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I teach a variety of different movement technique modalities as well as dance and live performance composition. I have just recently completed my Feldenkrais certification, as of June 2011, and find that what and how I teach is more and more influenced by this work and way of thinking. I also see clients privately for one-on-one Feldenkrais sessions - feel free to email me if this is of interest to you.

Beginning Adult Ballet

This ongoing class/lab is a fun, relaxed, but very serious exploration of ballet based on my understanding of the Corvino method,which I have been exploring for the last 30 years. In small classes with a relaxed learning atmosphere and personal attention, I work on the fundamentals of this classical technique, alignment, and the principles of movement, with an emphasis on clarity and ease, so that my students can experience the joy of movement as well as the satisfaction of understanding the principles governing it. 

7:30-9:00 pm Wednesdays
10:30-12 am Sundays
drop-in $14/class
at Danspace
473 Hudson St., Oakland
510 420 0920 

Feldenkrais for Dancers and other Movers

The Feldenkrais Method is a wide ranging system for understanding how the human being functions and learns how to learn, using the body as its primary laboratory. This weekly drop-in class is an exploration of how bodies in motion and at rest work. Learn to truly experience - from the inside - how different parts of your body move and work together. Discover how very subtle changes can fundamentally alter and refine all the movements you do - from sitting at your desk, to carrying groceries, to double pirouettes, to standing on your head - and can increase awareness, release inefficient patterning, tension and pain, and increase flow. This is a wonderful opportunity for dancers working in any style to bring greater felt understanding of how their body is constructed, as well as greater ease and articulation, into the execution of their movements. However, this pathway of exploration is equally open to movers in all walks of life, including martial artists, athletes, armchair warriors and couch potatoes, as all of us are included in the set of those who have bodies and move them in the course of their everyday lives, and perhaps would like to find more ease or fluidity in how we navigate our way through our lives.

Please wear loose and comfortable clothing
9:00-10:00am Mondays
drop-in $ 7-14 sliding scale
At Shawl Anderson Dance Center
Call 510 654 5921 or www.shawl-anderson.org for more info 

Feldenkrais your Dancing

Nina Haft and Mary Armentrout team up to co-teach on-going intensive workshops exploring how the Feldenkrais Method can deconstruct and support contemporary dance technique. Nina Haft teaches contemporary technique drawing upon aspects of Limon and Release-based techniques, Bartenieff Fundamentals, and martial arts. Mary Armentrout is a Feldenkrais practitioner. The Feldenkrais Method is a wide ranging system for understanding how the human being functions and learns how to learn, using the body as its primary laboratory. Together Nina and Mary will interweave elements of Feldenkrais and dance technique in this workshop. Working with this fusion, we will discover how very subtle changes can fundamentally alter and refine all the movements we do -- and can increase awareness, release inefficient patterning, tension and pain, and increase flow. This is a wonderful opportunity for advanced dancers working in any style to bring greater felt understanding of how their body is constructed, as well as greater ease and articulation, into the execution of their movements. 

at Shawl Anderson Dance Center
Call 510 654 5921 or www.shawl-anderson.org for more info 


slow motion exploding the live

2 weeks of expanded compositional practices with Mary Armentrout, August 2016

In this 2 week long workshop we will unfurl, follow, wildly manipulate, and crash live performance from multiple perspectives: refiguring the body and the self through Feldenkrais, reconstructing the performance space and the performance contract through site specific, technological, and critical strategies, utilizing intermedia to push collage and embodiment into new configurations.

some logistical thoughts: we will be using the environs of our studio as our giant site-specific laboratory - bring good shoes and clothing for outside work and messy work. probably best to bring your lunch as there is not much available in the neighborhood, but we will have a small fridge, microwave and hot beverage options. We will work through two weeks and have an informal showing the last Saturday night at the space with a potluck before. The showing will combine work from this workshop with work from Ian Winters' Isadora workshop which will be running during the same time, in the evenings. Ian and I are hoping there will be some overlap between the two workshops - people taking both, or performers corralled into being in video projects - who knows! we'll see how it plays out! The new milkbar studio is in Richmond and is easy to get to by car, and is also quite accessible by BART/bike - find really good directions at milkbar.org.

new for this year: I have extended the workshop to two weeks! I am finding that there is more adventurous material that I would like to explore, but I think we will need two weeks to get into it. Here is the rough structure. The first week of Feldenkrais as a creative tool and collage making will be for any and all comers - new, returning, drop ins. The second week of radical editing and more extreme cross-media collaging will build on the first, so only open to those continuing from the first week, or who have studied with me before - I think drop in is fine here too, so long as you have some experience of the basic operation of how Feldenkrais works with the creative process. I look forward to doing this for a longer time period, and hope you will want to explore that too, so let me know if you have any questions.

at the Milkbar in Richmond
Dates: Monday August 8rd to Friday August 12th, from 10:30 to 5:30
and Monday August 15th to Friday August 19th from 10:30 to 5:30
Potluck and Informal Showing at 8:30 Saturday August 20th, in conjunction with Ian Winters' "Extended Now" Isadora Workshop
Cost: $375 for both weeks
$200 for one week, $50 drop in for single days
1/2 days also possible - 10:30 to 1:30, 2:30 to 5:30 - $30 per half day
some work study available, email for details
student and DG discount: $350 for all, $175 for one week
Early bird: register before July 1st: $350 for all, $175 for one week
to register: send a check for $50 made to Mary Armentrout
to 970 Vermont St #2, Oakland CA 94610
or register through the website: milkbar.org
questions: ma@maryarmentroutdancetheater.com or 510 289 5188
{photo: Jacques Sirot}

The Field East Bay

I am committed to facilitating one round of fieldwork in the East Bay each year. Locations change from year to year. This is a ten week workshop with an informal showing at the end. Fieldwork is an effective and elegant process-based method of giving feedback on new work and is open to all artists working in live performance: dance, theater, music, film/video, new genres. Look at thefieldsf.org for more information.