ICO-DANCE is a low impact, full bodied dance for men & women of all ages & levels. It is an expressive, flowing, uplifting dance, which gently encourages us to relate to our internal and external worlds. How can we bring awareness and freedom to our dance? How can we enjoy moving from an inner feeling, rather than from what it should look like? How can we explore different energies & spatial pathways, to engage and enliven us?”

Ico-Dance sketch by Susanne Flowers

MONDAY 9-10am
La Jolla Community Center
La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla

$7 members ($12 non-members)


Ico-Dance class participantParticipating in ICO-DANCE classes can be enjoyed as a physical workout, an everyday way to improve wellbeing, an expressive outlet and a reflective self-exploration.

ICO-DANCE incorporates  follow-on movements, taught dance phrases and guided free explorations. Movements range from slow and meditative, to flowing and lyrical, to energetic and rhythmic. We dance in community with one another; accepting and being supportive of our own and each other’s movement styles.

ICO-DANCE is suitable for both dancers and non-dancers who wish to experience an organic whole-bodied way of moving.

Ico-Dance class participantAmanda created ICO-DANCE in part by developing the ideas of Rudolph Laban, a European artist working within the field of contemporary dance in the 1900’s. Along with other innovations, Laban developed a series of movement scales set within geometric forms, focusing on the five Platonic Solids, especially the icosahedron; symbolic of water, emotion and movement. 

Laban also drew attention to the way that we move; the how, why and intention within our movements, gestures and postures. Crucially, Laban observed the need for recovery in our lives; if our daily life consists of being strong, fast paced and direct in our actions, then the opposite is necessary to recover and maintain balance.


Amanda Penaloza-BanksAfter training at London Contemporary Dance School, UK, in the early nineties, Amanda performed as a contemporary dancer for over ten years, working with European companies and choreographers in the UK, Norway, Sweden and Lithuania. She subsequently became a freelance practitioner leading workshops, residencies and performance projects for children, adults, dancers in training, teachers and dance professionals in the UK, Ireland, Norway, Lithuania and Kenya.

In 2006 she undertook a two year professional development course, devised by the Laban Guild UK, in the practical application of Laban principles. Leaders and guest teachers included first and second generation Laban students (Walli Meier, Anna Carlisle, Valerie Preston-Dunlop, Geraldine Stephenson, Marion North and Warren Lamb).

Amanda has since performed in three Laban dance films and taught Laban-based principles and practice on professional development summer schools, teacher training and dance training courses, and courses for children and adults from non-dance backgrounds. After recently relocating to California with her husband, Amanda is glad to have the opportunity to establish ICO-DANCE classes for local people.

Ico-Dance sketch by Susanne Flowers THANK YOU…
Sketches are by, and with kind permission from, La Jolla artist Susanne Flowers. Please visit her website to view her collections.

About classes, workshops
and invites to visual artists, please contact me on:

Like my Facebook Page