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September 12 - December 5, 2017

Irene Dowd presents

Ideokinesis In Action

Ideokinesis is a strategy for enhancing our ability to move. It involves a process of visualizing a pathway or vector of motion through one's body, with the purpose of fine-tuning movement performance. The practice of Ideokinesis can enhance coordination, equilibrium, fine-motor skill, efficiency and ease during the performance of everyday activities such as sitting and walking, as well as very challenging activities such as sky-diving and performing triple pirouette turns.

In this course, Irene will provide an introduction to the teachings of Lulu Sweigard as she received them at the Julliard School in the time between 1968 and 1974. She will review the 9-lines-of-movement, some of the movement practices and strategies she taught Irene, as well as her own adaptations of those practices.

Irene will present some of the applications she has made of her work in response to questions, movement challenges, contemporary concerns, and more recent neuroscience developments which have evolved during the ensuing 40 years of her own private practice and teaching.

Integrating a historical and contemporary perspective, she will introduce many strategies for bringing the practice of Ideokinesis into our daily life. Considering how to adapt Ideokinetic images to individual needs and circumstances as we stand, sit, walk, run, engage in our chosen professional work, adventure, dance and interact with others.

Dates: September 12 - December 5, 2017

Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm Tuesday Afternoons (13 classes)

Fee: $600

Instructor(s): Irene Dowd studied with and assisted Lulu E Sweigard at the Julliard School from 1968-1974, and was designated and authorized by by Sweigard to teach her work. Irene Dowd is on the dance faculty of the Juilliard School, Movement Research, and Hollins University/ADF MFA program in dance. She is a regular guest to NYU Tisch School of the arts and Canada's National Ballet School. Author of Taking Root to Fly, she has maintained a practice in kinesthetic anatomy and neuromuscular re-education for over 45 years in NYC, while continuing to be a guest teacher in academic and dance institutions throughout the US, Canada and Europe. Irene has been awarded the 2014 Balasaraswati/Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching at the American Dance Festival, and the 2015 Juliard John Erskine Faculty Award. Free access to her digital archive is available at: irenedowdchoreographies.com

To Register: Email Stephen Williams at nohostudio@yahoo.com.

Download the flyer for this workshop here.

September 14 - December 7, 2017

Irene Dowd presents:

Kinesthetic Anatomy & Biomechanics of Motion: Spine/Trunk

This course has been created to provide participants with functional and kinesthetic comprehension of our musculoskeletal system. We will study the bones, joint biomechanics and muscles of the spine and trunk, as well as pelvis, rib cage, and skull. We will carefully consider how our trunk functions as a 3D volume that contains, supports, and moves us through space. We will examine the coordinated activity patterns of our trunk muscles during basic movements of daily life and different relationships with gravity. At the end of most class meetings we will analyze a specific protocol for trunk stabilization and mobilization in relation to real-life goals. The following provides a summary of the tentative schedule of topic presentations (subject to changes and adjustments):

September 14 – skeletal structure of spine as a whole, locating vertebra

September 21 – bony landmarks of pelvis, movements within the pelvis

September 28 – landmarks of lumbar spine, mechanics of joint motion of lower spine

October 5 - muscles of the back

October 12 – muscles of the abdominal wall

October 19 – role of trunk and spine muscles in sustaining various lower spine orientations & movements of the lower trunk

October 26 - bony landmarks, muscles and movement of thoacic spine & thorax

November 2 – moving the volume within thorax: introduction to respiration

November 9 – muscles of respiration, muscular patterns involved in breathing,

November 16 – bony landmarks and joints of the skull & cervical spine, movements of head, jaw and neck, mechanics of joint motion of the upper spine & trunk

November 30 – muscles and movement of the posterior neck & upper thorax

December 7 - muscles and movement of lateral and anterior neck and upper thorax

Time: Thursdays, 2:00pm-4:00pm (12 classes) NO CLASS on Thanksgiving day.

