• "... her sophisticated sense of movement counterpoint sustained interest in her formal patterning."

    – Lewis Segal, LA Times

  • "Seda is a poetic genius."

    – Jodie Gates, Vice Dean/Director, Glorya Kaufman School of Dance

  • "Aybay displayed choreographic flair and a cutting-edge sensibility."

    – Victoria Looseleaf, LA Times

  • "Kina is a powerful and intense work... ."

    – Jeff Slayton, See Dance

  • "Kybele Dance Theater performed … for an entranced audience."

    – Michael Ray, Santa Monica Mirror

  • "As each couple danced, you seemed to be watching a summary of a complex relationship swiftly,
    lightly impressed upon your consciousness."

    – Lewis Segal, LA Times

  • "Plunging squats, deeply arching backs and lush turns ..."

    – Claudia La Rocco, New York  Times

  • "I have been to to the westside’s Theatre Raymond Kabbaz on several occasions over the past few years, and I have never saw it so packed as it was for last week’s performance by Kybele Dance Theatre!!!"

    – Karen Salkin, itsnotaboutme.tv

  • "Seda Aybay’s work is rich with movement, purpose and thought-provoking images. "

    – Jeff Slayton, LA Dance Chronicle

  • "... the movement was all so beautiful ..."

    – Karen Salkin, itsnotaboutme.tv

  • "Kina has beautiful moments and extraordinary dancing."

    – Jeff Slayton, LA Dance Chronicle

  • "Aybay shone throughout the piece, using her breath as an intense extension of her physicality ... that shook me to my core; and, her performance was matched by the rest of the cast."

    – Taliah Mancini, LA Dance Chronicle

  • "...impressive technicality ..."

    – Taliah Mancini, LA Dance Chronicle

  • "[Seda Aybay] is a beautiful dancer with a commanding presence."

    – Jeff Slayton, LA Dance Chronicle

  • "The entire company was technically stunning and impassioned in their performance ..."

    – Khayla Jordan Golucke, LA Dance Review

Workshops:

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Classes:

Santa Monica College Classes

 

Spring 2019  Feb 12 - June 11

 

DANCE 11, Beginning Hip Hop Dance 2 units

Transfer: UC, CSU

This introductory course will explore fundamental techniques of hip hop dance. Attention is placed on basic syncopation, isolations and rhythms with an emphasis on musicality, strength, flexibility and coordination. Improvisation or "freestyling" is introduced to develop the individual expression and style indigenous to the form. Critical analysis of hip hop choreography and an appreciation of hip hop dance including its cultural significance, history and origins as an art form are emphasized. Written assignments and attendance at Dance Department concerts are required.

Course Number:3445 Time:   8 a.m. - 10:05 a.m. TTh Location:CPC 314 I      nstructor:Aybay Owens

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DANCE 12, Intermediate Hip Hop Dance 2 units

Transfer: UC, CSU

Advisory: Dance 11.

This course builds on the fundamental techniques of hip hop dance at an intermediate level. Attention is placed on syncopation, isolations and rhythms with an emphasis on musicality, strength, flexibility and coordination. Improvisation or "freestyling" is emphasized to further develop the individual expression and style indigenous to the form. Critical analysis of hip hop choreography and hip hop street dance, along with its cultural significance, history and origins as an art form are also emphasized. Written assignments and attendance at Dance Department concerts are required.

Course Number:3446 Time:8 a.m. - 10:05 a.m. TTh Location:CPC 314 Instructor:Aybay Owens

 

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DANCE 42, Contemporary Modern Dance 2 2 units

Transfer: UC, CSU

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: Dance 41 or equivalent experience.

This course offers a beginning/intermediate level of modern dance technique with an emphasis on further developing aesthetic concepts and principles of movement learned in Dance 41. Correct body alignment and stance will continue to be stressed throughout the semester and technique combinations will be added with the goal of mastering new steps and terminology. More complete use of body parts, complex movement phrasing and vocabularies, and new technical skills will be introduced in class.

Course Number:1771 Time:8 a.m. - 10:05 a.m. MW Location:CPC 304 Instructor:Aybay Owens S

 

DANCE 45, Contemporary Modern Dance 5 2 units

Transfer: UC, CSU

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: Dance 44 or equivalent experience.

This course is an intermediate-advanced modern dance technique, continuation of dance 44. The ability to transfer, invert and do phrases in retrograde, as well as use dynamic physicality (high energy changes in levels and dynamics) is explored. Repertory excerpts are also included in this course. This class is designed to prepare students for stage performance experience.This class is intended for dance majors.

Course Number: 1775 Time:10:15 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. TTh Location:CPC 304 Instructor:Aybay Owens S

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DANCE 46, Contemporary Modern Dance 6 2 units

Transfer: UC, CSU

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: Dance 45 or equivalent experience.

This course is designed for students at an advanced level of contemporary modern dance technique. Emphasis is placed on maintaining the advanced level of technique the dancer has achieved. The ability to transfer, invert and do phrases in retrograde, as well as use dynamic physicality (high energy changes in levels and dynamics) is explored. Original and traditional repertory excerpts are also included in this course. This class is designed to prepare students for stage performance experience. Students majoring in dance should prepare audition for transfer. This class is intended for dance majors.

Course Number:1776 Time:10:15 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. TTh Location:CPC 304 Instructor:Aybay Owens S

 

 

Summer 2019 

 

Coming soon

 

Open Classes

 

Seda Aybay's modern class is focused on quick weight shift, use of momentum, alignment, and strengthening through fusing the control release technique with Horton vocabulary. The class begins with a center warm up designed from a classical approach to dance through various exercises to bring the fundamentals back to the body. After an extensive floor stretch, it continues with series of off-centered turns and jumps across the floor. Applying all the class materials, a short combination is taught at the end emphasizing performance qualities.


Basic contemporary:
Tuesday 7:00pm-8:15pm at Danceline LA -- Culver City

Intermediate/Advanced contemporary:
Saturday 10:00am-11:30pm at Danceline LA -- Culver City

Danceline LA: click here

 

Auditions:

Kybele Dance Theater is currently seeking male and female contemporary dancers for its 2017-2018 season of local, national, and international paid performances.  Free company classes, master classes and special discounts will be available for company members.

We are looking for athletic, technically-skilled, classically-trained contemporary dancers with floor work and ballet experience.  Dancers need to have a positive personality, captivating stage presence and expressive musicality. 

Dancers must be 21 & over.


Please send resume and dance reel to: click here.