Axis Syllabus: Anatomical Insights Into Ease and Choice with Daniel Bear Davis

The Axis Syllabus offers a groundswell of relevant and specific information into healthy movement habits for moving humans living in a dynamic world. In this workshop, we will look at details of our own anatomy, refined over thousands of years of evolution, to gain clues about how to move in collaboration with our own fascinating design. Through specific inquiry, observation, and practice, we seek to unleash reflexive kinetic potential while reducing the risk of injury and repetitive strain. Through a combination of choreographed motifs and focused improvisations, we will build tools for dynamic alignment and resilience.

Classes are open to all levels. There will be a range of adaptations to proposed movement motifs so learning can be supported for beginners and seasoned dancers simultaneously. Collaboration with the underlying patterns of our design will benefit anyone who lives in a body.

Daniel Bear Davis (MFA) is an interdisciplinary performance maker and movement educator. He has been a Certified Axis Syllabus teacher since 2013. and applies the Axis Syllabus to practices as diverse as Contact Improv, Acrobatic Stilts, and Body Work. He teaches Axis because he has seen it have a profound impact on frequency of injury in his own body and that of his students. His interest is to increase physical capacity and the possibility of informed choice. Daniel has taught internationally in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and throughout North America. Whether teaching physical skills or compositional practices, his intention is to foster tools for informed choice and increased possibility.

Daniel has been blessed with opportunities to perform with Guillermo Gomez Peña, Nancy Stark Smith, Nita Little, Pipaluk Supernova/Live Art Installations, Felix Ruckert, Kira Kirsch, Erika Tsimbrovsky, Scott Wells, Cid Pearlman, and many other inspiring body/minds. He has worked with veterans and non-veterans in collaboration with Krista DeNio and EchoTheaterSuitcase project, and in San Quentin Prison with The Artistic Ensemble. His most recent group work explored intersections between the experiences of his students at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and the experiences of oppression expressed in interviews he conducted with Palestinians in the West Bank.
His work has been presented at Performaticá (Mexico) in the Imagining Bodies Symposium (Estonia), Dancing in Place Festival (Malaysia), SummerWorks (Canada) the San Francisco International Arts Festial, SoWat Now Contemporary Performance Festival, and Looking Left Festival in California, the SEEDS Festival and E|MERGE Residency at Earthdance Center, MA, and at danceh0l0 in Brooklyn.

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SoBo is a community dance center committed to keeping dance accessible, non-competitive, and a vital part of our social fabric. SoBo hosts daytime and evening classes focused mostly on adults, with some options for children. Participants of all levels, abilities, and ages are welcome! SoBo offers flexible payment options, scholarship and work study opportunities, and maintains a family friendly environment. Our playroom is always open for children to explore while parent’s dance, with free supervision provided during select classes. SoBo is home to Adventures with Super Bee, presenting dance performances for kids in kid friendly spaces, and Change the Channel, an improv and sketch comedy troupe. Cyndal Ellis is Co-Director of SoBo Studio. She teaches fusion belly dance, modern dance, and Dunham Technique at SoBo and at schools throughout southern VT. In 2017, Cyndal received a Certification through the Institute for Dunham Technique Certification. She holds a B.A. in anthropology and dance from Smith College. She has over 20 years of dance experience. She has taught at Jacob’s Pillow, Smith College, Landmark College, and grade schools throughout New England. She was a member of The Sovereign Collective with which she performed and taught nationally. She was also one of the co-directors of Firekeeper Productions and toured the mulit-media production The Mabel Story throughout New England. Cyndal loves to share the joy of dance with people of all ages and abilities.



October 19, 2019
2:00–4:00 PM





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Published September 19, 2019