SLMDances believes that every human should have the opportunity to cultivate an understanding of their own physical instrument as an access point to discovering who they are as a person. When we check in with our individual bodies, we also check in with one another. Make eye contact. Breathe together. This nurtures and creates accountability to the various communities of which we are a part, or are invited into.
SLMDances education practice manifests through four core activities: Technique Class and Rehearsal, Community Workshops, Lecture Demonstrations, Professional Development. Each of these core activities is an opportunity for peer learning, research, critical thinking and discussion. SLMDances does not position itself as an expert on any topic it tackles, but as an entity that deeply listens and shares what it is continually discovering in each educational setting.
Technique Class + Rehearsal
Technique class pulls together a diverse set of movement practices which cultivate versatility and are grounded in the use of breath and voice, improvisation, and personal choices. We encourage dancers to be mindful in their individual technical practice and facilitate exercises that build relationships with their fellow dancers in the space. Sensitive to the particular setting and movers, we facilitate an environment where personal story, ensemble building and collaborative investigation are involved in the movement invention and choreography toward community action.
Lecture demonstrations are audience interactive talks with an opportunity to dialogue critically about our creative process, current repertory, and our organizational practices.
Community Workshops are one way we involve communities at all levels of creative process. Workshops engage the people most affected by the race and gender issues tackled in our work. We facilitate processes of creative problem solving and empower people to trust and use their embodied knowledge. This collaboration between company and community elicits a co-creation of work that is for us by us.
Professional Development is a structured module created to assist our dancers in achieving their personal goals, dance and non-dance related. This work intentionally develops the leadership skills of our artists who in turn instigate change in their own communities.