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Making Friends With the Floor

Somatic Movement to Nourish Your Body

Sat, Mar 9th 3:00 pm in the Creativity Center Dance Studio

Feel the Rhythm

This dance class about our relationship to the floor invites all levels of experience and is geared toward people who are curious to discover deeper connection and relationship to their bodies in dynamic motion. Learn how to use the support of the floor to your advantage, explore how your anatomy (particularly soft tissue and joints) can support finding easeful pathways into and out of the floor movement, and discover patterns useful for changing levels and falling. The class will be structured with a guided somatic warmup, improvisational exploration based on prompts, and simple movement motifs across the floor. Messing up is encouraged—it’s how we learn!

Where: Creativity Center, 3137 Eastern Ave. Baltimore MD 21224
When: MAR 9 | 3-5PM
Age Range: Adults
Cost: $30 standard, $25 members
Materials: None

Instructor Bio
Matthew Williams (they/them) is a Baltimore-based dancer, somatic facilitator, and lifelong student of the body. Their performance practice is inspired by the human body as a site for choice, liberation, and a means to be in relationship with place and community across differences. Matthew is engaged with Western Somatics, choreographic and improvisational movement arts, voice work, and the study of functional anatomy. They are currently a student of Somatic Experiencing and the Axis Syllabus. They are a longtime member and organizer of Move Move Collaborative, an annual movement intensive where artists gather in Baltimore to make a performance by consensus. Matthew has taught in various universities and organized community-based educational opportunities. Their performance work has been supported by Labbodies Performance Art Review, Transmodern Festival, Baltimore Independent Dance Artists, Move Move Collaborative, and Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts. Matthew holds a BA in Cultural Studies from Bates College and MFA in Theatre Arts from Towson University.

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