ART OF MOVING
“This body is a rare and precious gift.” Buddha
And for this one precious life, it is our home address.
Using the dance to be fully embodied – physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually – simply means being home for the beautiful ride of being alive. It means we’re present for anything and everything: loving, losing, colliding, learning, creating, connecting, feeling.
To be embodied is to come to our senses. To show up and learn to stay with our experience whether it’s good or bad. To feel our power, and to make things happen in our world. To know ourselves as part of something greater.
When we live an embodied life, we are more fluid, flexible, and free to experience all of the wild and subtle moments that go by, the ones that are heavenly and the ones that drop us to our knees.
To be embodied is to give ourselves a chance to arrive at death in peace, free of regret for having missed our life because we weren’t home.
We dance because it feels good on every imaginable level.
The art of moving is infinite.
As we practice, we learn to move along these Continuums:
- Fixed and Fluid
- Habit and Choice
- Move and Include
Practice is about embodied mindfulness of where we are on any given continuum. Balance is considered a moment in time rather than a goal. Intentions of our practice are flexibility, resilience, mindfulness and ease.
The elements of our Open Floor movement practice offer a dynamic, creative toolkit. An endless variety of dance floor experiences are invited, ranging from quiet whispers to the wild and uncontained, as we follow natural cycles of movement.
Below is the menu of Open Floor Curriculum.
- The 4 Dimensions of Embodiment: Physical, Emotional, Mind, Soul
- The 4 Relational Hungers: Solitude, Connection, Belonging, Spirit
- Spatial Awareness
- Expand & Contract
- Towards & Away
- Activate & Settle
- Open Attention
Anatomical parts of the body: legs, eyes, feet, skin, bones, blood, front body, etc.
The Origins of our Curriculum
Our curriculum is a multi-layered menu of investigation that was evolved by a think tank of experienced conscious dance facilitators from around the world. Our wide range of experience enabled us to look at many forms of conscious embodiment and weave together concepts that were repeated again and again in various practices and forms. We began to see universal patterns and threads, inherent wisdom passed down through decades of embodied movement practice and inquiry.
The intention of our curriculum is to mix and match different inquiries and always bring the process back to the body through the use of embodied anchors. We offer an infinite number of creative and innovative explorations to facilitate students’ evolution as embodied, conscious human beings.