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Monday 23 July: Developing your somatic practice

Half-day workshop led by Lauren Potter

Somatic practice helps us to tune in to our bodies and the world around us. It enables us to listen to and appreciate the connective pathways within our bodies that can enable us to move with ease and efficiency.

This half-day course is about feeding your personal passion for dance. It will enable you to:

  • focus on your self and the development of your own personal practice
  • provide you with techniques for tuning in to your body's needs
  • help you move with greater ease
  • provide a basis for person-centred movement development with dance in any community context.

Take this opportunity to feed your own dance development before you engage in the rest of the workshops provided throughout the Summer School week.

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Lauren Potter biography
Lauren Potter is an independent dance artist/teacher. Originally trained at The Place, she was a member of London Contemporary Dance Theatre for many years and following this, a founder member of Siobhan Davies Dance. She has since performed and taught with a diverse range of Companies and Choreographers both nationally and internationally, including DV8 Physical Theatre, Second Stride, Yolande Snaith, Jonathan Lunn and Rosemary Butcher.

Most recent projects involved participation in a retrospective of the work of Rosemary Butcher as part of TanzimAugust Berlin and performances of 'Of Land and Tongue' by choreographer Theo Clinkard.

Lauren also spent some years in the post of Artistic and Rehearsal Director for 'Edge' - The Postgraduate Performance Company at LCDS. She is currently lecturing at LCDS within the Choreography team and teaching on the independent dance circuit. She also teaches regular classes for people with Parkinson's.

Her teaching involves a strong emphasis on weight and gravity using the breath as a movement source and the floor as a partnership to aid the transference, shift and momentum of weight with an ease of connection through the limbs, whilst still maintaining a dynamic and articulate presence. There is particular emphasis on the play between inner listening and active response investigating the tools that help balance and sustain multiple awareness. The use of hands-on work to enable an experiential understanding is also central to her practice.

Photograph by Hugo Glenddining.