Joel Simkin – How to construct a movement class

August 7 & 14

The purpose of this class will be to work collectively to construct a well-balanced, unforced set of movements that can form the basis of a daily movement sequence. The participants and the teacher will work together to build the class from simple stretches on the floor to standing and moving through space. The intention is to provide a sequence of movements and movement principles that could be useful to people in all walks of life who wish to move with greater ease. As the class develops, it could provide a template for classes which the participants could offer to people in a variety of settings.

From 1973-76 Joel Simkin trained in the Professional Program of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. He subsequently continued his ballet training with Jocelyn Lorenz in New York, and studied modern dance in Montreal, with Linda Rabin and in New York at the Cunningham and Hawkins studios. He also studied improvisation with Nancy Topf and anatomy with Irene Dowd. He danced with a number of ballet and modern dance companies (including Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers) as well as independent choreographers in Canada and the United States. In 1991 he completed the three-year teacher training program at the American Center for the Alexander Technique in New York. Joel has taught dance classes in a variety of settings including the dance department of Concordia University, and at the studios of Linda Rabin and Jo Lechay in Montreal. He also has extensive training in voice and the visual arts.

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