NDH’s Dance Coreclasses include a series of 75 minute somatic infused, dance technique classes, with Guest Instructors: Johanna Bundon, Caitlin Coflin, Ashley Johnson, and Connie Moker Wernikowski; and a new 90 minute somatic based movement class with Guest Instructor Krista Solheim.
NDH has for over 37 years offered somatic movement and contemporary dance classes. This Fall's Dance Core classes focus on combining somatic approaches with dance training.
We invite all to join and experience these unique classes. Participants are encouraged to try classes out to see if their experience and background supports their interests, comfort level, and the demands of the class.
Class Registration and Payment: You may register and pay on-line via the links below on this page. If you prefer to register and pay in person, please call 306-525-5393 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. NDH accepts cash, cheque, credit card, e-transfer, and pay pal payment. We would appreciate if you can sign up at least one day prior to the class you wish to attend. As COVID continues to challenge our lives, we are all doing our best to keep you informed regarding any cancellations due to COVID or for any other reasons. Providing your contact information, both email and phone,will facilitate our capacity to keep you informed. We look forward to seeing you at NDH studio at 2207 Harvey St. Some Dance Core classes may be available online. If you are interested in taking any of the Dance Core classes online, please let us know and we will see if we can accommodate you. To subscribe to our email list, Please Scroll Down (to bottom of this page).
Dance Core: Laban/Bartenieff Into Dance Days: Tuesday & Thursday mornings Dates: are in website calendar as well as listed when you register on-line Times: 9:30am - 10:45am Cost: $20/class] Class Description: These classes will use the principles and practice of Bartenieff Fundamentals and Laban Movement Analysis to deepen the individual’s embodiment and sense of self. Participants will explore concepts such as weight sensing, breath support, and development movement patterning to find ease of movement and whole-body connectivity. Each class will begin on the floor, gradually building to standing and moving through space. Instructor Bio: Caitlin Coflin is a dancer and dance teacher in Regina, SK. Caitlin completed her Post-Secondary training in Winnipeg, MB and received her BA Honours in Dance from the University of Winnipeg in affiliation with the Professional Program of the School of Contemporary Dancers. Since returning to Regina in 2010 she has been a member of the teaching staff at Youth Ballet of Saskatchewan and teaches through New Dance Horizons’ Dance Core. In 2020, Caitlin completed her training to become a Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst and Somatic Practitioner (CMA-SP). https://www.instagram.com/caitlincoflinsomaticmovement/
Dance Core: Itcush Into Dance Days: Tuesdays & Thursday mornings Dates: are in website calendar as well as listed when you register on-line Times: 9:30 am - 10:45 am Cost: $20/class Class Description: “Dance should be for the body, not the body for dance” – Amelia Itcush This movement class takes the student through a series of floor, chair and standing patterns based on the system of dynamic alignment, the Itcush Method. Through gentle guided practice we aim to embody principles of the Mitzvah Technique through connecting to the vertical center of gravity and activating the rippling motion of the spine. There is a continued focus on creating a structure that is supple, mobile and strong. Previous experience in dance and/or equivalent movement form is recommended. No equipment needed. Instructor Bio: Ashley Johnson is a dance artist and Registered Somatic Movement Educator trained in group facilitation and hands on bodywork as a teacher of the Mitzvah Technique/Itcush Method and Continuum Movement. Upon completing a diploma in Dance from Grant MacEwan College and a BA in Dance from University of Calgary Ashley spent ten years apprenticing with movement pioneers from around North America. She trained extensively with her two primary mentors Amelia Itcush and Emilie Conrad until their passing. As a dance artist and educator, Ashley creates interdisciplinary site specific creations that blend embodiment practice with creative process. She lives on Treaty 4 territory where she teaches, performs and continues to learn to live in harmony with her toddler. www.constantlyseekingsoftness.ca
Dance Core: Feldenkrais Into Dance Days: Tuesday & Thursday mornings Dates: are in website calendar as well as listed when you register on-line Times: 9:30 am- 10:45 am Cost: $20/class Class Description: This dynamic movement class considers ideas from Feldenkrais Method and Contemporary Dance practice. The class begins with gentle breath work and moves towards light mobilization of the skeletal structure in various orientations low to the ground. From there we explore short sequences involving rolling in and out of the floor. The speed of the class picks up as we engage direction to locomote through space. We train through task-based movement projects and organized sequences of repeatable action both with and without music. It’s perfect for movers and shakers, and can be scaled (try the first 45 mins) for folks recovering from injury, or wanting a lighter impact class. Image rich and sensation lush, the vibe of this class is fun-work. Some ideas guiding the process are: ‘don’t try too hard’ & ‘look for pleasant sensation along the way’ Instructor Bio: Johanna Bundonis an independent artist whose practice includes performance, choreography, and teaching. She has been working in the field of movement arts for over 15 years. Johanna is a grad of the San Diego 4 Feldenkrais Professional Training Program (2020) and an Authorized Trainee Awareness Through Movement® teacher. She trained at Les Ateliers de Danse Moderne de Montréal (2002-2005), Globe Theatre’s Actor Conservatory (2008), and has a BA in Arts & Culture from the University of Regina (2015). As a choreographer, Johanna’s work has been presented across Western Canada through the Prairie Dance Circuit and as a part of the National Arts Centre’s Prairie Scene. Johanna is currently an artistic associate of Curtain Razors.
