FI), Danscentrum Stockholm (SE) and PRODA (NO).

These classes are held at KU.BE, Dirch Passers Allé 4, 2000 Frederiksberg in studio: Zen 1.

How to get there?
Zen 1 is located on third floor, please use the backstairs to access the studio.Go in via the main entrance on first floor, keep going straight ahead towards the changing rooms next to the climbing area on the first floor, open the door in the far end and go up the stairs until you arrive on the third floor. Zen 1 is through the door on your right side.

Accessibility requires a little extra preparation.The studios are equipped for wheelchair users. It is possible to use the lift for access up to the 3rd floor. If you wish to use this, please let us know in advance, as the studio you have to go through via the lift is sometimes booked.
We kindly ask you to meet up 15 minutes prior to class, so there is time for “self check in” with your QR code on the ticket.

Only as a member, you can take part in Dansehallerne’s training activities – a year-round program with approximately 5 days of training per week.This is for all professional members no matter background in dance training, and it is possible to drop in✨International guests can also join training for free for up to 1 month.

During week 39 and 40 in 2023, and week 8 and 9 in 2024, the Nordic Sustainable Dance Training (SDT) project will be carried out with the intention to share resources and expand the curated artists Nordic footprint with an overall aim of knowledge sharing and bridging a stronger Nordic field.

SDT expands the organization’s regular curation, including a wide range of collaborators and activities through dance classes, articles, and talks. SDT is initiated by Dansehallerne, in collaboration with Danscentrum, PRODA and Tanssille ry. These institutions offer training for professional dancers.

Daniel began his studies at The Norwegian National Academy of the Arts at the age of 16 and graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor’s in Jazz. He specializes in Hip Hop and Jazz , but has training and experience in several other styles. In 2011 Daniel represented Norway in the televised dance competition “Eurovision Young Dancers”, competing against 9 other countries he won first prize. He was also a Norwegian semi-finalist in “So You Think You Can Dance Scandinavia” in 2008. Daniel has broad experience from different dance-, theater- and from productions within the commercial field. He has worked with companies/ choreographers such as Oslo Danse Ensemble, Jo Strømgren, Fredrik Benke Rydman, Ingri Fiksdal, Nordic Black Theatre, Nagelhus Schia Prod. & Nakul Dev Mahajan. In addition, he participates in various TV productions as a dancer and choreographer. He has worked with artists such as A.R. Rahman, Madcon, Loreen, Julie Bergan & Ash Embla. In his artistic work Daniel investigates the origins of jazz dance: where jazz dance comes from and what it looked like in its early stages. For example, movements that we today describe as “Jazzhands”, turn out to originate from ancient African dance ceremonies. Breakdancing, which is said to have been invented and developed in the South Bronx, New York in the 70s/80s, has recently been identified in old documentation/video from Nigeria in 1959 where they practice what we today call Breaking. How this is a result of the ancestors’ forms of expression that have been passed on and influenced based on different environments and political climates throughout the ages, is something Daniel finds exciting and important to explore further. The artistic expression for Jazz-dance today has today become even more Eurocentric and Daniel’s curiosity is to simultaneously go in the opposite direction and search for jazz’s African origins.

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Artist

Daniel Sarr

Title

Contemporary Jazz

Type

Training

Date

10.2–6.2023, 10:00

Duration

1 hour 30 minutes

Venue

Dirch Passers Allé 4, 2000 Frederiksberg

Credits

Photo: Eva Rose

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