Morning Classes

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Past Classes

Hristoula Harakas
January 6 - January 23
Tuesday, Thursday
10:00 am-12:00 pm $14
Danspace Project
Morning Class
This class will dedicate itself to promoting spatial and corporeal awareness through clarity and precision. Inviting ourselves to observe, welcome, enhance, abandon and rediscover movement patterns, qualities, focal points, personal habits and preferences in order to stay alert in the present moment. Through a gentle warm up, using a series of set exercises, we will transition to a pre-conceived phrase to share experiences while encouraging individuality.
Juliette Mapp
January 12 - January 24
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
10:00 am-12:00 pm $14
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
Morning Class
We will take the time to investigate different states of physical awareness by using a three-fold structure. We will begin with a guided improvisation to observe the body and its natural movements through awareness of breath, weight, tension and release, taking time to notice the body’s qualitative presence moment-by-moment. We will follow by dancing within technical forms to support our range and work as dancers. We will conclude with a phrase that integrates concepts of weight, lightness, initiation and intention. The merging of the unconscious life of movement through observation and improvisation and the conscious attention to physical direction is part of the energizing practice we will explore in each class.
Michelle Boulé
January 27 - February 6
Tuesday, Thursday
10:00 am-12:00 pm $14
Danspace Project
Morning Class
We’ll ready our bodies for movement using guided improvisations and simple exercises based on my ongoing research in numerous somatic and energetic modalities. The intention is to create a maximally informed approach to dancing, a space of respectful and creative permission for everyone’s body, and a time to really let things move in all senses of the word. Class ends with the application of these ideas to choreographed phrase work. MIGUEL GUTIERREZ TEACHES ON JANUARY 29. JOHN JASPERSE TEACHES ON FEBRUARY 3.
Miguel Gutierrez
January 29
Thursday
10:00 am-12:00 pm
February 10
Tuesday
10:00 am-12:00 pm $14
Danspace Project
Morning Class
Real techniques, invented techniques, practicing presence, practicing hope, “releasing”, sweating, thinking, feeling, moving for no reason and finding out how. I aspire to offer you ways of approaching dancing without fucking your body up. Each day will begin with a Feldenkrais Method® Awareness Through Movement ® lesson. Then standing things. Then a phrase. You know how this goes. Smart movers make good art. I am the teacher, and I will do what I can.
luciana achugar
February 2 - February 13
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
10:00 am-12:00 pm $14
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
In pleasure
FEBRUARY 2 CLASS CANCELLED. CLASSES RESUME FEBRUARY 4. || We will practice being in pleasure and giving our bodies a voice. A practice of growing a new body, as one would grow a plant; a utopian body; a sensational body; a connected body; an anarchic body; a body full/filled with pleasure, with love and with magic…………. with a brain that melted down to the flesh, the bones, the guts, the skin ... and with eyes that see without naming and see without knowing.
John Jasperse
February 3
Tuesday
10:00 am-12:00 pm $14
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
Morning Class
TEACHING FOR MICHELLE BOULÉ. The class begins with an anatomy based warm-up aiming to align and pattern the energy flow in the body in order to find support from the floor and our connection into space. Beginning with simple movement sequences and somatic improvisations, the class gradually builds in complexity towards phrase work. Our goal will be to integrate energetic patterning explored in the first portion of class and to play with how we perform and embody that material.
John Jasperse
February 10 - February 19
Tuesday, Thursday
10:00 am-12:00 pm $14
Danspace Project
The class begins with an anatomy based warm-up aiming to align and pattern the energy flow in the body in order to find support from the floor and our connection into space. Beginning with simple movement sequences and somatic improvisations, the class gradually builds in complexity towards phrase work. Our goal will be to integrate energetic patterning explored in the first portion of class and to play with how we perform and embody that material. MIGUEL GUTIERREZ TEACHES FEBRUARY 10.
Jon Kinzel
February 16 - February 27
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
10:00 am-12:00 pm $14
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
Technique/Exercises in Composition
This class is designed to access multiple threads at once such as: greater range of motion and articulation, isolated and momentum-driven movement forms, sense of scale, rhythm, alignment, ascent and descent, and dancing that supports a balanced square orientation over a vertical axis while traversing through space and shifting off center in a mode that reflects a play between athleticism, performance, and a particular disposition.
Michelle Boulé
February 24 - March 13
Tuesday, Thursday
10:00 am-12:00 pm $14
Danspace Project
We’ll prepare our bodies for movement using guided improvisations and simple exercises sourced from numerous somatic and energetic modalities. The intention is to create a maximally informed and creative approach to dancing, where everyone has space to honor their own unique systems for movement. We will let subtlety translate into fuller movement, and get things moving in all senses of the word. Class ends with the application of this information to choreographed phrase work.
Levi Gonzalez
March 2 - March 27
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
10:00 am-12:00 pm $14
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
Class is an opportunity to create the space to fully inhabit our bodies and integrate various approaches of embodiment into our movement and artistic practice. We usually begin slowly, with imagery and gentle preparation inspired by various somatic traditions to access our awareness of the senses, the organs, the skeleton, the cells, gravity, and other energetic forces. Class may also include technical exercises, choreographic structures (“phrases”), improvisations, extended movement investigations, and performance constructs. Through class I hope to nurture, challenge and further develop our collective and individual artistic practices.
Hristoula Harakas
March 17 - March 26
Tuesday, Thursday
10:00 am-12:00 pm $14
Danspace Project
This class will dedicate itself to promoting spatial and corporeal awareness through clarity and precision. Inviting ourselves to observe, welcome, enhance, abandon and rediscover movement patterns, qualities, focal points, personal habits and preferences in order to stay alert in the present moment. Through a gentle warm up, using a series of set exercises, we will transition to a pre-conceived phrase to share experiences while encouraging individuality.
Juliette Mapp
March 30 - May 1
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
10:00 am-12:00 pm $14
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
The merging of the unconscious life of movement and the conscious attention to physical direction is part of the energizing practice we will explore in each class. We will improvise in order to expand our awareness of breath, weight, tension and release, taking time to notice our body's qualitative presence moment-by-moment. We will follow by dancing within technical forms to expand our range and awareness as dancers. We will conclude with a phrase that integrates concepts of weight, lightness, initiation and intention.
Gwen Welliver
April 7 - April 23
Tuesday, Thursday
10:00 am-12:00 pm $14
Danspace Project
This movement class will develop from simple skeletal mobility sequences to full-out movement forms. Emphasis will be placed on the joints, examining how range of motion relates to alignment, support, weight, pathway and qualitative detail in the course of movement. We will consider the inherent lines in the body's anatomy as the basis for movement material in a full range – from natural to designed, pleasing to provocative.
John Jasperse
April 28 - May 28
Tuesday, Thursday
10:00 am-12:00 pm $14
Danspace Project
The class will begin with an anatomy focused warm-up, drawn from both traditional and recent techniques, aiming to align and re-pattern the energy flow in the body in order to find support from the floor and our connection into space. We will begin with simple movements, improvisation scores, exercises, and sequences gradually building in complexity. We will learn movement material, some from Jasperse’s work and some created for these explorations. Our goal will be to integrate energetic patterning explored in the first portion of class and to play with different manners of experiencing and embodying the choreographic material. NO CLASS MAY 5.
Joanna Kotze
May 4 - May 15
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
10:00 am-12:00 pm $14
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
Intended as both laboratory and technique class, we will delve into the design of the body and its potential within a given moment. Through stretch and placement, technique studies, and movement phrases, habits will be discovered, challenged, and seen through a new lens. A concentration on the forces through the legs will lead to finding more range in separate body parts and ways to use weight into the floor.
Ori Flomin
May 18 - May 29
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
10:00 am-12:00 pm $14
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
This class encourages dancers to increase their movement possibilities and take risks in dancing by maximizing the benefits of the warmed-up body. Moving smoothly from floor to standing with a strong focus on anatomy and a sense of fluidity in the joints, dancers will develop an understanding of the connections between their body and the floor, and will explore how to use momentum and breath and experience physically-full dancing with the least amount of muscular tension. PLEASE NOTE: No class on Monday May 25, Memorial Day.
Luis Lara Malvacías
June 1 - June 12
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
10:00 am-12:00 pm $14
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
JIMENA PAZ WILL BE TEACHING ON JUNE 8 AND 10. This class offers an open space to observe and experience our own particularity and range of mobility and fine-tune our own needs. Through directed exercises, we’ll focus on the breath, internal structure, weight, and the body’s articulations and organization. At the end of the class a collective phrase will be created as a frame for processing the information provided. My class is influenced by many years of work with Jeremy Nelson and my studies of several somatic techniques.