Dance Core: Contemporary Dance Days: Two Thursday mornings in December Dates: are in website calendar as well as listed when you register on-line Times: 9:30 am - 10:45 am Cost: $20/class Class Description: Contemporary dance technique informed by Graham, Limon, Cunningham, ballet, yoga and somatic practices. Instructor Bio: Connie Moker Wernikowski holds an Honours BA in Dance from York University and an M.Ed from the University of Regina. Connie has been actively contributing to dance in this province for over 45 years. She moved to Regina in 1975 to be a company member and teacher with Regina Modern Dance Works. Her professional career, centred in Regina, has included work as an artistic director, dance teacher, dance educator, professional dancer, choreographer and mentor. Connie is a master teacher of contemporary dance technique. She has taught numerous movement and arts education classes at the University of Regina, and has mentored many young dancers who now have careers in dance. Her choreography has been shown internationally. She has developed performances for school children audiences. Connie performed as part of New Dance Horizons InTemp Company and has toured through Canada as an independent soloist. In recent years Connie has created new choreographic works annually. Connie was Artistic Director of Youth Ballet and Contemporary Dance of Saskatchewan (YBCS) from 1994 to 2009. Her work at YBCS has left a significant legacy in ballet and contemporary dance training and in providing performance opportunities and development for young dancers. In both 2018 and 2019 Connie was a short list nominee for a Saskatchewan Arts Award for Arts and Learning.
Franklin Method Workshops Days: Wednesday mornings Dates: are in the class calendar as well as listed when you register on-line Times: 9:30 am - 11:00 am Cost: $25/class (Not available online, in-person only) Class Description: The Franklin Method® focuses on how the body is ideally designed to function using Dynamic Neurocognitive Imagery™ to align with that function. With the use of touch, our minds, speech, embodiment, and functional anatomy, we will work to create positive change in our bodies, to find comfort and joy in everyday movements. This series of workshops will focus on Arthrokinematics / Bone Rhythms (micro movement between bone surfaces at a joint). We will go into some of the muscles that drive those rhythms. Each workshop will dive into a specific part of the body: pelvis, hip joint, knee joints, spine, shoulder girdle, diaphragm, and ribs. Wear something comfortable to move in - we will be standing, sitting on a chair and laying on the floor. No experience necessary, all you need is your body and your imagination! Instructor Bio: Krista Solheim is a Level 2 Franklin Method® Educator, STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor, independent dance artist and movement teacher. She holds a BFA in Contemporary Dance from Concordia University and has taught a variety of movement classes across Canada for over 20 years. Krista has dedicated her life to research of movement in the body through dance and a range of somatic practises. Krista brings physical awareness, her somatic experience, and the excitement of movement to the classes that she leads.
*Special thanks to the following agencies: Government of Canada, Saskatchewan Arts Board, City of Regina, Canada Council for the Arts, CanDance, Community Initiatives Fund, Dance Saskatchewan Inc., SaskCulture, and Business for the Arts NDH acknowledges that our organization creates, inspires, presents, and collaborates on Treaty 4 Territory. We affirm our relationship and partnership with the First Nations and Métis people that live here, in the spirit of reconciliation and collaboration.