Class: Horton Technique with Julius Cotton

Julius Brewster Cotton, Jr., Professor
Universidad de las Américas Puebla, Cholula, Mexico

The Horton Technique created by Lester Horton, has long been used as a formative technique for pre-professional dancers and one of maintenance for professional dancers. A technique which is based on the linear structure of the body, it uses this linear anatomic structure to strengthen, elongate and correct many of the alignment problems dancers face during their careers. For younger dancers it is a necessary tool to help re-inforce proper alignment, awareness of space and time, as well as broaden their awareness of their own capacities. For the seasoned professional dancer Horton technique has been instrumental in the rediscovery of the body and just like pre-professional dancers will bring into awareness those things which need adjusting or attention. While many tendencies in the dance field are shifting towards the experimental in questions of space and movement, Horton should not be left out of the new shift. Although the technique is in fact formative and is codified, the explorative qualities in this technique are limitless. Unlike ballet or even Graham technique, Horton is more inclusive in that it relies on the particular body of the particular dancer to be effective. There is no model of perfection, there is no ideal, there only exists the technique as it relates and lives in the dancers body.

Julius Brewster Cotton began his formal training in the New York City public schools. A graduate of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, Julus continued his studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas where he graduated with a B.F.A in Dance Performance, BA in Literature and a minor in African American Studies. Julius has performed with companies such as Dallas Black, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Lula Elzy Dance Theatre, Contemporary West Dance Theatre (formally Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Company), El Taller Coreografico de la UNAM and Tania Perez Salas dance company among others. He has performed in Broadway musicals produced in Mexico such as Wicked and Peter Pan and has been seen as a dancer with Mexican Pop Star Yuri. Currently Julius holds an MFA from Hollins University and is working on his PhD in Philosophy and Art from IDSVA. Julius is a full time Professor of dance at UDLAP.

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