CLASSES for DANCERS
During my years as a classical and contemporary dancer, I had many unanswered questions about improving my technique and surviving emotionally. Dancing can be a tough profession. It was through my studies in the Alexander Technique and LearningMethods™ that I found some answers. Both methods have inspired me to help dancers with similar difficulties during their training or in their professional life.
During the year at PNSD, I regularly watch class to assess the progress and further needs of the student and discuss this with the teacher. Parents are also invited to contact me if they have questions or wish to discuss their child's progress.
Wholeness of Movement
There is a basic class structure whether I teach issues around physical problems or more cognitive ones. Nevertheless, each session is adapted to meet the individual needs and concerns of the dancer. I encourage students to take a series of 5 or 10 classes to be able to fully integrate his/her knowledge and experience into his/her dancing. All classes begin with comments, feedback and questions from their personal explorations in between classes.
Further series cover themes such as our Elastic Suspension system, Intention and Movement Coordination, Attention and Spacial Awareness, moving with a Global Perspective and not in body parts and much more. The fundamentals of this work were developed and refined by David Gorman.
All the classes include some basic anatomy and physiology that help the students' understand their body schema and functioning. I believe experiential learning is paramount to learning. Consequently, classes include demonstrations and explorations guided by the teacher that help to give the student a profound understanding of the principles concerned. The student is encouraged to apply this new learning in the dance studio from the first session.
One lesson that has proven very useful to dancers is learning about the value system. It is part of the work of David Gorman and has been used to help dancers who get very nervous before exams and performances. It enhances self confidence and usually leads to a deeper understanding of constructive learning. Here is a description of it.
Each of us has a way of knowing what is good or bad for ourselves. Our value system is a register that tells us when "things are not going well" such as frustration, fear or sadness..... our system carries information that will help us understand the cause of problems. Therefore it is necessary to listen because we tend to want to get rid of these signs as soon as possible; by taking medication, getting a massage or going shopping. Sometimes this works and the problem is forgotten or alleviated ...... until the next time when the warning signs or symptoms return and sometimes worse than before. But, as before, we continue to look for ways to stop these unpleasant moments.... And the cycle continues. Various techniques are tried and abandoned, experts consulted with little result, and then we think there is nothing we can do about the situation. This is our weakness or problem for the rest of our lives. We have not yet found the best technique ......
In fact, if we look carefully, it is these warning signs that give us valuable information. Our value system works very well.
- But do we know where these signs come from and what they reveal?
- Are they really bad?
- If we accept and notice these symptoms, is it possible to investigate them and discover their meaning?
The tools of this method help us to explore in a simple and systematic way the meaning of our experiences in order to gradually understand this process. This may sound simple but it is often a blockage for many people.
Through a process of identification (of our own experiences) and our understanding of the problem (reasoning and clarity of thought) we will discover the cause in which our fixed ideas or perspectives of the world that are not reality are hidden.
Once you discover the source of the difficulties, there is a choice and an opportunity to change to improve the quality of your life.
In other words, LearningMethods can help us to;
- Listen more sensitively to distress signals
- Understand with clarity the meanings of our experiences
- Act on this information and make the necessary change
Once we understand the process we can use it again and again. So the learning continues. We are equipped for the rest of our lives.
This is truly powerful empowerment.
Tour de Table
Le "tour de table" vous aide à comprendre ce que c'est que d'être libéré de toute tension et permet à votre système de fonctionner comme il a été développer pour fonctionner pendant de nombreuses années d'évolution.
F.M. Alexander l’a appelé votre "contrôle primaire". Non seulement un fonctionnement optimal améliore votre état de santé général, mais il vous permet de vous déplacer plus librement et d'éviter les blessures. Un cou libéré, allonge tout le corps et lui permet de s'étendre. Il relâche la tension et permet au corps de s'engager pleinement. L'allongement libère les articulations pour qu'elles puissent bouger plus facilement, laisse plus d'espace aux organes et facilite la respiration. En d'autres termes, il ne peut qu'aider votre technique et votre qualité de mouvement en danse.
Lorsque nous travaillons ensemble et afin que votre système fonctionne au mieux, vous dirigez consciemment vos intentions et vos pensées vers le relâchement de toute tension existante. C'est ce que Monsieur Alexander a appelé le "contrôle conscient", car vous choisissez activement de libérer le cou, par exemple.
La première étape consiste à devenir de plus en plus consciente de la tension et d’être capable de la relâcher.
Ce n'est qu'une première étape car la question finale est « pourquoi avez-vous cette tension en premier lieu ? » Lorsque vous aurez trouvé la cause de la tension, vous n'aurez plus besoin de la "gérer" car le problème n'existera plus.
C'est la nature de mon travail.
Working on the table helps you understand what it is like to be free of tension and allows your system to function as it was developed to function over many years of evolution.
F.M. Alexander called it your "primary control". Not only does optimal function improve your overall health, but it allows you to move more freely and avoid injury. A free neck lengthens the entire body and allows it to expand. It releases tension and allows the body to fully engage. Lengthening frees the joints to move more easily, allows more room for the organs and facilitates breathing. In other words, it can only help your technique and quality of movement in dance.
When we work together, in order for your system to function at its best, you consciously direct your intentions and thoughts towards releasing any existing tension. This is what Mr. Alexander called "conscious control" because you actively choose to release the neck, for example.
The first step is to become more and more aware of the tension and be able to release it. This is only the first step because the final question is "why do you have this tension in the first place?" Once you find the cause of the tension, you will no longer need to "deal" with it because the problem will no longer exist.
This is the nature of my work.