Monday, February 28, 2011

March Seattle Laban Movement Classes

Dance Art Group / Movement Arts Research
Thursdays 6:15-8:15pm
Velocity Dance Center, 1621 12th Avenue, Kawasaki Studio
$15/class; $56/4-class series; drop-ins and all experience levels welcome
Info at Dance Art Group


Laban Movement Analysis (including Bartenieff Fundamentals) is an elegant comprehensive pathway for experiencing, describing and observing body, and self, in motion and stillness. The "system" identifies FOUR areas: body (what is moving); space (where is movement happening); dynamics/effort (the quality of the movement), shape (how is body relating to itself), and their phrasing relationships. This clear comprehensive movement language can be applied to a multitude of disciplines.

Gifts this material can give your during this series of classes are:
  • discovering your movement preferences: their limits and strengths;
  • broadening your range of expression, communication, performance;
  • sharpening your observation skills;
  • increasing enjoyment of yourself in motion -- alone and with others.

Tara Stepenberg, Juilliard graduate, founded the dance department at Hampshire College in 1971. In addition to her dance studies she is a long-time practitioner of Authentic Movement and has studied extensively with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen. She has been passionately involved with the Laban perspective since 1972, directing the Certificate Programs at LIMS for several years. She has taught at many universities including The Naropa Institute and choreographed and performed extensive in the Northeast. She is on the Conditioning Staff of Pacific Northwest Ballet, has a private practice in Somatic Resonance, and is completing her studies in BodyMind Psychotherapy with Susan Aposhyan. She thoroughly enjoys being a co-journeyer with others.

Coming in April: Amy O'Neal!

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Friday, February 4, 2011

Composing While Dancing: A New Book about Improvisational Dance

Composing while Dancing: An Improviser's CompanionComposing while Dancing: An Improviser's Companion examines improvisational dance and the many approaches to this art form.

By introducing the improvisational strategies of twenty-six top contemporary artists of movement improvisation, Melinda Buckwalter offers a practical primer to the dance form.

Hear about the book in Melinda's own words:

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


The Seattle International Dance Festival Beyond the Threshold is seeking applications for its 6th edition of the festival’s ART-ON-THE-FLY site specific event taking place June 10 & 11, and SPOTLIGHT ON SEATTLE performance series taking place June 14, 15 & 16, 2011.

Here is the link to the guidelines and applications page:

DEADLINE: February 28, 2011 at 10pm.