Strategies To Improve Dance Technique & Dance Wellness

 Functional Awareness® Anatomy in Action 5-day Summer Study

When: Monday, August 5 – 9, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM (Optional yoga included 9-10 AM)
Where: Towson University Center for the Arts

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Register at:
www.towson.edu/campus/artsculture/centers/communitydance/adult/awareness.html

Daily Schedule:

Optional classes are included in tuition for the week or your daily tuition.

8:45-9:45 (yoga optional Tuesday and Thursday)

10 -11AM: FA® in Action: Bartenieff-based movement warm up integrating Functional Awareness concepts through BF movement principles​ (Allegra Romita CMA, FA®ME)​

11-12”30” Functional Awareness® embodied anatomy practices

12:30 – 1:15 Lunch and discussion

1:15 -2:00 Practical teaching applications of the morning session information

2-2:30 FA® Practices in Self Care

2:30-3:45 (Ballet optional with Catherine Horta Hayden (FA®ME) integrating FA® into ballet technique

 

Overall Learning goals:

Honor Individual Differences to Discover Movement Potential

Integrate somatic practices into dance training

Enhance knowledge of movement function and efficiency in action

Learn tools to support dynamic alignment

Integrate self-care practices into movement training

Practice verbal, tactile, and visual cues to enhance movement expression, and

Develop personal agency during movement training

 

Day 1:  Investigations in Embodied Anatomy, Postural Assessment Skeletal Properties

Identify all the articulating bones in the human skeleton

  • Learn/review basic anatomical terms, types of joints
  • Recognize the role of daily movement habits movement training
  • Tools and applications to develop full potential for spinal expressivity
  • Simple practices for continued self care to enhance ease in action of the spine

Day 2: Breath, Core and Pelvic Floor

  • Learn/review basic anatomical principles of the breathing mechanism
  • Examine elements of core support practice explorations to improve function
  • Recognize the role of habits for breath and core on movement training
  • Tools and applications to develop greater potential of expressivity of movement in dance training through breath practices
  • Practices for continued self care to enhance breath & core support

Day 3: The Pelvis and Hip Joint: The Conduit from Torso to Legs

  • Investigate the basic structure and function of the hip joint
  • Examine individual differences in hip structure and explorations to improve function
  • Recognize the role of habits for hip action on movement training
  • Tools and applications to develop greater potential of expressivity of required hip movement in dance training (i.e. developé, turnout)
  • Practices for continued self care to enhance hip joint resilience and whole health

Day 4: Factors of Balance & the Foot, Ankle, and Knee

  • Investigate four systems to aid in balance
  • Identify key the skeletal and muscular features of the foot, ankle & knee
  • Examine individual differences in structure and explorations to improve function
  • Recognize the role of habit for the foot and ankle on movement training
  • Tools and applications to develop greater potential for articulation of the foot and stability of the knee to enhance stabilizing the standing leg for balance & turns
  • Practices for continued self care for the ankle/foot

Day 5: Factors of Expressivity and Stability of the Arm Structure

  • Learn/review key skeletal and muscular components of the arm structure
  • Tools and applications to develop expressivity of arms in phrase work
  • Simple practices for continued self care to enhance ease in action of the spine
  • Examining the relationship of the arms and shoulders in loadbearing and non-load bearing (port de bras)

 

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