Barbara Forbes

Undergraduate Discipline

Dance

Graduate Program

MFA Dance Program

Royal Academy of Dancing, London. Institute of Choreology, London. Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, Cecchetti Method. Previously on faculty of National Ballet School of Canada, Alvin Ailey School, New York University, and Finis Jhung Studio. Ballet mistress and teacher, Joffrey Ballet, New Orleans Ballet, and Chamber Ballet USA. Currently Feldenkrais practitioner at Feldenkrais Learning Center, New York City. SLC, 2000–

Current undergraduate courses

Ballet

Year

At all levels, ballet studies will guide students in creative and expressive free­dom by enhancing the qualities of ease, grace, musicality, and symmetry that define the form. To this end, we will explore alignment with an emphasis on anatomical principles and enlist the appropriate neuromuscular effort needed to dance with optimal integration of every aspect of the individual body, mind, and spirit.

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Feldenkrais: Awareness Through Movement®

Fall

Moshe Feldenkrais believed that rigidity, mental or physical, is contrary to the laws of life. His system of somatic education develops awareness, flexibility, and coordination as students are verbally guided through precisely structured movement explorations. The lessons are done lying on the floor, sitting, or standing and gradually increase in range and complexity. Students are required to bring their full attention to their experience in order to develop their capacity for spontaneous, effortless action. Self-generated learning will release habitual patterns, offer new options, and enhance the integrated activity of the entire nervous system.

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Current graduate courses

Ballet

Year

At all levels, ballet studies will guide students in creative and expressive freedom by enhancing the qualities of ease, grace, musicality, and symmetry that define the form. To this end, we will explore alignment with an emphasis on anatomical principles and enlist the appropriate neuromuscular effort needed to dance with optimal integration of every aspect of the individual body, mind, and spirit.

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Feldenkrais: Awareness Through Movement®

Fall

Moshe Feldenkrais believed that "rigidity, mental or physical, is contrary to the laws of life." His system of somatic education develops awareness, flexibility, and coordination as students are verbally guided through precisely structured movement explorations. The lessons are done lying on the floor, sitting, or standing and gradually increase in range and complexity. Students are required to bring their full attention to their experience in order to develop their capacity for spontaneous, effortless action. Self-generated learning will release habitual patterns, offer new options, and enhance the integrated activity of the entire nervous system.

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Previous courses

Ballet - Graduate

Year

At all levels, ballet studies will guide students in creative and expressive free­dom by enhancing the qualities of ease, grace, musicality, and symmetry that define the form. To this end, we will explore alignment with an emphasis on anatomical principles and enlist the appropriate neuromuscular effort needed to dance with optimal integration of every aspect of the individual body, mind, and spirit.

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Beginning Improvisation: Embodied Awareness

Year

In Feldenkrais’ Awareness Through Movement® (ATM) lessons, we learn how to sense subtle differences and expand our choices by letting go of habits of inhibition, tension, and expectation. We will translate the particular quality of ATM into broader movement possibilities and develop a more flexible self-image by exploring our facility for mindful spontaneity. This process of examining our patterns of moving, thinking, sensing, and feeling will allow the creation of innovative movement designs, spatial configurations, and dynamics, ultimately inviting more creative and effective action in life.

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First-Year Studies in Dance

FYS

The Dance program encourages first-year students to study aspects of dance in an integrated and vital curriculum of technical movement practices, improvisation, and dance history. In technical practice, attention will be given to developing the student’s awareness of space and time, use of energy, articulation of form through sensation, and building strength and control with an understanding of functional anatomy. In improvisation classes, we will explore somatic intelligence and imagination through Feldenkrais’ Awareness Through Movement® lessons, developing the natural movement abilities of each student while expanding their vocabulary and awareness through group and individual problem solving. In dance history, students will explore the history of concert dance in the United States from the early 20th century to the present. In First-Year Studies in Dance, students will have an additional weekly forum to develop analytical skills, both oral and written, for communication, independent research, and study. All of these components are designed to encourage individual investigation and community as students deepen their understanding of embodied learning.

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Improvisation

Merge your mind and body in the moment through dance improvisation. This invaluable creative mode will help you recognize, embody, and develop sensations and ideas in motion. Internal and external perceptions will be honed while looking at movement from many points of view—as an individual or in partnership with others. Beginning Improvisation is required for all students new to the Dance program. This class is an entry into the creative trajectory that later leads to composition and dance making. Other improvisation classes are recommended for students who have already taken Beginning Improvisation and want to explore this form further.

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