Hot Spot: Somatics-based Movement Practice with Gerald Casel

August 20 -31
10:00-11:30 AM

Drop-ins welcome. ODC class passes accepted, or pay a $15 drop-in fee per class.

The ODC School invites guest artists to come teach Int/Adv classes in the Hot Spot on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays. Keep an eye out for who’s coming to the Dance!

Somatics-based Movement Practice
An experiential laboratory for movement, this class explores strategies for thinking bodies to expand their range and ease of motion, revealing their truest movement potential. Class will address anatomical principles that are essential to any movement practice (i.e. embodied imagery, an awakening of all body systems, dynamic alignment, balance, connectivity and spatial clarity).

We will begin with a thorough warm-up consisting of gentle floor-work, both learned and improvised (incorporating ideas from Irene Dowd, Bartenieff Fundamentals, and PNF patterns). Class progresses to standing exercises and movement phrases that travel across, in and out of the floor to investigate flow and energy while paying attention to the dancer’s awareness of time, energy, focus, breath, and relationship to gravity. Class culminates with a movement phrase that integrates mind and body, harmoniously moving with greater articulation, expressivity, and intent. We will awaken the subtle body, breathe with intention, sing a little, improvise as a group, learn complex phrases, and unlearn patterns that no longer serve our dancing.

Photo by Robbie Sweeny