[PhiladelphiaDANCE.org Listserv] New Bartenieff Laboratory, Underscore on Saturday, other ongoing offerings

Loren Groenendaal lorengroenendaal at gmail.com
Mon Feb 5 18:12:01 EST 2018

Hello Philadelphia Dance Community,

I am writing to announce a new program, a sporadically occurring
Underscore, and remind you of other creative dance and somatic movement
classes that allow for kids or adults to drop-in.

I am launching a new Bartenieff Fundamentals (BF) Laboratory class this
Wednesday, 8:45-9:45am at the Whole Shebang
<http://www.thewholeshebangphilly.com/>. This Bartenieff Laboratory can be
taken as a session or a drop-in. It is scheduled just before Dancing
Dynamically Autonomously w/Shannon Murphy
<https://www.facebook.com/events/2031135143789728/>, a contemporary dance
technique class with Franklin Method as a base. The BF Lab just beforehand
will serve as a great somatic warm-up for this class or it can be taken
solely for dancers or non-dancers to understand the fundamentals of their
movement and build more efficient movement patterns.

This Saturday, February 10th is another iteration of The Underscore
<https://www.facebook.com/events/334291467088297/>1-4pm at Mascher Space
Cooperative <http://www.mascherdance.org/>. The Underscore Practice is a
simple and beautiful structure for a focused jam-like practice developed by
Nancy Stark Smith. The structure is a precise, but open platform for
investigation of contact improvisation and solo and group improvised
composition. The score is an organic developmental nonverbal sequence that
provides focus to the dancing community and opens up possibilities for
movement, awareness, connection, and various physical/mental states. We
commit to participating in the entire score. If you are new, you need to
participate in an Underscore Talk Through in advance to be oriented. Email
LorenTeachesMovement at gmail.com to RSVP for the 11:30am 2/10/19 Talk Through.

*More details on Bartenieff Laboratory, Underscore and Drop-in classes

The Whole Shebang <http://www.thewholeshebangphilly.com/>, 1813 S. 11th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19148
WEDNESDAYS 8:45-9:45 AM, Winter 2018 Session= February 7 - March 28, 2018
(7 weeks)
Drop-in is possible any day, but  no class on 3/7.
More info and Registration for Winter:
Invite your friends to join you Tuesdays:

This class will work towards more efficient, graceful, strong, and
coordinated movement through the study and practice of Bartenieff Basic 6
Exercises supported by Bartenieff Fundamental Principles and embodied
anatomy. The classes will include physical exercises, but will go beyond
technique to build greater mental understanding and physical comfort of the
biomechanics of the human body moving in space. Bartenieff Fundamentals are
a somatic practice designed by Irmgard Bartenieff, based in Rudolf Laban’s
theories of movement. Instructor Loren Groenendaal is a Certified Movement
Analyst in Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies.

Each class period will focus on 1 of the Bartenieff Basic 6 exercises with
the 7th and final week will be a review and inquiry into all of them. Each
Basic 6 exercise explores a fundamental of human movement. Working through
these exercises is not only strengthening, but through somatic awareness,
more efficient and graceful coordinations are built. Each week we will
investigate the Basic 6 Exercises in the classic Bartenieff manner and work
with variations for deeper application to the rest of our movement lives
whether that is dance, sport, martial art, or pedestrian moving, like
walking, cooking, and desk sitting, etc. This class is great for
professional and amateur dancers, athletes, movers, and people just trying
to cope with daily movement.

The class will be offered simultaneously as a session and a as a drop in
class. For the most benefit, sign up and commit to the whole session! If
that’s not possible, drop in as you please.

Mascher Space Cooperative <http://www.mascherdance.org/>,155 Cecil B. Moore
Ave 2B Philadelphia, PA 19122
Saturday, February 10, 2018
11:30-12:30 Talk Through
1:00-4:00 Underscore Practice
Invite your friends: https://www.facebook.com/events/334291467088297/

Nancy Stark Smith, who originated the practice, describes it this way,
"The Underscore is a vehicle for incorporating Contact Improvisation into a
broader arena of improvisational dance practice; for developing greater
ease dancing in spherical space—alone and with others; and for integrating
kinesthetic and compositional concerns while improvising. It allows for a
full spectrum of energetic and physical expressions, embodying a range of
forms and changing states. Its practice is familiar yet unpredictable."

