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 2018.
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.
What is Functional in Anatomy?
In this lecture, teachers will learn how to apply anatomical ideas to improve their understanding of the dancing body. To this end, participants will learn the foundational concepts that are fundamental to understanding anatomy: action of joints,
form for function, muscular contractions, and effects of gravity. By understanding these concepts dancers will be able to utilize this information to “trouble shoot” and answer anatomical questions, resulting in more anatomically sound technique practices.
The Happening Hip
Come explore the stretches and strengtheners for your students that will maximize their turnout and lengthen and strengthen their extensions! After all – how well your students align their pelvis and use the hip muscles determine so much in dance. Not all bodies are alike so learn how to adjust and adapt your exercises to the unique bodies that are reflected in the typical dance class.
What is Functional in Anatomy? Part II
In this movement session, dancers will continue to deepen their understanding of anatomy fundamentals that were covered in part I. Dancers will work with a partner to explore: architecture of the skeleton, range of motion, and states of contraction and release.
Unlocking the Elegant Spine
Every wonder why some student’s port de bras look so graceful and elegant while others don’t? Having a gorgeous line from your feet to the tips of your head and arms has to do with differentiating the movement of the spine from the shoulder girdle. You will explore and learn ways to elongate and free the spine’s movement while stabilizing but not locking the arms on the torso. There is no such thing as a perfectly straight spine – we all have curves and twists to varying degrees. Maximizing spinal motion will not only benefit your student’s dancing, but prevent age-related posture challenges.
Contemporary Dance Technique
In this movement session, teachers can participate in a Contemporary Dance Technique class that is taught through the critical lens of functional anatomy. Dancers will be guided through floor work, center phrases, and traveling sequences that are all rooted in anatomical imagery.
Optimal Performance: Bringing Dreams to Life!
The process of success in any field doesn’t happen overnight. Becoming an articulate and expressive dancer requires making small improvements over time. It is understood that dancers need to hone their technical skills. Additionally, learning how to become calm, confident and mentally focused are essential skill sets that will enhance physical training and optimize results This workshop is designed to fill in the gaps of dance training by exploring leading edge techniques for teachers to use with their dancers to optimize their class and performing results.
Small group discussions and Q&As… And More!
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.
Special Guest Lecturer
Sajid Surve, DO, FAOCPMR is the Co-Director of the Texas Center for Performing Arts Health and an Associate Professor with the UNTHSC Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Surve has 10 years of experience as a Performing Arts Medicine clinician. He apprenticed under Richard M. Bachrach, DO, the renowned PAM physician in New York City, and set up both dance and music medicine clinic during his time on faculty at the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine. Since joining the UNTHSC team in 2014, Dr. Surve has become the performing arts medicine provider for the DFW Metroplex, treating performers of all disciplines and skill levels. Dr. Surve is interested in musculoskeletal injury management and prevention in the performing arts population
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.