Barbara Mahler is a choreographer, performer, movement educator, body worker – a Master teacher of and major contributor to Klein Technique™ and a Faculty member and certified practitioner of Zero Balancing. She has been selected for the 2013 Bax 10 award in Arts Education. As well as choreographing and teaching, she maintains a private practice in hands on healing work, using the techniques and principles of Zero Balancing, Connective Tissue Therapy, and others, working with injury rehabilitation and prevention; movement re education and coordination. She has been an ongoing faculty member with Movement Research NYC since 2004, teaching group classes aimed towards the improvement of coordination, alignment and general physical well-being. Barbara has been an a guest faculty member of the Danish National School of Theater and Contemporary Dance since 1994. She was a guest artist/teacher at Hunter College NYC, 2000-11 and is pleased to be once again in fall 2012.


Eric Handman is an Assistant Professor at the University of Utah's Department of Modern Dance. A native New Yorker, he danced for Doug Varone and Dancers, Nicholas Leichter Dance, Joy Kellman and Company, David Dorfman Dance, Lisa Race, Stephen Koester, Charlotte Boye-Christensen, Kumiko Kimoto, New York Theatre Ballet and many others. His has taught, performed and shown his choreography and screendances throughout the United States as well as Japan, Finland, France, Germany, England, Switzerland, Costa Rica and Hungary. He specializes in teaching contemporary dance technique, composition, improvisation, contact improvisation, qualitative research methods and criticism.


The Company

CONDER/dance is an Arizona dance company composed of passionate people with common goals: to excel in art and strengthen human values through creative research. Since its founding in 2003 by Carley Conder, the company has expanded to a strong group of unique contemporary dancers. Conder's work demands technical strength and artistic vision from each dancer. Each member is a creator in their own right, often being called upon to contribute movement material and ideas. In addition to developing and performing Carley Conder’s work, the company also commissions dance work from nationally recognized choreographers. CONDER/dance has commissioned work by Keith Johnson, Mary Fitzgerald, Stephanie Nugent, Stephen Koester, Charlotte Boye-Christensen and Ashleigh Leite.

CONDER/dance enjoys full performance seasons in Arizona as a Resident Company for Tempe Center for the Arts. The company has also toured to Alaska, Utah, California and New York as part of the Wave Rising Festival 2007. In 2007, CONDER/dance assumed a new role as curator and presenter as the company began the annual festival Breaking Ground, a showcase for new and established choreographers and filmmakers.

CONDER/dance is supported by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Tempe Cultural Services, Target Arts Grants, and individual donors. We continue to look for new ways to embody what inspires and give back to our community.
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