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25
Mar

ACDA 2015

On March 19-22, 2015 a group of six Pomona Dance students along with faculty Michael Szanyi and Thomas Tsai attended the Baja Region’s American College Dance Association (ACDA) conference at the California State University, Long Beach. Students took a variety of classes in modern, ballet, partnering work and more. Ilana Cohen ’16 performed an original solo entitled Unwilling Prophecy, and Joseph Reynolds ’15 performed faculty John Pennington’s choreography, Hearing Change.

The six students and two faculty gather for a group picture at ACDF.

The six students and two faculty gather for a group picture at California State University, Long Beach.

Students had much positive feedback about the conference:

“Being able to try new classes and styles in such a high energy atmosphere was a fun experience. I enjoyed getting to see what other schools are working on both in the informal and formal performances.  I especially appreciated hearing the opinions of the adjudicators about the conference and pieces we watched. On the last day they had a really interesting open dialogue that raised points about the larger context of dance and the subject matters being expressed in the pieces from the informal and formal showings. Hearing a discussion of dance was a good way of supplementing both the classes and performances”.
–Nia McAllister, Pomona ‘17

I was able to try many things that I had never tried before such as contact improv (yikes! but fun), Dunham technique, and floor barre. I also had the honor of taking amazing ballet and modern dance classes from brilliant teachers who made me approach the techniques that I am familiar with in an entirely new light. I went to the ADF audition and was blown away by the talent around me. Furthermore, I was able to listen to and take part in conversations that critically discussed what it means to dance. This was a real highlight for me. Being immersed in dance was such a treat and I am still thinking about all that I learned. I am excited to bring this energy back to Pomona.”
–Amy Oden, Pomona ‘18

24
Mar

Workshops in Body-Mind Centering®

Join us for two courses in Body-Mind Centering® hosted by the Pomona Dance Program and offered through the Kinesthetic Learning Center! Registration is required and housing at the Pomona residence halls is available for an additional cost. More information is listed below:

Embodied Anatomy – Organ Systems


When: June 10th-17th2015
Where: Pomona College in Claremont, CA

Course Description
Length: 7 days (46 contact hours)

Movement and vitality are usually associated with bones and muscles. In this course the internal organs will be awakened as an active resource to transform the quality of our movement, feelings, and postural tone. Through creative exploration students will discover their organs and how they can deeply impact the volume, integrity and authenticity of their health, vocal, and physical expression.

**This course is open to any registrant regardless of SME or IDME certification status.**

Course Schedule
4 sessions daily:
1. 8:30am-10am
2. 11am-1pm
3. 3pm-5pm
4. 5:15pm-6pm

Cost
$875.00
Register here

Faculty
Maryska Bigos
Wendy Hambidge

What is Body-Mind Centering®?
Body-Mind Centering® is an integrated approach to movement, the body, and consciousness that is based on the embodiment and application of anatomical, physiological, psychophysical and developmental principles that utilizes movement, imagery, voice and touch.

 

Embryology


When: June 20th-22nd2015
Where: Pomona College in Claremont, CA

Course Description
Length: 3 days (20 contact hours)

Patterns and relationships from this early stage of tissue and body system development can affect long-term health and well-being. This course will focus on the relationship of the egg, yolk sac, amniotic sac, neuroenteric canal and autonomic fluid rhythm to the developing endoderm, ectoderm, and mesoderm. Students will learn the foundation of our body’s growth, from its earliest physical forms to present, and how this embryological process influences our movement and psychophysical patterns.

**This course is open to any registrant and suggested for IDME and SME students. This is a required course if you are studying to become a Body-Mind Centering Practitioner.**

Course Schedule
4 sessions daily:
1. 8:30am-10am
2. 11am-1pm
3. 3pm-5pm
4. 5:15pm-6pm

Cost
$375.00
Register here

Faculty

Wendy Hambidge
MFA, RSMT/RSME, BMC Certified Teacher/IDME

A dancer since she was 5, Wendy received her MFA in choreography and performance and actively produced dance art for 30 years. The discovery of Body-Mind Centering® in 1990 brought a new excitement and endless possibilities to her choreography, and a new career. She has taught Experiential Anatomy in the Yoga Shala of Portland’s Teacher Training since 2009, and assisted Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen in the EAY and EDMY Berkeley programs. She currently teaches the EAY program in Portland, OR with Amy Matthews. Wendy is smitten with the depth and breadth of BMC. She is struck by the profound effect that deep body awareness and knowing has on all aspects of life, physical, psychological and spiritual. Wendy sees a wide range of clients from mothers and babies, to performance anxiety and recovery from injury and chronic pain. She has practiced Transcendental Meditation since 1972, and graduated from Maharishi University of Management in 1980. She believes in our inherent goodness and our ability to embrace joy and to heal, and that we are interconnected like fiber in fabric. Visit Wendy’s website: livinginthebody.com.

