Dancing Science = Dancing Muscles!

Dancing Science = Dancing Muscles!
Students learn about contraction and extension of muscles, and the three planes of movements. They dance combinations of qualities of movements such as floating, wringing, flicking, pressing, and gliding. They create shapes and identify which muscles are contracting and which are stretching. A cooling down period includes learning how to rest the body constructively and breath well. The session ends with a period of reflection and summary.

Artist Background

Jody Cassell is a Teaching Artist in Dance, interactive dancing storyteller, and author of the children’s book “Where’s Leon”? The Durham Arts Council chose Jody as a 2010-2011 Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artist Recipient. She served as a Master Artist for the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts in Vienna, VA from 2003-2013 and currently teaches classes for young children at the American Dance Festival community studios. Jody earned a M.F.A. in Dance from New York University School of the Arts, New York, NY and a M.S. (Dance/Movement Therapy) from Hunter College of the City University of New York, NY. She enjoys dancing with special needs populations. Movement possibilities provide a rich foundation for living.

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