All About Love: Advanced – Endurance Movement Practice (DAN4238.01)

Elena Demyanenko

“The search for love continues even in the face of great odds.”

What is love? When we talk about love are we perceived as weak and irrational? We are living in the times where learning to love gets shadowed by a culture of narcissism. 

In this class we will analyze bell hooks’s “all about love”, then embody written material through rigorous movement practice, breath work, sound exercises, and physical endurance practices. Through embodiment of hooks’ text via partnering work we will explore the ability to trust, take risks, respect while being vulnerable, striking mind and heart at the same time, using the power of love as a transformative force for change

In moments when disappointment is hidden behind cynicism, and honest discussions about love are replaced with fantasy, we will use sensorial wisdom to grow our capacity to feel, inspire, provoke, sense, recognize in order to build a path to healing for the individual and the community. We will explore how “Love informs decisions, strengthens our understanding of community and keeps us together”. 

“Face one another as we really are stripped of artifice and pretense, naked and not ashamed.” 

Quotations from bell hooks “all about love”

Learning Outcomes:
Students will embody specific texts in order to expand the capacity to listen to their own sense of FELT.
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.

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Previous experience in movement classes are required, along with permission of the instructor.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
T/F 2:10PM - 4:00PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 16
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

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