Moving with Somatics Introduction
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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
- Performance Movement
This is a movement practice course, at the introductory level, 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, gives students experience learning choreographed sequences, while also fostering students’ ability to self-direct as dancers. Space is limited and priority is given to dance majors. Interested students outside of the Dance Program must contact the instructor for permission to enroll in the course. Students who register for Moving with Somatics, Intro are also expected to enroll in Ballet Practices, Intro. Students planning to also enroll in LDAN 2800 should take this course for 1 credit.
Open to Undergraduate students.