Rebecca Haseltine
CST, RSMT, BMC Certified Teacher

Rebecca danced, jumped, crashed, spun, and clambered when she was a child. Movement was how she thought, explored, and expressed herself. Now, with Body Learning Rebecca has practiced bodywork and movement therapy with children and adults for over twenty years. Her clients are adults who have pain, injuries, movement restrictions or neurological conditions. She does play-based movement therapy with children with special needs—particularly sensory processing issues. Body Learning developed out of extensive work in BMC and several other movement forms, including dance, Tai Qi, Qi Gong, and yoga. Rebecca has taught Body-Mind Centering, BodymappingTM*, and Somatic DrawingTM classes and workshops in the Bay Area and Europe since 1992. She taught at the Bridge School for 11 years, doing creative movement and art with children with severe physical and language impairment. Rebecca is also a visual artist working with somatic and environmental themes. To see her artwork, visit: rebeccahaseltine.com, or for Body-Learning visit: bodylearning.net

What is Body-Mind Centering®?
Body-Mind Centering® is an integrated approach to movement, the body, and consciousness that is based on the embodiment and application of anatomical, physiological, psychophysical and developmental principles that utilizes movement, imagery, voice and touch.

11
Nov

In the Works 2015

Scripps and Pomona Dance present
“In The Works…” A Concert of Student Danceworks

CLAREMONT, CA (November 10, 2014) – “In The Works…” is the annual fall concert by students of the departments of dance at Scripps and Pomona Colleges. The concert will take place Thursday, Friday, Saturday, December 4, 5, and 6 at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 6 at 2:00 p.m. in the Pendleton Dance Center, Pomona College. General admission is $5 and tickets will be sold at the door. (Check or cash only please.) Doors will open a half hour before the performances. For general concert information, contact Scripps College Dance Department at (909) 607-2934, or Pomona College Dance Program at (909) 621-8176.

Reflecting a variety of contemporary dance styles, the program will feature in-progress dance works choreographed and performed by students. Several of the dances will be further developed as senior thesis projects in dance for the Scripps and Pomona spring dance concerts.

11
Nov

Coming Soon: Presence in Performance

Presence in Performance
Strategies for Enhancing Skill in Athletics, the Performing Arts, and Daily Life

Presented by the Pomona College Dance Program
Friday and Saturday, January 23, 24, 2015

Dr. Joan Vickers, Professor of Kinesiology, University of Calgary. Developer of Quiet Eye Training, she has worked with athletes, coaches, law enforcement professionals, and surgeons to hone motor skills for heightened responsiveness in the moment of performance. Her work has been featured in Golf Digest, the New York Times, Scientific American Frontiers, and the Discovery Channel.

Jessica Wolf, Assistant Professor, Yale School of Drama. Internationally recognized Alexander Technique teacher and developer of The Art of Breathing, she has worked with actors on the unforced coordination of respiratory mechanics to improve stamina, vocal range, and freedom of movement.

Erik Bendix, acclaimed teacher of Body Mind Centering® and the Alexander Technique,
works on principles of movement coordination in sports, daily life, and the arts. He returns to Pomona to continue his work in Embodied Awareness of Performance Readiness, first presented in the Spring of 2014.

All events are free, but advanced registration is required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/presence-in-performance-strategies-for-enhancing-skill-in-athletics-the-performing-arts-and-daily-tickets-14052157381

Friday, January 23:
12:15-1:05: Presentation: Quiet Eye Training ~ Joan Vickers
Rose Hills Theatre, Smith Campus Center
feel free to bring lunch

1:30-3:30: Workshop: The Art of Breathing ~ Jessica Wolf
Pendleton Dance Center, Upper Studio

4:00-6:00: Workshop: Motion in Stillness ~ Erik Bendix
Pendleton Dance Center, Upper Studio

Saturday, January 24:
10:00-12:00: Workshop: Quiet Eye Training ~ Joan Vickers
Rains Center Gymnasium

1:00-3:00: Workshop: Stillness in Motion ~ Erik Bendix
Pendleton Dance Center, Upper Studio

3:30-5:30: Workshop: The Art of Breathing – Jessica Wolf
Pendleton Dance Center, Upper Studio

5:30-6:00: Wrap-up Discussion with the Presenters
Pendleton Dance Center, Upper Studio

1
May

Concert 2014

You are the Breath to my Life

Choreography by Kristin Hollowaty

Choreography by Kristin Hollowaty

Temple Crag Crew 

Choreography by Cassandra Owen

Choreography by Cassandra Owen

Soaring

Choreography by Ruth St. Denis and Doris Humphrey

Choreography by Ruth St. Denis and Doris Humphrey

Macuilxochitl

Choreography by Jacob Barrera

Choreography by Jacob Barrera

Lift, Thrust, Drag

Choreography by John Pennington

Choreography by John Pennington

Dance Peace

Choreography by DJ Gray

Choreography by DJ Gray

Ascension

Choreography by Michael Szanyi

Choreography by Michael Szanyi

26
Feb

Workshop with 1st Graders

Aaron Parral brought his 1st grade students to Pomona College on Feb. 21 2014 for an educational dance workshop led by students and faculty. Here are some clips!

