August 3 – 31, 2016
Wednesdays from 5:45 PM – 7:00 PM
(126 East 13th Street, between 3rd and 4th Ave, New York)
Find your inner-strength; develop & improve alignment and technique; explore and learn how to efficiently use your body and your energy in a healthy way as instruments of your expression. Through this class, you can increase flexibility and strength, overcome physical difficulties and incorrect posture, and acquire physical awareness to help prevent injuries. Open to all levels of experience.
WHAT AND WHY
Excerpts from my book UNVEILING MOTION AND EMOTION
Barre à Terre
In 2006, I began to systematically teach what I call Structural Barre à Terre. Thinking about what kind of complementary training dancers needed for strengthening, increasing flexibility and sensitivity, and educating their bodies, no matter their technique, I considered new tools I might provide and new approaches in my teaching.
My classes are for people who wish to explore and learn about the fundamentals of their bodies’ functionality, bring awareness to their movement and their dancing, learn to use their bodies in service of movement, and become receptive to changes.
On the floor, under the effect of gravity, you become aware of the conscious and unconscious uses of energy and musculature: You can isolate and explore the functions of different parts of the body and their proper use. It takes patience and consistency to achieve an honest and available body.
As Doris Humphrey said, “You have to learn to make your body transparent and translucent, so that emotions and ideas can pass freely and naturally.” Make the body available. The body is the means, not the end!
It is difficult to leave ego and resistance aside, but open-mindedness is crucial. Every technique requires this, but with barre à terre, I offer an appropriate time and space in which to achieve it. No stress, no limits, no self-judgment.
Actors, dancers, singers, musicians, painters – everybody can take my class. Although their reasons for taking my class may differ, they all have one reason in common: self- discovery.
Pre-Register by July 1st: $90 / Register on/after July 2nd: $100