Movement Fundamentals: Liberating Techniques for the Dance Artists | Movement in Life & Art

Our program contains three movement courses. They liberate the student through practicing embodiment, refining movement, and crafting expression.

  • MFI: Practices of Alignment and Function
  • MFII: Practices of Range and Efficiency
  • MFIII: Practices of Vocabulary and Intention

These courses emphasize anatomy and alignment as tools for ordinary and creative movement. They lead to relationship to self, other, and world. They also build artistic vocabulary and intention.

Collaborative classroom and rehearsal environments build relationships among students and faculty. Other courses include contact improvisation, dance composition, and dance history. The program is broadened through interdisciplinary courses.

The body is experienced as an intelligent instrument. Students integrate body, mind and spirit, supporting artistic development. This approach develops skills for a creative and sustainable living.

MF I Course Description:  

Movement Fundamentals I: Practices of Alignment and Function is an introductory movement course. It explores connections between somatic practice and performance preparation. This study unfolds new relationships between physical function and expression. No prerequisites.

MF II Course Description:                                    

Movement Fundamentals II:  Practices of Range & Efficiency is an intermediate movement course designed to deepen technical practice from basic somatic skills.  This course supports awareness of internal connectivity for refining individual movement patterns and sequences, while emphasizing relationship with self, other, and environment, allowing for the development of new movement possibilities.  Increased range and efficiency guides the individual to understand the articulate body as an intelligent source for expression in communication and performance.  May be repeated twice.  Prerequisite:  Movement Fundamentals I or consent of instructor

MF III Course Description:

Movement Fundamentals III: Practices of Vocabulary and Intention is an advanced movement course focusing on crystallizing performance skills through the development of individual movement versatility and invention. Practice of technique builds from somatic skills and contemporary dance vocabulary through both technical phrasing and improvisational scoring. Depth of integrated practice prepares the mover to refine and clarify movement vocabulary and intentions. May be repeated. Prerequisite: Movement Fundamentals II or consent of instructor

“I want to create a fundamental and moving paradigm, which trains dancers as artists and empowers people to love and feel gratitude for their bodies.”

—Jane Hawley, creator of MF

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