There is a science behind training our dancers to become strong, flexible and expressive performers. They need to be mentally sharp, train from anatomical principles of the body to decrease potential for injury and learn how to maximize their physical abilities. You’ll learn how to train your dancers to better their technique, no matter what the style of dance or age of the dancer. Discover how to integrate anatomical principles and leading edge optimal performance techniques to educate your students to continually improve and hone their process towards becoming the best dancer possible. These concepts are at the core of a 3-day workshop offered by Deborah Vogel and Sarah Newton in June of 2019.
Who should come to this workshop?
Teachers who are interested in their own growth – no matter how long they have been teaching. College-age dancers who are teaching as well as performing or who will soon be heading out into the teaching field are also welcome. Studio owners who want to better educate their teachers. As a dance teacher you know that dance and dance training can have powerful influences on your students’ life – so why not back up that passion with information that will help you train your students towards their dreams.
After contemplating the feedback from last year’s workshop we have decided to focus on strategies for integrating the anatomical information into your classes. We will take a deep dive into fascia, which is a network of connective tissue that plays a vital role in defining the human form and supporting motion. In technical terms, healthy fascia is both flexible and strong, serving to transmit force through the body to generate gliding movement. However, when our movement does not go through all the functional and diverse patterns the fascia becomes sticky and blocked. (Think about how much time most people spend either sitting and walking, and how little time we spend twisting, rotating, extending and combining movements.) Fascia will be an underlying theme throughout the workshop so you will become familiar with the anatomical structure and definition of fascia, explore short movement sequences specifically designed to promote fascial health, and practice ways to build dance class sequences that facilitate functional fascia. Sound good? We think so too!
Exploring the body/brain connection
This topic had rave reviews from last year so we will continue exploring leading edge techniques to optimize class and performing results. Most teachers understand the importance of having goals… we want our dancers to dream big! But it is the systems and processes that we use that will put students on the path towards achieving their goals. Mindset, attitudes, habits, level of commitment and determination all come into play when we talk about the body/brain connection. You will come away with clear suggestions for improving your student results in the classroom. You might even get inspired to use some of these techniques in your own life too!
Somatic movement exploration
We will explore ways to bring anatomical concepts and somatic awareness into both contemporary dance technique and ballet classes. After all, in order to create physical change, you have to understand what the joints and muscles are doing to create the movement, listen to what the body is telling you, and apply feedback to create new patterns. These movement classes will not tell you what to teach in your classes, rather offer examples of how to integrate anatomical and somatic knowledge you have learned into a technique class.
The lower extremity
Anatomy from the feet to the hips will be explored and assessed. This topic is of the utmost importance to dancers since the hips is where turnout occurs and the poor knees are at the mercy of what happens above and below! We will look at various alignment patterns you might see in your students and then explore stretches, strengtheners and movement corrections that need to happen in order to bring the feet, knees and hips into happy anatomical alignment and muscle balance.
On Friday and Saturday we will end the day by brainstorming solutions to challenges you have identified in your classes. Last year, we truly valued all the learning that occurred between the incredibly knowledgeable teacher/participants, so we wanted to be sure to build in time for this. People shared great ideas for shifting the mood of a class, strategizing plans for approaching technique concerns, and exploring plans for specific physical differences. As we know, a good idea can be life changing to our classes, students, and ourselves.
Deborah Vogel is a dancer, author, and master teacher who conducts workshops nationally and internationally for student and professional dancers and dance teachers. Her numerous articles on dance technique and injury prevention have appeared in Dance Spirit and Dance Teacher and Pointe magazines. She writes the popular Ask Deb column for Dance Teacher Magazine. She has been active in the dance medicine field since 1978 and co-founded the Center for Dance Medicine in NYC with Dr. Richard Bachrach. Deborah’s numerous books and products on dance education can be found at thebodyseries.com. She uses her expertise and knowledge to educate teachers and dancers how to enhance their technique using sound anatomical principles as well as optimizing their performance both in the classroom and on stage.
Sarah Newton is an Instructor in Dance at Texas Christian University. Sarah completed the Master of Fine Arts in Dance at Texas Woman’s University and is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Sam Houston State University, where she earned the BFA in Dance. She is currently a member of Out on a Limb Dance Company. Additionally, Sarah has performed with wild goose chase, Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth, and Kista Tucker Dance Company. Sarah has enjoyed teaching master classes at numerous schools and festivals. Contributing to her body of knowledge is her comprehensive mat and equipment Pilates certification through Balanced Body University.
Venue and Registration Details
Workshop Cost $425
The workshop will be held at Erma Lowe Hall. There are beautiful, open, light-filled studios where we will hold class, a comfortable large lounge to take a break in, and just a brief walk away from available housing on campus. First class will be Friday morning and we will end mid-afternoon on Sunday.
Room & Board $250
If you choose to stay on campus you will be housed in suites with 4 private bedrooms, 2 baths, with a small central living area. (There is not a kitchen in the suites) Linens are supplied. There are multiple dining options with a wide range of food choices (vegetarian, vegan, etc.) for your 3 meals a day starting with Thursday evening dinner. Email Deborah@thebodyseries.com if you have requests for your suite roommates.
Nearest airport is DFW, which is 25 miles away. Super Shuttles, cab, Lyft & Uber, and car rentals are available at the terminal. Dallas Love Field airport is 35 miles away with shuttle, cab and car rentals available at the terminal. Parking information will be sent out to participants mid-May.