Soma Dance

founded by Donna Redlick

 What is Soma Dance?

In Soma Dance students explore Bartenieff Fundamantals and concepts from the Laban Framework, in applications to dance, with a somatic approach.  Rather than focusing on mastering dance forms and techniques, like one would in a ‘formal’ dance technique class, participants are guided to hone in on their sensing experience.  Discovering how to move and initiate from the inner landscape of the body, and bridging between inner bodily-space to outer kinesphere space is explored.  Students are supported and guided to dance from inner rhythm until ‘feeling forms’ emerge. These feeling forms, which are individual to each person, are then taken into shared dance experiences. One’s subjective experience is foregrounded and awareness of kinesthetic empathy is developed while dancing with others. 

Soma Dance:

For Dancers with experience (min 3 yr)

 

Friday Morning:

10:00am-12:00pm

 

Winter Session 2020

January 10th to February 7th, 2020

Course Fee:   $175.00  students register for full session

Location:        Scotiabank Dance Centre, downtown Vancouver, 677 Davie St.

 

Registration:  $100 deposit due at time of registration in order to hold spot 

Payment by E-transfer, Cash, Cheque, or Credit Card (Square)

* if paying by cash or credit card you can make arrangements with Donna to meet her at the Studio

To Register Email Donna

 

 

 

 

 

Soma Dance:  Open Level, All Dancers Welcome*

*May not be suitable for the absolute beginner dancer. Students should feel comfortable working on the floor, with level changing and working with others in partners. Students are welcome to adapt how they see fit.  

Tuesday Evening:

6:00-7:30pm

Winter 2020

Three Tuesdays evenings:  January 7th, 14th, 21st

Course Fee:   $79.00 for all three classes 

Location:        Scotiabank Dance Centre, downtown Vancouver, 677 Davie St.

Registration: payment of $79.00 is due at time of registration to hold spot

Payment by E-transfer, Cash, Cheque, or Credit Card (Square)

* if paying by cash or credit card you can make arrangements with Donna to meet her at the Studio

Drop in 'may' be considered at $30 per class (cash only) for students who have worked with Donna before.

Email Donna for permission. 

To Register Email Donna

What to expect in each Soma Class:

The first part of class takes place on the floor exploring Developmental Movement Patterns and Bartenieff Fundamentals. In this part of class some hands on for re-patterning work, in partners, is also integrated.  Participants explore the support of gravity and wake-up inner bodily pathways to develop kinetic chains for total body connectivity. The floor work progresses towards rolling, weight shifting and propulsion through space. Some level changing is also explored.  Students may adapt if needed. 

 

The second part of class transitions into dancing in kinesphere space, as well as general space, exploring concepts found within the Laban Movement Framework. In this part of the class students are guided to dance with a somatic approach through a specific methodology based on structured improvisation, presence, repetition, recall, and awareness of phrasing. Witnessing and ‘holding space’ for each other to dance towards newness, beyond habit, is key to this part of the class. 

 

The third and final part of class hones in on working with personal dance phrases in relation with others, to create compositions in the moment. Kinesthetic empathy and attuning to one another is fore-grounded.   Throughout the entire class we will move in relation to ourselves and in relation with others in order to support both a subjective and inter-subjective experience. There will be moments for self-reflection, sharing and dialogue. 

photos on this page by Tonya Ng