CURRENT CLASS SCHEDULE
Children’s classes coming soon…Visit again or Like my Facebook Page to receive further updates.
“ICO-DANCE is a lyrical, flowing, expressive and expansive dance practice. A moving journey into exploring our relationship with our internal and external environments. How can we bring awareness, fluidity, grace and intention to our movements? How can we enjoy the sensation of moving from an inner feeling, rather than from what we think it should look like from the outside? How can we embrace a range of dynamics, movements and spatial pathways, so that our body, mind and spirit can feel fully engaged and nourished?”
ICO-DANCE FURTHER INFORMATION…
ICO-DANCE incorporates stillness, simple follow-on movements / patterns and a variety of taught and repeated dance phrases. We also incorporate structured moments of free movement to encourage people to find their own path through the ideas that we are playing with.
It is suitable for dancers and non-dancers who wish to experience a way of moving which helps the body to find a fluid, energised, natural balance and the head to find a calm, alert, in-the-present-moment state.
Amanda created ICO-DANCE in part by developing the ideas of Rudolph Laban, an 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. He also brought attention to the way that we move; the how, why and intention within our movements, gestures and postures.
After 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, Amanda is excited to be establishing ICO-DANCE for local people, both dancers and non-dancers, who have been looking for something… But hadn’t quite found it… Until now!