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This work helps you understand how to be centred and grounded. You learn how to use the full potential of your mind/ body connection and how you can apply this to your dancing. Many young dancers hold an excess of tension that interferes with their overall functioning and therefore their dance technique. Although dancers learn how to release this tension, they don't become relaxed and lethargic.  Instead, by operating more constructively they tone up their movements and are much lighter and quicker on their feet and in their gestures. 

It is generally advised to take a minimum of ten classes depending on the issue concerned. However many students opt for more to really integrate their learning into their dance technique. 

Very often teachers advise their pupils to see me because they are very tense, especially in the neck and shoulders. For the first few lessons I tend to give 'tableturns'.

 

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Wholeness in Movement 

Class structure 

There is a basic class structure whatever the problem.  Nevertheless, each session can be adapted to meet the individual needs and concerns of the dancer. 

During the sessions I use theoretical explanations and practical demonstrations on the topic concerned.  Very often I use a light touch to help the dancer observe tension more easily. This is used when giving a table turn or when s/he is standing up. Finally the dancer applies it to a dance exercise or piece of choreography.  Resources are also provided such as articles, videos and website links. After each session the student has something to explore during the week or until the next lesson. 

I advise students to take at least 10 classes to be able to begin to  integrate his/her knowledge and experience into his/her dancing. Many students opt for sessions all year long. All classes begin with comments, feedback and questions from their personal explorations in between classes which encourages them to be responsible for their own learning.  

 

Content

Depending how many sessions are taken the course covers themes such as our elastic suspension system, (based on the work of David Gorman) and how gravity works for us,  understanding the link between intention and movement coordination, the use of attention, spacial awareness, moving with a global perspective rather than body parts and much more.  

All the classes include some basic bodymapping and physiology that help students' understand their body schema and functioning. Experiential learning is paramount in studying this course. 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 experiment with this new knowledge in and out of the dance studio from the very first session.

LearningMethods

One lesson that has proven very useful to dancers is learning about our 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 or who lack self esteem. It also enhances self confidence and usually leads to a deeper understanding of  constructive learning.  

Our value system is our register that tells us when "things are not going well" such as when we feel frustration, fear or sadness... It is these moments that hold valuable information and that can help find the cause of the problem. Therefore, it is useful to pay attention to these signs instead of ignoring them or hoping they will go away, as many of us do.  Your value system works very well, you just can't see that yet.

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