... a virtuoso performer and is obviously a dancersʼ choreographer — The New York Times

Gina Buntz Dance

Who Is

Gina presents her work throughout the U.S. and overseas at such venues as the American Dance Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, CNDC Angers among many others. As a much sought after teacher with a unique pedagogical style for training dancers for contemporary and traditional modern movement, Gina has guested at the Ailey/Fordham School, New York University, Gibney Dance Center, Dance Theatre of Harlem School, the New World School of the Arts, and the Los Angles County School for the Arts where she chaired the dance department from 2007–2015. In Los Angeles, Gina was a crucial part of the burgeoning Los Angeles dance scene and taught company classes for BODYTRAFFIC and the Lula Washington Dance Company. Taking the next amazing leap forward Gina has joined Oxbridge Academy in West Palm Beach, Florida as the new director of the dance program.

A recipient of five NEA Choreographer's Fellowships, Ms. Buntz teaches and has choreographed throughout the United States with international sponsorship from the United States Information Agency's Arts America Program, the National Endowment for the Arts Choreographer's Exchange Program in France, and the Olympic Arts Festival in Korea.

Gina's current projects are an evening length work on the correlation between iconography in movement and cellular memory.

For people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, Gina has developed danceflow a guided movement workshop that celebrates personal expression through movement within a dynamic and supportive community environment that can take place anywhere.

Says Me

Out-takes from Tomer Heymann's documentary, Mr. Gaga, about the life and work of choreographer Ohad Naharin, the artistic director of Batsheva Dance Company.

In the early 1980's Ohad asked Gina to choreograph a solo on him — Buntz choreographed "solo/duoes". The unique clip (above) contains historical footage demonstrating how choreographer Buntz created the work on dancer, Ohad Naharin.

Says Who

"Ms. Buntz has been called a virtuoso performer and is obviously a dancers' choreographer — the possessor of a virtuoso mind whose inventiveness is of keen interest to other dancers. This is rare."
Anna Kisselgoff, The New York Times

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Cooperative Opposition

Meaning

Cooperative Opposition, means two opposing forces working in concert to cultivate and sustain kinesthetic momentum that sustains the movement system in a "cooperative act."

When I teach this modality, I draw attention to the oppositional stretch inherent in the extremities working in counterpoint to the torso as a means of sustaining energy building upon an ever-engaging system of kinetic impulses that is at the heart of this movement language.

Contemporary Dance Technique

In contemporary dance technique, I developed the movement methodology "cooperative opposition" where the torso works in a constant state of flux: shoulders and hips maintain a vertical relationship to each other where the sternum/upper body softens, tail bone lengthens and stretches simultaneously, thereby creating an ebb and flow articulation throughout the torso.

Unlike the yin/yang systems such as the contraction-release in Graham or the fall and recovery in Limon, where the body is in a moment of suspended animation, here the torso sustains a perpetual motion of "precision and flow" in the vertical undulation that radiates out to the arms and legs. The process is created to foster a cyclical rhythm in the body where the legs 'buoy' the torso as the arms respond in counter-stretch to this metrical propulsion.

The realization is that authentic movement has no beginning or end... it is continuous. Kinetic impulse flows and transfers from one part of the body to the other. Energy and alignment work in concert to create an evolution of shapes that feed into the next moment with each gesture, shape and dynamic.

Traditional Systems

Traditional systems in modern dance are coupled with the pure geometry of classical ballet: the body defined as a stretched canvas on which the landscape of the dancer's physicality casts a unique terrain of contrasts that show both a dancer's uniqueness and universal way of moving through various dance idioms.

Where In the World

Upcoming

OAKSPACE, Bordeaux, France

Dates & Times

March 17–26 2017

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Dance Arts Conservatory, Wellington, FL

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Ongoing 2016

Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre, NC

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June 25, 2016

Terpsicorps, Asheville, NC

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July, 2016

New York Stage 3, Asheville, NC

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August, 2016

Ballet Palm Beach, North Palm Beach, FL

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Ongoing

The Kravis Center, West Palm Beach, FL

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Fall 2016

Ailey/Fordham, New York City, NY

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Winter 2017

Recent Past

The Ailey School, New York City, New York

Dates & Times

Week of March 30th Spring 2015

The Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts (DSOA), West Palm Beach, Florida

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Week of April 6th Spring 2015

The Dancers Space at the Kravis Center, West Palm Beach, Florida

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Thursday, April 9th Spring 2015

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre

Dates & Times

Gina will be teaching a Master Class on Tues., Oct 14th 1pm – 3pm for the BFA Ailey Fordham Program (closed to the public)

Gibney Dance Center — Fall

Gina returns to Gibney Dance 280 Broadway (Lower Manhattan). She will be teaching Contemporary Forms.

Dates & Times

Tuesday, Oct 14th from 4pm – 6pm and Thursday, Oct 16th from 4pm – 6pm

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Ballet Arts Academy

Dates & Times

Gina taught in West Palm Beach, FL at the Ballet Arts Academy July 28, 2014 through August 9, 2014

Gibney Dance Center — Summer

Third time's a charm — Gina returns to Gibney Dance 890 B'way (Union Square). She will be teaching a technique and choreography workshop. This is a sponsored summer residency, therefore, there will be no charge.

Dates & Times

MON July 14 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, TUE July 15 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (film shoot / by invitation) WED July 16 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, THURS July 17 from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm, FRI July 18 from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Oklahoma Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain

Dates & Times

Saturday, June 14, 2014 through Saturday, June 28, 2014.

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Joffrey West California State University Northridge (CSUN)

Dates & Times

Summer Intensive 2014

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Gibney Dance Center — Winter/Spring

April 2014 Gina returned to Gibney Dance 280 just as Gibney Dance Center expanded downtown to 280 Broadway at Chambers Street. At 890 Broadway, she taught four bridge year Master Classes to close out 2013 and jumpstart 2014 back on the East Coast.

Dates & Times

MON April 14 from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm, TUE April 15 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm and WED April 16 from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Gina will teach contemporary technique class at Gibney Dance 280.

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NYU Tisch School of the Arts Dance Dept., NYC

Dates & Times

Gina taught composition class on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 and technique class on Friday, April 18, 2014. (Classes were closed to the general public)

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