Based on floor work and dynamic standing sequences, we will aim to create a receptive and available body. My exercises emphasize the flow of movement, spatial awareness and expands a dancers physical capabilities which also serves to strengthen the dancer’s body.
Some of the basic principles which are constantly worked with are: using the floor as a main tool to find smoothness and different sources for movement, space-in the body and the dancer in space. Awareness of musicality inside the movement, being on and off balance, finding the clearness between resting and exploding moments, using principle of spiraling.
Other ideas integrated into the class are principles of choreological studies (Rudolf Laban/Valerie Preston-Dunlop) to gain consciousness of your body, your feelings and sensations.
I find teaching class a really great experience that encourages dancers to connect with the joy of moving and the feeling of satisfaction within themselves. I want the dancers to finish the class feeling like they just had a good time!
Rudolf Laban's principles and practice are the theoretical fundament to investigate the dancer's body, its environment from a performative perspective. This analytical engagement with dance and its broader contexts will support the understanding of the art form and with it the triadic perspective of the choreographer-performer-audience. Choreological studies is since September 2018 implemented in the BA study Dance Teaching at ArtEZ Danceacademy Arnhem.