Happy New Year! Here’s a sunset shot from a beach Gran Canaria in December – there are more added to the photos page.
Big things coming up this term:
Moving Forth have been working hard on preparing for Module 3 of the Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies Certificate Programme which begins on Monday 9th January. I will be continuing my assistantship, assisting and hopefully teaching a little, whilst being around for the general admin and running during the 2 1/2 weeks. I can’t wait to be immersed in LBMS again and to continue learning how to use and teach the material from Karen Studd and Laura Cox.
CELL (Creative Embodied Learning Labs) Health of the Spine workshop will be taking place in Dundee on February 12th. I will be teaching with Susan Scarth, Doe Warnes and Debbie Watson. More info on the day is below and more specific info on the workshops being delivered can be found on www.movingforth.org.
I am also very excited to be attending this years Somatic Movement Gathering at Siobhan Davies Studios in London in March. This years theme is The Butterfly Effect of Somatic Movement – Local & Global with workshops and discussions looking at:
- The inner & the outer
- The personal and the interpersonal
- The individual and the community
- How self-care as a practitioner affects the wider field
- How the virtual world (digital media, social media, skype communications) affect our somatic experience.
- How we bring our personal practice out into the world, in response to the global challenges of our time – health, population migration
- How small actions affect the big picture
More to come, bring on 2017!
This term I have had such an excellent but busy time! I had a great time on the Ontogenetic Development BMC course and have now decided to continue further with the Infant Developmental Movement Education programme in 2018. I was also lucky enough to spend a week working and performing with Christine Devaney/Curious Seed and some amazing dancers and artists. I learned so much about how combine the somatic way in which I work and creating/choreography. I have included a couple of photos below, but more can be found on my photos page.
On top of my usual teaching, I have enjoyed covering Dance n Play occasionally and teaching Baby Steps for half of the term at Dance Base – will be doing so next term as well. The BMC modules I have completed so far have helped me develop particularly in working with babies and infants and I love these opportunities.
With Moving Forth I taught a workshop as part of their CELL (Creative Embodied Learning Labs) introductory day on the Health of the Spine in November. My workshop explored rotation of the spine and the relationship of its parts to the whole, including how rotation of the limb joints supports and facilitates rotation of the spine. We finally explored how this allowed us to connect with our environments and other people. After a successful Edinburgh run, we will be running again in Dundee in Feb – more news in the new year!
Looking forwards, I will be having some time off in the sun and snow (hopefully) over Xmas and will come back straight in with Module 3 of the Laban Bartenieff Movement Studies Certificate Programme, which I have been helping to organise and will be assisting and teaching a little of. Also, as I am nearing the end of my degree in Psychology, I will be running a project based on the experience of creativity early in 2016.
This summer I enjoyed being part of the North Edinburgh Arts programme again and helping out at the Step it Up Summer Dance Camp. Following this I had a bit of break and saw some wonderful shows at the Fringe Festival including The South Afreakins (Impi Theatre), A Simple Space (Gravity and Other Myths), I am Rhythm (After Freedom).
This week, autumn term for most of my classes has begun! I will be teaching Pilates at Leith Academy on Wednesday evenings as usual and have also added classes at Craigentinny Community Centre on Thursday mornings. For booking: https://www.joininedinburgh.org/enrol/
As usual I will also be teaching the Inclusive Party Playlist at Dance Base and will be teaching half the term of Baby Steps – similar to the Belly Babies project in 2015. For this week and next week only, I will be covering Dance n Play for 18m – 3yrs on Wednesday mornings. I am also looking forward to running some curriculum dance workshops with Balgreen Primary School on the theme of anthems and the opening ceremony of the Olympics – I have many great ideas in development!
I will be using the second half of the funding I received earlier this year from the Rebecca Skelton Fund to attend the Body Mind Centering course in Ontogenetic Development in Edinburgh next weekend. Very much looking forward to this! http://www.embody-move.co.uk/course/ontogenetic-development-5-days
More to come soon as this shapes up to be another busy term!