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5 week Movement-Stretch series taught by Dean Walsh


  • Abraham Mott Hall 14a Argyle Place Millers Point, NSW, 2000 Australia (map)
 Abraham Mott Hall

Abraham Mott Hall

Movement-Stretch is a class I developed in 2001 as a means to help make dance and body awareness practices merge creatively and inclusively. This practice incorporates floor-based movement methods derived from contemporary dance principles that assist us in acquiring greater flexibility.

This series of classes will be geared more towards people with at least some experience in dance and/or yoga as they require considerable flexibility and co-ordination. Let's say that if you have at least 30 dance and/or yoga classes behind you or experience in physically-based performance, you’ll be fine.

I will be conducting a series of disability integrated sessions of these same Movement-Stretch classes later in the year. Please stay tuned as we’ll advertise these classes once we have dates secure.

What do Movement-Stretch classes consist of?

We will initially move through 2 soft and easy movement sequences that focus on posture, alignment, breath awareness and rising and falling to/from the floor. We will then develop one sequence into a larger, longer passage of movement over an hour, i.e. there’ll be only one primary sequence developed the entire 2.5 hours. This is done through an accumulative method – adding movements once everyone has gained confidence in embodying the previous – that are also offered up by other participants (not only myself).

After a short break we’ll then move through a series of playful variations, adding music / sonic interplay, including partner (contact) variations, which deepen our neuromuscular transmissions and help generate connection to the set material through shared observation of it.

WHEN:  Saturday afternoons 1pm - 3:30pm, commencing 24th March – to April 21st (5 weeks).

WHERE: Abraham Mott Hall inside the Harry Jensen Centre, 15a Argyle Place, Millers Point (5-7 min walk from Sydney Dance Company and Circular Quay). This is a disability accessible venue. The 311 bus stops very close too.

COST: $30 for single class or $120 for all five in advance

BOOK/REGISTER/ENQUIRIES: workshops@dean-walsh.com

 Participants during my choreographic research residency at Critical Path in Sydney. Pictured are Narelle Benjamin, Patricia Wood, Kathryn Puie, Omer Backley-Astrachan, Zachary Lopez.

Participants during my choreographic research residency at Critical Path in Sydney. Pictured are Narelle Benjamin, Patricia Wood, Kathryn Puie, Omer Backley-Astrachan, Zachary Lopez.