Resourcing/Searching Dance Technique and Education

Developing a praxeological methodology

Authored by: Yvonne Hardt

The Routledge Companion to Dance Studies

Print publication date:  November  2019
Online publication date:  October  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138234581
eBook ISBN: 9781315306551
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I enter Studio 3 at the Center of Contemporary Dance (CCT) of at the University of Music and Dance in Cologne. Students are in a relaxed and talkative mode, crowded close to the windows, bags stacked under the barre that will not be used today as the class is working with a renowned dancer, pedagogue, and practitioner of release and somatically based dance. It is a precious moment just before class; it is a time when I place myself on the floor, start sensing individual body parts, and observe others; and it is a time for wanted or unwanted thoughts. As I settle on my back and look at the ceiling, I experience a sense of a déjà vu about exactly this moment. It is at this instance that I think about how often I have experienced this moment and how thankful I am for the profession of dancing. It feels like a privilege to start the day with lying on the floor, looking up into the room, sensing weight, and opening joints. It is the moment when I ask myself how much time I have spent on moving and being moved in so such different classes. It is a moment of sensation and reflection.

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