Movement Practice: Your Toolkit of Divergent Strategies (DAN2240.01) (new course code as of 8/22/2022)

Larissa Velez-Jackson

Many systems of dance practice explore vastly different means to initiate movement in our bodies. Anatomical and therapy-based models may begin from an understanding of our human developmental movement patterns as well as imagery-based approaches, working from “the outside in”. Certain somatic approaches banish the idea of moving from image, preferring to hone a deeply felt awareness of oneself in movement, working from “the inside out”. Other dance forms honor social, cultural and archetypal connections to pass on and inspire shared movement throughout generations. In this course we will lightly read and discuss examples of these varied approaches and through a strong use of improvisational scores and related strategies, mobilize these ideas into a physical and creative practice

Working in solo, partner and group work in structured improvisations, this class is meant to enhance the student’s dynamic movement range from large, full-bodied, locomotor motions to subtle and interior experiences of movement. Beginning from what is readily available in one’s body, including movement from one’s culture, technical dance training or lived experience, this class allows students to integrate these divergent movement experiences toward a highly expanded approach to movement for the dancer and dance improviser.


Learning Outcomes:
*Learn and practice various organizational structures for dance involving movement analysis, somatic techniques, and self-care.

*Practice and develop movement material based on group and individual improvisation.

*Through improvisation, develop a self guided approach to integrating disparate forms of movement initiation, resulting in expanded movement artistry.

*Cultivate a strong, non-judgmental awareness of self in movement.

*Integrate feedback and practice listening with the full body



Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Please email levigonzalez@bennington.edu by May 11, 2022 explaining your interest in the course. Priority will be given to students who have prior dance and movement experience.
Corequisites: Dance or Drama Lab Assignment if students are registered for 4 or more credits in Dance.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 2
W 10:00AM-11:50AM, Th 8:00AM-9:50AM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency: One time only

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