Malinda LaVelle's Jam Class class operates by listening to and following the rhythms and the textures of soul, groove, and funk in the body. By accessing our history, our experience, and the memories of our insides, we come upon many shades of joy and meaning that influence how we move. Jam Class rides along the arc of a playlist, moving from slow to upbeat, gentle to ecstatic. The body simultaneously finds itself both old and young, wise and experienced, as it delves into the essence of jamming at any age. Malinda’s Jam Class has been featured in Dance Teacher Magazine (August 2013 and April 2014 Issues) and in the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance student blog. The class has been taught regularly as part of the pre-professional year round curriculum and summer intensive programs at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, however, it is meant for anyone regardless of their formal dance training.
Lighthouse + Jam
Malinda LaVelle, Emmaly Wiederholt, Project Thrust, the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and the Lighthouse for the Blind (San Francisco Bay Area) teamed up during the Spring of 2013 to offer Jam Class for the Blind and Visually Impaired. The class included volunteer Jammers alongside member from the Lighthouse community. Lighthouse is a non-profit organization in the bay area that promotes the independence equality and self-reliance of people who are blind or visually impaired through rehabilitation training and relevant services, such as access to employment, education, government, information, recreation, transportation and the environment.