Moving with Somatics
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Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: The Arts
Course Number: LDAN 2027
Course Format: Studio
Permission Required: Yes
This is a movement practice course that is grounded in the perspective of a specific somatic technique -- such as Alexander Technique, Klein Technique, Body-Mind Centering, Feldenkrais Technique, or Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies -- employing concrete anatomical information as a springboard for fully realized, full-blown dancing. A primary focus is to help each student find a connection to the floor from which she or he can stretch and move out into space. Attention is given to educating the body to move with specificity; to sharpening each student's rhythmic, spatial and energetic acuities; and to augmenting each student's range of qualitative possibilities. The course, which presents movement practices that are being utilized by some of the field's most progressive choreographers, will give students experience learning choreographed sequences, while also fostering students' ability to self-direct as dancers. Prerequisite: a previous Moving with Somatics course or Permission of instructor or dance program coordinator is required. Space is limited and priority is given to dance concentrators.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions
Open to Undergraduate students.