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Dance Generation | Introduction


The Dance Generation shaped the second era in the development of Ideokinesis. Many of the students of Todd, Clark and Sweigard were dancers or were affiliated in some way with the dance profession. Struck by the implications of the material for dance education, a number of these individuals immediately applied their new knowledge of posture and movement efficiency to the teaching of dance. Without attempting to impart the ideokinetic approach itself in their classes, exposure to the work influenced their language for describing movement, strategies for perfecting dance alignment and often, their creative preferences in dance.

Others of the Dance Generation endeavored to teach more facets of Ideokinesis than could be readily transmitted in a traditional dance class. Special courses (functional anatomy, kinesthetic anatomy, etc.) were developed to introduce the anatomical and kinesiological foundations for the discipline. Some teachers offered private lessons using the tactile techniques they had learned from Todd, Clark or Sweigard; others modified and simplified the tactile teaching procedures for use in class settings.

The section of the website devoted to the Dance Generation presents the backgrounds and ideas of teachers who applied the ideokinetic approach to the needs of dancers. Their diverse interests spawned many new educational methods and contributed to a substantial change in the post-modern dance aesthetic.

Karen Barracuda
Andre Bernard
Irene Dowd
Joanne Emmons
Erick Hawkins
Betty Jones
Pamela Matt
John Rolland
Nancy Topf
Drid Williams

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