Vicky Shick
June 2 - July 2
Tuesday, Thursday
10:00 am-12:00 pm $14
Danspace Project
Class begins with systematically readying our bodies and minds for full-out and detailed dancing. Our goal is to increase awareness, articulation, technical facility and focus. The warm-up is simple and straightforward with an emphasis on alignment, physical mechanics, and space for sensation and feedback from our bodies as we work collaboratively to arrive at dancing. In doing phrase work, we hone our skills, apply our training and deepen the understanding and intelligence in our bodies.
Jimena Paz
June 8 - June 10
Monday, Wednesday
10:00 am-12:00 pm $14
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
Morning Class
TEACHING FOR LUIS LARA MALVACIAS This class offers an open space to observe and experience our own particularity and range of mobility and fine-tune our own needs. Through directed exercises, we’ll focus on the breath, internal structure, weight, and the body’s articulations and organization. At the end of the class a collective phrase will be created as a frame for processing the information provided. My class is influenced by many years of work with Jeremy Nelson and my studies of several somatic techniques.
Hilary Clark
June 15 - June 26
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
10:00 am-12:00 pm $14
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
We'll begin slowly with simple exercises and scores influenced by my ongoing studies in fascia and energetic and somatic modalities, then moving on to improvisations and set phrase material. We’ll consider methods and questions for ourselves around vulnerability, rebellion, ability and perceived lack of ability. This class is a supportive permissive space meant to deepen our practice and availability to our own work as performers. We will explore the body as our teacher and seek to better understand our choices, seeing the dancer as also a maker.
Joanna Kotze
June 29 - July 31
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
10:00 am-12:00 pm $14
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
Morning Class
LUIS LARA MALVACÍAS TEACHING JULY 3 & 6. LEVI GONZALEZ TEACHING JULY 17 & 20. Intended as both laboratory and technique class, we will delve into the design of the body and its potential within a given moment. Through stretch and placement, technique studies, and movement phrases, habits will be discovered, challenged, and seen through a new lens. A concentration on the forces through the legs will lead to finding more range in separate body parts and ways to use weight into the floor.
Luis Lara Malvacías
July 3 - July 6
Monday, Friday
10:00 am-12:00 pm $14
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
Morning Class
TEACHING FOR JOANNA KOTZE JULY 3 & 6 | This class offers an open space to observe and experience our own particularity and range of mobility and fine-tune our own needs. Through directed exercises, we’ll focus on the breath, internal structure, weight, and the body’s articulations and organization. At the end of the class a collective phrase will be created as a frame for processing the information provided. My class is influenced by many years of work with Jeremy Nelson and my studies of several somatic techniques.
Levi Gonzalez
July 17 - July 20
Monday, Friday
10:00 am-12:00 pm $14
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
Morning Class
TEACHING FOR JOANNA KOTZE JULY 17 & 20. Class is an opportunity to create the space to fully inhabit our bodies and integrate various approaches of embodiment into our movement and artistic practice. We usually begin slowly, with imagery and gentle preparation inspired by various somatic traditions to access our awareness of the senses, the organs, the skeleton, the cells, gravity, and other energetic forces. Class may also include technical exercises, choreographic structures (“phrases”), improvisations, extended movement investigations, and performance constructs. Through class I hope to nurture, challenge and further develop our collective and individual artistic practices.

Ongoing Classes

Laurel Atwell
June 1 - September 15
Monday, Friday
10:00 am-12:00 pm $14
Gibney Dance at 280 Broadway
practicing being and seeing
[TEACHING FOR MELANIE MAAR THROUGH SEPTEMBER 15, 2015] Utilizing principles and exercises based in Qi Gong, we will see and sense into our own selves to identify and engage the systems of the body. Through the practice of forms, meditations, and visualizations, we will work to navigate the anatomical in order to enhance our relationship to the universe, creating a connection between the corporeal and the energetic. This class is an offering; a space created to give time to the cultivation of the inner life force, and an opportunity to create internal and external shift, balance, rejuvenation.
Jimena Paz
January 21 - June 24
Wednesday
12:30 pm-2:00 pm $14
June 24 - August 28
Wednesday
12:30 pm-2:00 pm $14
Gibney Dance at 280 Broadway
Feldenkrais®
REBECCA DAVIS WILL TEACH JULY 15, 29 AND AUGUST 5. TASHA TAYLOR WILL TEACH AUGUST 26. The Feldenkrais Method® studies the works of our nervous system and our ability to recognize and create movement patterns that are both more efficient and more pleasant. The method emphasizes awareness, distribution of effort/action through the whole self, expanding self-perception and our ability to carry out our intentions. This class is ideal for dancers and people from different backgrounds interested in discovering more about their physicality in a pain-free way and enjoying a larger sense of well-being.
Barbara Mahler
July 2 - August 20
Tuesday, Thursday
10:00 am-12:00 pm $14
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
Klein Technique™ with Barbara Mahler - for movers of all kinds
We are not just a body or a mind. We are unique individuals with spirit and intelligence. The work in class engages us in a process that facilitates change. We work to right the pelvis on top of the legs, with the deep connections closest to the bones, and free the upper body and spine to move with ease and expression. Working on the level of the bone, we can let go of unnecessary tensions and habits which hold our bodies and minds in misalignment and misconception. Here we find better function, creativity, and well-being.
Katy Pyle
July 8 - August 5
Monday, Wednesday
6:45 pm-8:45 pm $14
July 31
Friday
12:00 pm-2:00 pm
Gibney Dance at 890 Broadway
Adult Ballez
Adult Ballez is a dance class that explores the gender-binaried, Imperialist movements of Ballet, radically re-imagining those oppressive tools in a site of liberatory queer play. Shifting the focus away from traditional virtuosity, we explore the virtuosity of genderqueer embodiment, questioning the value-systems that are physically manifest within us, while we embody them. Starting with Authentic (fantasy) Movement, we then warm-up at the barre, and then move into center to turn, jump and practice partnering. MONDAY NIGHTS: ADVANCED ADULT BALLEZ | WEDNESDAY NIGHTS: BEGINNER ADULT BALLEZ
Daria Faïn
January 9 - June 10
Tuesday
10:00 am-12:00 pm $14
July 25 - August 20
Tuesday
10:00 am-12:00 pm $14
Gibney Dance at 280 Broadway
C O R E M O T I O N Inner Structure
This class focuses on the inner structure of the body. The foundation of the structural focus is the alignment of the body and its relation to gravity. These principles are put into practice by means of a system of exercises using Qi Gong principles and forms. These exercises include deep release of the abdominal and visceral area with breathing and a simple succession of postures, and movements that allow the practitioner to progressively let go of extra tensions and activate the energy centers. As a result of this practice: - The tendons and psoas muscle soften and strength, enhancing an ease of connection between head, neck, back and limbs. - The nervous system relaxes and the individual can access the core of the body as well as the energy centers, gradually generating a sense of buoyancy. Once the student has understood the structural principles of these exercises they can be easily applied to any kind of movement or situation. C O R E M O T I O N is a movement and performing practice developed over thirty years of research by Daria Faïn. It is rooted in Asian philosophy of the body.
Daria Faïn
July 30 - August 20
Thursday
10:00 am-12:00 pm $14
Gibney Dance at 280 Broadway
C O R E M O T I O N Contemplative Action
Using the Chinese 5 Element Theory and other cognitive principles we will explore individually and collectively the correlation between the organs, senses, emotions, and the propriety of the material space that surrounds us. This practice implements the development of performative languages for improvisation and composition as it bridges physical, emotional, energetical and intellect awareness. All people involved in performance are welcomed. C O R E M O T I O N is a movement and performing practice developed over thirty years of research by Daria Faïn. It is rooted in Asian philosophy of the body.
Adi Eytan
July 6 - July 29
Tuesday
2:00 pm-3:15 pm $14
August 3 - August 12
Tuesday
2:00 pm-3:15 pm $14
August 30 - September 9
Tuesday
2:00 pm-3:15 pm $14
Gibney Dance at 280 Broadway
Pilates Mat Class for Dancers
This class focuses on clear alignment, stabilizing the hypermobile body and a deep investigation of functional strength for dance. As dancers and somatic movers we need connected, consistent strength and support. We benefit massively from cross training, centering our minds and building an impeccable understanding of our vessel by balancing the extreme ranges of motion we perform on a daily basis.
Rebecca Davis
July 15 - July 30
Wednesday
12:30 pm-2:00 pm $14
August 5
Wednesday
12:30 pm-2:00 pm
July 22
Wednesday
12:30 pm-2:00 pm $14
Gibney Dance at 280 Broadway
Feldenkrais Method®
Feldenkrais® TAKES PLACE EVERY WEDNESDAY 12:30-2PM, TAUGHT BY A ROTATING GROUP OF TEACHERS. The Feldenkrais Method® studies the works of our nervous system and our ability to recognize and create movement patterns that are both more efficient and more pleasant. The method emphasizes awareness, distribution of effort/action through the whole self, expanding self-perception and our ability to carry out our intentions. This class is ideal for dancers and people from different backgrounds interested in discovering more about their physicality in a pain-free way and enjoying a larger sense of well-being.
