Movement Practice: Advanced Dance Technique (DAN4344.01)

Elena Demyanenko

This advanced movement class will develop from simple skeletal mobility sequences to expansive movement forms. The warm-up will examine the joints and how their range of motion relates to alignment, readiness to move, and articulation. These principles will then become the foundation for traveling sequences and longer movement phrases. Distinguishing between tempo, rhythm, and phrasing will also be a priority. Our goal will be to find a way of working that makes technique central to our daily movement practice without it inhibiting our individual approaches to dancing and making work.

The aim is to help students select easier, more efficient, and more effective movement options through an in-depth examination of how they are currently organizing solutions to movement problems. During this detailed observation, students will be encouraged to witness their in-class transformation, working towards a greater range of movement and articulation.

Using tools from the Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, Body-Mind Centering, and by addressing joints, muscles and body organs, students are offered an opportunity to find and use the relationships between the parts of the body. These relationships, clear and conscious structural connections, will enhance sensory learning and encourage idiosyncratic, virtuosic ways of moving.

Prerequisites: Prior movement training. See Terry Creach for registration.
Credits: 2
T 10:10am-12noon;F 10:10am-12noon
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency:
This course is categorized as All courses, Dance, Two Credit, 4000, Elena Demyanenko.