“The Art of the Solo Dance”

Practical workshop with Cara Harker 

Cara Harker is an assistant professor of Dance at East Tennessee State University. Cara graduated from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University with an MFA in Theatre Performance in 2003. Credits include directing ETSU’s annual Dance Concert and Girl’s Eye View, a play which she co-wrote, choreographed, and performed in at Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati. Most recently, Cara directed and choreographed The Trail of the Lonesome Pine, Virginia’s longest running outdoor drama. Cara serves on the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Association of Dance and is the director of the dance minor program at ETSU. 


The Art of the Solo Dance is an experiential workshop exploring methods that enable the artist to free the body and draw inspiration from habitual movement patterns in order to strengthen uninhibited individual artistic expression in dance improvisation and examining how dance improvisation can inspire choreography.  

Part 1 of the workshop consists of a warm-up designed to establish a sense of ease, focus, and openness when moving.  

Part 2 of the workshop cultivates artistic expression through extension and expansion of habitual movement, thus creating nonlocomotor abstract dance gesticulations.

Part 3 of the workshop explores time, shape, space, and energy through movement within an improvisational structure.  Elaborating upon the gesticulations from Part 2, dancers work within given frameworks to move beyond the internal editor to construct locomotor movement that occurs as impromptu reactions to stimuli.

Part 4 is the culmination of the work in Parts 1, 2, and 3 to create a solo dance composition work-in-progress.  

Part 5 of the workshop is a performance of Memoir of a Mythomaniac: the True Story of a Compulsive Liar (or Tallulah Dies), a solo dance composition created through the utilization of the dance improvisations explored in this workshop.

Organized by IUGTE in collaboration with "ArtUniverse"