Bradley Teal Ellis
August 6 - August 27
Thursday
6:00 pm-8:00 pm $14
Gibney Dance at 280 Broadway
Contact Improvisation - The Basics
Contact Improvisation, initiated by dancer Steve Paxton in 1972, is a dance practice that plays with the physics between bodies and gravity. Using partnering skills such as rolling, releasing, weight exchange, falling, lifting and catching, and expanding range of spatial choice, the practice helps one move within sensation and disorientation, access moveable supports and tune to the use of touch, momentum, resistance and flow in physical contact as well as in solo play. This is an introductory class for those with little to no experience with Contact Improvisation or those who would like to revisit the basics.
Underscore Facilitators
July 12
Sunday
5:00 pm-8:00 pm $10
August 9
Sunday
5:00 pm-8:00 pm $10
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
The Underscore
EVERY SECOND SUNDAY OF THE MONTH | Facilitated by Ilona Bito, Chisa Hidaka, Tamar Kipnis, Lucy Mahler, Charlie Mosey and Brandin Steffensen. The Underscore is a dance improvisation structure developed by Nancy Stark Smith. Based in Contact Improvisation, it comprises a spectrum of states, from quiet, internal activity to high-energy, interactive dancing. Undirected; for research and play. Open to all familiar with CI. Deepen your practice with a "talk-through". Underscore NYC offers “talk-throughs” to introduce Underscore's 50+ glyphs and concepts. Important Note: Stay from start to finish.
Janet Panetta
January 1 - April 10
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
12:00 pm-2:00 pm $17
May 4 - July 17
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
12:00 pm-2:00 pm $17
August 10 - August 28
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
12:00 pm-2:00 pm $14
Gibney Dance at 890 Broadway
Ballet for Contemporary Dancers
As a veteran of the American Ballet Theatre, Janet Panetta also has a broad experience of contemporary dance forms. She has trained dancers in many of the major American companies such as American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Paul Taylor, Merce Cunningham, Trisha Brown, as well as many European companies such as ROSAS and Pina Bausch. Ms. Panetta is also available for private classes and coaching. NO CLASS MAY 25.
Tasha Taylor
August 26
Wednesday
12:30 pm-2:00 pm $14
Gibney Dance at 280 Broadway
Feldenkrais Method®
Feldenkrais® TAKES PLACE EVERY WEDNESDAY 12:30-2PM, TAUGHT BY A ROTATING GROUP OF TEACHERS. The Feldenkrais Method® studies the works of our nervous system and our ability to recognize and create movement patterns that are both more efficient and more pleasant. The method emphasizes awareness, distribution of effort/action through the whole self, expanding self-perception and our ability to carry out our intentions. This class is ideal for dancers and people from different backgrounds interested in discovering more about their physicality in a pain-free way and enjoying a larger sense of well-being.

Past Classes

Janet Panetta
January 1 - April 10
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
12:00 pm-2:00 pm $17
May 4 - July 17
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
12:00 pm-2:00 pm $17
August 10 - August 28
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
12:00 pm-2:00 pm $14
Gibney Dance at 890 Broadway
Ballet for Contemporary Dancers
As a veteran of the American Ballet Theatre, Janet Panetta also has a broad experience of contemporary dance forms. She has trained dancers in many of the major American companies such as American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Paul Taylor, Merce Cunningham, Trisha Brown, as well as many European companies such as ROSAS and Pina Bausch. Ms. Panetta is also available for private classes and coaching. NO CLASS MAY 25.
Clare Maxwell
January 7 - January 29
Wednesday
2:00 pm-4:00 pm $14
Gibney Dance at 280 Broadway
Alexander Technique
Alexander Technique looks at the way we carry out our intentions. Often we use a process that is habitual, unconscious, and counterproductive. The technique offers a practice of staying open and alert in the moment, observing our familiar tensions and choosing to move without them. Beginning with the assumption that we are perfectly designed for movement and balance, we engage our mind to undo layers of interference, creating opportunity for change.
Charles Mosey
January 7 - January 29
Wednesday
6:00 pm-8:30 pm $14
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
Contact Improvisation
Contact Improvisation is a partnering dance form. Skills such as rolling, releasing, giving and supporting weight, expanding range of spatial concentration, lifting, catching and falling all help one move with and through gravity, share weight in motion, and use momentum and flow in physical contact. These weekly classes, open to people of all levels of movement experience, are informed by the individual artist faculty.
K.J. Holmes
January 8 - January 30
Thursday
6:00 pm-8:00 pm $14
May 7 - May 28
Thursday
6:00 pm-8:00 pm $14
Gibney Dance at 280 Broadway
Contact Improvisation – The Basics
Contact Improvisation, initiated by dancer Steve Paxton in 1972, is a dance practice that plays with the physics between bodies and gravity. Using partnering skills such as rolling, releasing, weight exchange, falling, lifting and catching, and expanding range of spatial choice, the practice helps one move within sensation and disorientation, access moveable supports and tune to the use of touch, momentum, resistance and flow in physical contact as well as in solo play. This is an introductory class for those with little to no experience with Contact Improvisation or those who would like to revisit the basics. BRADLEY TEAL ELLIS WILL BE TEACHING May 21 AND 28.
Daria Faïn
January 9 - June 10
Tuesday
10:00 am-12:00 pm $14
July 25 - August 20
Tuesday
10:00 am-12:00 pm $14
Gibney Dance at 280 Broadway
C O R E M O T I O N Inner Structure
This class focuses on the inner structure of the body. The foundation of the structural focus is the alignment of the body and its relation to gravity. These principles are put into practice by means of a system of exercises using Qi Gong principles and forms. These exercises include deep release of the abdominal and visceral area with breathing and a simple succession of postures, and movements that allow the practitioner to progressively let go of extra tensions and activate the energy centers. As a result of this practice: - The tendons and psoas muscle soften and strength, enhancing an ease of connection between head, neck, back and limbs. - The nervous system relaxes and the individual can access the core of the body as well as the energy centers, gradually generating a sense of buoyancy. Once the student has understood the structural principles of these exercises they can be easily applied to any kind of movement or situation. C O R E M O T I O N is a movement and performing practice developed over thirty years of research by Daria Faïn. It is rooted in Asian philosophy of the body.
Barbara Mahler
January 13 - July 1
Tuesday, Thursday
10:00 am-12:00 pm $14
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
Klein Technique™ with Barbara Mahler - for movers of all kinds
We are not just a body or a mind. We are unique individuals with spirit and intelligence. The work in class engages us in a process that facilitates change. We work to right the pelvis on top of the legs, with the deep connections closest to the bones, and free the upper body and spine to move with ease and expression. Working on the level of the bone, we can let go of unnecessary tensions and habits which hold our bodies and minds in misalignment and misconception. Here we find better function, creativity, and well-being. JOANNA KOTZE SUBS FEBRUARY 24&26, MARCH 10 | FARA GREENBAUM SUBS MARCH 3,5,12 | CLASS CONTINUES THROUGH AUGUST 20, 2015
Jimena Paz
January 21 - June 24
Wednesday
12:30 pm-2:00 pm $14
June 24 - August 28
Wednesday
12:30 pm-2:00 pm $14
Gibney Dance at 280 Broadway
Feldenkrais®
REBECCA DAVIS WILL TEACH JULY 15, 29 AND AUGUST 5. TASHA TAYLOR WILL TEACH AUGUST 26. The Feldenkrais Method® studies the works of our nervous system and our ability to recognize and create movement patterns that are both more efficient and more pleasant. The method emphasizes awareness, distribution of effort/action through the whole self, expanding self-perception and our ability to carry out our intentions. This class is ideal for dancers and people from different backgrounds interested in discovering more about their physicality in a pain-free way and enjoying a larger sense of well-being.
Karl Anderson
January 28 - May 6
Wednesday
6:00 pm-9:00 pm $14
Randy Warshaw Studio
Skinner Releasing Technique™ (Ongoing level)
NO CLASS APRIL 1! SRT facilitates an enhanced awareness of our creativity. This imagery-based Somatic experience intuits ease and healing. Through improvisation and play, we delve deeper inside and shed our notions of style and aesthetics in favor of a more intense personal discovery. Students are encouraged to enter "feeling states" and explore the limitlessness of their multi-dimensional aliveness. SRT makes for a clear, concise, and subtle mover and nurtures an evolved sense of empathy and compassion.
