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Dynamic Anatomy
In this class we work on aligning the bones by accessing the muscles most responsible for the transfer of forces through the body - the psoas, the hamstrings, the external rotators, and the pelvic floor. We do not work to "exercise" these muscle but rather to "wake them up"; to use them for support for and realignment of the bones. We work, and teach, for the body to be elastic, responsive, open to choices, and expressive. Movement, and the treatment of each individual student's body, mind and spirit with kindness, respect and generosity is our ultimate goal. And finally and most importantly, the body does not exist alone but in connection to the ground, the space, and to others. Note: You do not need to be a dancer to take this class & it is open to anyone interested in learning to be more open, efficient, connected, and freely expressive.

" The technique is meditative, consisting mainly of standing with the feet aligned under the hip joints, toes pointed ahead, and slowly moving into a forward fold starting with the top of the head falling forward in a move called a Òrolldown.Ó The focus is to sense how the bones act as conductors for gravity while releasing unnecessary muscular tension, thereby facilitating ease of motion."

- Asimina Chremos Time Out Chicago

New Approaches to Modern Dance Technique

The form and structure of Rachel Thorne Germond's technique class is rooted in the principles of Release technique as gleaned from her studies of somatic work such as Alexander Technique, Nancy Topf's Dynamic Anatomy, and Klein/Mahler techniques. The underpinnings of the work lie in the understanding of anatomical function as it relates to dynamic and free flowing movement, while stylistically she incorporates a myriad of dance forms ranging from classical modern dance, post-modern dance, jazz, ballet, and contact improvisation. -some previous movement or dance experience recommended---

photos: Rachel Thorne Germond photographed by Catherine Pedemonte c. 2005