Contemporary Moves Advanced Curriculum

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Module #1 - Contemporary Dance

The primary focus of this module is to expose students to advanced applications of contemporary dance principles. The exploration of technique will be segmented into three categories: advanced movement patterns, extended movement sequences, and technical improvisations. Additionally, we will delve into performative elements, seeking to establish connections between technique and individual expression.

Detail breakdown of module 1:

Unit 1 (12 hours): Floor technique

Unit 2 (12 hours): Vertical traveling - spirals and slides

Unit 3 (12 hours): Spinal mechanics

Unit 4 (12 hours): Limbs Coordinations

Unit 5 (12 hours): Turns and spins

Module #2 - Fluid Acrobatics

This module aims to provide the students with a fundamental understanding of ground based acrobatics. We will develop an expandable movement vocabulary centred around the concept of soft acrobatics.

By working with improvisation we will be searching for fluid transitions between different movement styles as well as between the learned techniques and our own movement language with the aim to establish a clear path for a sustainable and curative acrobatic practice.

Detail breakdown of module 2:

Unit 1 (12 hours): Preparation for acrobatics

Unit 2 (12 hours): Ukemi practice

Unit 3 (12 hours): Inversions

Unit 4 (12 hours): Core techniques

Unit 5 (12 hours): Intuition/Creativity in acrobatics

Registration process:

Acceptance to the program is conditioned by having solid background in dance or other embodied practice and a personal interview with the Director of Movement Lab.

A sense of commitment to the program and the group process will be evaluated and considered as the main factor for acceptance/rejection of an applicant.


To receive the Movement Lab Study Group certificate you need to:

  1. Attendance of at least 85% for modules 1+2.
  2. Send 2 videos for each module, documenting the materials you have learnt (solo and partner videos).
  3. Form a peer group and spend a minimum of 6 hours of practice together on the material of the program.
  4. Submit a final report on your experience in the program detailing what you have learnt and benefited from the program personally.

Certification outcome

The Study Group certificate would support you in the following (in accordance with your own responsibility and self engagements):

  1. To integrate your body knowledge into your professional engagement in other fields of embodied work.
  2. To participate in study group programs within the Movement Lab