Event Title

Applying Feldenkrais Lessons to a Dance Context

Presenter Information

Molly Kiefer

Mentor 1

Daniel Burkholder

Location

Union 240

Start Date

27-4-2018 1:20 PM

Description

Historically, dance training has been taught from an outward approach that values appearance over efficiency. The Feldenkrais Method (FM) is a somatic practice focusing on awareness and improving movement efficiency through emphasizing internal perception of movement. As an individual explores inner sensation derived from movement, the mover can learn from habitual patterns to uncover new, efficient ways of moving. In our investigation of Awareness Through Movement (ATM) exercises, we sought to create a paradigm of dance training focused on the principles of the FM. We performed and analyzed ATM lessons, subsequently categorizing the anatomical actions, patterns of connectivity, and somatic experiences. In categorizing the ATM lessons, we were able to translate the patterns and functionality discovered into a movement vocabulary applicable to dance training. These movement sequences offer an individualized approach to learning and executing movement. This research supports the idea that dance training would benefit from somatic-based teaching.

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Apr 27th, 1:20 PM

Applying Feldenkrais Lessons to a Dance Context

Union 240

Historically, dance training has been taught from an outward approach that values appearance over efficiency. The Feldenkrais Method (FM) is a somatic practice focusing on awareness and improving movement efficiency through emphasizing internal perception of movement. As an individual explores inner sensation derived from movement, the mover can learn from habitual patterns to uncover new, efficient ways of moving. In our investigation of Awareness Through Movement (ATM) exercises, we sought to create a paradigm of dance training focused on the principles of the FM. We performed and analyzed ATM lessons, subsequently categorizing the anatomical actions, patterns of connectivity, and somatic experiences. In categorizing the ATM lessons, we were able to translate the patterns and functionality discovered into a movement vocabulary applicable to dance training. These movement sequences offer an individualized approach to learning and executing movement. This research supports the idea that dance training would benefit from somatic-based teaching.