Hot Spot: Embodied Presence with Aura Fischbeck

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March 9-18

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Drop-ins welcome. ODC class cards accepted, or pay a $18 drop in fee per class.

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 Dance!

This contemplative approach to an intermediate/advanced class combines somatic practices, improvisation, and contemporary techniques and is designed to cultivate dancing that is fully embodied, expressive, and satisfying. Grounded in a strong foundation of functional anatomy, we will practice sensing alignment of the bones as a way of finding balanced muscular support throughout our joints, both on the floor and upright. Considering the body as a laboratory, we will work with improvisational practices as a way to investigate our kinesthetic and perceptual relationship to one's self, one another and the space we share. Phrase work will emphasize balancing ease with effort and momentum with control all while attending to an intelligent use of gravity, efficient use of energy, dynamic use of space and clarity of form. Emphasis is on connecting the body from the inside out, in order to fully inhabit the body as we are dancing it.

Aura Fischbeck is a San Francisco based contemporary dancer, choreographer, writer, and movement educator. She has been performing, presenting and habitating in the bay area since 2004, and formed her company Aura Fischbeck Dance in 2008. She holds a B.A. in dance and poetry from the Naropa University (2001), and is a certified Pilates instructor from the Pilates Center of Boulder, CO (2004) and currently mentors teachers in training. Aura has been a guest professor in the dance departments of San Francisco City College, Dixie State University (St George, UT), and the Naropa University, and has taught workshops in improvisation, composition and contemporary techniques locally and nationally in California, Denver and Portland,OR.

Photo by Robbie Sweeny