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Training for dancers @ Large Studio
Together with Heidi Weiss
Jennifer Mann ist ist eine ausgebildete Tänzerin, Choreographin, sowie Dozentin für Tanz und Yoga. Nach ihrem Abschluss an der University of the Arts in Philadelphia zog sie nach Europa um, um als freiberufliche Künstlerin für mehrere Kompanien und Projekte zu arbeiten. Jennifer unterrichtet zeitgenössischen Tanz und Yoga an Schulen, in Studios, in Kompanien und an Festivals im ganz Europa. Sie erhielt das Yoga Zertifikat an der Academy of Yoga in Grand Junction, Colorado, unter der Führung von James E. Bryan. Sie machte weitere Ausbildung an der Academy of Yoga in Grand Junction und wurde ein zertifizierter Mitglied des Berufsverbands der Yogalehrenden in Deutschland (BDY) und der European Yoga Union (EYU).
Jennifer has taught modern/contemporary dance, improvisation and yoga at studios, festivals and companies in Holland, Germany, Austria, France, Taiwan and annually at the „Bolzano Danza“ festival in Italy. She is a faculty member of DANCEWORKS berlin and offers dancer training regularly at Marameo. In Marameo, she also teaches “Yoga for Dancers” and is organisationally active as a board member. She is becoming certified to lead the Group Motion Workshop, an improvisational evening focused on the universal language of movement and collective healing. Jennifer studied yoga in the USA with Iyengar yoga teacher James Bryan and in Germany at the Yoga Akademie Berlin with Yogacharya Ananda Leone. She is now a certified member of the BDY and the European Yoga Union (EYU). Her yoga classes take place in a variety of spaces, ranging from businesses, festivals, dance studios, yellow yoga and at Yoga Sky, a beautiful yoga oasis in Berlin.
Modern / Contemporary for Dancers
Jennifer teaches the weiss-mann technique, a style influenced by her experiences in yoga, the Alexander Technique, modern and contemporary dance, as well as her creative work with Heidi Weiss. Its roots lie in modern dance, but its expression breaks past molds, becoming a fusion that is structured, yet highly physical and dynamic. The first segment of the class focuses on arriving in the body, breath and space. The sequences that follow explore a balance between one’s technical skills and the capacity to flow and move through space freely. As the class progresses, the distinctions between these 2 categories begin to soften and fuse into one. Movements that are traditionally considered “technical” become more organic, more full of breath, life and volume. Contemporary movements become infused with more clarity, length and control. Dancers are continually encouraged to experience their energy, and then to conciously direct it into space. Particular movement themes such as rhythm and musicality, quick directional and level changes, following initiation points (the fingertips, toes, hip, sternum, etc.), or floorwork are explored. One is prepared for an uninhibited range of movement. All spatial levels are experienced, including jumps. Dancers are challenged to take risks, to expand their boundaries, to build stamina and to cover more space. Soulful music, sometimes live, motivates, inspires and supports the entire class.
This well rounded, energetic Yoga practice includes flow, strength, deep stretch and breath work. A gentle warm up moves into longer held Asanas, or yogic postures, that respond and synchronise with the flow of your breath. Clear alignment tips encourage physical balance and stability in the practice, while cultivating a mindful approach to movement and self awareness. This practice is a physical meditation that can be a powerful experience of the present moment. Its a opportunity for you to connect with yourself, before engaging in work or other activities.