course code: WS538
dance and the alexander technique: exploring the missing link
Based on our book of the same title, this workshop will offer insights about working with dancers or movers of any kind.
The “Missing Link” refers to the Dart Procedures, a developmental movement sequence developed by Joan and Alex Murray in collaboration with the anthropologist and neuro-anatomist Raymond Dart. We have used the procedures as a means of elucidating Alexander principles to dancers for years.
Through the simple movement sequence, participants of the workshop will learn the differences between primary and secondary curves/movements. We will work in pairs, so we may observe and direct each other through the various positions and movements in the sequence. In the process of doing this, we will discuss the principles involved as they relate to the Alexander technique. As we do this we will explore the interplay between primary and secondary curves, and spirals, both on the floor, and in standing movements. We will also experience primary control and direction as it applies to the developmental movements.
The workshop means to work with the body from the simplistic to the refined. It aims to facilitate the discovery and redirection of learned patterns of interfere nestled within our natural coordination. No dancing experience is necessary.