Alexander Technique: Optimizing how you work when moving (DAN2410.01)

Ros Warby

This course will introduce and/or deepen students’ understanding of the Alexander Technique and Ideokinesis in relation to dance, the practice of performance, and everyday movement. It is both a movement and somatic class. The Alexander Technique opens up the possibility of finding new balance, efficiency, strength, direction, and perspective. It makes your physical capacity more available, as well as your performative intelligence, and it improves everyday function.

Some classes will include the application of the Alexander Technique and performance practice principles when moving or dancing, and some classes will focus on the study of the skeleton in order to understand the fundamentals of the body. The instructor will guide and support students into a more optimal balance and freedom. Alexander Technique challenges the student to wake up and notice what it is they are doing in their day to day lives and performance work. This shift in awareness and attention aims to stimulate and enhance better function all around.

Learning Outcomes:
Find greater freedom in movement
Find tools that support balance, efficiency, strength, direction and perspective to everyday lives and performance work
Learn how we see and perceive ourselves
Let go of unnecessary tensions, habits, patterns and preconceived ideas of what dance is
Wake up and notice what we are doing in our dance and day to day activity

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Corequisites: Dance or Drama Lab Assignment if students are registered for 4 or more credits in designated dance courses.
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 4
T/F 10:30AM - 12:20PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency: One time only

Categories: 2000 , All courses , Dance , Four Credit , Fully In-Person
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