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Teaching: Contemporary Dance/Dynamic Expansion

Class Description- Contemporary Dance/Dynamic Expansion,

Shannon Cooney’s teaching method combines contemporary dance with the Craniosacral system physical awareness.

She applies techniques to tune into the tidal rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid surrounding the central nervous system [the movement of the cerebrospinal fluid rhythmically goes through a rise and fall in volume and pressure, beating within the range of six to twelve cycles per minute.]. This Craniosacral rhythm, and its tidal changes in pressure moves the bones of the head and sacrum, and can be felt through the whole body.

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Teaching: Workshop

Workshop Description: Dynamic Expansion

The dance practice Dynamic Expansion, created by Shannon Cooney dancer, choreographer and craniosacral practitioner, is based in connecting with the physical phenomenon of the Craniosacral (C/S) system with movement and dance via improvisational forms.
["The Craniosacral Rhythm, the tidal change in the fluids, moves the bones of the head and the sacrum, these natural changes in pressure cause motion to be felt through the whole body, with slight toning and relaxing, as these fluid pressures expand and relax." –Robert Harris RMT, C/S therapist/master teacher]
In the workshop participants are introduced to techniques to tune into this profound rhythm and go directly and deeply into this calm, dynamic, self-witnessing. The techniques taught incorporate natural, fully physical, energetic, and subtle dance/movements that are guided into improvisations. As the work evolves, one's capacity to remain wholly connected to this vital rhythm while expanding into varied dynamic states of presences is at the heart of the practice.
Dynamic Expansion offers many possible applications to one's personal artistic/creative work practice including: a vibrant palette/range of movement qualities, enhanced depth of focus, heightened and subtle states of presence, refined self-perception skills, new systems of connecting with others and, profound experiences in the sensorial field.

Teaching: Technique Class

Class Description-Contemporary dance technique class

Shannon Cooney’s technique class integrates a culmination of eighteen years of professional dance experience, Craniosacral Therapy practice, and Pilates Method training/ teaching.

Through dance sequences one will be given the opportunity to explore their personal anatomical alignment and awareness, integrate breath with movement, work with their honest weight in movement, explore range of motion, and tune into their Craniosacral system.

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