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

The MF curriculum emphasizes training the dancer through sensory awareness, proprioception (the body’s neurological knowledge of itself in space) and imagery. This curriculum proposes to develop dance artists who understand how to move while cultivating movement vocabulary and intention. This curriculum proposes agency for the dancer, challenging the evolution and expansion of ideals and ideologies held in traditional dance forms.

  • MF proposes advocating the body as intelligent source and tool for expression and design, developing the dancer’s abilities of awareness, responsiveness and expressiveness.
  • MF proposes education of the skeletal structure and the interdependence of bodily systems as the tools for balance and form.
  • MF proposes vocabulary based on anatomy, imagery, visual art elements, and spatial design concepts.
  • MF proposes facilitation of guided movement explorations, charging the student with research and discovery.
  • MF proposes descriptive training using methods applicable within daily life, which develop instinctive, analytical and multi-disciplinary artists.

MF’s standards for agency, artistic refinement and inclusion promote diversity in body shapes, range in ages and abilities, self-reliance, and economic access to dance practice and performance.


The MF curriculum has been in practice since 2001, and presented at national and International conferences because of its radical proposals for change in dance training.

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