I majored in dance at Marymount Manhattan College in NYC and I continue my professional development by studying with masters in the field of dance such as Brian Brooks, Bill T Jones and others. I'm almost 40, but still dancing and I plan to dance until I leave this planet after a long life.
I dance because I LOVE it. I transfer that passion into my teaching. I'm committed to helping people re-connect to the joy of movement and discover their authentic selves through dance and intentional movement. I believe that dance can (and should be) healing and empowering.
I’ve appreciated Ari Christopher’s marvelous dancing for years, but only recently have participated in both her Contemplative Movement sessions, and private sessions (solo and with special friends) learning more about Contact Improv dance. The Contemplative Movement has allowed me to integrate meditation, writing, dance, and interpersonal nonverbal communication in a way that has allowed me to work past some rather thorny personal issues, and the private sessions in Contact Improv, which I plan to expand to enjoying with a larger group, has allowed me to learn trust, give and take in interpersonal touch, and has helped me with lifelong sensory integration issues. What a validating, inspiring teacher Ari is, and her new dance/teaching space is ideal for a multitude of activities.
Class at TuMM is so much fun! I have an undergraduate degree in Dance Performance, and the classes are just as challenging and exciting to me as they are accessible to those with little to no dance experience. Truly a welcoming environment where movers of all abilities are encouraged to risk, play and explore. Ari is very enjoyable to work with, blending purposeful structure with open-endedness to allow for a greater depth of creativity and exploration in her classes. I always leave sweaty, challenged, and encouraged!
Tulsa Modern Movement offers classes which are a safe space for various levels of dancers from all backgrounds. I’ve taken the advanced and intermediate adult modern classes and an avant- groove movement class and have always left feeling better than when I arrived. A class with Ari leaves you feeling empowered. She is attentive to details while instructing and has a way of encouraging you to move in a manner that suits your body, allowing you to express yourself more genuinely.
I’ve been a part of Ari’s class for two or three years now and I’m so so pleased with everything she does. She’s a sweet human, very knowledgeable and a great teacher! :)
When working with a new student, I listen and watch. I look for the ways they already move and work from their. I'm also looking for what inspires them and what movements or ways of learning seem to make them happy.
I went to college for dance and continue learning from other choreographers, and peers.
I have extensive training in modern dance techniques such as Limon and Graham as well as more contemporary styles like Gaga and Release Technique. I also have a lot of experience with Contact Improv and some somatic movement modalities.
Public classes run between $12-$17 for drop-in and $10 each with a monthly recurring membership.
I charge $55/hour for private sessions. I occasionally sell packages of sessions that drop the price when scheduled and purchased in advance.
I started teaching by choreographing and teaching my movements to other dancers. My concentration in college was choreography, so I've been teaching dance for 20 years. I have adapted my practice to include dance that's accessible to the general population of movers, regardless of previous dance training.
School children, college dance students, adults up to the age of 70 (ish), adults returning to dance for fun and adults training to dance on the stage.
Try several and find your best fit.
How does your body really want to move? How will dance feel in your body?