Dance and Somatics Workshops

We are excited about students and professionals joining us as participants at the Festival of the Moving Body on March 17, 2012. The festival will have renown international, national and regional presenters (artists, dancers, bodymind practitioners, scientists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, disability scholars, medical doctors, performers), and promises to be an inspiring event for many people. Stony Brook University has subsidized the festival in order to keep the festival costs at only $15. for the whole day for those who pre-register. (And only $20. for an "at the door" price). It is one of the best deals on Long Island for March 17th!!

We are inviting all interested dancers and dance teachers (ages 15 and older) from the region to join us for some extraordinary dance and somatics workshops. Registration to the Dance and Somatics Workshops will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration will be confirmed once we receive your $15 payment.  The registration form for these workshops state. If you are interested in learning more about the presenters, please click onto the "bios" for the Festival.

Your admission to the Dance and Somatics Workshops will also give you entry to the Charles B Wang Center and other events that are part of the festival. This includes our exciting Festival of the Moving Body Film Series, curated by Anna Brady Nuse from Dance Films Association (which runs the internationally renown Dance on Camera Series at Lincoln Center), various workshops, lectures and panel discussions, site-specific performances and installations (please see the festival schedule).

To register for the Dance and Somatics Workshops, please see the schedule below to review the classes offered. Download the registration form for "Dance and Somatics Workshop" and list first, second and third choices for your workshop. Only one Dance and Somatics Workshop is permitted per participant; and the workshops will be filled on a first-come, first served basis. You will be scheduled once we receive your payment and registration form.

Please print your registration form and mail it in with your check to the address listed on the form. The workshops will fill quickly, so be sure to send your registration in as soon as possible. The registration closes on March 8, 2012.

We look forward to seeing you at the Festival of the Moving Body!

Dance and Somatics Workshop - SCHEDULE

South Campus, Nassau Hall 114 and 104

NOTE: Participants in the Dance/Somatic Workshops must preregister by contacting the Center for Dance, Movement and Somatic Learning at (631) 632-7392.

Nassau Hall 104  
11:10 am to 12:30 pm Workshop A: Contemporary African Dance
Presenter: Lacina Coulibaly
12:40pm to 2:00 pm Workshop B: NAMA-RUPA: Form and Content in the Dancerʼs Moving Body
Presenter: Rajyashree Ramesh
Nassau Hall 114  
11:10 am to 12:30 pm Workshop C: Ground Core: Somatic Practice and Hip Hop
Presenter: Xavier Raphael
12:40 pm to 2:00 pm Workshop D: The Ballet Barre: A Framework for Movement Repatterning
Presenter: Jean-Marie Martz
2:20 pm to 3:40 pm Workshop E: African Dance and Drums
Presenter: Maguette Camara

Workshop Descriptions:

The Ballet Barre: A Framework for Movement Repatterning
Jean-Marie Martz

This workshop will present possibilities for motor pattern improvement that basic ballet exercises performed at the barre can facilitate. After addressing faulty patterns commonly encountered in the execution of ballet exercises such as plies, battements, and ronds de jambe, the presentation will propose a more efficient and economical approach to those basic movements. We will perform simple combinations devised, in terms of timing, weight-bearing changes and spatial organization, so as to foster an awareness of functional whole-body alignment in movement and repose.

Fine-tuning the kinetic patterns underlying barre exercises is facilitated by the fact that the student is holding onto a stationary piece of equipment. The progression from two-handed to one-handed support allows the student to integrate the information coming from the movement combination’s kinesthetic logic and, when needed, from the teacher’s manual guidance.

In times when there is much crossover between dance idioms, the movement efficiency principles presented in this ballet-based workshop are also applicable to other dance techniques besides ballet. Barre exercises can be a unique vehicle for exploring the subtleties the dancing human body is capable of in terms of movement initiation and execution. Workshop attendees are invited to participate physically in the exercises.

Contemporary African Dance Workshop
Lacina Coulibaly

Description to come.

Ground-Core, The Somatic Dance Practice
Raphael Xavier
After temporary paralysis due to a spine injury/infection, Raphael Xavier began to approach breakdancing much more cautiously and smarter than before. He wanted to create a movement that could heal and strengthen at the same time, so the longevity of a dancing body could be sustained. His presentation/workshop will teach participants of any age a new approach to the everyday typical movements; to think smarter moving. For professional dancers he will teach about form as a new tool. We will develop new movement techniques to take to performance, all in order to keep the spirit and choreography fresh for the artist and to the audience.

Xavier’s goals for the presentation/workshop is teach how to re-think and explore the limitations of boundaries. Boundaries and walls/obstacles are not limits at all, but the key to help us as individuals, push through the limits in life. Xavier is looking to expand his horizons and give the audience/participant a new perspective of more freedom to create with limits; and using limits to our advantage. Artistically and creatively he will demonstrate the meaning of a truly free moving body by presenting work that he has created as a dancer and painter, using the tools of Ground-core. The physicality, power and male bravado within the art form of Breaking becomes a tranquil thing of beauty as the form has become personal and powerful therapy as a maturing Hip Hop dancer.

Nama-Rupa: Form And Content In The Dancer’s Moving Body
Rajyashree Ramesh

The moving body of the dancer creates forms. Dance at the same time uses movement selectively when instilling meaning by associating form with content. An analysis of the outer shaping and expressivity as seen in Indian dance traditions, demonstrates the forms created by the body as being expressions of inner connectivity patterns, imagery and/or emotional states of being. The performance workshop will therefore focus on form and the process of form-giving for content. The notion of space and emotion in Indian dance will be explored based on current research on gestures, emotions, and movement. The aim is to experience how the body integrates the mind to become both the “core” and “tool” to experiential embodied knowledge and well-being.

West African Dance and Drum
Maguette Camara

In West Africa, dance is part of daily life. It is used to mark occasions such as a birth, death, harvest, wedding, etc. It is also used to unite the community in time of crisis. West African dance is not as much a strict technique as it is movement coming from the spirit and the rhythm of the drumming and the energy of the people.

Some African dance steps are taken directly from daily activities such as planting or hunting. Most, however, are an expression of joy or release of the spirit. Dancing is done by communicating with a drummer to creative positive energy. In African dance the name of the dance is the same as the name of the rhythm played by the drums. The individual steps that make up the dance do not have names. In this case, we are going to be learning various West African dances such as Sikko, Socco, Kuku, Mandiany, Farakorroba, Sunu, Soli, Lamba, Manodjo, Diambadong, Doundounba, Kaolask, Thieboudjeune, Niarry-gorong, Wolossodong, Bamdiama and Mbaliya.

Photography and recording of any kind is strictly prohibited.

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