Daria Faïn
January 29 - May 29
Wednesday
4:00 pm-6:00 pm $14
Gibney Dance at 280 Broadway
C O R E M O T I O N Contemplative Action
Using the Chinese 5 Element Theory and other cognitive principles we will explore individually and collectively the correlation between the organs, senses, emotions, and the propriety of the material space that surrounds us. This practice implements the development of performative languages for improvisation and composition as it bridges physical, emotional, energetical and intellect awareness. All people involved in performance are welcomed. C O R E M O T I O N is a movement and performing practice developed over thirty years of research by Daria Faïn. It is rooted in Asian philosophy of the body.
Melanie Maar
January 30 - May 29
Monday, Friday
10:00 am-12:00 pm $14
Gibney Dance at 280 Broadway
Qi Gong: practicing being and seeing
In this class I offer space for a self nurturing, awake state that enables this Qi Gong based work with principles of energetic and anatomic dynamics. We explore methods related to the Chinese 5 Element System through movement, image activation, sounding, meditation, theory and partner work. I approach the somatic, artistic and psychic as synergetic realms. Its a quest to expand possibilities of being and relating within our environment that can deepen our individual practice and ways. LAUREL ATWELL TEACHES 2/23 and 2/27. NO CLASS MAY 25.
Johanna S. Meyer
January 30 - July 1
Tuesday
2:00 pm-3:15 pm $14
Gibney Dance at 280 Broadway
Pilates Mat Class for Dancers
This class focuses on clear alignment, stabilizing the hypermobile body and a deep investigation of functional strength for dance. As dancers and somatic movers we need connected, consistent strength and support. We benefit massively from cross training, centering our minds and building an impeccable understanding of our vessel by balancing the extreme ranges of motion we perform on a daily basis.
luciana achugar
February 2
Monday
10:00 am-12:00 pm
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
In pleasure
classes will resume Wednesday February 4
Irene Dowd
February 3 - May 13
Tuesday
3:00 pm-4:45 pm $14
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
Neuromuscular Preparation for Dance
ANASTASI SIOTAS WILL TEACH MARCH 3. Irene will teach selections of the material choreographed in response to her interaction with professional dancers and dance teachers in the past as well as new material she is creating now. These choreographies can be used as a very efficient warm-up for dance, as well as a musculo-skeletal conditioning program, neuro-muscular fine-tuning, and mental preparation for the greater awareness and expansiveness required of us all as creative performing artists.
Emily Faulkner
February 4 - March 26
Wednesday
2:00 pm-4:00 pm $14
Gibney Dance at 280 Broadway
Alexander Technique
FERNANDA S. MEYER TEACHING ON 3/25/15. Alexander Technique looks at the way we carry out our intentions. Often we use a process that is habitual, unconscious, and counterproductive. The technique offers a practice of staying open and alert in the moment, observing our familiar tensions and choosing to move without them. Beginning with the assumption that we are perfectly designed for movement and balance, we engage our mind to undo layers of interference, creating opportunity for change.
Elise Knudson
February 4 - February 25
Wednesday
6:30 pm-8:30 pm $14
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
Contact Improvisation
Contact Improvisation is a partnering dance form. Skills such as rolling, releasing, giving and supporting weight, expanding range of spatial concentration, lifting, catching and falling all help one move with and through gravity, share weight in motion, and use momentum and flow in physical contact. These weekly classes, open to people of all levels of movement experience, are informed by the individual artist faculty.
Karinne Keithley Syers
February 4
Wednesday
10:00 am-12:00 pm $14
Gibney Dance at 280 Broadway
Body, Mind and Image (teaching for K.J. Holmes)
Body, Mind and Image: Classes will investigate experiential anatomy through the lens of Body-Mind Centering®, developed by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, focusing on specific systems of the body (skeletal, organ, nerves, fluids, glands), and imagery and the physical imagination through Ideokinesis and the work of Mabel Todd (The Thinking Body) as learned from and with Andre Bernard. We will explore qualities, textures, thought processes and movement analysis applicable to creative expression, performance and healing modalities.
Margaret Paek
February 5 - February 26
Thursday
6:00 pm-8:00 pm $14
Gibney Dance at 280 Broadway
Contact Improvisation – The Basics
Contact Improvisation, initiated by dancer Steve Paxton in 1972, is a dance practice that plays with the physics between bodies and gravity. Using partnering skills such as rolling, releasing, weight exchange, falling, lifting and catching, and expanding range of spatial choice, the practice helps one move within sensation and disorientation, access moveable supports and tune to the use of touch, momentum, resistance and flow in physical contact as well as in solo play. This is an introductory class for those with little to no experience with Contact Improvisation or those who would like to revisit the basics. MARGARET CO-TEACHES WITH SARAH KONNER ON FEB. 12. SARAH TEACHES ON FEB. 19 & 26.
Karinne Keithley Syers
February 7
Saturday
11:00 am-1:00 pm $14
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
Athletics of Intimacy (teaching for K.J. Holmes)
This class uses improvisation and conversation to explore Mabel Todd's work alongside a strand of process philosophy that looks at the self as a mobile, unsettled, only provisional center, and the possibility of using the ideokinetic and somatic techniques of entertaining images to dive into strange regions of physical intelligence. We will draw on developmental movement studies, the practice of Authentic Movement, and a seminarian attention to resonant written passages.
Underscore Facilitators
February 8 - June 15
Sunday
5:00 pm-8:00 pm $10
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
The Underscore
EVERY SECOND SUNDAY OF THE MONTH | Facilitated by Ilona Bito, Chisa Hidaka, Tamar Kipnis, Lucy Mahler, Charlie Mosey and Brandin Steffensen. The Underscore is a dance improvisation structure developed by Nancy Stark Smith. Based in Contact Improvisation, it comprises a spectrum of states, from quiet, internal activity to high-energy, interactive dancing. Undirected; for research and play. Open to all familiar with CI. Deepen your practice with a "talk-through". Underscore NYC offers “talk-throughs” to introduce Underscore's 50+ glyphs and concepts. Important Note: Stay from start to finish.
K.J. Holmes
February 11 - May 21
Wednesday
10:00 am-12:00 pm $14
July 1 - July 15
Wednesday
10:00 am-12:00 pm $14
Gibney Dance at 280 Broadway
Body, Mind and Image
Body, Mind and Image: Classes will investigate experiential anatomy through the lens of Body-Mind Centering®, developed by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, focusing on specific systems of the body (skeletal, organ, nerves, fluids, glands), and imagery and the physical imagination through Ideokinesis and the work of Mabel Todd (The Thinking Body) as learned from and with Andre Bernard. We will explore qualities, textures, thought processes and movement analysis applicable to creative expression, performance and healing modalities. KARINNE KEITHLEY SYERS TEACHES ON FEBRUARY 4&25, MARCH 11&18, AND MAY 27-JUNE 24. | NO CLASS AFTER JULY 16 UNTIL SEPTEMBER.
K.J. Holmes
February 14 - May 17
Saturday
11:00 am-1:00 pm $14
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
The Athletics of Intimacy, Improvisations
Classes combine skills and applications of Body-Mind Centering® systems and patterns of development and evolution, practices of Contact Improvisation, and tunings of somatic approaches within solo, duet (strong emphasis on partnering) and ensemble dancing. I am interested in the very physical, sensorial and imaginative, and in discovering new challenges and risks within our movement, of both body and mind that unwind and weave improvisational and compositional processes. KARINNE KEITHLEY SYERS TEACHES ON FEBRUARY 7&28, MARCH 14&21, AND MAY 23-JUNE 27.
Sarah Konner
February 19
Thursday
6:00 pm-8:00 pm $14
Gibney Dance at 280 Broadway
Contact Improvisation – The Basics
TEACHING FOR MARGARET PAEK FEB. 19 & 26. Contact Improvisation, initiated by dancer Steve Paxton in 1972, is a dance practice that plays with the physics between bodies and gravity. Using partnering skills such as rolling, releasing, weight exchange, falling, lifting and catching, and expanding range of spatial choice, the practice helps one move within sensation and disorientation, access moveable supports and tune to the use of touch, momentum, resistance and flow in physical contact as well as in solo play. This is an introductory class for those with little to no experience with Contact Improvisation or those who would like to revisit the basics.
Laurel Atwell
February 23
Monday
10:00 am-12:00 pm $14
Gibney Dance at 280 Broadway
practicing being and seeing:
TEACHING FOR MELANIE MAAR. In this class I offer space for a self nurturing, awake state, where we can explore and learn about principles of energetic and anatomic dynamics that can benefit people within their own practices and ways. I approach somatic, artistic and psychic as synergetic. We work with methods related to the 5 Element System like Iron Shirt, Sexual Energy Practices and Bagua Circling through image activation, sounding, meditation, floor and partner work. Expanding possibilities of relating and being ourselves and our environment.
