Dancer Undone

This course is dedicated to anyone who is touched by dance - the young pre-professional, the seasoned professional, the university student, the ex-professional struggling with joint discomfort, the profound improvisationalist, and of course all the dance teachers! 

Every dancer at some point along their journey will come undone from pain, injury, failure, or heartbreak. I ask - What do you do when you’ve come undone and unraveled from your pristine place of precision? 

The Awareness Through Movement lessons in this course are classic lessons that provide a wonderful introduction to The Feldenkrais Method which helps to improve greater range of motion, skeletal stability, and increased flexibility. 

Dancer Undone is certainly for dancers in pain who feel undone but it’s also for the healthy dancers who need to undo their dancer self! I believe it’s crucial to undo the bun, undo the pointe shoe ribbons, undo the technical training and release into the more human you. 

Learn how to use the Feldenkrais approach to improve your quality of movement by using the power of less!

15 Lessons

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15 Lessons in Dancer Undone:

Welcome!

This talk will introduce you to Dancer Undone and the Awareness Through Movement approach for recovery to reduce unwanted pain and injury. I'll address what is needed for each lesson and what to expect from each lesson. I hope you enjoy the beginning of your process with these body-altering movement lessons!

ATM 1: Free The Back

Free your back for an easier arabesque as you gently roll into the feeling of length and lightness. You’ll stabilize your skeletal contact as you push through one leg to find the most efficient trajectory onto your side while softening the muscles around your ribs. There is such helpful information to learn in this lesson about how to release unnecessary hip and back tension.

Talk: Free to Feel

This talk urges the importance of pushing the pause button on the normal flow of life so that one can experience the difference between thinking through movement versus feeling your way through movement - or, the moment.

ATM 2: Fold into Flexion

This lesson will inform your abdominal connection without strain. It is possible to feel both strength and lightness from this lesson, making it very important for any movement investigation. Explore how to soften the front, lengthen the back, and stay focused within your center.

Talk: Total Vision

This talk addresses how we can work to slowly smooth out the rough corners and slow down so we can re-imagine and re-feel our whole use of self.

ATM 3: Side Bending

Clarify your rib cage placement and stabilize your standing leg with this wonderful side bending lesson. You’ll explore how to soften your torso, track foot to pelvic connection, and encourage head to foot engagement to create your own physical insight. This lesson is a gift for any dancer who negotiates how to hold their rib cage in various dance techniques.

Talk: Push For Personal Potency

Are you stuck molding and shaping your body so you can look like the projected image of the perfect dancer? If so, please stop. Instead of allowing the projected image to proclaim how you prosper, I believe there's a way to shape your form from a different perspective - tune in to this talk to listen how to shift perspective to gain personal potency.

ATM 4: Reach and Rotate

Go bit by bit with this lesson to reveal the final step which will provide a surprising end result in your standing with ease. It’s simple and direct with no pushing needed which is what this work is about - providing you with postural adjustments that help connect your overall self-use.    

ATM 5: Rolling from Side to Back

The organization of this lesson will offer stability for standing leg work and mobility for the back and upper chest. This lesson is concise and full of connection!

Talk: Inside Intelligence

During this talk I share a personal story about two different learning environments that helped me and my intelligence to thrive. Not all dance environments are healthy learning environments and I urge people to know the difference between the helpful and unhelpful atmospheres so you too can learn where your intelligence thrives.

ATM 6: Breathing - Upper and Lower

Explore breathing variations with this lesson by inhaling into the upper region and exhaling into the lower region. With every different position, you’ll experience the relief that attentive breath work can offer. Muscles soften, inner momentum quiets and your structure can fall into place with this simple breathing lesson. 

ATM 7: Breathing - Seesaw

The second breathing lesson is stimulating and packed full of challenging learning opportunities. The Feldenkrais seesaw sequence is introduced and muscular holding patterns that surround the act of breathing will release. 

Talk: Gatekeeper

It is helpful to take a moment to consider all aspects of your life in connection to your journey into healthy action. During recovery, you not only need to tend to your body but you must also tend to the space, environment, and people around you. In this talk, I bring up the importance of observing what becomes harmful noise and stress to your recovery process. 

ATM 8: Free Your Back from the Front

Test your torso and abdominal coordinations with this lesson while playing with center and sequential initiations. As you engage the learning from the first lesson, you’ll roll yourself into full motion connection!  

Talk: Presence

Movement has always been the invitation into my deepest connection of self and life. In this final talk for Dancer Undone, I navigate through stage presence, personal presence, and touch upon the profound connection gained through the body and the act of moving.