Enhance Your Dance. Transform your Life.
Space limited to 25 dancers.
Optional Testing and L1 Certification Available. Testing to be done at the conclusion of the Intensive weekend.
Whether you are a belly dancer, contemporary, jazz, or ballet dancer, yogi, aerialist, teacher or student......whether you are beginner or advanced/professional, this weekend intensive is for you.
Sourced from over 20 years study/exploration in Somatics, Yoga, Movement Arts, Mind-Body Medicine, Integrative Anatomy.... applied specifically for dancers and performance artists, this immersion includes the kind of leading-edge stuff that is NOT usually taught in regular belly dance classes/workshops, and that will dramatically and effectively unlock and unwind the body, open new movement pathways, refine your technique form, improve flexibility and strength, balance the mind, deepen somatic awareness and understanding of integrative anatomy, fascia, self-care for dancers, and help you access the deeper levels of your artistic embodiment in the studio, on the stage, and in life.
Dancers get increased fluidity in spine and torso, ability for much bigger hip work, ability to access deeper places in the core, improved self-confidence, grace, peaceful mind, and a much improved understanding of the inner workings of their own bodymind--which is our artistic canvas, our temple, our medium for dance and performance.
*A necessary addition to any serious dancer's toolkit. *Invaluable for teachers.
(Exact times subject to change!!)
Thursday 24th October, 6 – 9:30pm: 3.5hrs
Friday 25th October, 10am – 1:30pm: 3.5hrs
Friday 25th October, 3pm – 6pm: 3hrs
Saturday 27th October, 10am – 1:30pm: 3.5hrs
Saturday 27th October, 3pm – 4:30pm: 1.5hrs
Saturday 27th October, 4:30pm – 6pm: 1.5hrs
Sunday 28th October, Review Workshop 10:30am – 12:30pm, 2 hrs
Sunday 28th October, Optional Certification testing – 1:30pm Certification Testing, Written and Practical
SCHEDULE and TOPICS:
Thurs 6pm – 9:30pm:
Body as Canvas: Foundation, Interconnectivity & Functional Anatomy (3.5hrs):
Dance Therapeutics Groundwork.
How to unlock the body and maximize potential for flow states and performance optimization. Workshop includes concepts of dancer anatomy, fascia planes as mapped by Tom Meyer's Anatomy Trains, the 5 yogic koshas, and dynamic tensegrity to revision the Body in a more integrative, dynamic way, as well as the self-care practices to focus on traditionally ‘stuck’ places in the bellydancer’s body, such as IT band, hips, back, legs, and psoas, and experientially trace the fascial lines and feel the interconnectivity.
*This module provides an overview of Dance Therapeutics and lays the groundwork for this body of work: Level 1, level 2, and beyond.
Fri 10am – 1:30pm:
Dance Therapeutics Upper Body (3.5hrs):
In this workshop, we will focus on upper spine, ribs, shoulders, neck, and side body as it relates to belly dance. We will learn how to unlock even the most “stuck” places, like the thoracic spine, for ultimate movement expression in bellydance, and proper Tribal posture and frame that saves the shoulder joints. Drawing from Yoga Therapy, Traditional Thai-Yoga Massage, Yoga practices, Somatic education, and Deb’s personal stash, we will focus on creating more space and flexibility in the upper body, spine, and shoulders to directly support your belly dancing posture, arms, isolations, flexibility, and articulation of movement in order to create slinkier, more controlled slow movements and maximum expression through the arms, hands, and fingertips. All of this will be directly applied to belly dance technique and stylization to integrate the material, including Deb’s explicit breakdown of her signature arm work and shoulder blade action to give the ultimate slinky tribal control, while still maintaining healthy joints and balanced biomechanics. The main focus of this module is on the shoulder girdle, and relationship of shoulder girdle to spine and ribs, and the implicit relevance to belly dance. We will then integrate the material through technique drills and short dance combinations.
Fri 3:00 – 6:00pm: Awakening the Fluid Core (3hrs):
This material is the conceptual and practical foundation of Deb’s unique core-centric approach to Tribal Fusion, and how she trains the body-mind and builds dance movements from the inside out, and from mat to the stage for holistic integration and body mind health, while still rocking high level artistry and movement. After spending some time defining "core" and it's key role in the belly dance body, we will then explore how to access and articulate it through Deb's signature core-integrated Yoga for bellydancers vinyasa to use as warm-up for bellydance practice, as we cultivate strength THROUGH movement. Through the somatized vinyasa, we will learn how to differentiate structural core from superficial core, how to access and engage the deepest musculature of the core for increased articulation and movement quality, to create internal stability as well as improved nuances and refinement of form. Then we will directly apply these principles and practices to bellydance technique drills. A comprehensive daily practice designed to prepare the body specifically for belly dance will be offered. May also include: core conditioning, pranayama, and bellyroll-asana, and an experiential anatomy breakdown of the Core. Drawing from Yoga, Somatics, Anatomy Trains, Pilates, this is not your grandma's core conditioning. Introducing leading-edge somatic techniques, and pulling from the wisdom of multiple disciplines to refine our practice to best suit the spirals, coiling, circles, and undulating movement pathways of a belly dancer. A stronger core also contributes to a healthier low back.
