Two hours of contemporary dance technique and conditioning to prepare for the upcoming school year. Open to new and returning WMU students.
Fall yoga workshop:
This fall we're doing a deep dive into inversions. Learn the prep poses to build strength and flexibilty, identify modifications to suit your practice, and build safe inversions alone or with assistance.
Class & Workshop Descriptions
Vinyasa yoga focuses on mindful movement through integrated asana and pranayama. Emphasis will be placed on alignment and breath cues. Suitable for all-levels, tends to be a vigorous practice, can be done in mild heat.
Hatha features longer-held postures, advanced variations or modifications to suit individual needs, and advanced yoga practices including bandhas, mudras, pranayama, and meditation. Suitable for all-levels, student directs degree of physical exertion.
Yin is a restorative practice blending Eastern--somatic practices. It begins with three standing, dynamic "yang" sequences to heat the body, mobilize the spine and lubricate the joints; followed by seated, static “yin” postures to restore your physical, mental, and energetic states. Suitable for all-levels, especially good for new and older practitioners.
Hot yoga is a sequence designed to systematically mobilize the joints through held postures, repeated twice with variations. Each class follows a similar sequence, which allows the practitioner to explore meditative movement and become physical and mentally open through repetition. Suitable for most with moderate level of physical fitness, not suitable for those with heart issues.
Astanga: The eight limbs of yoga in daily life.
Arm Balance or Inversions: Developing strength through preparation.
Chakras: Root to crown. Presented in a three-part series.
Ancient Texts: Guided tour through Hatha Yoga Pradipika or Patañjali’s Yog Sutras.
The Kinesiology of the Breath
Yoga Anatomy and Kinesiology
Modern dance technique class is based in Limón technique and incorporating elements of Bartenieff fundamentals, Cunningham technique, improvisation, contact improvisation, Pilates, and yoga in an effort to familiarize students with a range to movement styles. Class often features intricate and extensive use of floor work as dancers move to the floor fluidly throughout class. Class aims to build technical strength, efficient use of the body, and nuanced movement.
Jazz class integrates multiple perspectives from the canon of jazz dance. Students are introduced to a variety of movement styles within the jazz idiom including Fosse, jazz funk, contemporary, Latin styles, Voguing, social dance, and musical theatre. Daily class work emphasizes repetition, as student's strive for precision and expression in their movement.
Improvisation and contact improvisation are ephemeral dance forms requiring presence of mind and steadfastness of body. Students are asked to show up, pay attention, tell the truth, and be open to the outcome. Improvisation also students to explore their unique movement vocabulary and qualitative range. Contact improvisation deals with gravity, momentum, inertia, and friction between the dancer and an object or partner.
Students learn compositional skills to express their artistic voice from beginning to advances atages of choreography.