-This is NOT a come and go jam. Plan on committing to the whole session.
Built into this long duration, there is time for preparation and recovery.
-As this is a long jam without coming and going, it is highly recommended
to bring SNACKS for yourself and ideally some to share with the group in
the Harvest and Thanksgiving time at the end.
-It is recommended to bring a JOURNAL and PEN for reflection during the
score or learning the score in the talk through.

*I am allowing for drop-ins in the following ADULT classes:*

University City Arts League <http://www.ucartsleague.org/>, 4226 Spruce St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104, 3rd floor rear
TUESDAYS 6:30-8:00 PM Drop-in possible through Tuesday February 27, 2018
New Spring Session starts March 6th
More info and Registration for Winter: h
Invite your friends to join you Tuesdays:

University City Arts League <http://www.ucartsleague.org/>, 4226 Spruce St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104, 3rd floor rear
FRIDAYS 2:30-3:30 PM Drop-in possible: Friday, February 9th
New Spring Session starts March 16th.
(No class 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, but you may reach out to me for privates
those weeks)
More info and Registration for Winter:
Invite your friends to join you Fridays:

*I am allowing for drop-ins in the following KIDS classes:*

STORYDANCE, ages 2-5
University City Arts League <http://www.ucartsleague.org/>, 4226 Spruce St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104, 2nd floor rear
Thursdays 2:30-3:30pm
Drop-in possible 2/8, 2/22, and 3/1 (No class on 2/15 or 3/8)
New Spring Session starts March 15th
More info and Registration:
Invite your friends: https://www.facebook.com/events/475571999503768

Philadelphia Tango School <http://philadelphiatangoschool.com/>, 2030
Frankford Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19125
Wednesdays 5:15-6:00pm
Drop-in possible through February 28th, 2018
New Spring Session starts March 13th (No class March 6th)
More info and Registration:
Invite your friends: https://www.facebook.com/events/152614485385602

MAKING MOVES, ages 7-12
University City Arts League <http://www.ucartsleague.org/>, 4226 Spruce St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104, 3rd floor rear
TUESDAYS 5:30-6:30 PM with Drop-in possible through February 28
Winter Session= January 9- February 28, 2018
New Spring Session starts March 6th
More Info and Registration:
Invite your friends: https://www.facebook.com/events/148269639159308

QUESTIONS: Email LorenTeachesMovement at gmail.com

Loren Groenendaal is a professional dancer, choreographer, and educator
based in Philadelphia, working with her own company, Vervet Dance
<http://www.vervetdance.org/>. As a teacher, she has taught all ages,
focusing on creative movement for children and Modern Dance for teens and
adults. She holds a BA in Dance and Visual Arts from Oberlin College, an
MFA in Dance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and is a
Certified Movement Analyst (CMA) in Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) and
Bartenieff Fundamentals (BF), which she earned from the Laban/Bartenieff
Institute of Movement Studies (LIMS) in 2010. She has been adjunct or guest
faculty at Arcadia University, DeSales University, Juniata College, Temple
University, Towson University, University of the Arts, and University of
Pennsylvania. In addition to her freelance offerings through Loren Teaches
Movement <http://www.lorenteachesmovement.com>, she is on faculty with
University City Arts League and Koresh Dance, teaching creative dance to
children and is currently teaching the Fundamentals of Dance Education at
Temple University. Whether she is teaching students, young or old,
professional or recreational, she delights in encouraging her students with
playful rigor to open new options in their movement and find wonder with
their dancing. When teaching technique and Bartenieff Fundamentals or
coaching through the lens of Laban Movement Analysis, her goal is to help
individuals find more ease, expression, and understanding through movement.
She has been improvising her entire dancing life and currently performs
contemporary modern, contact improvisation, improvisation, and classical
Balinese dance. She is a founding member of The H-O-T Series and The
Impermanent Society of Philadelphia <http://www.impermanentsociety.com/>,
which supports freely improvised dance and music in performance and is a
key organizer and teacher for the Philadelphia Contact Improvisation
community. As the Artistic Director of Vervet Dance
<http://www.vervetdance.org/>, she produces much of her creative work, both
tightly choreographed works and semi-composed improvisation.

Hoping to see you in the dancing!

*Loren Groenendaal*
MFA in Choreography
BA in Dance and Visual Arts
Certified Movement Analyst
Freelance Teaching Artist as Loren Teaches Movement
Founding Artistic Director of Vervet Dance <http://www.vervetdance.org/>
Founding Member, Curator of Impermanent Society of Philadelphia
Founding Member, Board Member, Artist in Residence of Mascher Space
Cooperative <http://mascherdance.com/>

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