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Rhonda Moore is a dancer, performance artist, educator and a founding member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. Moore has danced with Jamie Cunningham’s ACME Dance Company and began her dance career with intensive training in Dunham technique, performing with the Akosua Afro-Haitian Dance & Drum Troupe. Currently a teaching artist for the award winning Pierre Dulaine’s Dancing Classrooms Program, Moore previously served as Choral Director for the Singing City-in-the-Schools Program. Moore’s extensive international and domestic portfolios include conducting professional sound and movement workshops; creating site-specific interdisciplinary installations that integrate sound, movement and visual art through shared experience collaborative elaboration; teacher-specific professional development laboratories geared to generate curriculum development with a focused, integral inclusion of visual art, design, movement; and music and vocal concerts as jazz soloist in small combos as well as with chamber and full orchestral formations. She holds a BFA from SUNY Purchase, a diploma in classical piano performance from Hoff-Barthelson Music School in Scarsdale, NY, and full, permanent certification in Italian as a second language, conferred by the University of Sienna, Italy. Ms. Moore currently serves as adjunct professor, dance faculty at Boyer College of Music and Dance, teaching a variety of courses spanning from dance composition to the study of the development of jazz music and dance in the United States.
with Rhonda Moore
$15 per session
First trial session free
CASH, CHECK, or VENMO
This class is the result of my years of study and use of the fundamentals of the Zena Rommett Method. I am excited to share the particular implementations and discoveries that led me to embrace this derivative movement practice as my very own - MooreBarre.
Floor barre (based on the Zena Rommett method) uses the movement vocabulary of classical ballet to efficiently and effectively strengthen joints and muscles, correct alignment, release tension, and prevent and rehabilitate injuries. Excellent for strengthening, lengthening, and weight loss, Floor Barre is frequently doctor recommended for injury recuperation (knee, back) and gentle relief from physical ailments (arthritis, tendonitis, osteoporosis).
By taking the effort of standing out of the equation, floor barre takes the weight-bearing pressure off the ankles, knees, and hips. The application of ballet barre exercises performed using the floor as the source of support assists in centering the spinal column and hips, moving people with regular practice towards more equitable right side-left side alignment. Floor-barre enables the practitioner to efficiently and effectively strengthen joints and muscles, correct alignment, release tension, and prevent and rehabilitate injuries. The quiet, directed movements create a rhythmic flow which stills and focuses the mind and centers the body. This technique facilitates the development of beautiful lines, smooth transition and fluidity of movement. Understanding movement from the inside-out so they can be performed more correctly and easily creates a situation of positive tension throughout the entire body: the muscles become lengthened and strengthened, and energy is not dissipated but directed.
Combined with goal-specific respiratory exercises and imaging, the floor work maximizes skeletal strength while creating an engaged, protective muscular shield around structurally weak or physically worn areas of the body. This means that even while working with an injury, the exercises build up the areas surrounding the weaker zone, allowing for deep rehabilitation. In Floor Barre, people learn not only how to maximize their physical strength and control, they increase awareness and improve management of internal and external personal and shared space.
Ultimately, floor barre’s efficacy is most appreciated when done as a regular practice; its very nature counteracts many of the sometimes unavoidable side effects of close contact, high impact sports.
The class will move through floor work (the barre) and progress to standing exercises and across-the-floor variations. Time will be dedicated to improvisation techniques and developmental methods in a creative process as well.
A basic awareness of the body in space is helpful, but your intuitiveness and action/reaction responses will certainly deepen and sharpen as you move through each session!
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