At the most fundamental, dance is when you move your body in ways that extend beyond your daily movement patterns. It also includes moments when you feel your body as it moves. This is called sensation. So often nowadays because of technology we lose track of sensing our bodies and get stuck in habitual ways of moving with unnecessary amounts of tension. In improvisation we begin with a warm-up that consists of attending to the sensation of your body breathing and noticing what it feels like to move in different ways. With guidance from the teacher, you get to choose what feels good to your body and move in ways that help to focus your mind and stretch and enliven your senses. This is one aspect that makes Elements different than other dance classes – rather than imitating set choreography you get to use interpretation to move in ways that are unique to you. Not only is this great for relieving stress as well as physical and mental tension it can also be fun and empowering.
|A moment of open dancing toward the end of class. Feeling it!|
(Below: A short clip beginning as a one minute sensation solo moves into a two minute duet exploring moving in relationship with your partner.)
|Connecting through movement and having fun!|