Fee: $700, paid one week in advance, no refunds after September 13 (24 hours before beginning of course), pre-registration is essential, all payments must be made to Stephen Williams

Instructor(s): Irene Dowd is on the dance faculty of the Juilliard School, and is a regular guest at academic and dance institutions throughout the US and Canada. Author of Taking Root to Fly, she has maintained a practice in kinesthetic anatomy and neuromuscular re-education for over 45 years in NYC. Irene has been awarded the 2014 Balasaraswati/Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching at the American Dance Festival, and the 2015 Julliard John Erskine Faculty award. Free access to her digital archive is available at: irenedowdchoreographies.com

To Register: email Stephen Williams at nohostudio@yahoo.com. Download the flyer for this workshop here.

Past Workshops

July 23, 2017

Irene Dowd presents

Knee Joint Harmony: Devising Appropriate Protocols for a Pilates-Based Training Program (taught with Steven Fetherhuff)

The knee joint is the largest joint in out body and very complex. It allows us to change levels from sitting on ground to jumping off the ground and everything in-between. It can adjust for disharmony between our body core (pelvis) and our peripheral contact with ground (soles of feet). However, daily demands on its adaptability may eventually result in wear and tear to this joint. We all want to preserve our knee function.

In this workshop, we will review:

*how the knee moves "ideally" (biomechanics of joint motion)

*special challenges provided by deviations from that ideal including uncontrolled hypermobility, internal joint derangements, or arthritic changes (pathomechanics of knee)

*ways in which the individual session may be fine-tuned in order to optimize motion (analysis and coaching strategies)

*simple adaptations of traditional protocols to maximally nurture the cartilage-covered surfaces of the knee that allow it to keep moving smoothly and comfortably (innovative protocols adapted to the individual using traditional equipment)

Date: Sunday July 23, 2017

Time: 1:00pm-5:00pm

Fee: $175 cash or check only

Instructor(s): Irene Dowd is on the dance faculty of the Juilliard School, and is a regular guest at academic and dance institutions throughout the US and Canada. Author of Taking Root to Fly, she has maintained a practice in kinesthetic anatomy and neuromuscular re-education for over 45 years in NYC. Irene has been awarded the 2014 Balasaraswati/Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching at the American Dance Festival, and the 2015 Julliard John Erskine Faculty award. Free access to her digital archive is available at: irenedowdchoreographies.com

To Register: email Stephen Williams at nohostudio@yahoo.com. Download the flyer for this workshop here.

July 22, 2017

Irene Dowd presents

Knee Joint Harmony: Devising Appropriate Protocols for a Pilates-Based Training Program (taught with Steven Fetherhuff) (SOLD OUT)

The knee joint is the largest joint in out body and very complex. It allows us to change levels from sitting on ground to jumping off the ground and everything in-between. It can adjust for disharmony between our body core (pelvis) and our peripheral contact with ground (soles of feet). However, daily demands on its adaptability may eventually result in wear and tear to this joint. We all want to preserve our knee function.

In this workshop, we will review:

*how the knee moves "ideally" (biomechanics of joint motion)

*special challenges provided by deviations from that ideal including uncontrolled hypermobility, internal joint derangements, or arthritic changes (pathomechanics of knee)

*ways in which the individual session may be fine-tuned in order to optimize motion (analysis and coaching strategies)

*simple adaptations of traditional protocols to maximally nurture the cartilage-covered surfaces of the knee that allow it to keep moving smoothly and comfortably (innovative protocols adapted to the individual using traditional equipment)

Date: Saturday July 22, 2017

Time: 1:00pm-5:00pm

Fee: $175 cash or check only

Instructor(s): Irene Dowd is on the dance faculty of the Juilliard School, and is a regular guest at academic and dance institutions throughout the US and Canada. Author of Taking Root to Fly, she has maintained a practice in kinesthetic anatomy and neuromuscular re-education for over 45 years in NYC. Irene has been awarded the 2014 Balasaraswati/Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching at the American Dance Festival, and the 2015 Julliard John Erskine Faculty award. Free access to her digital archive is available at: irenedowdchoreographies.com

To Register: email Stephen Williams at nohostudio@yahoo.com. Download the flyer for this workshop here.

