TEACHING

SYREN is available to teach master classes to dancers including modern technique, modern partnering, improvisation, and composition. Artistic Directors Lynn Peterson and Kate St. Amand can offer the unique experience of team teaching any of the above classes as well as teaching SYREN repertory workshops or setting repertory on students for performances.

Class work movement exercises emphasizing connecting to the natural force of the weight of the body, musical specificity, focus, and transitions will guide a thorough and dynamic warm-up. Students (particularly advanced level students) will also be encouraged to make their own choices through assignments in movement manipulation, variation, development, creation, and more! The moment of movement is inspiring to witness.

If you are interested in having SYREN come to your school,
EMAIL US TODAY at info@syrendance.org!

“Kate Mehan and Lynn Peterson have been an inspirational part of our Summer Dance Intensives, Master Classes and teaching program at the Performing Arts Center of Connecticut. Our dancers always find something new and exciting in their classes and choreography. Their personal approach to teaching each student – at every level – is a wonderful example of true artists giving back to their community. We welcome Kate and Lynn back whenever they have the time to share their talents with us!”-Catherine LaChioma
Performing Arts Center of Connecticut

GUEST TEACHING/COMMISSIONED CHOREOGRAPHY

NEW YORK CITY

  • Mark Morris Dance Center: Guest Faculty, 2014, 2013
  • The Chapin School: Guest Faculty and Lecture Demonstration, 2014, 2010
  • Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School: Guest Faculty, 2016, 2014, 2013
  • SYREN Technique and Repertory Workshop, 2009-2011
  • Commissioned Choreographer for “The Naming”, Music by Galeet Dardashti, Performances from December 2008-September 2010 – see Performance History
  • Ballet Tech: Lecture Demonstration (elementary & middle school students), 2010
  • Movement Coach for Actors, Waterwell, 2009
  • P.S. 123: Lecture Demonstration (elementary students), 2009
  • Commissioned Choreographer for Marco Millions (based on lies), Waterwell, 2006
  • Commissioned Choreographers for The Persians: a comedy about war with five songs, Waterwell, 2005, Received New York IT Award Nomination for “Best Choreography”

NEW YORK

  • IONA College Dance Ensemble: Guest Faculty, 2016
  • Purchase College School of the Arts: Guest Faculty, 2013, 2008
  • Dance Arts Studio & Center of Movement Studies: Guest Faculty, Syracuse, 2009
  • Purchase College School of the Arts: Commissioned Choreographer, 2008
  • Rye Neck High School: Commissioned Choreographers for Hello Dolly, 2005, Received Helen Hayes Award Nomination for “Best Choreography”
  • Rye Neck High School: Commissioned Choreographers for Bye Bye Birdie, 2004

CONNECTICUT

  • The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts: Winter Workshop 2015, Faculty 2014-2015, Commissioned Choreographer/Guest Faculty, Hartford, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2006, 2005, 2003
  • Westminster School: Faculty, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012
  • The Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts: Faculty, 2014-2015, Guest Faculty, Torrington, 2010, 2009, 2007,  2006, 2003
  • Ballet Theatre Company: Faculty, West Hartford, 2016, 2015, 2014
  • dancEnlight Summer Intensive: Guest Faculty, Manchester, 2012
  • The Ethel Walker School: Guest Faculty & Commissioned Choreographer, Simsbury, 2012, 2009, 2008
  • Connecticut Concert Ballet: Guest Faculty, Manchester, 2011
  • Yale University: Guest Faculty, New Haven, 2011, 2009, 2008, 2007
  • The Hartt School: Commissioned Choreographer, Hartford, 2010
  • The Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts: Guest Faculty, Torrington, 2010, 2009, 2007,  2006, 2003
  • The Performing Arts Center of Connecticut: Guest Faculty, Trumbull, 2007

INDIANA

  • New American Youth Ballet: Guest Faculty, Fort Wayne, 2015
  • Anderson University: Commissioned Choreographer/Guest Faculty, Anderson, 2013, 2007
  • Ballet Theatre of Carmel: Guest Faculty, Carmel, 2013
  • Academy of Dance Arts: Guest Faculty, Fishers, 2013
  • Broad Ripple High School: Guest Faculty, Indianapolis, 2007
  • Jordan Academy of Dance: Guest Faculty, Indianapolis, 2007

MASSACHUSETTS

  • Dancing Arts Center: Guest Faculty, Holliston, 2012

TEXAS

  • METdance: Guest Faculty, Houston, 2016
  • Ad Deum Dance Company: Guest Faculty, Houston, 2016
  • The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts: Guest Faculty, Houston, 2016