Movement Fundamentals: Liberating Practices for Dance Artists

Experience a radical shift in ways of perceiving, learning, understanding and training the dance artist in technique, choreography, and performance.

The Movement Fundamentals training consists of practices built upon 6 principles:

  • Alignment & Function
  • Range & Efficiency
  • Vocabulary & Intention

Three movement courses which liberate the student into self knowledge and dance artistry through practicing embodiment, refining movement, and crafting expression.

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

These three courses along with the study of Contact Improvisation, emphasize functional anatomy and dynamic alignment as tools for ordinary and extraordinary movement; internal connectivity for range and efficiency of movement and of relationship to self, other and world; and sensory and imagistic awareness for sophistication in artistic vocabulary and intention.

The articulate body is understood and experienced as an intelligent instrument, while integration of body, mind and spirit supports the student’s development as an engaged and engaging artist. This (w)holistic approach toward dance training develops skills for a creative and sustainable living practice.

Movement Fundamentals Tenets of Practice:

  1. Learn through sensory awareness, proprioception, and imagery.
  2. Know the body as an intelligent source for direction and information.
  3. Develop skills in observation, awareness, responsiveness, and expressiveness.
  4. Employ all bodily systems to create balance and form.
  5. Use vocabulary of anatomy, spatial intent, movement dynamics, and elements of design.
  6. Charge dance artists to discover what they feel is important.
  7. Facilitate dance artists in researching their own questions.
  8. Understand that the MF principles can be practiced anywhere and at all times (self-reliance and economic access).
  9. Train dance artists to be able to dance and create performance anywhere.
  10. Embolden all body shapes, all ages, and all abilities with agency and refinement.

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