STREB @ S.L.A.M
51 N 1st St, Brooklyn, NY 11249 Get directions
Pro TipExperience the technique that is the foundation of the STREB Extreme Action Company's creative process with their POPACTION class! It intertwines dance, athletics, boxing, rodeo, the circus, and Hollywood stuntwork into a bristling muscle-and-motion vocabulary.
In 2003 STREB established SLAM (the STREB Lab for Action Mechanics) in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Since then, SLAM has become a creative center, a destination, and an integral part of its Brooklyn neighborhood. Building on the company’s own use of SLAM as a laboratory for artistic experimentation, the company has developed an extensive calendar of programs which bring myriad constituents into the creative conversation.
STREB offers Adult classes for dance students and professionals. Developed by Elizabeth Streb over the last 20 years, PopAction classes help dancers acquire new skills by posing unique challenges: change your base of support in a rapid fire way, physically designate specific locations in vertical and horizontal space, learn to pop the muscles to initiate action (rather than skeletally transferring weight), train for impact, learn to fly with low-to-the-ground maneuvers that increase spatial awareness, and incorporate a timing system that is not musical but physical (“felt timing”). The classes confronts issues of falling and fear.
STREB operates on a ‘personal best’ principle; the method suits all body types, ages, and skill sets. All adult classes are taught by current company members.