Schedule

MDF will run M-F Aug. 19-23

at the University of Montana, PARTV Building, room 005


Class Descriptions    Inspired Movement Technique with Michelle Boulé   This class uses guided improvisations and simple exercises to find a maximally informed and creative approach to dancing, where everyone has space to honor their unique systems for movement. Technique becomes a tool for deeper awareness and presence, uncovering one’s essence and potential, with pleasure! The material from this class is sourced from Boulé’s 20+ years of researching various somatic modalities, energy work, and consciousness, in relationship to movement, performance, and wellness. Class ends with an application of this information to choreographed phrase work.   A Contact Body/A Contact State of Mind with Anya Cloud   This Contact Improvisation workshop will consider the body's relationship with gravity in supportive and destabilizing ways through solo, duet, small group, and ensemble practices. Tuning the volume of space will be central to creating a research oriented platform for embodied learning. We will build and remember fundamental CI skills that can be applied and surprise in many directions. We will also integrate practices and approaches from the Feldenkrais Method ®  to more deeply investigate patterning, increase options, broaden qualitative range, practice sustainably, and feel our humanness. We will work with durational practices and notice how time changes our being and dancing. We will work with disorientation. We will find soft and generous edges. We will work with velocity and momentum. We will work with sphericity. We will cultivate precarious and permeable states of physicality to provoke sensitized dancing possibilities. Through an intense focus on physicality, physics, and state we will notice what else becomes available. Composition? Transgression? Performance? Magic? And we will take all of that into juicy, full-bodied contact dancing. How can we be demanding and unrelenting in the research and practice by staying  in  and  present  and  risk-taking ? What is at stake for each of us? How can we not make assumptions within our dancing? This will be a practice of radical independence and responsible citizenship.   Healing, Synthesis, and Open Movement with Michelle Boulé   This workshop provides a format for group and personal healing, and is open to anyone who is interested in holistic health combined with a self-directed movement practice. We’ll begin with a short group healing treatment for everyone present, using the BodyTalk System primarily. This is followed by approximately 30 minutes of open movement. The workshop closes with another brief healing treatment for the group and time for questions and reflection. The treatments combined with movement will synthesize and harmonize our systems/bodies, setting our healing and creativity in motion. No previous experience required. More info can be found at  MBodyRadiance.com    Yoga for Dancers with Heidi Jones Eggert   This class offers a vinyasa yoga practice flowing through breath-centered movement. Intention will be placed on cultivating warmth, activating the muscles, and mobilizing the tissues to allow for the free flow of energy through the body. The class will focus on tuning into sensation and intuition to find individualized freedom of movement. The practice of asanas, pranayama breathing, and meditation will be interwoven throughout the class. All levels welcome.   Wake Up! Improvisation   This class investigates the sensation of the body and the endlessness of the imagination through gentle awakening exercises. We will recognize the community we are creating together and celebrate our moving selves in a group improvisation class.

Class Descriptions

Inspired Movement Technique with Michelle Boulé

This class uses guided improvisations and simple exercises to find a maximally informed and creative approach to dancing, where everyone has space to honor their unique systems for movement. Technique becomes a tool for deeper awareness and presence, uncovering one’s essence and potential, with pleasure! The material from this class is sourced from Boulé’s 20+ years of researching various somatic modalities, energy work, and consciousness, in relationship to movement, performance, and wellness. Class ends with an application of this information to choreographed phrase work.

A Contact Body/A Contact State of Mind with Anya Cloud

This Contact Improvisation workshop will consider the body's relationship with gravity in supportive and destabilizing ways through solo, duet, small group, and ensemble practices. Tuning the volume of space will be central to creating a research oriented platform for embodied learning. We will build and remember fundamental CI skills that can be applied and surprise in many directions. We will also integrate practices and approaches from the Feldenkrais Method® to more deeply investigate patterning, increase options, broaden qualitative range, practice sustainably, and feel our humanness. We will work with durational practices and notice how time changes our being and dancing. We will work with disorientation. We will find soft and generous edges. We will work with velocity and momentum. We will work with sphericity. We will cultivate precarious and permeable states of physicality to provoke sensitized dancing possibilities. Through an intense focus on physicality, physics, and state we will notice what else becomes available. Composition? Transgression? Performance? Magic? And we will take all of that into juicy, full-bodied contact dancing. How can we be demanding and unrelenting in the research and practice by staying in and present and risk-taking? What is at stake for each of us? How can we not make assumptions within our dancing? This will be a practice of radical independence and responsible citizenship.

Healing, Synthesis, and Open Movement with Michelle Boulé

This workshop provides a format for group and personal healing, and is open to anyone who is interested in holistic health combined with a self-directed movement practice. We’ll begin with a short group healing treatment for everyone present, using the BodyTalk System primarily. This is followed by approximately 30 minutes of open movement. The workshop closes with another brief healing treatment for the group and time for questions and reflection. The treatments combined with movement will synthesize and harmonize our systems/bodies, setting our healing and creativity in motion. No previous experience required. More info can be found at MBodyRadiance.com

Yoga for Dancers with Heidi Jones Eggert

This class offers a vinyasa yoga practice flowing through breath-centered movement. Intention will be placed on cultivating warmth, activating the muscles, and mobilizing the tissues to allow for the free flow of energy through the body. The class will focus on tuning into sensation and intuition to find individualized freedom of movement. The practice of asanas, pranayama breathing, and meditation will be interwoven throughout the class. All levels welcome.

Wake Up! Improvisation

This class investigates the sensation of the body and the endlessness of the imagination through gentle awakening exercises. We will recognize the community we are creating together and celebrate our moving selves in a group improvisation class.