Dance & Pedagogy Master Class Series
Simonson Technique, created and developed by master teacher Lynn Simonson, Is an organic approach to movement that prepares the body to dance in a way that is anatomically intelligent and somatically aware. A teacher of Simonson Technique recognizes that each student is unique and operates within individual musculoskeletal parameters. Rather than ask students to fit a pre-described ideal, they are guided and taught as to what is anatomically correct for their bodies.
Through balanced alignment, deep stretching, proper muscle development, and natural range of motion through the joints, the student learns to self reference a movement through sensory awareness and how it feels, not by how it looks. A cornerstone of Simonson Technique is injury prevention through education. Simonson believes that most dancers do not fully understand how their bodies work. Ignorant of their own body mechanics, they often make movements happen without considering, or knowing, how and where a movement initiates anatomically.
The goals of Simonson Technique training are to eliminate the pre-disposition to injury from previous misalignment patterns, develop and support the body In a way that allows efficient and free movement, and, to experience the joy of dance with longevity and wellness.
Simonson Technique Is progressive on four levels. This technique comprises a complete dance technique which not only trains dancers in jazz dance but prepares them equally well for working in modern and other dance vocabularies. Hailed as an intelligent and logical method to prepare the body for dance, the Simonson Technique has received recognition throughout the world since 1970 and is taught by certified faculty in 20 countries worldwide.