SLMDances' modern technique class pulls together a diverse set of movement practices which cultivate versatility and are grounded in the use of breath/voice, improvisation and personal choices. While I encourage dancers to be mindful in their individual technical practice, I facilitate exercises that build relationships with their fellow dancers in the space.
We begin in a circle. As we check in with our individual bodies, we also check in with one another. Make eye contact. Breathe together. We descend to the floor to focus on the development of the dancers’ alignment and core strength as a foundation for them to build upon. Here on the floor we also invert our bodies and explore how to use our hands as feet. Improvisational exercises transition us to standing center work that warms and articulates the major joints and muscle groups in the body. I build upon movement themes as the class progresses into locomotion across the floor and a major movement combination, which may include jumps and quickly moving in and out of the floor. Class comes to a close by returning to the circle and stretching the dancers’ now fully warmed bodies.
Sydnie L. Mosley is an artist-activist and educator who produces experiential dance works with her all-women company SLMDances. Through her choreographic work, the company works in communities to organize for gender and racial justice. Her evening-length dances The Window Sex Project and BodyBusiness address sexual harassment in public spaces and the economics of NYC dance, respectively.
Part of the 2019 Spring Dance Series, sponsored by the Theater and Dance Department, the Groove Fund and the Eastman Fund. Free and open to all.