Karinne Keithley Syers
February 25
Wednesday
10:00 am-12:00 pm $14
Gibney Dance at 280 Broadway
Body, Mind and Image (teaching for K.J. Holmes)
Body, Mind and Image: Classes will investigate experiential anatomy through the lens of Body-Mind Centering®, developed by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, focusing on specific systems of the body (skeletal, organ, nerves, fluids, glands), and imagery and the physical imagination through Ideokinesis and the work of Mabel Todd (The Thinking Body) as learned from and with Andre Bernard. We will explore qualities, textures, thought processes and movement analysis applicable to creative expression, performance and healing modalities.
Sarah Konner
February 26
Thursday
6:00 pm-8:00 pm $14
Gibney Dance at 280 Broadway
Contact Improvisation – The Basics
TEACHING FOR MARGARET PAEK FEB. 19 & 26. Contact Improvisation, initiated by dancer Steve Paxton in 1972, is a dance practice that plays with the physics between bodies and gravity. Using partnering skills such as rolling, releasing, weight exchange, falling, lifting and catching, and expanding range of spatial choice, the practice helps one move within sensation and disorientation, access moveable supports and tune to the use of touch, momentum, resistance and flow in physical contact as well as in solo play. This is an introductory class for those with little to no experience with Contact Improvisation or those who would like to revisit the basics.
Laurel Atwell
February 27 - February 28
Friday
10:00 am-12:00 pm $14
Gibney Dance at 280 Broadway
practicing being and seeing:
TEACHING FOR MELANIE MAAR. In this class I offer space for a self nurturing, awake state, where we can explore and learn about principles of energetic and anatomic dynamics that can benefit people within their own practices and ways. I approach somatic, artistic and psychic as synergetic. We work with methods related to the 5 Element System like Iron Shirt, Sexual Energy Practices and Bagua Circling through image activation, sounding, meditation, floor and partner work. Expanding possibilities of relating and being ourselves and our environment.
Karinne Keithley Syers
February 28
Saturday
11:00 am-1:00 pm $14
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
Athletics of Intimacy (teaching for K.J. Holmes)
This class uses improvisation and conversation to explore Mabel Todd's work alongside a strand of process philosophy that looks at the self as a mobile, unsettled, only provisional center, and the possibility of using the ideokinetic and somatic techniques of entertaining images to dive into strange regions of physical intelligence. We will draw on developmental movement studies, the practice of Authentic Movement, and a seminarian attention to resonant written passages.
Anastasi Siotas
March 3
Tuesday
3:00 pm-4:45 pm $14
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
Neuromuscular Preparation for Dance
TEACHING FOR IRENE DOWD.
Charles Mosey
March 4 - March 26
Wednesday
6:30 pm-8:30 pm $14
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
Contact Improvisation
Contact Improvisation is a partnering dance form. Skills such as rolling, releasing, giving and supporting weight, expanding range of spatial concentration, lifting, catching and falling all help one move with and through gravity, share weight in motion, and use momentum and flow in physical contact. These weekly classes, open to people of all levels of movement experience, are informed by the individual artist faculty.
Bradley Teal Ellis
March 5 - March 27
Thursday
6:00 pm-8:00 pm $14
May 21 - May 28
Thursday
6:00 pm-8:00 pm $14
Gibney Dance at 280 Broadway
Contact Improvisation – The Basics
Contact Improvisation, initiated by dancer Steve Paxton in 1972, is a dance practice that plays with the physics between bodies and gravity. Using partnering skills such as rolling, releasing, weight exchange, falling, lifting and catching, and expanding range of spatial choice, the practice helps one move within sensation and disorientation, access moveable supports and tune to the use of touch, momentum, resistance and flow in physical contact as well as in solo play. This is an introductory class for those with little to no experience with Contact Improvisation or those who would like to revisit the basics. BRADLEY TEAL ELLIS WILL TEACH FOR K.J. HOLMES MAY 21 AND 28.
Joanna Kotze
March 10
Tuesday
10:00 am-12:00 pm $14
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
Klein Technique™
TEACHING FOR BARBARA MAHLER We are not just a body or a mind. We are unique individuals with spirit and intelligence. The work in class engages us in a process that facilitates change. We work to right the pelvis on top of the legs, with the deep connections closest to the bones, and free the upper body and spine to move with ease and expression. Working on the level of the bone, we can let go of unnecessary tensions and habits which hold our bodies and minds in misalignment and misconception. Here we find better function, creativity, and well-being.
Karinne Keithley Syers
March 11 - March 19
Wednesday
10:00 am-12:00 pm $14
Gibney Dance at 280 Broadway
Body, Mind and Image (teaching for K.J. Holmes)
Body, Mind and Image: Classes will investigate experiential anatomy through the lens of Body-Mind Centering®, developed by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, focusing on specific systems of the body (skeletal, organ, nerves, fluids, glands), and imagery and the physical imagination through Ideokinesis and the work of Mabel Todd (The Thinking Body) as learned from and with Andre Bernard. We will explore qualities, textures, thought processes and movement analysis applicable to creative expression, performance and healing modalities.
Fara Greenbaum
March 12
Thursday
10:00 am-12:00 pm $14
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
Klein Technique™
TEACHING FOR BARBARA MAHLER We are not just a body or a mind. We are unique individuals with spirit and intelligence. The work in class engages us in a process that facilitates change. We work to right the pelvis on top of the legs, with the deep connections closest to the bones, and free the upper body and spine to move with ease and expression. Working on the level of the bone, we can let go of unnecessary tensions and habits which hold our bodies and minds in misalignment and misconception. Here we find better function, creativity, and well-being.
Karinne Keithley Syers
March 14 - March 22
Saturday
11:00 am-1:00 pm $14
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
Athletics of Intimacy (teaching for K.J. Holmes)
This class uses improvisation and conversation to explore Mabel Todd's work alongside a strand of process philosophy that looks at the self as a mobile, unsettled, only provisional center, and the possibility of using the ideokinetic and somatic techniques of entertaining images to dive into strange regions of physical intelligence. We will draw on developmental movement studies, the practice of Authentic Movement, and a seminarian attention to resonant written passages.
Fernanda S. Meyer
March 25
Wednesday
2:00 pm-4:00 pm $14
Gibney Dance at 280 Broadway
Alexander Technique
TEACHING FOR EMILY FAULKNER ON 3/25/15. Alexander Technique looks at the way we carry out our intentions. Often we use a process that is habitual, unconscious, and counterproductive. The technique offers a practice of staying open and alert in the moment, observing our familiar tensions and choosing to move without them. Beginning with the assumption that we are perfectly designed for movement and balance, we engage our mind to undo layers of interference, creating opportunity for change.
Sarah White-Ayón
April 1 - May 27
Wednesday
2:00 pm-4:00 pm $14
Gibney Dance at 280 Broadway
Alexander Technique
Alexander Technique looks at the way we carry out our intentions. Often we use a process that is habitual, unconscious, and counterproductive. The technique offers a practice of staying open and alert in the moment, observing our familiar tensions and choosing to move without them. Beginning with the assumption that we are perfectly designed for movement and balance, we engage our mind to undo layers of interference, creating opportunity for change.
K.J. Holmes
April 1 - April 29
Wednesday
6:30 pm-8:30 pm $14
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
Contact Improvisation
Contact Improvisation is a partnering dance form. Skills such as rolling, releasing, giving and supporting weight, expanding range of spatial concentration, lifting, catching and falling all help one move with and through gravity, share weight in motion, and use momentum and flow in physical contact. These weekly classes, open to people of all levels of movement experience, are informed by the individual artist faculty.
Anthony Phillips
April 2 - April 30
Thursday
6:00 pm-8:00 pm $14
Gibney Dance at 280 Broadway
Contact Improvisation – The Basics
Contact Improvisation, initiated by dancer Steve Paxton in 1972, is a dance practice that plays with the physics between bodies and gravity. Using partnering skills such as rolling, releasing, weight exchange, falling, lifting and catching, and expanding range of spatial choice, the practice helps one move within sensation and disorientation, access moveable supports and tune to the use of touch, momentum, resistance and flow in physical contact as well as in solo play. This is an introductory class for those with little to no experience with Contact Improvisation or those who would like to revisit the basics.
Barbara Mahler
April 30
Thursday
10:00 am-12:00 pm
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
Klein Technique
Klein Technique is cancelled Thursday April 30, 2015. Class will resume usual Tuesday/Thursday schedule on May 5.
Margaret Paek
May 6 - May 27
Wednesday
6:30 pm-8:30 pm $14
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
Contact Improvisation
Contact Improvisation is a partnering dance form. Skills such as rolling, releasing, giving and supporting weight, expanding range of spatial concentration, lifting, catching and falling all help one move with and through gravity, share weight in motion, and use momentum and flow in physical contact. These weekly classes, open to people of all levels of movement experience, are informed by the individual artist faculty.