3
Feb

‘Beginning to Breathe’

‘Beginning to Breathe’
a first of 3 community workshops offered by Erik Bendix* this Friday, February 7th, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

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Are you in a breathless rush to the future? Your breath has a past, and had a beginning. You might have forgotten. But every time you speak or sigh or even attempt to sing, every time you pace yourself or sleep or get out of breath, your breath still rests on that tender forgotten beginning. It set a precedent you will follow as long as you are alive. Might it be worth a second look? This workshop looks at the physical changes we go through at birth to launch us into a lifetime of breathing air. We will ponder and inquire, but also plunge into creative expression and movement exploration of what we now experience, using techniques pioneered by Body-Mind CenteringTM.

Erik Bendix is a visiting faculty member this half-semester at Pomona College. He is a certified Teacher of Body-Mind CenteringTM, an AmSAT certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, and holds degrees in philosophy from Oxford and Princeton. He teaches world dance traditions worldwide, is a published poet and translator, and like you he also once took a first breath.

*The next 2 workshops will be at the same time the next 2 Fridays:

  • !  February 14th, 4-6: ‘Cooling Your Planet’
  • !  February 21st, 4-6: ‘ Which Way Is Up?’
Location – Pendleton Dance Center Lower Studio
 
19
Feb

Body-Mind Centering® Certification Courses

The Kinesthetic Learning Center, with guest instructor Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, will be offering certification in Body-Mind Centering® courses starting in the summer of 2013.

– to be held at the Pendleton Dance Center at Pomona College, Claremont, CA. The course dates are as follows:

 

2014 Courses

January 3-10 Basic Neurocellular Patters*

January 13-16 Senses & Perception 1*

May 20-26 Reflexes, Righting Reactions and Equilibrium Responses*

May 29-June 3 Ontogenetic Development*

*Please Note, these courses are pre-requisite for 4014 and 2015 IDME 1 and 2 at Pomona College

 

2014 and 2015 Certification Programs

IDME 1 and 2: Infant Developmental Movement Education, with guest faculty and creator of IDME Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen

August 20-31, 2014 IDME 1: Developmental Movement Observation Skills

August 20-31, 2015 IDME 2: Facilitating Movement Development

 

For more information and to register, please visit www.bmc-klc.com

Body-Mind Centering®  is a registered service mark of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen.

 

 

13
Apr

Guest Artist Peter Pucci

This spring, Peter Pucci will be a guest artist to the program. Below is a video of him rehearsing students from the Claremont Colleges in his piece,  “Surfing”, to be performed in the Pomona College Spring Dance Concert 2012.

18
Feb

Martha Graham Dance Company

Pomona College Dance Program presents a free performance of the Martha Graham Dance Company at Bridges Auditorium

March 1 at 8:00 p.m.

This performance includes a multimedia montage entitled Dance is a Weapon, a series of social protest works created by Graham and her contemporaries in the 1930’s. The powerful Panorama, which centers on the theme of social activism and the power of the people to make change, will be danced by twenty-six students of the Claremont Colleges. Also presented on the program will be Lamentation Variations and Graham’s classic work Diversion of Angels.

Please join us for a night of extraordinary talent with revolutionary themes.


Tickets are available to students of the Claremont Colleges at the Bridges Auditorium Box Office of the Claremont Colleges beginning Monday, January 31, 2011, and are free with a Claremont Colleges ID. Tickets are available to the general public beginning February 14, 2011.

Bridges Auditorium Box Office
450 N. College Way
Claremont, CA 91711
909-621-8032
Hours: 10am- 4pm, Monday through Friday

About the Martha Graham Dance Company

Earning acclaim from audiences in more than 50 countries throughout the world, the Martha Graham Dance Company has been a leader in the development of contemporary dance. Since the company’s founding in 1926, their groundbreaking techniques and unmistakable style as well as their focus on contemporary social, political, psychological, and sexual issues have forever altered the scope of the art of dance. Many of the leading choreographers of our time, including Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Erick Hawkins, Pearl Lang, and Pascal Rioult have been members of the Graham Company, and luminaries such as Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Claire Bloom, and Margot Fonteyn have had guest appearances. Consisting of 181 works, their current repertoire includes many of Graham’s masterpieces such as Appalachian Spring, Lamentation, Cave of the Heart, Deaths and Entrances, and Chronicle.

Selected photos from The Martha Graham Dance Company

Lloyd Knight in I Ain't Got No Home by Kerville Cosmos Jack

Tadej Brdnik in The Revolutionary by Kerville Cosmos Jack

Maurizo Nardi in Time is Money by Kerville Cosmos Jack

Carrie Ellmore Tallitsch in Tenant of the Street by Kerville Cosmos Jack

Jennifer DePaulo in Chronicle by Costas