*This module is also wonderful for postpartum women, post-abdominal surgery recovery, chronic low back sufferers, and anyone looking to deepen their core-connection, ignite the creative fire, re-connect to their power centre and find one's own voice.
Sat 10am – 1:30pm:
Dance Therapeutics Lower Body (3.5hrs)
Drawing from Yoga therapy, Traditional Thai-Yoga Massage, Feldenkrais, Somatic education, partner yoga, and Deb’s personal “stash” of dance therapeutics, this workshop will deeply and safely help you increase spinal articulation, release the low back, hips, gluts, sacrum, and legs; dramatically increase ability for belly dance isolations and layering, and give you lasting tools for your own personal practice and dancer self-care. All of this will be applied to tribal fusion belly dance. A therapeutic daily series will be given for low back/hips. This workshop has sold out at TF in 24hrs, and is one of my most requested workshops around the world.
Sat 3 – 4:30pm:
Healthy Back-bending: The Basics (1.5hrs)
Intro to the Spine and it's fluid nature. Drawing from the wisdom of Yoga, Somatics, Integral Anatomy perspective, and leading-edge bodywork technologies, this workshop focuses on proper alignment and mechanics of back bending to save your lower back. Beyond traditional Yoga asana, we will offer you a somaticized, yoga-based vinyasa flow daily practice sequence that is designed to develop the path towards healthy back bending, with direct application to tribal fusion bellydance movement vocabulary. *Please note: The mechanics of basic back bending will be introduced and practiced safely. The intermediate/advanced Healthy Back-bending module of Dance Therapeutics is offered only in Level 2. It is suggested dancers integrate L1 into their practice for at least 6months before moving on to L2, in order to organically increase strength and flexibility necessarily for sustaining deeper backbends.
Self-Care for Dancers: Holistic Approach (1.5hrs)
Practical and effective, Deb will share with you some of her favourite self-care techniques for maximum results with efficiency of time and effort, using bodywork tools and props. We will revisit any topics from the weekend that still desire some time, and any hot topics in the community will be addressed, as well as how to care for injuries, ways to support your dancer body outside the studio, and how to best integrate the weekend material directly into your life and your practice. Please bring your questions. Applications of Dance Therapeutics for L2 will be discussed. We will also touch on mental/emotional grounding, and practices to centre oneself before performances.
Note: Anatomy, biomechanics of movement, leading edge Somatics principles and practices, Yogic wisdom and practices, and wisdom traditions/philosophies woven into each module of the weekend.
Please Bring Yoga Mat, strap or scarf, note book, water bottle, and layers of clothes for temperature changes in the studio.
Upon registration, an email will be sent out with further suggestions on how to prepare, suggested resources, links to videos to watch prior to the start of the course, self-care props, etc.
REVIEW WORKSHOP: Sunday, 29th April 10:30am – 12:30pm
Embodied Integration. A Review of the Weekend's Material.
90 minute Fluid Core Yoga Class with Deb Rubin, followed by Q&A, review of the weekend's topics. Bring your questions, or anything you'd like clarification on, or more practice with, from the weekend's material. Class starts with a fluid movement review of Core yoga for Bellydance vinyasa sequence including bellyroll-asana, proper alignment of the breath, of the spine, from the mat into the dance, and into the posture of life. (This fluid core vinyasa can be used a warm-up for your dance classes or rehearsals.) After having your brain turned on all weekend, allow yourself the gift of now turning off your brain, let the teachings imprint onto your cells, awaken your body's intelligence, and feel the benefits of the weekend's practices more deeply, by being guided (without stopping for teaching tips, and anatomical, biomechanical break-downs of how/why) by Deb through her favourite morning practices and therapeutic "focus spots". You will also receive one-on-one attention and hands-on adjustments.
OPTIONAL Testing and L1 CERTIFICATION Information – Requirements, and extra costs
Requirements for Level 1 Certification are:
1. Completion of Dance Therapeutics Level 1 course in person with Deb Rubin
2. Passing of both written and practical test at completion of the course. The test includes a 1hr written test (as a group) and a 1 hr practical test, done in small groups of 6.
3. Completion of the online course compliment: Integrative Anatomy for Dancers.
4. Completion of 10 hrs of self-practice (diarised).
These post-event requirements need to be completed within a 3-month period, after the course.
Extra Costs for Level 1 Certification are:
1. There is a testing fee of: $50USD per student. This is additional to the registration course, and is paid separately, via paypal, directly to Deb Rubin.
2. Integrative Anatomy for Dancers: Discounted price of US$100 for DT students only (normally US$199). Payment to Deb Rubin directly
WHY YOU SHOULD CERTIFY:
It is encouraged for students to test for Level 1 certification at completion of the Level 1 Dance Therapeutics weekend. This is a wonderful way to reward yourself for your efforts, knowledge gained, and hard work, and it is the gateway for further access to Deb Rubin, the global Dance Therapeutics community, and a pre-requisite for continuing on to Level 2. All Level 1 initiates also get exclusive access to a private FB group, practice videos from Deb, audio files, discounts on courses, and 1-on-1 access to Deb and future question asking. If you take the test and don't pass, you can re-test within 3 months.
**Please note that workshop bookings are non-refundable, but fully transferrable.
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