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DanceAbility Class in Berkeley with Alito Alessi

Tuesday June 28th, 2016
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
San Francisco Bay Area
Workshop | FREE

$20 – $45 sliding scale. Creative movement and dance improvisation class for people of ALL disabilities and abilities.

The producers suggest arriving by 4p.m. or earlier to register, as these afternoon classes tend to fill up to capacity quickly.

The DanceAbility method works with basic concepts of movement improvisation, based on things that can be done by ALL participants – for example: fast, slow, and still; Interpretation of Movement;

Exploration of self and sensation
Communicating non-verbally with partners: relation
Working out of usual tick-tock time: timing
Communicating and expressing in larger groups: design
Improvising using physical contact

The idea of DanceAbility was initiated in 1987 by Alito Alessi and Karen Nelson. The method has developed under Alito’s sole leadership since 1989. DanceAbility uses improvisational dance to promote artistic expression and exploration between people with and without disabilities. But the teaching method and clear articulation of the basics of improvisation are still completely and satisfyingly applicable even if there are not people with disabilities present. DanceAbility cultivates a common ground for creative expression of all people. The material is drawn from the group present in a given situation and isolates no one. The method supports self-empowerment by offering ways that all individuals can participate fully in expressing their creative choices, including respecting one’s own limits. Following one’s own interest and desire, and applying that to the benefit of one’s community, is a basic DanceAbility teaching.

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