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

$8 members ($13 non-members)

Ico-Dance Background

ICO-DANCE classes can be enjoyed as a physical workout, an everyday way to improve well-being, an expressive outlet and a reflective self-exploration. ICO-DANCE incorporates follow-on movement patterns, choreographed dance phrases and guided free explorations. Movements range from slow and meditative, to flowing and lyrical, to energetic and rhythmic. Participants take space to move in relation to their own inner world and also to move in community; accepting and being supportive of one another’s movement styles.

Amanda 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.

Working with Adults

Amanda Penaloza-BanksAfter training at London Contemporary Dance School, UK, in the early nineties, Amanda performed as a contemporary dancer for twelve years, working with European companies and choreographers in the UK, Norway, Sweden and Lithuania. As a freelance practitioner she has led workshops, residencies and performance projects for adults, 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). This training helped Amande develop her work with adults.

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 adults from non-dance backgrounds. After relocating to California with her husband in 2012, Amanda established ICO-DANCE classes for local adults of all ages.

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.

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