Integrating the Feldenkrais Method within Dance Technique Class
This article emerged from a collaborative research endeavor between two dance teachers and Feldenkrais practitioners from different cultures: Sylvie Fortin teaches at the dance department of the Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada, and Warwick Long teaches in the dance studies program of the University of Otago, New Zealand.
Our desire to conduct this study stemmed from our experience and practice of dance and the Feldenkrais Method, as well as reading the dance literature which presented many claims about relationships between dance and somatic education practices such as the Feldenkrais method, but few data-based or empirical studies to support the claims.
ur hunch was that a descriptive study interpreting daily actions in the dance class would contribute to the understanding of this relationship. One place we felt useful to start was to describe the ways we were integrating Awareness Through Movement (ATM) lessons within dance technique classes and how the notion of self was embedded throughout the class. (…)