Shape and Space
Shape and Space is the fourth Healing Dance® level to come into existence after the Healing Dance I, II and Above and Below trainings. It is made up mostly of material Alexander had developed as early as 1993 and first taught in the US and in Europe as an advanced level of WaterDance. Shape and Space consists of a beautiful and exciting repertoire of moves and an exploration of underwater improvisation. It is a collection of dives that embody a language with its own grammar and syntax. The key idea in Shape and Space is learning how to create pure, generous movement shapes that convey the receiver across the length and breadth of the pool, speaking their embedded messages to the receiver. The movements of Shape and Space are rooted in human developmental movement; in the animal movement of dolphins, seals, and snakes; in elemental movement patterns seen in flowing water, and in archetypal positions that reflect our biological genesis and relation to spirit. In addition, Shape and Space explores the art of adapting to and facilitating the interactive receiver. Shape and Space is for those practitioners who believe in the healing power of movement and want to learn how to dance with their receivers in the water. A written and photo manual are provided and an MP4 of the sequence is made available. To view The Shape and Space Gallery, click here.
This excerpt from the Shape and Space MP4 clarifies the technique behind the Off Shoulder Somersault submerging. You'll probably wonder how the receiver can hold her breath for so long...it is the human dive reflex, perfectly natural and effortless.