This class integrates cutting edge concepts from the fields of movement science and Somatics as a way of approaching dance training. How do breathing dynamics, fascial sliding, or range of motion relate to your dancing? The class will move from explorative exercises, into shared movement material that will challenge us to incorporate functional concepts while executing changes of direction and phrasing.
Laura Hicks (1979) is a dancer, choreographer, and movement educator. She trained in Canada at the Toronto Ballet Ensemble, the Alberta Ballet, and the University of Calgary (UofC). Over the last ten years her work has focused substantially on improvisation and Somatics. Her study of anatomy in the department of Kinesiology at UofC, Movement Patterning, Bartineff Fundamentals, contact improvisation, and contemporary philosophy are strong influences. She now teaches at contact improvisation festivals throughout Europe, is involved in a three year project in Paris in the study of ‘intersubjectivity’ in joint improvisation (Project ICI), and is currently working on her own research project in ‘Kinesthetic Mapping.’ She is also a fully certified trainer of the Pilates Method, and holds an MA in Contemporary Dance Education from the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts.