Sunday June 28, 12 – 3pm
$25 – $55 sliding scale
Dancing with the Fluids: Body-Mind Centering and Improvisation
In this workshop we will explore fundamental Body-Mind Centering practices, focusing on the fluid system of the body. Dancing with the fluids allows us to release the habitual patterns in the body-mind and offers support for a buoyant and easeful relationship to space. We will identify four (out of eight) of the major fluids, all of which emerge from the basic fluid matrix that comprises 80 percent of our body (cellular fluid, transitional fluid, synovial fluid and cerebrospinal fluid). These fluids support a range of dynamic movement from rest to activity. This embodied approach to dance allows us to connect to our internal impulses and provides a liberating portal to expression.
Gillian McGinty is a choreographer, movement educator, community builder, and Certified Somatic Movement Therapist. Her movement studies over the past twenty five years have encompassed classical and contemporary dance forms, post-modernism, Body-mind Centering, the Feldenkrais Method, Skinner Releasing Technique, Chi Gong, Yoga, Moving theater and Continuum. She has performed with Bay Area Repertory Dance Theatre, Turning the Wheel Dance Company, Kairos dance and in the WAC department at UCLA. She was Los Angeles city project manager for Turning the Wheel Dance Company for seven years, which brought dance to inner city schools, senior centers, and veteran’s facilities. Gillian is a Body-Mind Centering practitioner and is the director of Body Focus Studio where she offers private sessions in the Pilates Method of movement reeducation, Body-Mind Centering, Awareness through Movement and Cranial-sacral therapy.