Reaching Dancers Unconscious Experience through the Skinner Releasing Technique: A conversation with a PhD in Dance Research Candidate


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CNADE Podcast - Dance Education In The 21st Century


Most of us likely have some understanding of the philosophy’s behind the practice of yoga. The mind, body and spiritual connection and experience it brings through movement, meditation and breath work, but we do not often discuss the unconscious experience that is dance. Such an intimate art form that has us vulnerably expose our body, feelings, ideas and stories, must have deeper processes than the superficial physical form we see. So many of us are so passionate about dance, and cannot imagine it not being in our lives, but why? Is there a deeper connection in the experience of movement, that few dancers understand? Today, we will discuss reaching dancers unconscious experience with the help of Lizzy Le Quesne. GUEST: Lizzy Le Quesne (UK) is a contemporary dance artist, educator and researcher concerned with somatic processes of embodied aliveness: negotiating energy, agency and emotion within spatial, energetic and relational contexts. Originally trained in classical ballet, then contemporary dance and somatics, Lizzy is a certified teacher of Skinner Releasing Technique - which profoundly informs her experience and perception of the forms, the processes and the meaning of dance. Lizzy teaches Skinner Releasing to professional dancers, dance companies and within dance conservatoires and universities internationally and within the wider community and arts-in-health field – supporting dancers to connect with and articulate deep sensory awareness as routes to increased clarity, simplicity and power. She is currently engaged in a PhD at the Centre for Dance Research Coventry University, investigating Skinner Releasing and processes of embodied emancipation. Her research and writing on art, dance and embodiment is published extensively in both academic and wider cultural contexts. LINKEDIN: Lizzy Le Quesne WEBISTE: Disclaimer: Any and all ideas and information presented in the following podcast are those of the presenter. The presenter is not an employee or representative of Dance Education Canada (DEC), and is participating in this podcast on a voluntary basis. The ideas and information they express do not necessarily represent the views of the DEC or its partners, employees or affiliates. The ideas and information expressed herein are for general educational purposes only. They should not necessarily be applied to specific individual situations. DEC recommends consulting an expert or professional regarding specific medical, legal or business concerns. DEC makes no representations about the accuracy or suitability of this content. Please note that Canada's National Academy of Dance Education is now operating as Dance Education Canada.