Karinne Keithley Syers
May 23 - June 28
Saturday
11:00 am-1:00 pm $14
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
Athletics of Intimacy (teaching for K.J. Holmes)
This class uses improvisation and conversation to explore Mabel Todd's work alongside a strand of process philosophy that looks at the self as a mobile, unsettled, only provisional center, and the possibility of using the ideokinetic and somatic techniques of entertaining images to dive into strange regions of physical intelligence. We will draw on developmental movement studies, the practice of Authentic Movement, and a seminarian attention to resonant written passages.
Karinne Keithley Syers
May 27 - June 25
Wednesday
10:00 am-12:00 pm $14
Gibney Dance at 280 Broadway
Body, Mind and Image (teaching for K.J. Holmes)
Body, Mind and Image: Classes will investigate experiential anatomy through the lens of Body-Mind Centering®, developed by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, focusing on specific systems of the body (skeletal, organ, nerves, fluids, glands), and imagery and the physical imagination through Ideokinesis and the work of Mabel Todd (The Thinking Body) as learned from and with Andre Bernard. We will explore qualities, textures, thought processes and movement analysis applicable to creative expression, performance and healing modalities.
Rachel Bernsen
June 3 - June 24
Wednesday
2:00 pm-4:00 pm $14
Gibney Dance at 280 Broadway
Alexander Technique
EMILY FAULKNER TEACHES JUNE 3. Alexander Technique looks at the way we carry out our intentions. Often we use a process that is habitual, unconscious, and counterproductive. The technique offers a practice of staying open and alert in the moment, observing our familiar tensions and choosing to move without them. Beginning with the assumption that we are perfectly designed for movement and balance, we engage our mind to undo layers of interference, creating opportunity for change.
Bradley Teal Ellis
June 3 - June 24
Wednesday
6:30 pm-8:30 pm $14
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
Contact Improvisation
Contact Improvisation is a partnering dance form. Skills such as rolling, releasing, giving and supporting weight, expanding range of spatial concentration, lifting, catching and falling all help one move with and through gravity, share weight in motion, and use momentum and flow in physical contact. These weekly classes, open to people of all levels of movement experience, are informed by the individual artist faculty.
Emily Faulkner
June 3
Wednesday
2:00 pm-4:00 pm $14
Gibney Dance at 280 Broadway
Alexander Technique
EMILY IS TEACHING FOR RACHEL BERNSEN JUNE 3. Alexander Technique looks at the way we carry out our intentions. Often we use a process that is habitual, unconscious, and counterproductive. The technique offers a practice of staying open and alert in the moment, observing our familiar tensions and choosing to move without them. Beginning with the assumption that we are perfectly designed for movement and balance, we engage our mind to undo layers of interference, creating opportunity for change.
Charles Mosey
June 4 - June 25
Thursday
6:00 pm-8:00 pm $14
Gibney Dance at 280 Broadway
Contact Improvisation – The Basics
Contact Improvisation, initiated by dancer Steve Paxton in 1972, is a dance practice that plays with the physics between bodies and gravity. Using partnering skills such as rolling, releasing, weight exchange, falling, lifting and catching, and expanding range of spatial choice, the practice helps one move within sensation and disorientation, access moveable supports and tune to the use of touch, momentum, resistance and flow in physical contact as well as in solo play. This is an introductory class for those with little to no experience with Contact Improvisation or those who would like to revisit the basics.
Samita Sinha
June 16 - June 30
Tuesday
10:00 am-12:00 pm $14
Gibney Dance at 280 Broadway
C O R E M O T I O N Inner Structure
TEACHING FOR DARIA FAIN JUNE 16, 23 & 30. | This class focuses on the inner structure of the body. The foundation of the structural focus is the alignment of the body and its relation to gravity. These principles are put into practice by means of a system of exercises using Qi Gong principles and forms. These exercises include deep release of the abdominal and visceral area with breathing and a simple succession of postures, and movements that allow the practitioner to progressively let go of extra tensions and activate the energy centers. As a result of this practice: - The tendons and psoas muscle soften and strength, enhancing an ease of connection between head, neck, back and limbs. - The nervous system relaxes and the individual can access the core of the body as well as the energy centers, gradually generating a sense of buoyancy. Once the student has understood the structural principles of these exercises they can be easily applied to any kind of movement or situation. C O R E M O T I O N is a movement and performing practice developed over thirty years of research by Daria Faïn. It is rooted in Asian philosophy of the body.
Underscore Facilitators
June 21
Sunday
10:00 am-2:00 pm $10
Gibney Dance at 280 Broadway
Global Underscore
The Underscore is a long-form dance improvisation structure developed by Nancy Stark Smith and practiced worldwide. The form includes contact improvisation and allows for a full spectrum of physical forms and changing states, often including periods of quiet internal activity and other times of higher energy and interactive dancing. The Underscore's undirected practice affords simultaneously a framework for research, a forum for play, and an opportunity to experience collective improvised composition. Global Underscore was originally conceived in 2000 and organized for a decade by French dancer Claire Filmon in collaboration with Nancy Stark Smith. Coinciding with the summer solstice, this annual event invites dancers at sites all around the world to practice the Underscore simultaneously and share their experiences with a global community of practitioners. Now in its 15th year, Underscore NYC proudly hosts Global Underscore 2015.
Rebecca Davis
June 21 - June 23
Monday
10:00 am-12:00 pm $14
Gibney Dance at 280 Broadway
Qi Gong
In this class I offer space for a self nurturing, awake state that enables this Qi Gong based work with principles of energetic and anatomic dynamics. We explore methods related to the Chinese 5 Element System through movement, image activation, sounding, meditation, theory and partner work. I approach the somatic, artistic and psychic as synergetic realms. Its a quest to expand possibilities of being and relating within our environment that can deepen our individual practice and ways.
Charles Mosey
July 1 - July 29
Wednesday
6:30 pm-8:30 pm $14
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
Contact Improvisation
Contact Improvisation is a partnering dance form. Skills such as rolling, releasing, giving and supporting weight, expanding range of spatial concentration, lifting, catching and falling all help one move with and through gravity, share weight in motion, and use momentum and flow in physical contact. These weekly classes, open to people of all levels of movement experience, are informed by the individual artist faculty.
Clare Maxwell
July 1 - July 29
Wednesday
2:00 pm-4:00 pm $14
Gibney Dance at 280 Broadway
Alexander Technique
Alexander Technique looks at the way we carry out our intentions. Often we use a process that is habitual, unconscious, and counterproductive. The technique offers a practice of staying open and alert in the moment, observing our familiar tensions and choosing to move without them. Beginning with the assumption that we are perfectly designed for movement and balance, we engage our mind to undo layers of interference, creating opportunity for change.
Tim O'Donnell
July 2 - July 30
Thursday
6:00 pm-8:00 pm $14
Gibney Dance at 280 Broadway
Contact Improvisation - The Basics
Contact Improvisation, initiated by dancer Steve Paxton in 1972, is a dance practice that plays with the physics between bodies and gravity. Using partnering skills such as rolling, releasing, weight exchange, falling, lifting and catching, and expanding range of spatial choice, the practice helps one move within sensation and disorientation, access moveable supports and tune to the use of touch, momentum, resistance and flow in physical contact as well as in solo play. This is an introductory class for those with little to no experience with Contact Improvisation or those who would like to revisit the basics.
Adi Eytan
July 6 - July 29
Tuesday
2:00 pm-3:15 pm $14
August 3 - August 12
Tuesday
2:00 pm-3:15 pm $14
August 30 - September 9
Tuesday
2:00 pm-3:15 pm $14
Gibney Dance at 280 Broadway
Pilates Mat Class for Dancers
This class focuses on clear alignment, stabilizing the hypermobile body and a deep investigation of functional strength for dance. As dancers and somatic movers we need connected, consistent strength and support. We benefit massively from cross training, centering our minds and building an impeccable understanding of our vessel by balancing the extreme ranges of motion we perform on a daily basis.
Underscore Facilitators
July 12
Sunday
5:00 pm-8:00 pm $10
August 9
Sunday
5:00 pm-8:00 pm $10
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
The Underscore
EVERY SECOND SUNDAY OF THE MONTH | Facilitated by Ilona Bito, Chisa Hidaka, Tamar Kipnis, Lucy Mahler, Charlie Mosey and Brandin Steffensen. The Underscore is a dance improvisation structure developed by Nancy Stark Smith. Based in Contact Improvisation, it comprises a spectrum of states, from quiet, internal activity to high-energy, interactive dancing. Undirected; for research and play. Open to all familiar with CI. Deepen your practice with a "talk-through". Underscore NYC offers “talk-throughs” to introduce Underscore's 50+ glyphs and concepts. Important Note: Stay from start to finish.
