By Andrea Higgins
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Kinesthetic Edge has launched a new Feldenkrais Podcast for dance professionals. A somatic technique that heightens kinesthetic awareness and improves overall body organization, Feldenkrais leads to healthier, more efficient movement patterns that can enhance dance and extend careers threatened by injury. The program is hosted by Andrea Higgins, who for many years was active in the professional dance community in Boston. After retiring from the stage she earned her Masters Degree in Dance and then became certified as a Feldenkrais Method practitioner. In each episode, Higgins leads the listener through a Feldenkrais lesson that can be incorporated into a typical dance class, or pre-class warm-up to bring about better, faster and healthier results.
||CleanJust Up||Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. We are going to start 2008 with a lesson that I really love. I call it Just Up. I have drawn the movement from a series of Awareness Through Movement® lessons that involve the use of||1 1 2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanImagining||Last week’s blog post and Podcast lesson were inspired by a lecture that Moshe Feldenkrais once gave, in which he discussed Nijinsky. We received a wonderful follow-up post from Daniel Gesmer. If you have not yet read Daniel’s comments, please go to t||3 12 2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJump Thoughts||I have been working with the ideas and movement explorations in this week’s Podcast lesson for a number of years. I would like to share the background, for it has to do with a story I once heard about Nijinsky. When I was training to become a Feldenkrai||26 11 2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTaming the Wild Child||I have a confession to make. Back in my pre-Feldenkrais® days, when I first started teaching dance, I worked primarily with children. One ballet class stands out in my memory, for it was one of those classes in which a number of the children just didn’||15 10 2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRe-posting Podcast Link||Hi Everyone, I am re-posting the podcast link for the October 8 lesson, Scoliosis and Supporting the Pattern, because for some reason it did not transmit to our iTunes subscribers. We are officially listed in the iTunes Directory, but may not show up in s||12 10 2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlignment for Dancers—Part Two: Scoliosis and Supporting the Pattern||In Part 1 of this article/audio combo, we addressed the lumbar, thoracic and cervical curvatures of the spine, which are vital to our ability to support ourselves in standing. Some of us, in fact many of us in dance, struggle with an unnatural curvature o||8 10 2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlignment for Dancers—Part One: The Inside-Out Principle||In dance, we have a constant companion—our reflection. Many of us are taught (both implicitly and explicitly) to evaluate our performance in class by what we see in the mirror. Over time, this visually oriented process instills an outside-in model for e||1 10 2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntelliDANCE Podcast Premier!||Hold on to your iPods—the IntelliDANCE Podcast has arrived! I’ve been thinking about doing this for some time, but hadn’t really decided when or how. Then, when I was working on the previously promised recap of my presentation at the DanceLife Teach||1 10 2007||Free||View in iTunes|