Workshop Descriptions

Session 1A - Friday 6:30-8:30pm

bAlleT: Integrating Principles of the Alexander Technique and Classical Ballet

 This class will empower AT teachers who have little or no experience in classical ballet to better serve their dancer students. Those with ballet experience will find their teaching skills enhanced through the AT principles. By applying the principles of AT to Classical Ballet, participants will learn how to help their own students move more dynamically, efficiently, and cleanly, while expanding their range of expressive movement qualities. This is a movement-based class, please wear comfortable clothing (yoga pants, tees, socks).

Session 1B - Friday 6:30-8:30pm

Alexander Technique and Recovery from Injury

We’ll work with how the Alexander Technique helps recovery from injury/surgery, both from the perspective of the injured and those helping them. This hands-on class will focus on shoulder/arm recovery using principles that can be applied more broadly.  

Session 1C - Friday 6:30-8:30pm

Expanding the Point of Contact : Sharing Wholeness : Emerging Together

In this class, we will look at how we consider balancing, sharing weight and following flow in partnering and contact improvisation. We will start by considering ways to experience wholeness, balance, weight and flow in our own individual movements. We will build awareness on how different sensory systems integrate and function to support these experiences. We will move towards considering our partner(s) as part of our wholeness, our balance, our weight and our flow even before the moment of contact. As we move towards dancing together, we will consider contact as a process of merging and emerging, of expanding our individual experiences to include those of our partners’, of discovering and following the ever changing landscape of energy, impulse and direction between us. 

Session 2A - Saturday 10am-12pm

seeing/being seen

for those with an interest in the use of the eyes and how the eyes may affect our use while moving, dancing, performing. how does seeing/being seen act as a means of communication and transmission in our relationship-based movement practices? can shifts of seeing create shifts of relationships? shifts of power? shifts of content?

Session 2B - Saturday 10am-12pm

A Paradigm for the Hypermobile Dancer

Dancers work with their hyermobility in different ways.  We’ll look at the tenegrity paradigm as it relates to “bendiness” and how these concepts can help you avoid injury.  We’ll see how to dynamically balance and find a sense of throughness in your movement.

Session 3A - Saturday 1-3pm

Spirals and Counter Spirals in Activity

The workshop will help everyone experience Raymond Dart’s Double Spiral musculature with the help of our Framework for Integration's Complex Model. Participants will work with “straps and elastics” to embody the spirals and will then learn to recognize Primary, Secondary and Reset intents in the upper and lower triangles formed from the double spiral musculature. We will then explore how Counter spiraling easily illustrates Alexander’s idea of Antagonistic Action and helps us understand how we interfere with our natural capacity for them to provide stability and mobility. Other Alexander Technique principles will be described and integrated into the workshop. Expect to explore a medium amount of movement not directly related to dance training.

Session 3B - Saturday 1-3pm

Designed for Action

As Humans we were naturally designed to walk, run, jump, bend, unbend, turn, climb things, reach up or down etc; and all of that with a certain amount of freedom in our joints. What happened???? In this workshop we’ll explore some ideas to encourage our action-designed systems to go back to a more Natural state of balance and readiness.

Session 5A - Sunday 10am-12pm

Ease Across Effort

In this session we will embody the Alexander Technique principles while experimenting with various dynamic elements. Using breath as our baseline, we will warm up gently with attention to ease, efficiency and direction while integrating sensory awareness. Our physicality will shift through modes of acceleration, buoyancy and shape while continuously inviting freedom and flow. Can we do less while remaining available to recognize choice, meaning and substance as movers and composers? AND can we say yes to whatever comes up, while taking care of ourselves? 

Session 5B - Sunday 10am-12pm

Finding Support Through Three-Dimensionality

In this workshop we will look at peripheral initiation, and ways of getting through to the ends of our limbs in order to find connection and support in movement. We will look at how we can source stability from using the periphery, and how that informs our relationship to the center or midline of the body. We will play with extending this connection into our relationship with space and our environments as a means to find stability and three dimensionality in our dancing.

Session 6A - Saturday 1-3pm

Zen And The Art of Improvisation: Letting The Dance Dance You

How do we take the calm, balanced, focused attention that we find in the Alexander Technique and bring that into movement? By freely exploring our movement options while applying the Alexander principles, we find ourselves moving in new and delightful ways. We begin slowly with a guided lie down that morphs into gentle rolling on the ground. From there, we explore our way into sitting, crawling, standing, jumping and even running. We will do free movement explorations, partnering exercises and some fun “Ninja” exercises. Get ready to be moved!

Session 6B - Sunday 1-3pm

A Call to Arms: Dart-based Push, Pull, and Spiraling Arm Patterns for Whole Body Integration

As we move developmentally from quadrupeds to bipeds, what sources of support do we sacrifice? Working with distilled movement from the Dart Procedures, participants will explore developmental patterns that reaffirm the assistance arms provide the whole. Clarifying push, pull, and counter-spiral can help reinvigorate understanding classical AT procedures and ideas such as “hands on the back of the chair,” “elbows down,” and the “gentle pull from the wrist to the elbow” as well as help direct the whole body in activity. This workshop will include partnered work on the floor and with chairs but can be easily adapted to any level—all are welcome!