Photo of Robbie Moore from STANDING FOOT DANCE (2016) by Irene Dowd

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[Virtual] MELT – A Dance for Centering and Balancing in a Small Space

Irene Dowd


Reneé Robinson

3:30pm – 5:30pm
August 3, 2020

Movement Research offers this MELT workshop virtually over Zoom.

Workshop description:

Helix © 1996 Irene Dowd was created as a warm-up for performance that can be done in a very small space. It provides challenges to one’s focus and equilibrium skills, as well as refined and highly articulated usage of hands, eyes, arms, feet, hips, and each spinal segment. Helix also requires us to become highly aware of exact movement pathways our limbs and our spine are traversing through space, permitting us to “draw” forms in the air with each part of our body.

In this course, we will learn Helix and various other simple warm-up sequences designed to wake-up and sensitize feet, hands, eyes, and spine. More important, we will investigate how pursuing a greater ability to physically adapt and center ourselves in response to continuously changing forces might also affect our state of mind and ability to focus.

MELT Zoom Etiquette Guidelines:

  • We ask that you please "Mute" yourself when you are not verbally participating.
  • Please do your best to arrive on time and stay for the duration of the session. If you plan to leave early, inform the faculty member at the top of class using the "Chat" function in your Zoom window.
  • Experiencing connectivity or technological issues? Either use the "Chat" function to communicate with the MR administrator, or email “[email protected]" and someone will assist you as soon as possible.



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Irene Dowd

Irene Dowd is on the dance faculty of the Juilliard School and the Hollins University/ADF MFA program in dance. Author of Taking Root to Fly, she has maintained a practice in kinesthetic anatomy and neuromuscular re-education since 1968, while b...

Reneé Robinson

Dancer, Lecturer, Educator – Ms. Robinson is a lecturer at Yale University where she teaches a course she developed entitled “Embodying Story”. She is guest faculty at Juilliard and serves as assistant to Irene Dowd, anatomy/kinesiology f...