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Movement Fundamentals: Liberating Practices for the Dance Artist

Movement Fundamentals consists of six paired principles:

  • alignment and function
  • range and efficiency
  • vocabulary and intention

The program unites these principles through ongoing and everyday practice:

  • trains body (not style)
  • teaches principles (not steps)
  • applies to life (not just the dance studio)
  • liberates the student into self-knowledge (no mirrors or mimicry)
  • empowers dance artistry (know who you are; follow what you want)
  • respects the body as an articulate and intelligent instrument (give yourself agency)
  • integrates body, mind and spirit (practice your embodiment)
  • seeks (w)holistic interdependence (your creative and sustainable living practice)

View Movement Fundamentals Coalescence 2014 program information.

“The Movement Fundamental's Curriculum is an anatomic, somatic approach to exploring dance, movement, and being in the world. The three core classes: practices of alignment and function, range and efficiency, and vocabulary and intention liberate students to explore their body as a tool in which to create organic, authentic movement.”

 —Calli Micale, Luther alumna '13

“Movement Fundamentals is an organic & holistic training focused on movement exploration that empowers people of all ages, shapes, & abilities to be intelligent, perceptive, & innovative dance artists and lifelong movers.”

—Mike Moran, Luther alumnus '12

“Movement Fundamentals is a practice that allows me to discover the roots of an action, whether it is a mundane task, a thought, a feeling, a gesture, or a big-leg-dance-move."

—Lilly Sloan, Dance Artist, Texas


Movement Fundamentals—Liberating Practices for the Dance Artist, copyright Jane Hawley, 2001.

Photos provided by Silver Moon Photography.