SPRING SESSION of Duncan Dance with Laura Pravitz


Mondays 1:00-2:30pm, April 15, 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27
Fee: $60.00 for 6 week series.  Sliding scale pricing and financial aid are available, please email for details!

For more information or to register, email laura.pravitz@verizon.net

Isadora Duncan has often been called the Mother of Modern Dance.  She felt that the real source of dance was to be found in nature and that movement should have meaning; spring from an inner impulse and be self-renewing. Rudolph Laban echoed this when he spoke of movement as “the inner drive to be felt on the outside”. 

This is a mixed level class for teens and adults interested in discovering the treasures of Duncan dance.  Classic Duncan principles of movement such as the role of the solar plexus as wellspring; musical expressiveness; and moving from an inner impulse alive with imagination are approached.  Bartenieff Fundamentals and Laban’s space harmony support warm ups, phrases, motifs and choreographies that move us freely and joyously along the earth and toward the stars.  Original Duncan works from her vast and gorgeous repertory will be taught.

LAURA PRAVITZ, IDMA; CLMA; LICSW is a graduate in advanced standing from the Isadora Duncan International Institute (IDII). She performs and teaches Duncan dance and movement exploration classes in schools, senior homes, museums and studios in the Pioneer Valley and Boston, and continues her affiliation with the IDII dancers.  She teaches Duncan choreographies from a depth perspective, drawing on her background in Laban Movement Analysis and Imaginal Psychotherapy. She  produced, directed, and performed in concerts at Holyoke’s Historic Wistariahurst Museum to notable acclaim, and has presented at each of the Isadora Duncan International Symposia.  She is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst and Clinical Social Worker, specializing in working with elders.