April 29, 2017

Irene Dowd and Rebecca Dietzel present:

Healthy Bones

Bones are living tissues that are constantly responding to our daily life choices. Our physical activities and eating behaviors greatly contribute to the dynamic state of our bones.

In this workshop, we will consider how we can optimize our choices to elicit the responses of our bones that sustain their resilience, strength, and ability to withstand the forces we encounter.

Rebecca will explain basic biochemistry of bone metabolism and how the way we eat can serve our bone health.

Irene will teach movement practices that provide appropriate stimulus to bone tissue, as well as enhanced readiness of both brain and bones to respond to the unexpected and changing circumstances of living on our planet.

Both will collaborate in offering a variety of proactive and simple strategies for serving the well-being of our bones.

Date: Saturday April 29, 2017

Time: 1:00pm-5:00pm

Fee: $160 cash or check only, Written to Irene Dowd, 70 East 10th Street #11k, NY, NY 10003

Instructor(s): Irene Dowd is on the dance faculty of the Juilliard School, and isa regular guest at academic and dance institutions throughout the US and Canada. Author of Taking Root to Fly, she has maintained a practice in kinesthetic anatomy and neuromuscular re-education for over 44 years in NYC. Irene has been awarded the 2014 Balasaraswati/Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching at the American Dance Festival, and the 2015 Julliard John Erskine Faculty award. Free access to her digital archive is available at: irenedowdchoreographies.com

Rebecca Dietzel, M.S. is an anatomist and biochemist. She received her Master of Science from Columbia University’s Institute of Human Nutrition. She maintains private practices in New York City and Vermont teaching anatomy, physical re-education and nutritional biochenistry. Rebecca is the nutrition consultant for Canada’s National Ballet School, and co-author of A Dancer’s Guide to Healthy Eating. In the Eastern sciences, Rebecca is an Ayurvedic practitioner in the tradition of the Wise Earth School. She studied Ayurveda and the Vedic Tradition under the tutelage of Swamini Mayatitananda and has also been certified as an Ayurvedic Practitioner by the AYU Ayurvedic Academy

To Register: Call Irene at 917-710-7447 or Rebecca at 718-383-3092 Download the flyer for this workshop here.

January 19-April 27, 2017

Irene Dowd presents:

Kinesthetic Anatomy & Biomechanics of Motion: The Limbs

This course has been created to provide participants with functional and kinesthetic comprehension of our musculoskeletal system of the extremities, i.e. the legs and arms. We will study the bones, joint biomechanics and muscles of the limbs. We will focus on how these joints move and the patterns of muscle coordination which move them in the activities of daily life, such as walking, lifting, carrying and manipulating objects. The schedule of topics is as fallows (subject to slight changes):

January 19 – structure and range of motion of hip joint

January 26 – muscles crossing the back and outsides of the hip joint and what they do

February 2 – muscles crossing the front and insides of the hip joint and what they do

February 9 – structure and motion of knee joint

February 16 – muscles and tissues crossing knee jont, their functons in motion

February 23 – strategies for enhancing knee joint function

March 2 – structure, motion, muscles of leg and ankle joint

March 9 – architecture and motion of foot

March 16 – muscles of the foot

March 23 – structure, motion, muscles of the shoulder girdle

March 30 – structure and motion of shoulder joint, and rotator cuff function

April 6 – all muscles of shoulder joint, coordination of shoulder girdle with shoulder joint

April 13 - elbow joint and joints of the forearm, muscles and actions

April 20 - wrist joint and muscles; bones, structure and motion of hand

April 27 - muscles, movements and activities of hand

Time: Thursdays, 2:00pm-4:00pm (15 weeks)

Fee: $875 no refunds after January 18. Pre-registration is essential, all payments must be made to Stephen Williams

Instructor(s): Irene Dowd is on the dance faculty of the Juilliard School, Movement Research, and Hollins University/ADF MFA program in dance. She has been a regular guest to NYU Tisch School of the Arts and Canada's National Ballet School for many years. Author of Taking Root to Fly, she has maintained a practice in kinesthetic anatomy and neuromuscular re-education for more thsn 45 years in NYC, while continuing to be a guest teacher in academic and dance institutions throughout the US, Canada, and Europe. Irene is recipient of the 2014 Balasaraswati/Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching at the American Dance Festival, and the 2015 Juliard John Erskine Faculty Prize.

