Special Topics Workshops

Pilates and Its Relevance in Somatic Dance Education: A Discussion and Movement Experience 

Date: April 23 Virtual

Location: Zoom

Time: 9:30-10:45am ET

Props: Mat or towel to lie on 

 

This workshop will discuss and embody the values taught in Pilates that support mindfulness, body awareness, repatterning, and a positive mental attitude, offering a unique bridge of both fitness training and somatic education for dancers. The workshop will conclude with participation in a Pilates Mat class focused on mindfulness in motion encouraging awareness of breath, quality of movement, alignment, and initiation while empowering participants to notice and make conscious modifications to develop body awareness and increase flexibility, strength, and performance.

 

 

Classical Pilates Mat

Date: April 30 Virtual

Location: Zoom

Time: 9:30-10:30am ET

Props: Mat or towel to lie on 

 

This class will warm and stretch the body through a series of Classical Pilates mat exercises designed to improve stretch, strength, and control as well as a properly developed center, also known as the "powerhouse". Additionally, the class will incorporate the six principles of Pilates: concentration, centering, flow of movement, breathing, precision, and control. 

 

Warming up: Floorwork Series and Somatic Integrations

Date: May 21 In-Person

Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm ET

Location: Center for the Arts, Towson University, 1006

 

 

Pause for Self-Care: Threading the Alexander Technique Principle of Inhibition through the Dance Technique Class 

Date: Saturday, June 4; in-person 

Time: 2:30-4:00pm ET 

Location: Center for the Arts, Towson University, 1003

Props/experience: Please wear comfortable clothing.  

 

A valuable, self-care tool, “Inhibition” is a mindful pause – a moment to notice and reintegrate, allowing for greater presence, thoughtful choices, and mental/physical stamina.  This workshop shares various strategies for threading the Alexander Technique principle through the dance classroom.  Educators discover how to incorporate this tool into the design and teaching of phrases, the class flow and progression, and the use of verbal and tactile cues.  Inhibition supports the health and wellbeing of educators while encouraging their students to be thoughtful, proactive movers.  

 

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