Workshop – Momentum-based Floorwork into Partnering

In Workshops on March 28, 2011 by danceumbrella

Momentum-based Floorwork into Partnering – With Yves Candau and Eroca Nicols

Eroca and Yves’ class will explore the parallels between momentum-based floorwork and momentum-based partnering. Internally, we will develop our awareness, clarity of intention, and refine our use of the foundations of movement in the body: such as the structural support provided by the skeleton and the flow of muscular tone that creates movement. Externally, we will explore and strengthen specific movement patterns, using spirals to move in and out of the floor, both with a partner and solo. We will continue this dynamic use of the spiral as we move through space; expanding our perception and the physical possibilities towards a spherical appreciation of space, where movement can take place in any direction. Linking the skills we already have in floorwork or contact will provide us with a base for creating a greater ease in moving with and accessing momentum when dancing with another moving body.

Eroca and Yves having been dancing together for 3 years and are eager to share the discoveries of their research with the Toronto dance community.

Monday May 2 – Friday May 6, 10:00am – 12:00pm

10:00am – 12:00pm

Location: Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church, 427 Bloor Street West

$50 for 4 day workshop or $15 drop in (because we have 2 instructors)
pre-registration strongly encouraged to preregister email:

Toronto Dance Community Love-In

Yves Candau has a background in science and was doing a PhD in Cognitive Sciences when he discovered dance. Gradually, his interest shifted from the abstract to a more embodied research, which he has been passionately pursuing ever since. As a movement artist he is fascinated by how internal dynamics of mind and body give rise to manifested external movement. He aims to share his fascination with others through performance and teaching. He has performed solo work in France, Italy and Canada. As an interpreter Yves has worked with a number of choreographers in Toronto: Rebecca Todd, Eryn Dace Trudell, Malgorzata Nowacka, Newton Moraes, Holly Small, and most frequently Peter Chin, for whom he has had the pleasure to dance over a span of 10 years and six different pieces. Yves’ teaching has been nourished by a number of past and present practices: Vipassana meditation, Steve Paxton’s Material for the Spine, and most importantly the Alexander Technique. Yves has taught Contact Improvisation since 2001, giving classes and workshops in France, Italy, Germany, Canada and the USA. He is also an overtone singer and a teacher of the Alexander Technique.

After earning her Honors BFA in Film/Video/Performance and Sculpture from California College of the Arts (San Francisco and Oakland, CA), Eroca Nicols artistic practice shifted to dance and movement. She studied in the professional programs at both Ballet Creole and The School of Toronto Dance Theatre before pursuing further training in release-based and improvisational dance forms. She is currently a Toronto-based dance artist and educator. Her choreographic work through her company, Lady Janitor, has appeared at: Nuit Blanche (Toronto), The Cube (Bristol, UK), Dance in My Backyard, Toronto’s International Dance Day, Dance Matters Performance Series, Fresh Blood, Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival and The Young Centre for the Performing Arts. In addition to her own work, Eroca also performs in the work of others among these artists are Pam Johnson, Les Imprudanses, Kaeja d’Dance and Andrea Nann. Eroca is Co-Founder of the Toronto Dance Community Love-In, with fellow dancer Amanda Acorn. She teaches contact and contemporary dance as well as Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga. Eroca’s teaching and training are deeply influenced in her continued study of the Axis Syllabus.

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