Body as storyteller, Rust allows the 50+ dancer to continue sharing the wealth of stories that live in the body. This movement based class invites the body to take up space, and lubricate the joints while dropping into the somatic medicine of movement and music in a communal setting. We flock, we wave, we huddle, we expand, we invite ourselves to explore and celebrate what the body can do right here and now. We are interested in the freedom and expression available at any age within each individual body. No plies, no tendues, no jumps and no going to the floor.
Some people say there is nothing as scary as not knowing what dance steps they are going to do so why in the world would they take improv?
How then can Improvisation be – in our founder Lynda Raino words – the most honorable and rewarding dance?
“It is because when you take away the technical expectation of dance, you take away all hesitancy, you take away all self evaluation of your ability, you retire your personal critic, you remove all judgments, and what is left is your body in it’s freest and most authentic self. The pure freedom of not knowing what you are going to do makes you tune in deeply to your body and your state of mind at that moment. You find yourself dancing out the scenarios of the day, be they blissful or stressful. You let go in a way that you can never do in a dance class. YOU CAN’T MAKE A MISTAKE OR DO ANYTHING WRONG! It doesn’t take dance technique, it taks guts.” – Lynda
Lynda’s improv classes are called STRUCTURED IMPROV.
“That means that I give you an idea, a parameter, a prompt, a piece of ground from which you can push into the magic of nothingness and feel what come through.I have always said that in a perfect world, every dancer should have to take improvisation along with their technical training. In my opinion and experience, a dancer who can improvise at any moment is the best equipped dancer of all.” – Lynda