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February 27, 2007, 1:12am Report to Moderator
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I learned that Gloria's technique requires flexibility and fluid movements.  I liked it because it loosened up my body and muscles.  I like the various ways that a body is capable of moving and how that having a professional teacher show you how to explore and duplicate these movements can be very beneficial.  I feel the technique is different and is a wonderful example of creative movement.  
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February 27, 2007, 5:00am Report to Moderator
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I just observed during the Gloria session and I agree.  The movements seemed very fluid and seemed to loosen up the dancers bodies.  I also feel as though it helps dancers to feel centered because of the focus on the core of the body and the rest of the limbs just as tassles.
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The technique we are learning i find to be quite satisfying.  It addresses all key elements of body, time, space, and energy and feels very nice on my body.  I find it to be a nice compliment to the work I am doing in Bill Evans technique class.
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May 9, 2007, 3:59am Report to Moderator
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Thank you all for these comments. I am happy to hear that you DO feel a good result from the focus on centering in the pelvis. Any dance technique requires repeated effort. It  takes time to train the body, and training does make a difference.

Flexibility and fluidity are both goals of mine. Also rhythmicality. Just as the body uses the regular rhythm of the heart to pump the blood and maintain its cycles, we learn more easily by lining our movement to rhythm. THis is the wisdom of the nursery rhyme, the sing song - once you know it, you never forget it.

Fluidity helps us connect movements and stay well tuned. But of course, we also sometimes have a reason to "break the flow" or introduce other dynamics, other qualities of movement.
But the "free-flow" provides a healthy base.

Please say hello to Bill Evans for me!!! He is a great teacher, and yes, these ideas are a great compliment to his.

The important thing, technique-wise, to keep in mind, is that we just barely touched the tip of the iceberg in these classes. Keep going, dance every day if you can. It's only by doing it that you develop it.  (And it's okay to rest sometimes, too!)
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