Justine's: This class begins with a simple improvisational score to reacquaint ourselves with our bodies, and progresses with simple set exercises and larger movement phrases.
Primarily through floor work, the class incrementally layers ways of thinking through the body, that invite participants into an experience of their body in the here and now. It includes searching for systems of support inside and outside of the body, working with sequencing and inviting shifts in sensation and perception. With an openness to functional change, we will explore the precise moments where the body is activated into movement.
Kate's: My class is a synthesis of all of the ideas that currently fascinate me. Usually my class will start gently on the floor and build in verticality and intensity. The class loosely follows a traditional ballet class-style progression. Pliés, tendus, rond de jambes and battements are still on the table sometimes. At times we dance quite specifically to the music, and sometimes dancers will find their own phrasing.
I want to give dancers tools to make simple, clear, precise, specific decisions. I want to help dancers understand how to find new possibilities for movement and stability in the areas of the pelvis/femurs and the ribcage/scapulae. I want to give movers a more accurate map of their anatomical structures and then immediately make the information relevant through a movement experience.