Experiential Anatomy/Somatic Practices (DAN2149.01)

Levi Gonzalez

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, linguistic, kinesthetic, and sensory modes. Tools such as drawing and writing will become some of the building blocks for learning. Class time will be divided between discussion of anatomical 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 independent components of each, and then explore the relationship of each system to the whole, providing support for an integrated, healthy, as well as artistically engaging 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.

IMPORTANT: Exercises involving light touch with partners is an essential component of this class. If you have any concerns about this please reach out to the instructor prior to enrolling in the course to discuss.  

Weekly journaling, readings and drawings, as well as brief presentations will be required throughout the term. All of these learning methods, as well as in-class practices, will serve to create a vehicle for the full and rich expression of the body and mind.


Learning Outcomes:
Students will:
Deepen their understanding of their moving body.
Learn some of the basic principles, concepts and terminologies of kinesthetic anatomy by approaching the material through visual, cognitive, kinesthetic, and sensory modes.
Integrate the anatomical information through somatic awareness and experiential practices grounded in individual awareness (strengthening body-mind connection).

Delivery Method: Hybrid
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 4
T 2:10PM - 5:50PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency: Once a year

Categories: 2000 , All courses , Dance , Four Credit , Hybrid
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