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Gloria begins — !
INTERACTIVE EXCHANGE I

"We are following movement by watching the center move.
Center of gravity, that is, in the low pelvis." *

If you are wondering what it is like
to be part of an interactive class
with Gloria McLean & Erick Hawkins —
click here — !

Lesson I

Floor Work
(Beginning Class)

These exercises emphasize
SEQUENTIAL MOVEMENT

— Pelvis — Rib Cage — Head —

a progressive deepening of movement
that integrates the pelvis
&
brings the spine into action

These three exercises are only a few of the many movements
that together add up to a complete warm-up.
They are basic and appear quite simple.
Learning to do them correctly
can have a profound effect on your technique.

I
The "Bounces"

INTRO • DEMO

QT (MAC) WMP (PC)QT (MAC) WMP (PC)

II

Sequential Movement: Spine

INTRO & DEMO

QT (MAC)WMP (PC)

 

III

Contraction on 4

INTRO & DEMO

QT (MAC)WMP (PC)


We Hawkins dancers
— often, but not always —
start the warm-up with floorwork
to activate the central postural support system of the body
— "integrate" the pelvis and spine —
before adding the challenge of weight-bearing through the legs.

This contributes to better alignment and coordination when we do stand up.
It also begins to articulate the movement of the torso
— a hallmark of modern dance.

A Movement for Gloria!
In a Coaching Session for Interactive Exchange I,
Diane Aldis & Derek Phillips demonstrated
an 8-count phrase . . .
Or was it a 9 no,wait! — a 10-count phrase!!?
(Whatever the count, the movement looks suspiciously like
McLean/Hawkins "undercurve/overcurve" — !

CLICK HERE — !

** This photograph of Gloria McLean is the work of JEFF DAY.

INTERACTIVE EXCHANGE II

 

 

 
 

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