IMPROVment: An Improvisational Movement Class
For Brain and Body Health
June 19 – 23, June 26 – 30, 10 – 11am (M-F both weeks) Brookstown Campus
NOTE: Additional hour on last day: Friday, June 30, 11 am -12 noon: Presentation about dance and the brain with neuroscientist Dr. Christina Hugenschmidt
All Lifelong Learning members are invited to the final class meeting and the presentation – Friday, June 30, 10 am – 12 noon
As we age, our balance sometimes feels compromised and the ability to multi-task can become a challenge. How can we move about in this busy world as confident and expressive movers, promoting good brain and body health? This unique movement class will challenge participants to spontaneously create movement material based on cues such as visual images, rhythmic sensibility, breath, and music. This class will encourage problem solving tactics through movement and at the same time, be a lot of fun! No previous dance experience is necessary. Participants with movement challenges are encouraged to take this class.
In this movement course, participants will be introduced to exercises that:
-nurture a strong community environment
-promote great cardiovascular health
-support each person’s creative contributions as expressive movers and shakers
-encourage moving and reacting spontaneously in space
-share fall and recovery techniques in safe ways
-promote physical and cognitive decision making
-bring spontaneity back to our lives in meaningful ways
Important note: Participants in this class are invited (but not required) to also join Christina and other community members in a rehearsal and performance opportunity, August 1-12 at Wake Forest. Participants will be involved in an intergenerational dance, with a rehearsal process happening August 1-11, and the performance at Wake Forest’s Brendle Recital Hall on August 12th. The performance will be part of the Carolina Summer Music Festival, featuring live music by Martha Bassett, who will sing Patsy Cline songs!
Christina Soriano is an Associate Professor of Dance at Wake Forest University. She teaches composition, improvisation, modern technique, and a course in conjunction with a chemistry professor entitled Movement and the Molecular. Her work in collaborative scientific studies examines how improvisational dance can help people living with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Diseases, and their carepartners, improve mobility, cognition and balance. She teaches weekly movement classes to people with Parkinson’s Disease and their carepartners. Last year, she and her neuroscience collaborator Christina Hugenschmidt were the presenters at the Fall Lifelong Learning Lecture. More information on Christina’s work can be found at www.improvment.us.