This Contemporary Dance training is a combination of yoga, floor work and release based techniques. We start with a warm-up that slowly awakens the body-mind, engages the breath and gradually prepares the body thru simple movement patterns. Emphasizing the sense of gravity, flow and ability to move with ease, the warm-up is followed by phrases that build up towards more complexity, focusing on: changes of level, locomotion, directions in space and altering tone of the body. The class aims at supporting and developing both, the gain of physical strength as well as the effortlessness of the body in motion.
Katja Mustonen is a Finnish dancer, teacher and dance maker, who currently works and lives in Frankfurt, Germany. She graduated from the Vocational Dance School in Outukumpu, Finland 2004 as dancer, and holds a MA degree in Contemporary Dance Pedagogy from the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt, Germany. In the artistic field she is curious about the diverse possibilities and ever-changing landscapes within movement and improvisation, especially when it comes to performance and states of presence. She believes that art and life are not separate, and keeps pondering upon the question, how dance as a tool can be useful in making difference in individuals?