The Joyce Professional Class Series: Complexions Contemporary Ballet with Desmond Richardson

Nov. 19, 2021, 12:00 pm2:00 pm EST




Gibney is proud to partner with The Joyce Theater to offer a series of public Professional Classes. Take class and learn repertory with artists performing at The Joyce this season!

Class Description

Your ability to capture complex choreography will catapult your dancing to another level with the fast-paced Professional Class taught by COMPLEXIONS Contemporary Ballet’s co-founding artistic director, Desmond Richardson. Based on Complexions’ signature ‘Nique’ technique, Mr. Richardson’s class starts with a ballet warm-up and moves into original choreographic phrases. The class will challenge your body and mind to react quickly, take risks, and improve your dance technique. CCB’s athletic style of movement will transform the way you approach movement and choreography and leave you wanting more!


DESMOND RICHARDSON (Co-Founder, Co-Artistic Director Complexions Contemporary Ballet), the first African-American principal dancer of American Ballet Theatre, received Tony Award nominations for his role in the original cast of Fosse on Broadway, as the principal character “Tony” in Twyla Tharp’s Broadway production Movin’ Out, making his Broadway singing debut in the Burt Bacharach/Hal David -Ann Reinking/ Scott Ellis Broadway production The Look Of Love, and as a standout in recent Tony Award-winning Broadway production After Midnight. In January 2016, he graced the cover of Dance Teacher Magazine. With his technical virtuosity and statuesque expressive demeanor, he has been hailed by The New York Times as among the great dancers of his time. Lara Hartley poetically described him on the Ballet Magazine website as “Moving Sculpture, a body that is art, passing through time and space with power and grace – all parts connected, never stopping but heart-stopping in beauty.”

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