To Register: email Stephen Williams at nohostudio@yahoo.com. Download the flyer for this workshop here.

September 15 - December 8, 2016

Irene Dowd presents:

Kinesthetic Anatomy & Biomechanics of Motion: Spine/Trunk

This course has been created to provide participants with functional and kinesthetic comprehension of our musculoskeletal system. We will study the bones, joint biomechanics and muscles of the spine and trunk, as well as pelvis, rib cage, and skull. We will carefully consider how our trunk functions as a 3D volume that contains, supports, and moves us through space. We will examine the coordinated activity patterns of our trunk muscles during basic movements of daily life and different relationships with gravity. At the end of most class meetings we will analyze a specific protocol for trunk stabilization and mobilization in relation to real-life goals. The following provides a summary of the tentative schedule of topic presentations (subject to changes and adjustments):

September 15 – skeletal structure of spine as a whole, locating vertebra

September 22 – bony landmarks of pelvis, movements within the pelvis

September 29 – landmarks of lumbar spine, mechanics of joint motion of lower spine

October 6 - muscles of the back

October 13 – muscles of the abdominal wall

October 20 – role of trunk and spine muscles in sustaining various lower spine orientations & movements of the lower trunk

October 27 - bony landmarks, muscles and movement of thoacic spine & thorax

November 3 – moving the volume within thorax: introduction to respiration

November 10 – muscles of respiration, muscular patterns involved in breathing,

November 17 – bony landmarks and joints of the skull & cervical spine, movements of head, jaw and neck, mechanics of joint motion of the upper spine & trunk

December 1 – muscles and movement of the posterior neck & upper thorax

December 8 - muscles and movement of lateral and anterior neck and upper thorax

Time: Thursdays, 1:45pm-4:00pm (12 classes) NO CLASS on Thanksgiving day.

Fee: $700, paid one week in advance, no refunds after September 14 (24 hours before beginning of course), pre-registration is essential, all payments must be made to Stephen Williams

Instructor(s): Irene Dowd is on the dance faculty of the Juilliard School, and isa regular guest at academic and dance institutions throughout the US and Canada. Author of Taking Root to Fly, she has maintained a practice in kinesthetic anatomy and neuromuscular re-education for over 44 years in NYC. Irene has been awarded the 2014 Balasaraswati/Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching at the American Dance Festival, and the 2015 Julliard John Erskine Faculty award. Free access to her digital archive is available at: irenedowdchoreographies.com

To Register: email Stephen Williams at nohostudio@yahoo.com. Download the flyer for this workshop here.

October 8, 2016

Irene Dowd presents

Enhancing Equilibrium Strategies (taught with Steven Fetherhuff) SOLD OUT

Balancing involves constant motion in response to change, in order to equalize the weights or forces our bodies are experiencing. That change may be subtle or abrupt, involving a negotioation with gravity, other moving objects and people, as well as our own body shifts in relationship with ourselves and with the enviornment.

In order to negotiate a relationship of constant change, one is generally highly dependent on proprioception (sensory perception of motion and body orientation), especially that which arises from our vestibular mechanism (inner ear), vision, and sensors located in our joints, muscles and skin (especially those in our ankle joints, muscles of our neck and trunk, fingertips and soles of our feet).

