Classes and Workshops

SOMATIC BASED COMPOSITION CLASS @ ZENON DANCE COMPANY

Deborah Jinza Thayer’s Somatic Based Composition Class engages you in your own somatic process to develop original choreographic inspired by your somatic movement experience. Students may be eligible to show their works in the Zenon Dance Zone Showcase performances.

Mondays- 4:30-6 pm

SOMATIC PRINCIPLES CLASS @ ZENON DANCE COMPANY

“Soma” is Greek for “body in its wholeness.” The field of somatics refers to the study of the soma through deep personal explorations. Somatics acknowledges that the body contains inherent wisdom that can be accessed through sensation whether it be bodywork, guided physical explorations, imagery work, or moving meditation. Some examples include Body Mind Centering, Feldenkrais, Alexander, and Skinner techniques. The intention is to create a more holistic organization that promotes well-being in the body.

Mondays- 6-7 pm

INTERMEDIATE SOMATIC PRINCIPLES AND MODERN DANCE@ ZENON DANCE COMPANY

The emphasis of this class is to access the holding patterns created by most dance training. Dance training utilizes specific movements that are repeated over and over. In addition, most of us have created compensatory patterns around injuries. This combination pulls the body out of balance, creates even more tension, and makes it more difficult to move.

This class uses hands-on bodywork. By working in partners, we access and re-organize the muscles and fascia. We open the feet, balance the pelvis, de-compact the ribs and shoulder girdle, and re-integrate the head and spine. The hope is to create a balanced dynamic system that can move with strength, efficiency, and ease. And prevents injury.

This class is designed to integrate the information from somatics. It begins with gentle and slow floorwork that addresses re-patterning of the body. Influenced by elements of Laban Bartienieff, Global Somatics, Butoh, and other movement theater techniques, we cover movement principles such as cause and effect, stability/mobility connection, visceral support and initiation, and energetic states and flows. The intention is to find find underlying support that precedes movement before challenging it to “perform”. The class will facilitate the assimilation of new information while providing enough physicality that satisfies the dancer’s need to move.

Mondays- 7-8pm