Contemporary dance training
with Raffaella Galdi
The training allows the body to become open, receptive and prepared for moving. Sharing the work with you within the class, I like to bring attention and awareness to:
The bone structure, its natural alignment and articulations
The release-alignment is a way of working more efficiently by using less muscle tension (only using deep muscles and strictly the amount of tension required to move and dance) and of aligning the bone structure (to respect its natural condition and to use the connection with gravity).
The purpose is not to work towards “exercising” the muscles, but rather to “wake them up”; to use them for support and realignment of the bones. The aim is to align the bones and to become connected - “release and connection”.
The relationship of our body to gravity
By aligning the bone structure, respecting its natural condition, we can use the connection with “gravity”, which is natural and always present. In fact, gravity acts in our body provoking a sense of “weight shift” inside the body and from the body into space. This sense of inner relocation of body weight produces movement.
To be in the present moment, the connection body-mind
Awareness is the base of everything. The process of awareness requires time. A lot of patience and daily practice is needed to apply it and train not only the physical, but as well the emotional and mental bodies. Breathing is the bridge between body and mind. Breathing is natural. Breathing is always there.
What we will do in class:
I will guide with my voice and physical demonstration through a sequence of exercises, using the floor and standing levels, starting very slowly and increasing the speed through out the class process; we will deeply warm up the body. There will be a time frame for movements exploration. I will then teach a dance combination, thanks to which we will specifically work on set movements material.
I like to consider the work as an opportunity for observing, feeling, experiencing, exchanging, confronting and dancing with joy.
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