Libby Farr
Gyro Ballet

© Karolina Miernik
Int
Week 2, 22.7.–26.7.2024
09:30–11:30
Arsenal 1
book

This workshop is essentially a body exploratory workshop to see what changes in the dancers’ body from day to day. By beginning the class with Gyrokinesis the body/mind of the dancer have already changed, which allows different possibilities to happen. The aim of the workshop is no aim just to feel something different and allow the dancer to experience ballet in a new way. This workshop is directed to intermediate and to professionals because the participants in the class need some knowledge in ballet for it to be enriching.

Gyrokinesis® is a safe and systematic learning process developed by Juliu Horvath. The Gyrokinesis method is a movement method that gently works the entire body, opening energy pathways, stimulating the nervous system, increasing range of motion, and creating functional strength through rhythmic, flowing movement sequences. It is an original, and unique movement method, which has benefits similar to those found in Yoga, Tai Chi, gymnastics, and dance. The class starts on a chair with a series of fluid spinal motions and prepares the body to explore more complex movements with agility, and ease. It continues on the floor with exercises that expand on the spinal motions, gradually adding more complex sequences, incorporating more movements of the hips, shoulders, hands and feet.

This ballet class evaluates and re-evaluates the dancer’s body with the objective to strengthen the awareness of his or her own natural alignment and experience in the setting of a ballet class meaning Barre and Centre practice. The Barre emphasises isolating, releasing the joints, and using that articulation to strengthen the dancer’s core awareness and deepen their understanding of where the movement is initiated in the body to support a more functional body placement while, at the same time, rethinking the basic systems needed in the ballet vocabulary. The Centre practice challenges the dancer to use the new found information while using the ballet vocabulary as a tool when being confronted with shift of weight, change of direction and moving the body through space.

Libby Farr
© Karolina Miernik
© Karolina Miernik
© Karolina Miernik
© Karolina Miernik
© Karolina Miernik
© Karolina Miernik