Classical and Contemporary Dance Classes

with Timothy Nutter

Timothy's teaching style emphasizes aspects of dance relating to theater and music: emotion, gesture, tempo and musicality. He also believes in encouraging students to think and evaluate for themselves, to draw connections between dance and other areas of experience, and always to continue making adjustments.

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Click here for a video of a recent dance and music collaboration with guitarist Matthew Grasso.

Ballet Technique & Partnering

Thursday evenings, 5pm-6:15pm...Starting November 5th

The Time: Thursdays, 5:00pm–6:15pm
The Place: SynRG Arts & Wellness, 907 Third Street, Davis

A ballet class for dancers who wish to learn the art of ballet partnering. No partner or experience necessary. The first half of class will be a warm-up with barre and center work, the second half will give students a chance to practice classic partnering steps and sequences, including turns, balances and lifts.


Photo by Dan Perlea

Photo by Dan Perlea


Timothy Nutter attended college at SUNY Purchase and Antioch College. At Purchase he studied in the Conservatory of Dance, while producing his own dance shows and running an independent improv dance troupe. During this time he also studied in New York City, taking class with contemporary artists such as Wil Swanson, Keith Thompson and Kathleen Fisher (all formerly of Trisha Brown Dance Company), and learning contact improvisation in the basement of Judson Church.

At Antioch Timothy studied philosophy, linguistics and drama. He graduated in 2004 with a B.A. in philosophy. Timothy attended graduate school in 2005 at Villanova University in Philadelphia, where he studied history of philosophy. In 2012, he again attended graduate school, this time working on the philosophy of biology at Exeter University in England.

Timothy has trained in a number of different dance traditions, but mainly ballet, modern, post-modern, improvisation, and ballroom. Teachers in the Davis and Sacramento area he has worked with include: Hanneke Lohse, Pamela Trokanski, Barbara Nicholas, Gwen Burton, Lisa Applegate, and Cara Rains. Two of Timothy's philosophy professors were Scott Warren at Antioch and James Wetzel at Villanova. At Purchase he studied music with the pianist Richard Cameron-Wolfe and dance composition with Neil Greenberg. In New York, he studied acting at the Terry Schreiber Studio and Theatre.

"Follow the truth, wherever it may lead." –Thomas Jefferson


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