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Beacon Dance | Classes & Workshops

Breaking New Ground:
New Dance at The Decatur Arts Festival 2016

Co-presented with The Decatur Arts Festival & CORE
Decatur Recreation Center Dance Studio

The New Dance Festival Classes will be held in the Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St., in Downtown Decatur. Classes are free and no pre-registration is necessary.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Class 1 - 10:00-11:00 AM

10:30-11:30 Awareness Through Movement: A one-hour class in the Feldenkrais Method, with Louise Runyon

Ingenious, gentle movement sequences designed to bring mobility, ease and efficiency to all forms of physical activity, through heightened awareness of how the body - and mind - can function together as an integrated whole.

"The Feldenkrais Method is the most sophisticated and effective method I have seen for the prevention and reversal of deterioration of function." Margaret Mead, Ph.D., Anthropologist

Note: Participants will need mats.

Class 2 - 11:30 AM-12:30 PM

Belly Dance Basics: The Moves Everyone Should Know with Heidi Baila

These fun and timeless moves require no previous dance training or targeted muscular contol. They are the basics that bring a smile to dancer's faces and make them feel a bit nostalgic. Following a relaxing warm up each move will be broken down, with variations and modifications provided for all levels. We’ll put them all together to create a fun combo and end with a cool down.

Class 3 - 1:00-2:00 PM

Life in Full Bloom, with The Dancing Flowers for Peace

The Dancing Flowers for Peace invite you to "dig" into your creativity and discover your "full bloom" through improvisational play. We will create possibilities for our bodies to express and extend into fullness. What is our impact? What parts of our bodies will open?

Class 4 - 2:30-3:30 PM

Modern Lyrical Dance Class, with Alex Spitzer

My idea for this dance class came from how I would take dance class and how I have to adapt the movement off of what the teacher teaches. So my idea is, I will do the movement and the students will adapt the movement off of what I do and add to it also. As an example - (if I do a shoulder circle, you do the same movement too with your shoulder but add arm movements and/or maybe different levels from standing up to going to the ground. Also try your best to remember your movement you created with the shoulder circle movement I gave you so you are not doing different things each time we are doing a shoulder circle.) Also different in this class is that you create your own movement and not be doing what the person next to you is doing. So in the end everyone will be doing same floor patterns however your movements will be different.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Class 5 - 1:00-1:45 PM)

InterPlay: movement, storytelling, voice and community connection!

InterPlay is an art form that anyone can do! The simple forms of InterPlay invite participants of all ages and abilities to free the stories, movement and voice within. InterPlay is taught in an incremental and affirming environment where the unique creative expression of each individual is honored and celebrated. InterPlay invites creativity & connection (with oneself and others) in a joyful and accessible atmosphere. Come play! www.interplay.org

Class 6 - 2:00-2:45 PM)

Creative Movement with Nadya Zeitlin

Creative Movement is a mix of Dance Improvisation and Dance Theatre. The main topic of the class: How to make a dance phrase using common gestures? Warm-up designed to tune participants to the creative process and "break the ice". Exercises to warm-up bodies and to remind types of move that a person / dancer can do. Work with types of dance moves and common gestures. Creative process in groups, showing results.

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