Rebecca Davis
July 15 - July 30
Wednesday
12:30 pm-2:00 pm $14
August 5
Wednesday
12:30 pm-2:00 pm
July 22
Wednesday
12:30 pm-2:00 pm $14
Gibney Dance at 280 Broadway
Feldenkrais Method®
Feldenkrais® TAKES PLACE EVERY WEDNESDAY 12:30-2PM, TAUGHT BY A ROTATING GROUP OF TEACHERS. The Feldenkrais Method® studies the works of our nervous system and our ability to recognize and create movement patterns that are both more efficient and more pleasant. The method emphasizes awareness, distribution of effort/action through the whole self, expanding self-perception and our ability to carry out our intentions. This class is ideal for dancers and people from different backgrounds interested in discovering more about their physicality in a pain-free way and enjoying a larger sense of well-being.
Katy Pyle
July 8 - August 5
Monday, Wednesday
6:45 pm-8:45 pm $14
July 31
Friday
12:00 pm-2:00 pm
Gibney Dance at 890 Broadway
Adult Ballez
Adult Ballez is a dance class that explores the gender-binaried, Imperialist movements of Ballet, radically re-imagining those oppressive tools in a site of liberatory queer play. Shifting the focus away from traditional virtuosity, we explore the virtuosity of genderqueer embodiment, questioning the value-systems that are physically manifest within us, while we embody them. Starting with Authentic (fantasy) Movement, we then warm-up at the barre, and then move into center to turn, jump and practice partnering. MONDAY NIGHTS: ADVANCED ADULT BALLEZ | WEDNESDAY NIGHTS: BEGINNER ADULT BALLEZ

Workshops

Claudia La Rocco
August 6
Thursday
7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Jimmy's no. 43
MELT Reading Group
EXACTLY DO THEY DO Time. Space. Rhythm. Pacing. Breath. These words describe how we perceive bodies, and also words. How does performance perform? How does poetry perform? How does performance perform poetry and poetry perform performance? How fast can you ask that question? What is taking so long with our drinks? Is that Gertrude Stein at the next table, or Fred Moten? Let's look at some scores and poems and poem-scores and what all and think about these important questions. With any luck we'll go wildly off topic.

Past Classes

Natalie Green
January 18 - January 19
Sunday
5:00 pm-8:00 pm $5
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
Sunday Process Lab
What doors do we pass through before we step onto stage, so that we are mentally, physically, and emotionally present? How can the changing weather of live performance wake us up? In this process lab we will share, explore, and invent methods of readying ourselves for performance. Through a variety of embodiment practices, a series of straightforward tasks, and a lot of idea sharing we will expand and enliven our personal pre-show regimen.
Marjani Forté
February 1
Sunday
5:00 pm-8:00 pm $5
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
Sunday Process Lab
While creating performance that examines the oscillating natures of Mental Illness, Addiction, and Systemic Poverty, I'm interested in engaging with artists, health practitioners, and all those invested in either of these conditions/structures, to exchange tools and explore the capacity of dance/embodiment to tell story, capture emotion, and deepen listening. I will share text, tools, and processes I've used thus far, and ask participants to reflect on/identify/share their own practices. Together we will create and discuss, working at our fullest capacity as movers and thinkers, drawing on each other's tools to challenge our creative habits and/or inhabit new ideas. The room benefits from a spectrum of movers, thinkers, and practitioners- so if movement and creative practice interests you, please join us for this Sunday Workshop.
Will Rawls
March 1
Sunday
5:00 pm-8:00 pm $5
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
Sunday Process Lab
The focus of this interdisciplinary lab will be how rhythm functions as a device for marking time, shaping movement and establishing relations among ideas. The participants will explore a series of compositional exercises in speech and movement, embodying a set of personally motivated ideas and creating material that might be useful for further development beyond the workshop. Please bring 1-2 texts that are particularly inspirational or relevant to you at this moment. We will start with a group warm up geared to engage the voice and the body. Open to all skill levels.
Kim Brandt
March 15
Sunday
5:00 pm-8:00 pm $5
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
Obstructions
Makers of all kinds will be guided through a process of identifying habits, assumptions and expectations in our artistic practice. Through personal writing and group discussion, we will explore new approaches to our own modes of creation. Bringing clarity to our artistic interests and approaches, and finding comfort with unknown outcomes, we will begin developing new pieces with the main objective to surprise ourselves in an open and non-judgmental environment. Participants must bring notebook and writing utensils and/or laptop; additional art materials welcome but not necessary (non toxic materials only).
Olive Bieringa and Otto Ramstad
March 21 - March 22
Sunday, Saturday
4:30 pm-8:30 pm $80
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
Pelvis: Motility & Mobility
This workshop will focus on the pelvis: embryology, bones, muscles, organs and glands and how we can utilize our embodied anatomy in our practice of moving. Through hands on practice we will dive into the systems of the body and create a deep foundation from which to expand our physical potential, and heighten our sensory awareness. Workshop is for anyone who wants to feel great and learn more about their pelvis and its contents.
Stanley Love
March 29
Sunday
5:00 pm-8:00 pm $5
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
Letting Music Open You, Letting Your Mind Structure.
The exact structure of this lab will depend on how many participants are present. Each person should bring a piece of music they love very much (bring more than one if you can't decide) and we will be starting with the emotional life-force of the song that moves you, a channeling place of freedom. Once we have something that is connected to the creator we will work on using logic, technique and structure to come up with a phrase that embodies the soul of the song and yourself, and also has a designed container that is not restrictive.
Susan Rethorst
April 4 - April 26
Saturday
4:30 pm-7:30 pm $120
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
A Choreographic Mind
I teach from the point of view that making is an endless quest with ever shifting ground. I encourage an attitude of fueling work with one's questions, not regarding plans or themes as prerequisites. I regard teaching as a conversational mode; my exercises are proposals in action. I am interested in giving students the ability to recognize and access states necessary to making work; intuition, perception, cognition, interiority, emotional distance, spontaneity, pleasure, will, reflection, humor.
Melinda Ring
May 2
Saturday
4:30 pm-7:30 pm $30
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
Composing Relationships
Not as beginners, but with a beginner’s mind, we’ll examine and question the relationships (actual and conceptual) that we want to manifest in our dances. We’ll work through a variety of exercises to gather compositional tools in how to extend movement from one person to another. Please note: we’ll be working in a territory where lifts occur by happenstance, not design, and in a world where contact improvisation has yet to be invented.
Aretha Aoki
May 3
Sunday
5:00 pm-8:00 pm $5
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
The Dancer is a Haunted House
The Dancer is a Haunted House I would like to share some improvisation structures and containers for research that I have found fruitful in making and performing. We will invite the seen and unseen murmurings of past, present, and future to surface in spontaneous dancing, writing, sounding, and speaking--using the principles of automatic writing to structure improvisations that move between language and body mind. We will use our imaginations to extend the boundaries of the self into the unknown so as to be more weathervane than conductor: pointing the direction of the wind, not making the wind happen. Participants of any movement background or experience level welcome.
Dr. Stephen Cowan
May 13
Wednesday
12:30 pm-2:30 pm $5
Avenue C Studio
Spring Festival: The Medicine of Art
Doctor and healer Stephen Cowan will consider how neuroscience and Chinese medicine pertain to the life of the artist. Is art good for our health? Is health good for our art? It is a question of balance and sustainability. The artist moves at the edge of comfort encountering life in every step. Cowan will lead a discussion and exercises to balance passion and curiosity, dissonance and coherence, opening a path to healing deep wounds. Come prepared to listen and participate in simple embodied exercises. Suggested donation $5. Part of Movement Research Festival Spring 2015: LEGIBLE/ILLEGIBLE.
Nicole Asselin
May 14
Thursday
4:00 pm-5:00 pm
Prospect Park
Spring Festival: Natural Dye Workshop
Nicole Asselin will lead the collective creation of a Memory Cloth in a process using found relics from the natural world. Part of Movement Research Festival Spring 2015: LEGIBLE/ILLEGIBLE.
Courtney Krantz & Tara O’Con
May 17
Sunday
5:00 pm-8:00 pm $5
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
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RESCHEDULED FOR FALL 2015
Pauline Oliveros and Ione
May 17
Sunday
3:00 pm-4:00 pm
Mount Tremper Arts
Spring Festival: Deep Listening Workshop
Deep Listening with Pauline Oliveros and Ione will include an Introduction to Deep Listening with history, theory and practice as well as experiential Dream Awareness Practice with Ione. Part of Movement Research Festival Spring 2015: LEGIBLE/ILLEGIBLE. --> FREE SHUTTLE FROM NYC. CLICK REGISTER FOR DETAILS.
