Feeling very disappointed by yesterday's election results.... I am pouting over here and trying not to dwell. Let's focus on what we do have, as that is our greatest catalyst for change and without that we really have nothing. On that note, wanted to share the amazing workshops coming up to finish off 2010.... If the workshops we have put on this year are any indication of what is to come in 2011, Toronto is in for a treat!!! There are still room in all of these classes so drop us a line to register for these classes with these amazing artists! email: email@example.com to register
November 18 and 19, 9am to 12pm, Location TBA
W A L K I N G - POETICS & MECHANICS OF AN EVERYDAY MOVEMENT, with Kira Kirsch Optimal use of the foot, knee, hip, spine and arms to harness gravity. Analysis and restructuring of individual walking/running patterns using Axis principles. Prepare to leap, study foot mechanics and optimal anatomical jumping architecture, learn to harness gravity and inertia to fly. Walking well is a preparation for life, for everything we will do with our bodies. Our walking patterns form the base of unconscious reflexes that serve as a starting point for learning any other coordination, such as sport and dance or any kind of active work. If the knees are not aligned, if the curves in the spine are not adjusted for optimal rebound, if the feet are not actively supporting the arch and ankle, the repetition of minimal gestures that compromise the integrity of these structures will cause a gradual or even sudden deterioration.
Walking well includes understanding and supporting the side-bending principles, the involuntary internal and external rotations of the knee, Q-Angle and Hip-axis arcs, foot structure and disposition, as well as finding and applying the motions of individual spinal curves to the different cases of locomotion. The healthy motion of walking includes continuous tri-axial undulations in the axial skeleton, a rotary under-curve swing in the pelvis, diagonally angled arcs of the extremities as they swing and receive the weight of the body falling through space. Each body has an optimal walk and personal rhythm. This workshop is designed to assist the participant in breaking the code of the habits that are potentially dangerous, ultimately finding their own walk, a walk that optimalises the structure of their bodies.
$15 per 3 hour class
November 29 - December 3, 10am to 12pm, Dovercourt House First floor
Open Source Forms with Voice and Movement, Susanna Hood
Having recently received her certification in Open Source Forms (OSF), Susanna offers this methodology as a main container for an exploration into the moving, sounding, and creative self. As an open source system, OSF combines some of the intrinsic ideas and spirit of Skinner Releasing with the evolving practices of its teachers. This five-day cumulative workshop is focused on the creative empowerment of the individual through the shedding of layers and unnecessary tension, and is guided by the philosophy that we are all natural movers and sounders with a vast capacity for expression, that movement and sound are both physical manifestations of our whole self, that this combined physicality opens a doorway into experiencing our primordial being, and that we are the source of our own wisdom. The class guides participants through different states of consciousness in an improvisational setting, using imagery as a powerful tool for transformation.
$50 for full week workshop, no drop-ins
December 13 - 17, 10am to 12pm, Dovercourt House First floor
Master Classes with Justine Chambers
With an emphasis on ease, efficiency and spatial awareness, this class uses the tools of naval radiation and internal movement pathways to develop full body integration through movement. The class begins with a guided improvisation to bring awareness to the constant negotiations and dynamic relationships found in the body. Floor work and dynamic movement sequences invite the dancer to further the investigation of full body integration as well as exploring logical pathways for movement through the body and space.
$50 for full week workshop or $12 for a drop-in class
The lovely and talented Miss Elke Schroeder brings her FloorWork(ed) classes back to Toronto this week! After a rocking performance at Fresh Blood last week, presented by the Chimera Project, she is ready to share her amazing and physical classes with the community once again.... Who needs a personal trainer when you can do this!
The details: Trinity St Pauls Church, 427 Bloor St West 9:30-11:00am Drop In for $10 or buy 5 classes for $40
Rock and roll ladies and gents, welcome to FloorWork(ed). A diving, rolling, sweaty, bruised-up smash up of a dance class. Last fall we had a wicked time and so, I'm continuing it through 2010. Suitable for experienced dancers or movers of all disciplines, learn how to move in and out of the floor with grace... 'Sexy, lazy leg', 'flying squirrel', 'dead fall', 'space baby'... Intrigued? Come out and play.
Bring knee pads, pants that cover the knees, shirts that cover the shoulders and running shoes/dance sneakers.
Lady Janitor has crossed the ocean once again, to spread the love in Europe for two months, beginning her mentorship project with German choreographer, Frauke Requardt. Her wild ways will be missed on this side.... Stay tuned for updates, haiku dance reviews and tales from the European country side. Bon Voyage!!