As we move through life into maturity, out strategies may need to change. Since longevity is increasing, finding a way to safely move through our rapidly changing world (without withdrawing from the activities we enjoy) becomes more and more essential. We will disscuss and explore ways in which the use of our powerful brains coupled with adaptive physical training strategies can serve us through time, as we seek equipoise.

Date: Saturday October 8, 2016

Time: 1:30pm-5:30pm

Fee: $175 cash or check only

Instructor(s): Irene Dowd is on the dance faculty of the Juilliard School, and isa regular guest at academic and dance institutions throughout the US and Canada. Author of Taking Root to Fly, she has maintained a practice in kinesthetic anatomy and neuromuscular re-education for over 44 years in NYC. Irene has been awarded the 2014 Balasaraswati/Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching at the American Dance Festival, and the 2015 Julliard John Erskine Faculty award. Free access to her digital archive is available at: irenedowdchoreographies.com

To Register: email Stephen Williams at nohostudio@yahoo.com. Download the flyer for this workshop here.

May 15, 2016

Preparing for the Summer Seasonal Juncture

The seasonal juncture is the two week time period marking the transition from one season to the next. According to Ayurveda, the seasonal juncture is a time when our bodies become more vulnerable as our environment is in a state of change.

Topics Covered in this Workshop:

* The elemental characteristics of Summer and the challenge they present to maintaining health and balance

* Practical strategies that enhance physical and mental well-being during the change of season

* Food choices that support health during the Summer season

* Physical activities and other practices that support health and well-being during the Summer season

Time: Sunday, 11:00am-1:00pm

Fee: $60

Instructor(s): Rebecca Dietzel, M.S. is an Ayurvedic practitioner in the tradition of the Wise Earth School. She studied Ayurveda and the Vedic Tradition under the tutelage of Swamini Mayatitananda (formerly Bri Maya Tiwari) and Swami Dayananda Saraswati. She has also been certified as an Ayurvedic Practitioner by the AYU Ayurvedic Academy. In the Western sciences, Rebecca is an anatomist who specializes in biochemistry. She received her Master of Science from Columbia University’s Institute of Human Nutrition. She maintains private practices in New York City and Vermont teaching anatomy, physical re-education and nutrition. Rebecca also teaches anatomy and kinesiology for the Ailey/Fordham BFA program, is the nutrition consultant for Canada’s National Ballet School, and co-author of A Dancer’s Guide to Healthy Eating.

To Register: call Rebecca at (718) 383-3092. Space is limited. Download the flyer for this workshop here.

March 13, 2016

Preparing for the Spring Seasonal Juncture

The seasonal juncture is the two week time period marking the transition from one season to the next. According to Ayurveda, the seasonal juncture is a time when our bodies become more vulnerable as our environment is in a state of change.

Topics Covered in this Workshop:

* The elemental characteristics of Spring and the challenge they present to maintaining health and balance

* Practical strategies that enhance physical and mental well-being during the change of season

* Food choices that support health during the Spring season

* Physical activities and other practices that support health and well-being during the Spring season

Time: Sunday, 11:00am-1:00pm

Fee: $60

Instructor(s): Rebecca Dietzel, M.S. is an Ayurvedic practitioner in the tradition of the Wise Earth School. She studied Ayurveda and the Vedic Tradition under the tutelage of Swamini Mayatitananda (formerly Bri Maya Tiwari) and Swami Dayananda Saraswati. She has also been certified as an Ayurvedic Practitioner by the AYU Ayurvedic Academy. In the Western sciences, Rebecca is an anatomist who specializes in biochemistry. She received her Master of Science from Columbia University’s Institute of Human Nutrition. She maintains private practices in New York City and Vermont teaching anatomy, physical re-education and nutrition. Rebecca also teaches anatomy and kinesiology for the Ailey/Fordham BFA program, is the nutrition consultant for Canada’s National Ballet School, and co-author of A Dancer’s Guide to Healthy Eating.

To Register: call Rebecca at (718) 383-3092. Space is limited. Download the flyer for this workshop here.