Chrysa Parkinson
June 3 - June 6
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
12:00 pm-2:30 pm $60
Avenue C Studio
IDD Wkshp: Comprehension and Constitution
Dancers: Comprehension and Constitution Being Understood and Making Things Up... | If the performer is an experiential author, who's the editor? We will discuss and enact ways to activate the plastic border between comprehension and constitution as dancers -- how we are understood, what we are part of, what makes us up and what we make up. Not knowing the outcome of a process in contemporary dance practices is a well-respected part of the process of making it up, but knowing precisely what we are doing and how we are doing it is an integral part of being a dancer. Where does the knowing start and the not knowing begin? When does the performer's immersion in their own experience diffract? What is the performer's authorial role in relation to that moment of diffraction? This workshop will include talking, reading, writing and performance scores.
Chrysa Parkinson
June 10 - June 13
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
12:00 pm-2:30 pm $60
Avenue C Studio
IDD Wkshp: Documenting Embodied Enactment
Dancers: Looking Forward to Looking Back. Documenting Embodied Enactment... | In this workshop we will touch on known documentation practices and look for new ones. We will use memory, image, imitation and enactment to consider the process of documenting experience as well as creating questionnaires, bibliographies and dance-ographies. What is the performer, choosing, drawing on and why? What is a performer's product? How can we best speak about and find a place to store the complex influences of colleagues, weather, place and culture on our movement through and with them? This workshop will include talking, reading, writing and performance scores.
Claire Croizé and Étienne Guilloteau
June 22 - June 27
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
12:30 pm-2:30 pm $75
Avenue C Studio
IDD Wkshp: Recomposition
During our last creation, "Synopsis of a Battle", we developed a physicality based on decomposition and articulation of shapes drawn from different dance styles we knew from our own physical experience (ballet, Cunningham, release technique, modern, etc.) as well as "cheap imitations" of various techniques, movements and forms that we've seen that remain in our memory or imagination. We will play and recompose at will with all those facets lying within ourselves and give shape to them. It is a work with the body that tries to make visible the various layers that compose one body history. Every individual story is the proof that all those disparate elements can find a coherence in the body and its representation. Facing it is an attempt to find a coherence for oneself.
Jennifer Monson
July 7
Tuesday
7:00 pm-9:00 pm Free
Gibney Dance at 890 Broadway
MELT "Movie" Night
Hosted by a different MELT teaching artist each week, the MELT “movie" night series features work that inspires, influences, engages and/or represents that artist's current creative process and artistic concerns. The screenings provide an opportunity for a more in-depth dialogue between students and teachers beyond the workshop setting, as well as a chance to connect in a more social environment.
Tatyana Tenenbaum
July 9
Thursday
3:00 pm-6:00 pm FREE
BRIC House Gallery
MR@BRIC Process Lab
GILLS AND BELLOWS In this workshop we will use our proprioceptive awareness to access our voices. Through a series of intertwining exercises and methodologies we will investigate pitch, timbre and phonemic resonance as felt experiences, working to translate this somatic knowledge into muscular-skeletal form. This work is rooted in physical practice. No prior experience with the voice is required.
Kyle deCamp
July 14
Tuesday
7:00 pm-9:00 pm FREE
Gibney Dance at 890 Broadway
MELT "Movie" Night
Hosted by a different MELT teaching artist each week, the MELT “movie" night series features work that inspires, influences, engages and/or represents that artist's current creative process and artistic concerns. The screenings provide an opportunity for a more in-depth dialogue between students and teachers beyond the workshop setting, as well as a chance to connect in a more social environment.
Will Rawls
July 16
Thursday
3:00 pm-6:00 pm FREE
BRIC House Gallery
MR@BRIC Process Lab
PUBLIC AMBIGUITY This Process Lab will take place in a semi-public gallery space and will facilitate methods and approaches for being ambiguous in plain sight. We'll organize a series of overlapping activities whose meaning and practice are unclear at the outset. Through these durational activities we will explore what kinds of space we can collectively hold open for passersby and what happens when an audience forms. The workshop will begin with a group vocal/speech warm up, a simple physical warm up and a discussion, followed by a two-hour performance. Please bring a set of key words, an object and/or costume piece that you would like to work with throughout the Lab.
Donna Uchizono
July 21
Tuesday, Thursday
7:00 pm-9:00 pm FREE
Gibney Dance at 890 Broadway
MELT "Movie" Night
Hosted by a different MELT teaching artist each week, the MELT “movie" night series features work that inspires, influences, engages and/or represents that artist's current creative process and artistic concerns. The screenings provide an opportunity for a more in-depth dialogue between students and teachers beyond the workshop setting, as well as a chance to connect in a more social environment.
Larissa Velez-Jackson
July 23
Thursday
3:00 pm-6:00 pm FREE
BRIC House Gallery
MR@BRIC Process Lab
THE PERFORMANCE STATE AS PRACTICE Using Larissa Velez-Jackson’s performance practice, Star Crap Method, as a guide; this workshop employs and blurs speech, movement, looking, sounding, and writing. Practitioners will examine how these forms can relate to exponentially multiply our meaning making in real-time. With performance as a tool, we experience a state of being that annihilates the boundaries between perception, improvisation, and composition.
Tara Aisha Willis
July 23
Thursday
7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Jimmy's no. 43
MELT Reading Group
MAKING USE, MAKING MOVE "I thought I was being asked to construct a physiological self, to balance space and localize sensations, when all the time they were clamoring for more." -Frantz Fanon, "The Lived Experience of the Black Man." "I want to insist on perceiving the body as intelligent and multivalent." -Ananya Chatterjea, Butting Out How does "lived experience" get into performance? Performance is experience, it is live, living, lived; it is also more than physiology, sensation, space, and sight. Our sociopolitical bodies, our kinesthetic bodies: what do they do together? what do we do with them when we dance? can our untraceable gestures, as Michel de Certeau offers, "escape without leaving" the ordering systems that demand so much? how do we make mysterious use of what we've been given, and what our bodies have been given to be?
Ilona Bito and Donna Costello
July 25
Saturday
2:00 pm-4:00 pm FREE
BRIC House Gallery
Family Day
Join dance artists Ilona Bito and Donna Costello for a day of family friendly movement workshops at BRIC in partnership with Movement Research. In each session, we will invite our bodies to twist and turn, bounce and slide, rise and fall, to ride the wave of dance. Using inspiration from the art and architecture in the BRIC gallery, we will tap into the imaginative expression each young person brings by exploring, investigating and creating in dance. Come activate the space with us as we engage our senses with music, imagery and movement at BRIC! 3- 6 year olds, First session from 2-3pm led by Ilona Bito 7-10 year olds, Second session from 3-4pm led by Donna Costello Participants are encouraged to wear sneakers and families are encouraged to join in the fun.
Levi Gonzalez hosts Darrell Jones
July 28
Tuesday
7:00 pm-9:00 pm FREE
Gibney Dance at 890 Broadway
MELT "Movie" Night
Hosted by a different MELT teaching artist each week, the MELT “movie" night series features work that inspires, influences, engages and/or represents that artist's current creative process and artistic concerns. The screenings provide an opportunity for a more in-depth dialogue between students and teachers beyond the workshop setting, as well as a chance to connect in a more social environment.
luciana achugar
July 30
Thursday
3:00 pm-6:00 pm FREE
BRIC House Gallery
MR@BRIC Process Lab
GROWING A BODY In this Process Lab we will practice being in pleasure and giving our bodies a voice. A practice of growing a new body, as one would grow a plant; a utopian body; a sensational body; a connected body; an anarchic body; a body full/filled with pleasure, with love and with magic . . . with a brain that melted down to the flesh, the bones, the guts, the skin . . . and with eyes that see without naming and see without knowing.
Marissa Perel
July 30
Thursday
7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Jimmy's no. 43
MELT Reading Group
NOWHERE WITHOUT YOU "For if I am confounded by you, then you are already of me, and I am nowhere without you. I cannot muster the 'we' except by finding the way in which I am tied to 'you,'" claims Judith Butler in Precarious Lives. Let's talk about how we are tied to each other as makers, performers, citizens. Let's talk about choreographing as coalition building. Let's talk about performing and looking as acts of solidarity. Let's talk about bodies as carriers of histories, 'movement as transmission,' and language as somatic connection 'between the visible and invisible, clear and obscure, private and public, given and with-held,' (quotes taken from Petra Kuppers' Waltzing disability culture: Moving history with Raimund Hoghe).
Neil Greenberg
August 4
Tuesday
7:00 pm-9:00 pm FREE
Gibney Dance at 890 Broadway
MELT "Movie" Night
Hosted by a different MELT teaching artist each week, the MELT “movie" night series features work that inspires, influences, engages and/or represents that artist's current creative process and artistic concerns. The screenings provide an opportunity for a more in-depth dialogue between students and teachers beyond the workshop setting, as well as a chance to connect in a more social environment.

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