New Dialect offers classes designed specifically for men and women with no previous dance experience and movers of all levels ages 14+. Workshops like Feldenkrais Method, Gaga/People, Alexander TechniqueContact Improvisation, Kinesiology and Dancing into Self-Integration allow members of the Nashville community to experience the emotionally and physically healing properties of dance: strengthening our bodies, sharpening our minds, and connecting us more deeply to ourselves and each other through movement.

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The Feldenkrais Method can help free us from unnecessary habitual patterns and enable new, more effective ways of moving and feeling to emerge. Students are guided through a sequence of gentle movements. By moving slowly and paying attention, students will discover new movement possibilities and patterns. This results in more efficient movement, reduction of aches and pains and an increased sense of self-awareness. 

“WHEN YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING, THEN YOU CAN DO WHAT YOU WANT.”

— Moshe Feldenkrais

 

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GAGA PEOPLE

Amy Morrow — certified Gaga Instructor

The movement language of renowned choreographer Ohad Naharin, Gaga originated from the belief in the healing, dynamic, ever-changing power of movement. Gaga developed over the course of many years and is applied in the daily practice of Batsheva Dance Company members in Tel Aviv, Israel. The Gaga/people track was developed for people to connect to their passion to move regardless of a background in dance and is open to the general public.

 

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Contact Improvisation (CI) came into existence in the early 1960s and was developed, expanded, and promoted primarily by Steve Paxton and Nancy Stark Smith among countless others who have since joined the CI community.  Its creators have at times resisted defining the form, stating the very nature of CI is in the “doing.”

 Most simply, it can be described as an extemporaneous form of movement most often done with a partner or small group of people.  Within the partnership or small group, various aspects of falling, touch, weight-sharing, lifting, and decision-making in the moment are explored.  Many do not consider CI to be a “performance form;” rather it is seen as a communal form of movement in which the experiences of the movers are central.

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Dancing into Self-Integration

Carrie Gerow — Instructor

This workshop aims to gather aspects of the body that have somehow been shunned from the self as unworthy or undesirable and reintegrate them as valued attributes just as they are today. We practice movement designed to take inventory of the body as it is in the present, gently yet consistently guiding it toward efficient movement patterns with strength, ease and cultivation of pleasant presence in our experience.

 

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Alexander Technique

Marsha Barsky — Instructor

In this introductory group class, participants will learn how to apply the basic concepts of the Alexander Technique to all forms of movement. With simple, practical demonstrations participants will learn how to move with less strain, pain and energy. Activities will include simple movements such as sitting and rising from a chair, bending, reaching and walking. 

 

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