January 14 - April 7, 2016

Irene Dowd presents

Introduction to Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation Patterns

This course will involve practices designed to enhance our understanding of PNF patterns. We will refine our ability to perform the patterns ourselves as well as our ability to communicate these patterns to another person. With reference to communication, we will also explore a variety of strategies for providing assistance and resistance to another person during that person's performance of these patterns.

Included are:

* Review of the joint movements and muscle activity involved in producing these complex PNF patterns

* observation of these patterns in walking, lifting, and throwing, and other basic activities which we perform many times a day

* exploration of variations on the manner in which the patterns can be performed to enhance range of motion, stability, flexibility, strength, and refined motor control

*consideration of how to sensitively integrate the patterns into more effective performance of daily life activities

In summary, PNF patterns involve our whole body and are prevalent in everyday life. They require us to exert our muscles from their most elongated to their most shortened lengths while performing neurologically facilitating actions.

Dates: January 14 - April 7, 2016

Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm Thursday Afternoons (12 classes)

Fee: $700

Instructor(s): Irene Dowd was first introduced to the PNF patterns by a physical therapist at Duke University in the early 80's. She has since practiced them and integrated them into many of her teaching choreographies. Irene is on the dance faculty of the Juilliard School, Movement Research, and Hollins University/ADF MFA program in dance. She has been a regular guest to NYU Tisch School of the Arts and Canada's National Ballet School for many years. Author of Taking Root to Fly, she has maintained a practice in kinesthetic anatomy and neuromuscular re-education for more thsn 45 years in NYC, while continuing to be a guest teacher in academic and dance institutions throughout the US, Canada, and Europe. Irene is recipient of the 2014 Balasaraswati/Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching at the American Dance Festival, and the 2015 Juliard John Erskine Faculty Prize.

To Register: Email Stephen Williams at nohostudio@yahoo.com.

Download the flyer for this workshop here.

December 5, 2015

Breaking the Ice: Addressing the research and clinical evidence against the therapeutic use of ice for soft tissue injuries

A Seminar with Rebecca Dietzel

The use of ice as a therapeutic modality for soft tissue injuries has come under scrutiny as research now shows that ice interferes with the healing process. Ice also affects the nervous system in ways that decrease coordination, speed, and muscle strength. While research suggests that ice can be used for pain relief, its use in that regard needs to be weighed against the detrimental effects of that choice.

In this workshop, Rebecca will outline the body's innate healing process and discuss how applying ice to an injury interferes with that process. She will offer other options for addressing injuries that are supported by both research and clinical evidence, including strategies for addressing pain.

Time: Saturday, 11:00am-1:00pm

Fee: $60

Instructor(s): Rebecca Dietzel, M.S. is an anatomist and biochemist. She received her Master of Science from Columbia University’s Institute of Human Nutrition. She maintains private practices in New York City and Vermont teaching anatomy, physical re-education and nutritional biochenistry. Rebecca is the nutrition consultant for Canada’s National Ballet School, and co-author of A Dancer’s Guide to Healthy Eating. In the Eastern sciences, Rebecca is an Ayurvedic practitioner in the tradition of the Wise Earth School. She studied Ayurveda and the Vedic Tradition under the tutelage of Swamini Mayatitananda and has also been certified as an Ayurvedic Practitioner by the AYU Ayurvedic Academy.

To Register: email Stephen Williams at nohostudio@yahoo.com. Download the flyer for this workshop here.

November 8, 2015

Preparing for the Winter Seasonal Juncture

The seasonal juncture is the two week time period marking the transition from one season to the next. According to Ayurveda, the seasonal juncture is a time when our bodies become more vulnerable as our environment is in a state of change.

