Experiential Anatomy/Somatic Practices (DAN2149.01)

Elena Demyanenko

This is a studio class for any discipline intended to deepen the understanding of your own moving body. We will be studying kinesthetic anatomy by approaching the 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 touch. 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, then how each system relates to the whole, providing support for an integrated, healthy, as well as artistically interesting movement practice and general well being. Class will be rooted in somatic movement approaches to movement education. We will read and discuss writings from key developers of the field, many of whom have had a major influence on contemporary dance.

Tools such as drawing and writing will become the building blocks for making clear and concise anatomical awareness as well as serving to create a vehicle for the full and rich expression of the body and mind.

Learning Outcomes:
• To refine the perceptual, kinesthetic, proprioceptive, and interoceptive sensitivity that supports homeostasis and self-regulation.

• To recognize the habitual patterns of perceptual, postural, and movement interaction with one’s environment.

• To improve the movement coordination that supports structural, functional, and expressive integration.

• To experience an embodied sense of vitality and extended capacities for living.

• Being mindful of viewing the contribution of each participant as a resource. The aim is to build a collective effort in sustaining the learning community in order to create a dynamic experience.

• A commitment to the mutual labor of critical awareness in engaged learning, which delivers the necessary growth towards our own empowerment.

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 4
W 2:10PM - 5:50PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 18
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

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