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Self-Care for Dancers: Saturday, November 2

  • Friends Meeting House 530 26th Avenue North Nashville, TN 37209 USA (map)

Lisa Long, a choreographer, dancer, educator, and licensed massage therapist provides dancers of all levels with a hands-on routine for releasing blockages in muscles and energy, ensuring optimum mobility and longevity.


Workshop Description:

As physical and energetic creatures, we spend endless hours training our musculature into optimally functioning, dancing instruments.  But just as one must perform routine maintenance on our cars, we need to remember that our instruments require the same to ensure that they operate at peak capacity. When fascia adheres to muscles, bones and to itself, range of motion becomes limited and stressful.  Flexibility declines and one hazards soreness and injury.  This basic class, based upon Anatomy Trains, specifically, the superficial back and front lines, combined with the meridians and tsubos along the meridians of Traditional Chinese Medicine provides dancers with a hands-on routine for releasing blockages in muscles and energy. Beginning with a brief visual presentation to introduce the Western and Eastern concepts, the class will continue with a partnered sequence designed to invite physical and energetic harmony back into the body.  



Saturday, November 2:   12:00-3:00 PM  



3 hour workshop: $35

Registration begins at 11:30AM. We accept cash or check made payable to New Dialect. Please be sure to arrive early to ensure the workshop begins on time.


Friends Meeting House :

530 26th Avenue North

Nashville, TN 37209


Special note:

Dancers wishing to participate in this workshop will need to bring the following:  warm, loose clothes, yoga mat or towel, and a second towel or dance bag that can be used as a bolster. 


About the Instructor:


Lisa Long holds an MFA in choreography from CalArts and an AA in Occupational Therapy from Swedish Institute NYC. For thirteen years she danced professionally, first for Dallas Black Dance Theatre, and for eight years as a principal dancer with Dance Kaleidoscope, under the artistic direction of David Hochoy (former rehearsal director of the Martha Graham Dance Company). Currently, an assistant professor at Western Kentucky University, she has also taught at CalArts, UCLA, and Butler University. Her choreography has been produced Off- Broadway, at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Electric Lodge, New Works Festival, and for Rogue Machine Theater and has been favorably reviewed by the New York Times.  Backstage described her work as “imaginative and inspired.” In 2012 her choreography for Chevrolet won fourth place in MOFILM's Las Vegas commercial competition. Lisa is passionate about passing on her knowledge of technique and love for dance as a transcendent art form to the next generation of dancers.