MOVEMENT STUDIES

Exploration of the many faces of movement: Somatic and Creative movement classes and workshops.


Pilates Mat Classes

Date: Thursdays, November 2- December 14 (no class on Thanksgiving)
Time: 5:30-6:30
Instructor: Susan Burke
Price: Drop in, $18.00; Series, $96.00
Register through email here>

Pilates Mat Classes are based on the original series of movements designed by Joesph Pilates. There is a progression to the series, so as you get stronger you can build your practice based on your own body's needs and strengths. Although Mat Classes vary, they are each based on the principles of the Pilates Method. A Mat Class challenges your body while focusing your mind, building a stronger body head to toe. We will also use small props to add some challenge and feedback.

For additional information about Susan Burke and pilates, please visit her website.


Contemporary Dance Classes


Fundamentals I

Date: Saturdays, October 28 - December 2
Time: 10-11:15 am
Instructor: Kelly Armbrust
Ages: 8-11
No experience necessary.
Price: $50/series, $15/drop-in. Register here>

This introductory class is a four week series that will explore fundamentals of modern dance through floor work, standing center work, traveling phrases and creative exploration of concepts.  We will work toward healthy, skeletal alignment, greater strength and flexibility, and attend to both our inner and outer experience of moving through space. Concepts will include grounding/centering, release/recovery, various forms of partner work and more.


Fundamentals II

Date: Saturdays, beginning Sept. 23rd
Time: 11:30-1
Instructor: Kelly Armbrust
Ages: 11-15
No experience necessary.
Price: $160/ten class punch card, $18/drop-in. Register here>

This class will explore fundamentals of modern dance through floor work, standing center work, traveling phrases and creative exploration of concepts.  We will work toward healthy, skeletal alignment, greater strength and flexibility, and attend to both our inner and outer experience of moving through space. Concepts will include grounding/centering, release/recovery, various forms of partner work and more.

Creative Movement

Ages:  5 – 8 years
Instructor:   Angela Krapovicky
Price: $15 per class
Date: One Sunday per month (12/3/17, 1/7/18, 2/4/18 and 3/4/18)
Time: 9:00am - 10:00am

Kids ages 5 – 8 will discover the joy of movement and improvisational dance
in an inclusive environment. They will use imagination, increase
body/spatial awareness, channel expressive energy, learn about respecting
self and others and have fun! Basic movement concepts will be explored
through structured improvisational activities. No experience needed.
For questions, contact Angela here. 
To Register click here. 

Ages:  9 – 11 years
Instructor:   Angela Krapovicky
Price: $15 per class
Date: One Sunday per month (12/3/17, 1/7/18, 2/4/18 and 3/4/18)
Time: 10:15am - 11:15am

Kids ages 9 – 11 will discover the joy of movement and improvisational dance
in an inclusive environment. They will use imagination, increase
body/spatial awareness, channel expressive energy, learn about respecting
self and others and have fun! Basic movement concepts will be explored
through structured improvisational activities. No experience needed.
For questions, contact Angela here. 
To Register click here. 
 

Pre-registration is encouraged. 


LEVEL 2-3


Date: Tuesdays
Time: 3:45-5:15
Instructor: Kelly Armbrust, Kate Gamble and guests
Ages: 11-18
Price: $18 drop in, $160 for 10 classes. Register here>

Using imagery and grounding techniques from somatic traditions, we will play with gravity, weight, release, and recovery to enliven our movement. Some experience necessary.


Somatics

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Date & Time:Wednesdays 5:30-7pm beginning Oct. 25th*
Thursday mornings  8:30-10am beginning Oct. 26th
* These classes will be faster moving but still open to new people. Some basic athleticism encouraged.
Instructor: Kate Gamble
Price: 
Drop in (75 min): $20
Series for 4 (75 min): $75
Drop in (90 min): $25
Series of 4 (90 min): $90

Kate Gamble will be continue to offer small group classes this fall and winter that focus on moving with ease and the integration of nervous system and bio mechanics. Using principles from Feldenkrais Method, Axis Syllabus, Neurodevelopmental therapy, Laban Movement analysis and other somatic practices, we will explore moving from within.

Movements will be guided along with the opportunity to find your own movement vocabulary through basic structured patterns. We will focus on mindfulness, breath, right effort, and awakening the senses. I like to think of this work as intelligent play!

Register here


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AWARENESS THROUGH MOVEMENT

Time: 5:30-7:30pm on
Date: TBD
Price: $50

Please register by email here.

First Session  
The first workshop will include two lessons that will have a profoundly calming effect on the nervous system. The opening lesson will consist of an exploration of the mouth with the tongue and connecting the oral cavity with the chest and abdominal cavity in breathing. The second lesson will be an introduction to the Bell Movement, which Feldenkrais developed later in life. It connects with peristalsis and is the basis of locomotion. 

Second Session
The second workshop will present two different strategies that lead towards a more resilient spine. The opening lesson explores the interaction of shoulder girdle and pelvis, demanding a flexible rib cage. The next lesson is done entirely in sitting, with the hands turning the spine via flexion and extension. 

Frauke Voss is a certified Feldenkrais practitioner. She was introduced to Feldenkrais ATM lessons through radio broadcasts in Switzerland. Years of work as a fibre sculptor led to repetitive strain injuries, physiotherapy and a Feldenkrais training. She maintains a practice in Toronto and Bermuda.

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ADULT MOVEMENT Programs: 16 and UP

ROTATING FRIDAYS

Date: Fridays beginning March 10th
Time: 5:30-7
Instructor: Faculty and guests- revolving schedule.
Ages: 13 to adult
Price: $18 drop in, $160 for 10 classes. Register here>

Keep an eye on the Open Door calendar to see who is teaching. Class will depend on the instructor. We will be working on repertoire, more advanced technique, and improvisational scores. More info email Kate here.