Peridance at Danceworks
Masterclass taught by Igal Perry
Tuesday, 19th January 2016 6.00-8.00pm
Price: £15


“Igal Perry is a master at his craft; he is an artist unafraid to explore, to stretch himself in how he approaches and uses the body in space. Mr. Perry’s choreography displays maturity. His devotion to his craft and his attention to music is evident in Infinity that together created a sense of serenity, a nod to the divine.”
Darrell Wood, November 22, 2014 NYC Dance Stuff

Masterclass description:
Mr. Perry’s class introduces a fresh and open approach to the study of traditional ballet vocabulary combined with Perry’s recent original repertory. The ballet portion of the class eloquently fuses the different elements of ballet, from correct placement and alignment to the utmost in technical execution, coordination, musicality and phrasing. Students participating in the workshop will benefit from learning Peridance Contemporary Dance Company repertory taught directly by Mr. Perry. The class is designed for professional dancers who are looking to advance their technical ability, freedom of movement and artistic voice.


Igal Perry, Artistic Director 

Igal Perry, Founder and Artistic Director of Peridance Contemporary Dance Company and Peridance Capezio Center, is a world-renowned choreographer, ballet master, and dance educator. Mr. Perry’s elegant choreography, often in collaboration with contemporary composers, has been described as “blessedly inventive” (Jennifer Dunning, New York Times). Born in Israel, Igal Perry began his dancing career with Karmon, a folk dance company. He later joined the Bat-Dor Dance Company, where he worked with leading teachers and choreographers including Alvin Ailey, Benjamin Harkarvy, John Butler, Rudi Van Dantzig, Inesse Alexandrov, Paul Sanasardo, and Lar Lubovitch. Upon arriving to the United States, Mr. Perry joined Dennis Wayne’s Dancers as ballet master and choreographer. During that period, he staged John Butler’s work for the NYC Opera, the Opera of Munich, Caracas Ballet, and Teatro Alla Scala in Milan, where he also directed the world premiere of Krzysztof Penderecki’s opera Paradise Lost. From 1981 to 1982, Mr. Perry headed the ballet department at Jacob’s Pillow. In 1983, he launched his dance school, Peridance Capezio Center, now one of New York City’s leading dance institutions. A year later, he founded Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, for which he has choreographed over 50 works, with performances at BAM, The Joyce Theater, and City Center. 

In addition to his daily class at Peridance, Mr. Perry serves as guest faculty/choreographer at The Jacob’s Pillow Festival, The Ailey School, and Marymount Manhattan College. Since 1995, Mr. Perry has served as a guest teacher at The Juilliard School, where he staged his Intimate Voices and Mourning Song. His international teaching engagements include: Scapino Ballet and Het National Ballet (Holland), Laterna Magica and the National Ballet (Prague), Architanz (Tokyo), The Royal Ballet of Sweden and Balettakademien (Sweden), the National Ballet of China, and the Kwang-Ju City Ballet Company (Korea).  In 2007, he was inducted into the Dance Library of Israel Hall of Fame.

To read more about Igal and Peridance click to DancePulp’s article.


Teen Summer Intensive (13-17 yrs)
Date: 19th January 2016

Audition: 6pm-8pm
BLUEPRINT/Certificate Program (17-25 yrs)
Date: 19th January 2016

Audition: 6pm-8pm


Auditions will be held by Igal Perry during his Masterclass at Danceworks. All those interested to audition must pre-register on our website by Friday, January 15th 2016. Simply choose the program you are auditioning for and follow instructions, audition fee £20. 

Important mention to the parents:

For BLUEPRINT and Teen Summer Intensive, we help arrange housing if needed not far from Peridance, for an additional fee. Those students will be chaperoned from their dorms to the school and back. As far as food, there are many options of where to eat around Peridance. There are 3 supermarkets nearby as well as an organic food market three times a week. 

No visa needed for the summer courses.