Topics Covered in this Workshop:

* The effect of the juncture on our health

* The effect of the winter season on our health

* How to prepare for both the winter juncture and season

* Practical strategies for choosing foods, physical activities, and other practices that will enhance physical and mental well-being during the change of season

Time: Sunday, 11:00am-1:00pm

Fee: $60

Instructor(s): Rebecca Dietzel, M.S. is an Ayurvedic practitioner in the tradition of the Wise Earth School. She studied Ayurveda and the Vedic Tradition under the tutelage of Swamini Mayatitananda (formerly Bri Maya Tiwari) and Swami Dayananda Saraswati. She has also been certified as an Ayurvedic Practitioner by the AYU Ayurvedic Academy. In the Western sciences, Rebecca is an anatomist who specializes in biochemistry. She received her Master of Science from Columbia University’s Institute of Human Nutrition. She maintains private practices in New York City and Vermont teaching anatomy, physical re-education and nutrition. Rebecca also teaches anatomy and kinesiology for the Ailey/Fordham BFA program, is the nutrition consultant for Canada’s National Ballet School, and co-author of A Dancer’s Guide to Healthy Eating.

To Register: call Rebecca at (718) 383-3092. Space is limited. Download the flyer for this workshop here.

September 17-December 10, 2015

Irene Dowd presents

Practicing Ideokinesis

Ideokinesis is a strategy for enhancing our ability to move. It involves a process of visualizing a pathway or vector of motion through one's body, with the purpose of fine-tuning movement performance. The practice of Ideokinesis can enhance coordination, equilibrium, fine-motor skill, efficiency and ease during the performance of everyday activities such as sitting and walking, as well as very challenging activities such as sky-diving and performing triple pirouette turns.

In this course, Irene will endeavor to transmit an introduction to the teachings of Lulu Sweigard as she received them at the Julliard School in the time between 1968 and 1974. She will review the 9-lines-of-movement as well as some of the movement practices and strategies she taught Irene.

Irene will present some of the applications she has made of her work in response to questions, movement challenges, contemporary concerns, and more recent neuroscience developments which have evolved during the ensuing 40 years of her own private practice and teaching.

Participants will take both a historical as well as innovative approach to this highly effective and precise practice called Ideokinesis.

Dates: September 17-December 10, 2015

Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm Thursday Afternoons (12 classes)

Fee: $700

Instructor(s): Irene Dowd studied with and assisted Lulu E Sweigard at the Julliard School from 1968-1974, and was designated and authorized by by Sweigard to teach her work. Irene Dowd is on the dance faculty of the Juilliard School, Movement Research, and Hollins University/ADF MFA program in dance. She is a regular guest to NYU Tisch School of the arts and Canada's National Ballet School. Author of Taking Root to Fly, she has maintained a practice in kinesthetic anatomy and neuromuscular re-education for over 44 years in NYC, while continuing to be a guest teacher in academic and dance institutions throughout the US, Canada and Europe. Irene has been awarded the 2014 Balasaraswati/Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching at the American Dance Festival..

To Register: Email Stephen Williams at nohostudio@yahoo.com.

Download the flyer for this workshop here.

September 13, 2015

Preparing for the Fall Seasonal Juncture

The seasonal juncture is the two week time period marking the transition from one season to the next. According to Ayurveda, the seasonal juncture is a time when our bodies become more vulnerable as our environment is in a state of change.

Topics Covered in this Workshop:

* The elemental characteristics of Fall and the challenge they present to maintaining health and balance

* Practical strategies that enhance physical and mental well-being during the change of season

* Food choices that support health during the Fall season

* Physical activities and other practices that support health and well-being during the Fall season

Time: Sunday, 11:00pm-1:00pm

Fee: $60

Instructor(s): Rebecca Dietzel, M.S. is an Ayurvedic practitioner in the tradition of the Wise Earth School. She studied Ayurveda and the Vedic Tradition under the tutelage of Swamini Mayatitananda (formerly Bri Maya Tiwari) and Swami Dayananda Saraswati. She has also been certified as an Ayurvedic Practitioner by the AYU Ayurvedic Academy. In the Western sciences, Rebecca is an anatomist who specializes in biochemistry. She received her Master of Science from Columbia University’s Institute of Human Nutrition. She maintains private practices in New York City and Vermont teaching anatomy, physical re-education and nutrition. Rebecca also teaches anatomy and kinesiology for the Ailey/Fordham BFA program, is the nutrition consultant for Canada’s National Ballet School, and co-author of A Dancer’s Guide to Healthy Eating.

