Thursdays January 30 – April 16 | 5:30-7:00 pm
$180 for 12 classes
Experience the joy of your own authentic dance movements flourishing within facilitated group improvisations. This class starts with a somatic centering practice and progresses to standing and moving, using improvisational structures and scores to create group dance experiences. Students will become more comfortable with initiating, sharing, following, joining, leaving, and witnessing. Bring comfortable clothing, your bare feet, and a blanket for floor work (optional).
This class is intended for any adult or older teen who loves to move! Familiarity with modern dance can be helpful but is not required — all you need is curiosity about being in your body and about moving in community with others.
About the Instructor
Instructors Marina Kelly, Miriam Hall, and Kate Hewson alternate teaching each week through the session.
Miriam Hall teaches contemplative arts: art-based contemplative practices including contemplative writing, contemplative photography (Miksang), and creative process programs, and brings her deep knowledge of contemplative arts to bear in teaching this movement class as well. All of her teaching is based in dharma and Buddhism, but you don’t have to be Buddhist to benefit. The fundamental view of dharma art is that creativity arises from clear perception. As living, sentient beings, perception is available to all of us, all of the time, so all of us have access to creative inspiration simply by being.
Kate Hewson is a choreographer, dancer, teacher, and administrator based in Madison. She has created over fifteen works for modern and aerial dance and received her MFA in Dance from UW-Milwaukee in 2009. Kate is also Assistant Director for Academic Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of the Arts.
Marina Kelly is a multidisciplinary artist who designs situations that bring people together; creating intimate occasions, site responsive performances, live art tableaux, looping videos and sculptural installations. Marina completed her Masters of Fine Arts degree in time-based art from The University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012 and has since worked at the UW-Madison Division of the Arts, coordinating student-centered arts programming. In recent years, Marina has studied Mettler-based creative movement for groups at the Tucson Creative Dance Center.