WS 3・Planet Donna: Welcome to my world!

Saturday, June 2nd, h12.30-14.30

Teacher: Donna Mejia

For those unafraid of new possibilities in human expression, this workshop zooms in on various dance genres to excavate the most efficient tools for unleashing the intelligence of the body in dance. Fascinated by her own multi-heritage background, Donna Mejia studied the classical traditions of many cultures and is the first collegiate professor of transnational dance globally. After 30 years of study, she has galvanized a personal practice that defies categorization but aesthetically highlights common denominators between dances of the North African/Arab rural communities, Yoga, Ballet, American Hip-Hop, and Brazilian Silvestre Contemporary technique. Inventive fusion, hardcore rhythms, precision hip work, and athletic challenge are always part of the formula. Please note: you will be subjected to the best music in the universe.

Workshop supplies: generous sense of humor / adventure / courage, yoga mat, athletic or dance attire that permits a full-range of motion, optional footwear for turns and slides, a tennis ball, and note-taking supplies.

This workshop is divided into three chapters:

  1. Part 1 is a dedicated session of somatic work, joint analysis, and alignment investigation featuring introductory tidbits from the revolutionary Sridaiva and Ashtanga Yoga systems, Gyrokinesis, Body Mind Centering, Sylvestre Technique and somatic science practices. Did you think technique-building bodywork was only clinical? Not so!  The study of consciousness through movement can be remarkably rich.
  2. Part 2 is a movement progression session:  dynamic traveling sequences that focus on big and luscious dance.  Our progression sequences will involve strong cardio/pulmonary engagement, firestorm drills, short moving combinations across the floor, strong propulsion through use of the lower body, and bi-directional/asymmetrical use of the limbs. Our goal is to get the upper and lower body intelligently coordinated through our core.
  3. Part 3 is an isolation and micro-movement precision session. Donna takes you through her personal practice in drilling and movement generation. Some big moves are on the menu, but we aim to also build intricacy and rhythmic clarity in our movement through remixed hip work.  With music and hardcore beats as a guide, drill practice is about to get juicy.

Open level.

FULL PACK bookings open on Thursday, February 1st, 2018 at 10:00 AM (UTC+1).
A LA CARTE workshop bookings open on Monday, February 5th, 2018 at 10:00 AM (UTC+1).
All bookings will be online here.





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