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Arts and leisure - Dance

CMP Somatic Dance (mixed level)

Wednesday from 11:00-12:30 h

Natalie Heller

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This is a mixed level course, where participants are expected to work at their own movement abilities and artistic depth.

In this course we approach the body as a means for movement explorations. We work through sensing and perceiving: weight, breath, movement. We are drawn into dancing through a curiosity about the body and our experience of it. You will be both taught short movement sequences (based on biomechanics rather than muscular strength or virtuous technique). Additionally, you will be expected to explore movement concepts through improvisation. This course is not performance oriented. I draw from numerous contemporary dance practices including Release Technique, Body Mind Centreing, Skinner Releasing, Alexander Technique, Contact Improvisation, Instant Composition, Experiential Anatomy, Klein Technique, Simonson Modern Jazz, Yoga, Pilates and more.
You can expect the classes to involve:

-     Experiential anatomy (hands-on bodywork)
-     Floorwork
-     Guided movement explorations through the use of imagery 
-     Movement research
-     Partner work (using touch or words)
-     Contact improvisation
-     Strengthening the core 
-     Finding length and release
-     Attentiveness to body use
-     Dynamic movement 

My current choreographic practices is rooted in various Somatic Practices. This approach to the body enables participants to attain dynamic and technical movement through releasing muscular tension and attending to their internal sensations.

Natalie Heller is a choreographer and dance artist. She has an MA in ‘Creative Practice’ from Trinity Laban and professional training from Dance New Amsterdam (NYC), Movement Research (NYC), Siobhan Davies Studios (London) and Ecole Supérieure de l’Enseignement de la Danse (Montpellier, France). She is interested in body awareness and in helping her students develop energy efficient movement pathways. It was on her exploration of different movement methodologies that she discovered Ashtanga Yoga, Pilates, Thai massage, Body Mind Centering, Contact Improvisation, Alexander Technique, Skinner Releasing, Feldenkrais, Klein Technique and many others. She has been taking movement workshops for over twenty years and has been trained by key players in the field (including Gill Clarke, KJ, Holmes, Malcolm Manning, Eva Karczag and many others). She has been teaching movement techniques since 2006.

More about Natalie: www.natalieheller.com and www.practicingsomatics.com

Please contact info@lakcursussen.nl if you have troubles registering for the courses. You can also give us a call at 071 527 2317 

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