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Kunst en vrije tijd - Dans

Intensive workshop on The Spine (English spoken)

Zaterdag 18 mei van 12:30-18:30 uur

In this 6 hour workshop we study the Spine
The Spine is our support structure, around which everything organises. It keeps us upright and allows movement. Built in an intricate way, allowing for flexibility, adaptability and multiple movement pathways the Spine is a magical structure. This workshop is for those curious to delve deeper  into the understanding of their spine and how it works. We aim to create new movement pathways using a felt-sense of the bony structure that supports us. We explore the ecology of our anatomy, working with full body integration. We use hands-on techniques (Experiential Anatomy), and work with  imagery and through guided movement explorations to bring the Spine to the forefront of our consciousness. With this workshop, you can expect to delve deeper into your own artistic practice, and into your body awareness. This work can also be useful to those with back concerns and nervous tension.

Some of the topic we explore are:

  • The 6 primary curves of the Spine: front, back, left side, right side, rotation to the right and left.
  • Spiraling and rolling
  • How The Spine connects to the limbs: arms & hands, legs & feet.
  • The head and tail relationship and the ribcage in between.
  • The Nervous System held within the Spine
  • The Spinal Fluid.

    I draw from various Somatic Techniques in this workshop including work from: Steve Paxton’s ‘Material for the Spine’, Amos Hetz ‘ Movement Studies’, K J holmes work on Body Mind Centering and Roisin O’ Gorman’s work with fluids and more.

Natalie Heller is a choreographer and dance artist. She has an MA in ‘Creative Practice’ from Trinity Laban and professional training from Dance New Amsterdam (NYC), Movement Research (NYC), Siobhan Davies Studios (London) and Ecole Supérieure de l’Enseignement de la Danse (Montpellier, France). She is interested in body awareness and in helping her students develop energy efficient movement pathways. It was on her exploration of different movement methodologies that she discovered Ashtanga Yoga, Pilates, Thai massage, Body Mind Centering, Contact Improvisation, Alexander Technique, Skinner Releasing, Feldenkrais, Klein Technique and many others. She has been taking movement workshops for over twenty years and has been trained by key players in the field (including Gill Clarke, KJ, Holmes, Malcolm Manning, Eva Karczag and many others). She has been teaching movement techniques since 2006.

More about Natalie: www.natalieheller.com and www.practicingsomatics.com

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