So, how come we know we can dance?
“Dance has certainly been an important part of ceremony, rituals, celebration and entertainment since before the birth of the earliest human civilizations. Archaeology delivers traces of dance from prehistoric times such as the 9,000-year-old Bhimbetka rock shelters paintings in India and Egyptian tomb paintings depicting dancing figures from c.3300 BC.”1
Clearly, we have always danced. Across cultures humans appear to have danced using human body language movements to express themselves as long as we know.
Research has shown that 80% of communication is nonverbal. Before we started talking as a species and as infants we relied on body movements and actions to communicate our thoughts and emotions. Think about a baby who wiggles when excited.
Similarly, dance is a form of nonverbal communication. The movements become a dance when the actions are done to a certain rhythm. We still enjoy the kinesthetic pleasure and depth of this nonverbal communication. It is in our bodies. We can find our unique human movement possibilities in ourselves and dance our own way. In So we know we can dance I aim to pass on what I have learned so that you can enjoy your own dance.
So we know we can dance, a Feldenkrais® guided dance experience
Felden What?! Let me explain…
The Feldenkrais Method® is a movement re-education method developed by
Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais. It uses gentle movements to help students become aware of their own habitual movement patterns and help them find different ways of moving.
In a So we know we can dance class, you will first be lying on the floor or in a sitting position, and will be verbally guided through a Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® sequence. You will explore and experiment with different movements of your whole body, and learn how to use your torso, spine, hips,
pelvis, arms and legs. Most importantly, you will learn how these parts of your body relate to one another to create a well-coordinated, efficient way of moving.
You will then progress to standing and experiment with the previously learned movements. Often times you will find the dance steps emerge naturally from the torso. What I have seen over the years is that students are so focused on their feet that they forget to involve their whole body in a fluid dance. In So we know we can dance it is the other way around. Learning of the body movement is primary, the dance steps flow out of this and you will find yourself dancing with more co-ordination and elegance. The class progresses to dancing on your own and to following a simple choreography on music.
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Balto’s purpose in live is to say ”Hi” to people. Since a busy community center is next to his yard, he finds ways to sneak out and do his proper greetings when there is a gathering. Whether it is a Yoga class, a meeting, or a pick-nick, he will be there with his tail wagging. Pictured here, he just had to run out to say “Hi” to the dance students. Antoinette will have to keep him in the house next time she teaches, so students can concentrate on their class without getting a slobbery, happy greeting from Balto.
*Disclaimer: Balto or other dogs will not be at regular So we know we can dance classes