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Dance and the Alexander Technique


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A unique technique of guiding the body from everyday movements and into dance

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Credits ix Preface xi Acknowledgments xvii part one Groundwork: Dance, Alexander Technique, and Dart Procedures 1 Introduction to Part One 3 1 Assumptions and Foundations 9 2 Alexander Technique: Overview and Basic Principles 17 3 The Dart Procedures: Overview and Key Concepts 27 part two From Crawling to Leaping: Dart Procedures Applied to Dance Training 41 Introduction to Part Two 43 4 Primary and Secondary Curves: Looking at Movement through a New Lens 45 5 Spirals for Connectivity and Lengthening 57 6 Discovering the Resiliency of the System 71 part three The Right Thing Does Itself: Alexander Principles Applied to Dance Training 83 Introduction to Part Three 85 7 The Whole Self 87 8 Becoming Aware of Habit 95 9 Head First: Facilitating Coordination 103 10 Allowing versus Doing 111 11 Releasing the Catch: Direction 117 part four Applications to Dance Movements 129 Introduction to Part Four 131 12 Applications to Ballet 133 13 Applications to Contemporary Modern Dance Technique 149 14 Applications for Teachers: Correction with Direction 165 Epilogue 177 Bibliography 181 DVD Contents 185 Index 187

About the Author

Rebecca Nettl-Fiol is an associate professor of dance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and coeditor of The Body Eclectic: Evolving Practices in Dance Training.Luc Vanier is an associate professor in the dance department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Peck School of the Arts and a dance choreographer


"So few other books offer practical guidance or outline experiential practices that help dancers understand how to apply the Alexander Technique, the art and science of embodied living. Nettl-Fiol and Vanier eloquently and clearly help readers learn how to access their bodily sensations and utilize them to organize efficient, easy, and elegant movement." Glenna Batson, associate professor of physical therapy at Winston-Salem State University "An articulate and accessible in-depth synthesis of the Alexander Technique and traditional dance training. With clear, intriguing, and insightful writing, the authors demonstrate a depth of knowledge in somatic practice theory." Kathryn Daniels, Chair, Dance Department at Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle

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