Experiential Anatomy/Somatic Practices (DAN2149.01)

Elena Demyanenko

This is a studio class for students of any discipline intended to deepen the understanding of your own moving body. We will study kinesthetic anatomy by approaching material through visual, cognitive, kinesthetic, and sensory modes. Class time will be divided between discussion of anatomy and kinesthetic concepts, and engagement with the material experientially through movement visualization and palpation. Movement exercises will be designed to integrate the anatomical information by increasing somatic awareness (strengthening body-mind connection). Various body systems will be examined: skeleton, organs, muscles, nerves, and fluids. We will study the parts of each, and then how each system relates to the whole, providing support for an integrated, healthy, as well as artistically interesting movement practice. Class will be rooted in somatic movement approaches to movement education. We will read and discuss writings from key developers of the field (to understand a range of perspectives), many of whom have had a major influence on contemporary dance.

Tools such as drawing and writing will become the building blocks for learning, as well as serving to create a vehicle for the full and rich expression of the body and mind.


Learning Outcomes:
Deepen the understanding of your own moving body
Understand kinesthetic anatomy by approaching material through visual, cognitive, kinesthetic, and sensory modes
Integrate the anatomical information by increasing somatic awareness (strengthening body-mind connection)


Delivery Method: Remotely accessible
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 4
T 2:10PM - 5:50PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 16
Course Frequency: Once a year

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