To Register: call Rebecca at (718) 383-3092. Space is limited. Download the flyer for this workshop here.

September 12, 2015

Irene Dowd presents

Exploring Concepts of Functional Muscle Balancing in Context of Pilates Practices (taught with Steven Fetherhuff)

In this workshop, we will consider the concept of "muscle balance" and what that might mean for us as we teach pilates-based practices. What do we endeavor to balance: right and left side, front and back, inner and outer, deeper and more superficial, agonist and antagonist? How do we measure balance: with strength, endurance, flexibility, speed testing? How do we train for balance in any of these measures? Perhaps another kind of imbalance is an absence of integrity of the entire body working together? If so, what is out of balance? How can we establish more balance?

This will be a practical and thought-provoking workshop in which participants will have the opportunity to practice analyzing muscle imbalances, assessing functional task-related asymmetries, and encouraging a person to integrate his/her entire body in the process of achieving equilibrium, ease, and success in performance.

Date: Saturday September 12, 2015

Time: 1:30pm-5:30pm

Fee: $150 cash or check only

Instructor(s): Irene Dowd is on the faculty of the Juilliard School, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Canada's National Ballet School, Hollins University/ADF MFA program in dance, and Movement Research. Author of Taking Root to Fly, she has maintained a practice in kinesthetic anatomy and neuromuscular re-education for over 40 years in NYC, while continuing to be a guest teacher in academic and dance institutions throughout the US and Canada.

To Register: email Stephen Williams at nohostudio@yahoo.com. Download the flyer for this workshop here.

January 22 - April 9, 2015

Irene Dowd presents

Communicating, Seeing and Doing: Strategies for Enhancing Function in Action

This course is designed for teachers, trainers, dancers, and movement coaches who wish to enhance their skills in communicating, analyzing and coaching movement, both for themselves and for others with whom they work. In order to refine movement performance, we must first be able to perceive what is being done in the present. In order to achieve that refinement, we must be able to devise a strategy for arriving at the movement goal more effectively. Critically important, we must be able to communicate our perception and our strategy to the person with whom we are working. Unless the communication between us is clear and undistorted, we can neither establish nor achieve mutual goals.

Once we have seen what is true in the present and understood what the person hopes to achieve in the future, we can begin to create strategies for coaching that person along a pathway toward that future goal. In this course, we will focus on strategies that involve re-configuring the what and the how of our thinking (concept and visualization of the movement) as well as strategies that involve re-coordinating our muscle work while practicing different muscular use patterns. In other words, we will practice changing our idea of the movement as well as our way of engaging our musculo-skeletal system in order to perform the movement (re-training our physical being in the process).

The purpose of this course is to be able to more effectively figure out ways to answer the questions: "what do we SEE, and what shall we DO in order to achieve our mutual goals?"

Dates: January 22 - April 9, 2015

Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm Thursday Afternoon (12 classes)

Fee: $700

Instructor(s): Irene Dowd studied with and assisted Lulu E Sweigard at the Julliard School from 1968-1974, and was designated and authorized by by Sweigard to teach her work. Irene Dowd is on the dance faculty of the Juilliard School, Movement Research, and Hollins University/ADF MFA program in dance. She is a regular guest to NYU Tisch School of the arts and Canada's National Ballet School. Author of Taking Root to Fly, she has maintained a practice in kinesthetic anatomy and neuromuscular re-education for over 44 years in NYC, while continuing to be a guest teacher in academic and dance institutions throughout the US, Canada and Europe. Irene has been awarded the 2014 Balasaraswati/Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching at the American Dance Festival..

To Register: Email Stephen Williams at nohostudio@yahoo.com.

Pre-registration is essential since the course will be limited to only the first 12 students who sign up and pay tuition in full.

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