Movement Practice: Growing a body like a plant (DAN2014.01) (course description updated as of 10/9/2023)

luciana achugar, MFA Teaching Fellow

This course is a dance class as a ritual for creating a deeper relationship to our bodies and a practice of “growing” our bodies organically from the process of tending to its needs for more strength, mobility, ability and connection between all its parts and the ground and space, This class is also a way to learn to better use our bodies in everyday life and when exercising and/or dancing, as well as a way to recover from injuries, misuse, excess or lack of physical activity.

The course will include a blend of contemporary dance techniques and modern dance techniques from various dance forms and dance makers such as José Limón, martha Graham, Trisha Brown, Jeremy Nelson, Becky Hilton, as well as achugar’s own “Pleasure Practice” and other modalities that have informed dance such such as Pilates, Yoga, Klein TechniqueTM, Alexander Technique, functional anatomy, strengthening and mobility training.

This class is open to beginners and non dancers but be advised that we will be learning movement phrases and moving across the floor and you are expected to participate fully and dance.

Learning Outcomes:
* An overall greater sense of well-being in your body.
* Gaining functional and core strength.
* Gaining more functional mobility.
* Learning about connections between different body parts.
* Learning to isolate movements and understand where certain movements come from.
* Getting stronger and more connected upper and lower body.
* Learning about posture and alignment.
* Learning how to stretch to affect change in our bodies and avoid injury.
* Learning to discern between “good” and “bad” pain and how to make decisions accordingly.
* Feeling empowered as we get stronger and more able to move in different ways with increased awareness and understanding of ourselves and our bodies in movement.

Delivery Method: Hybrid
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 2
M/Th 8:00AM-9:50AM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency: One time only

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