I’m Teaching A Floor-Barre and Stretch Class Next Thursday In Pasadena. Space Still Available.

July 20, 2011

WHEN? Thursday June 28th at 7PM.

QUESTIONS? 323 465 8054

The class offers both dancers and non-dancers a gentle non-invasive exploration of body-mind techniques that expand range of movement and flexibility, improve posture and relieve chronic pain.

  • Whether the student is a dancer or a beginner the work will develop a long, flexible musculature.
  • Compulsive holding patterns created by injury, faulty training and past trauma can be freed from auto-pilot mode, making way for re-education and greater freedom of movement. Students will work at their own pace.
  • The class is designed to accommodate all levels of expertise, from beginner to professional.
  • The class includes exercises from the Zena Rommett and Kniaseff floor-barres, the Moshe Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement classes and mind-body techniques exploring movement via the muscular, skeletal and energetic systems.
  • The Zena Rommett Floor-Barre Technique® is a gentle and highly effective method for correcting and refining body alignment, building muscular strength and length, strengthening joints and increasing vitality and artistic expression.
  • Also widely recognized is a technique developed by Russian dancer Boris Kniaseff in the 1950s.

His barre au sol, has been carried on by dancers and teachers, Jacqueline Fynneart, Zizi Jeanmaire, Roland Petit, and Stéphane Dalle. According to Jacqueline Fynneart in an interview published at Danza Ballet, the technique is meant to be added to a traditional class (rather than as a replacement) and was “developed by combining Graham style floor exercises with classical form).
The Feldenkrais “Awareness Through Movement” combines teaching through description and observation rather than imperative and command. Awareness Through Movement® classes are nondirective, nonjudgmental, and exploratory.

Here is a mode of non-directive learning that brings movement to the surface and allows it to shine through a self-reflective mirror. Nowhere is there a model for learning that is so centered on the self-perceptions of the student.

Joan Wulfsohn has taught dance and healing techniques in eleven countries. Her engagements include the Centre International de Danse Rosella Hightower in Cannes; Teatro National de Barcelona; The Nice Conservatoire de Musique et la Danse; the Universities of Nice and Nanterre (Paris); the Lee Strasberg Institute in Los Angeles and the Mind Body Spirit Festival in Sydney.

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