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Body Shift Elements Class
January 12 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm$5 – $20
The Elements class takes place every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from 2:30-4:30pm at the Town Lake YMCA in the large group exercise room on the first floor.
Class will be taught by Amy Morrow.
//Gaga for All//
Join us to experience Gaga/people for the first half of class followed by a Toolbox Session where we will experiment with tools not rules and find each person’s voice inside the movement language.
Amy will guide participants using a series of evocative instructions that build one on top of the other. Rather than copying a particular movement, each participant in the class will actively explore these instructions, discovering how he or she can interpret the information and perform the task at hand. Gaga/people classes offer a creative framework for participants to connect to their bodies and imaginations, increase their physical awareness, improve their flexibility and stamina, and experience the pleasure of movement in a welcoming, accepting atmosphere.
No previous dance experience is needed. Participants should wear comfortable clothes and be prepared to dance barefoot or in socks. It is advisable to bring a bottle of water and a towel for use after class.
Amy Morrow is an Austin-based teacher, choreographer, consultant, & founder of AM Arts. Certified in 2012 by Ohad Naharin in the inaugural teacher training program, Morrow travels internationally offering Gaga & Toolbox workshops as well as Ballet & Indian Dance. In 2015, AM Arts established The Theorists, a collective of artist citizens who collaborate internationally to produce homegrown art. Their dance, film, & music collaborations invited to present in TLV, NY, Delhi, Puebla, Guadalajara, Cuernavaca, México City, DFW, Tulsa, ABQ, Birmingham, Huntsville, Richmond, Detroit, & Houston, and annually in Austin during Theorist Fest. Awards include the 2017 Austin Critic’s Table Award for Best Dancer as well as the Dance Council of North Texas Artful Dance, Austin Emerging Arts Leadership Award, Community Initiatives, CORE, & Capacity Building funding from the Austin Cultural Arts Division to produce programming for collaborators of diverse backgrounds, abilities, & ages. Graduating with a B.F.A. Dance Honors, Morrow’s senior thesis contextualized multi-disciplinary collaborations cross-culturally under the mentorship of Jesse Zaritt.
Elements is an on-going class in which we study dance and movement improvisation as well as somatics. DanceAbility is our foundational method with which we work to ensure inclusion. It is an equal collaboration and learning environment for every ‘body’ regardless of unique physical or mental characteristics. No gym membership is required to attend. Open to adults age 18 and up; all abilities and experience levels. No registration necessary. Fee for class is on a sliding scale from $5-$20, cash or check accepted. See you at the Y!
For more information email Olivia O’Hare or call 512-454-9912.