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Native New Yorker Ani Taj is a choreographer, performer, teaching artist, music-head, and founder of The Dance Cartel. Ani has choreographed contemporary musicals, plays, concerts, music videos, art parties, flash mobs, and more. She is fueled by her research trips to Brazil and loves to make dances inspired by Carnaval.
Ani’s choreography has been presented with The Dance Cartel at Ace Hotel NY (year residency: OntheFloor), Ars Nova NYC, MAD (Museum of Art & Desi...read more
Equal parts rigor and silliness, Ani’s class is a high-energy, physically-demanding 90 minutes including an upbeat warm-up, hot conditioning, brief improvisation, and substantial choreography sequences, often from The Dance Cartel’s repertory.
Designed to challenge both trained dancers and enthusiastic novices, the class fuses technical elements from Jazz and Contemporary with hype energy and a low center of gravity. Technical precision and energetic intent are given equal priority, encouraging students to heighten their expressivity and dynamics as well as stretch their physical ability.
The music will be loud, and will sometimes have dirty words. We will make jokes. You will probably sweat. Expect to get your heart rate up, and bring a clean shirt if you need to look cute after class. Sense of play and humor are encouraged, but only if you want to have a good time.