Dance Connection

 

Purpose:

To open & stimulate pathways to a life well lived through dance, movement and connection, employing the principles of interdependency and interconnection.

 

We work with self -awareness through the language of music and movement to give the opportunity to realise our authentic connection, expression and communication.

 

Educational Methodology:

Education for wellbeing
Education for expression
Education for the language of connection Education for musicality

 

Learning is experiential, somatic, affective and cognitive - which brings self- awareness of the way our body moves and expresses; and awareness of how this connects, communicates and contributes to our own and others wellbeing.

The Dance Connection class 

The session contains components:

●  Warm up

●  Activation

●  Expression

●  Deceleration

●  Inner Connection and Stillness

●  Reactivation

 

Each component offers movement language to experiment and explore a new pathway for connection, expression and communication. Methods of dance, movement, gesture and posture are included.

 

Modes of relating:

Solo dances
Pairs
Groups
Community


The Dance Pathway:

The Dance pathway is geared to help you partner your body and listen, learning to recognize your sensing system: the gut instinct; emotional indicators; physical indicators, intuition and sense of well-being. Exploration of Laban’s analysis of movement gives vocabulary for expression. Verbal communication will be grounded in embodiment.

The Dance & Training journeys

The learning process is experiential and somatic, an exploration of your own life journey through dance, movement and communication. Sharing is based on the Circle Way & The Way of Council and Empathic communication and Reflective Listening will be used, inspired by nonviolent communication.

 

Year One - The Dance Journey 

For anyone wanting to deepen the compassionate and creative connection with themselves and others through dance and movement - the embodiment of a life well lived! This is a stand-alone year. A minimum attendance is of 6 of these weekends to enter Year 2. If you do not wish to become a teacher, minimum attendance is for 3 weekends in Year 1.

Year Two - Teacher Training

 

For anyone wishing to continue the journey in order to share this system professionally. 12 weekend sessions deepening the theoretical background of Dance Connection, its methodology and practice.

The Themes for the Dance Journey Year

 

Theme 1: Introduction to Movement, Dance Connection & ways of communicating. (30th Oct - 1st Nov, 2020)

Theme 2: How the body moves (4th-6th Dec 2020)

Theme 3: Health and wellbeing through movement and dance (planned date: 21st-23rd May 2021)

Theme 4: How the body expresses itself - expressing yourself honestly (planned date: 11th-13th June 2021)

Theme 5: How the body cares for itself (planned date: 2nd-4th July 2021)

Theme 6: Dancing the Elements and Yin and Yang (planned date: 30th July - 1st Aug)

Theme 7: How the body cares for others (planned date: 3rd-5th Sept 2021)

Theme 8: Myths, Archetypes and the Hero’s journey (must have attended 3 other themes before attending this)  (planned date: 1st-3rd Oct 2021)

Theme 9: How the body contributes planned date: 29th-31st Oct 2021)


Theme 10: Creative expression through dance, voice and percussion (planned date: 26th-28th Nov 2021)

Theme 11: Dance of the Numinous Ordinary (planned date: 10th-12th Dec 2021)

Theme 12: Integration - mourning and celebration. Overview year 2. (planned date: 14th-16th Jan 2022)

Facilitating Dance Connection

Each weekend will include a mixture of applied theory, dance, underpinning theory, discussion and sharing as fitted to the aim of the weekend. Later weekends will include teaching practice.

Module 1: The Purpose, Principles and Aims of Dance Connection. Brief History of Dance.

Module 2: More on how the body moves ( Anatomy and Physiology) Module 3: Psychology, dance language and communication

Module 4: The Educational methodology of Dance Connection; The session : components and exercises

Module 5: The power of music and musical semantics


Module 6 & 7:How to create sessions using the exercises and music

Module 8: How to work with dance, movement and connection in varied contexts and environments e.g. schools, organisations, 1 to 1 sessions, dance breaks, on line

Module 9, 10 & 11: Teaching practice - group feedback, collaboration, teaching visitors.

Module 12: Ceremony of completion

All enquiries for the Year Journey or Dance Connection Facilitator Training:

danceconnectionwessex@gmail.com