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Introducing Your Body… A Brief Operations Manual! Live, Online & In-Person with Elizabeth Lentz-Hill
September 11, 2021, @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm HST
Saturday, Sep 11, 2021
1:30 – 3:30 pm HST
20 % Discount for Golden Circle & Platinum members
“Introducing your body” attendees receive one complimentary “Return to the Barre” class- Online or In-person
Please, select Online or In-person when enrolling.
The body’s a complicated place.
How many times in a dance, yoga or fitness class has your teacher asked you to “engage your core”, or “lengthen your spine”, or “turn out”? NOW — and here’s the tricky question — do you know exactly which muscles to use or exactly which bones you need to move to achieve those requests? And do you know how to actually FIND those necessary body parts to move them correctly? Do you know, for example, what to do when your teacher asks you to “activate your psoas” or where the heck your “psoas” is to begin with?!?
Help is on the way! Learn to find your way around your body.
Join Elizabeth Lentz-Hill in this workshop to explore your movement, alignment and anatomy. We’ll begin by looking at the skeletal structures such as sections of the spine, scapula, sitz bones, etc., and then turn to the muscles and connective tissues that weave through and move our amazing living bones!
In the second half of the workshop we’ll apply these anatomical explorations to find in ourselves the necessary body parts and the specific steps we need to achieve that “turn out”, “engaged core”, and “lengthened spine”. Elizabeth will draw primarily from Western concert dance forms such as ballet and contemporary dance, yet you’ll be able to use both the concepts and the steps across a wide range of movement styles.
Elizabeth’s love of bodies and the many conversations she has had with her students in “Return to the Barre” and instructors of Barre method classes have inspired this workshop. She welcomes practitioners and students of all movement styles.
Please wear comfortable clothes that allow movement explorations. This is a great time to ask questions about specific steps as well as gain a deeper understanding of how your body moves.
PLEASE NOTE: In order to continue to offer in-person classes, Still & Moving Center will require all in-person students to show proof of vaccination starting September 1, 2021. Please bring your vaccine card (photocopy or photo are also acceptable) with you to verify with the front desk prior to your next in-person class. Verification will be noted so that you will only need to show your vaccine card once. We will not store a visual record of your personal information.
Elizabeth Lentz-Hill, MFA
Elizabeth’s students love the joy, humor and freedom of expression in her classes. Her classes inspire students to think about dance and life in new, exciting ways.
Elizabeth grew up in Hawaiʻi and is happy to be home, dancing in the place she loves, after more than twenty years of experience performing, teaching, choreographing and promoting dance. She has toured France, Brazil, Mexico, and the U.S. with Tennessee Dance Theatre, Chicago Moving Company, Lucky Plush Productions, and Breakbone DanceCo., and performed works by Bill T. Jones, Doug Elkins, Twyla Tharp, and Charles Weidman.
Prior to returning to Hawaiʻi in 2018, Elizabeth co-founded two dance companies and two regional dance festivals on the continent, one to promote modern dance in Chicago and one for 7-12th grade dancers and their dance educators in Mississippi. She served as an Associate Professor of Dance at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM), where she taught ballet, modern, dance education, anatomy, choreography, and dance theory classes. While at USM, Elizabeth worked to bridge the Dance and Theatre Departments, including co-creating a full-length devised theatre work with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and serving as Interim Chair for both departments. She holds a BA in Religion with a concentration in Women’s Studies from Carleton College, and an MFA in Dance from the University of Washington.
“Ms. Lentz-Hill has effervescence, an inner glow, and an absolute belief in what she is presenting in the studio. There is an indefinable type of energy that leaps from her to her students. These qualities projected not only from Ms. Lentz-Hill but also from the students in the residency as they worked with her. The dancers left her sessions with knowledge of a dynamic energy, knowing they had something of value to contribute to the community around them so much greater than an ability to be a technically sound dancer. To paraphrase a student in the residency – working with Ms. Lentz-Hill was not just a lesson in technique, it was a lesson in life! “ – Mid-Pacific Institute
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