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Arts and leisure - Dance

Contemporary movement practice intermediate/advanced

Wednesday from 17:30-18:45h

Natalie Heller

For whom
Intermediate and advanced dancers.

This course is the natural development of the Beginner Level. The difference is that participants are expected to have a mature movement practice. Some experience in either dance improvisation or other creative practices is necessary. In the intermediate/ advanced level we work deeper and longer in the movement explorations. Participants are expected to already be artistically curious and interested in deepening their creative voice.
In this course we approach the body as a means for movement explorations. We work through sensing and perceiving: weight, breath, movement. We are drawn into dancing through a curiosity about the body and our experience of it. Each class is as much an individual journey as a means for creative expression. Form is not searched for and yet it is not absent from the work. The formal beauty of the moving body (independently and in a group) is the end- focus of the work.
I draw from numerous contemporary dance practices including Release Technique, Body Mind Centreing, Skinner Releasing, Alexander Technique, Contact Improvisation, Instant Composition, Experiential Anatomy, Klein Technique, Simonson Modern Jazz, Yoga, Pilates and more. You can expect the classes to involve:

  • Experiential anatomy (hands-on bodywork)
  • Floorwork
  • Guided movement explorations through the use of imagery
  • Movement research
  • Partner work (using touch and eyes closed)
  • Contact improvisation
  • Strengthening the core
  • Finding length and release
  • Attentiveness to body use
  • Dynamic movement

My current choreographic practice is rooted in various Somatic Practices. This approach to the body enables participants to attain dynamic and technical movement through releasing muscular tension and attending to their internal sensations.

The LAK is entitled to move a student to a lower level.
This will always be done in consultation with the teacher and student.

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.

Please contact info@lakcursussen.nl if you have troubles registering for the courses. You can also give us a call at 071 527 2317 | 527 2314

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