Dynamic Stability: A Feldenkrais® Workshop with Sarah Young & Fritha Pengelly

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June 4, 2016 - 10:00am - 6:00pm

Feldenkrais said, “Good posture is the ability to move in any direction without preparation.” How do our habits limit our possibilities for movement? How does this relate to ‘posture'? In this workshop, we will explore the potency of a dynamic stability and how this can improve our ability to move with both power and ease. Experiential Awareness Through Movement lessons, reflection, and dialogue will provide an environment for learning about one’s habits and discover potential for spontaneous and skillful action. The Feldenkrais Method® is gentle. No prior experience necessary, and a wide range of ability is welcome.

Members of NEFGNA receive $10 off!
Email contact [at] earthdance [dot] net for details.



Tuition (tiered for accessibility)
Professional: $85
Full:                $75
Subsidized:   $65

Overnight Stay (Saturday night, includes self-serve dinner & breakfast)
Earthdance Dorm: $30
Camping: $25

Sarah Young

Sarah Young is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Teacher , dancer, and current director of Earthdance Creative Living Project in Plainfield, Massachusetts.

As a performer, Sarah has worked most closely with dance makers Hilary Easton, Steven Koplowitz, Jill Sigman, Ann Robideaux, Alexx Shilling, David Dorfman, and Nancy Stark Smith. She was a member of the Treehouse Shakers, bringing modern dance and storytelling to young audiences, and assisted Dana Salisbury's Dark Dining Projects. Her own work has been shown at various small venues throughout NYC. She has enjoyed numerous dance festivals and countless Contact Improvisation jams. Her ongoing curiosity of movement and desire to learn from an injury led her to study The Feldenkrais Method. She was a student of the Feldenkrais Practitioners' Training Program NY5, under the direction of David Zemach-Bersin.

Sarah is a Wisconsin native and studied dance and international arts at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she received a Ford Foundation Fellowship to study indigenous dance in Zimbabwe. Through these studies, Sarah founded Flying Art, an international exchange of art among youth. From 2008-10, she served as a Peace Corps .Volunteer in Morocco, collaborating to develop women's weaving associations in the High Atlas Mountains 

Fritha Pengelly

Fritha Pengelly is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner® based in Northampton, MA. She graduated from the Feldenkrais Professional Training Program at the Feldenkrais Institute of NY where she studied with director David Zemach-Bersin, Sheryl Field, Anna Johnson, Aliza Stewart, Arlyn Zones, Ruty Bar, Deborah Bowes, and Elizabeth Beringer. She has also had the pleasure of studying with Dr. Jeff Haller, and is currently enrolled in Dr. Haller’s Feldenkrais graduate program IOPS. Fritha Pengelly has over 30 years of dance and movement experience, and has been a certified Pilates instructor since 2002. She spent seven years (1994-2001) performing and teaching nationally and internationally as a member of the New York City-based Doug Elkins Dance Company, serving as co-rehearsal director from 2000-2001. In addition to her work with the Elkins Company, Fritha has performed with The Chamber Dance Company, David Neumann, and Wire Monkey Dance. Her dances have been performed at several venues in New York City, The Five Colleges in Massachusetts, Northampton, Darien Arts Center (CT), Seattle (WA), Omaha (NE), and at the Inside/Out Series at Jacob’s Pillow. Fritha received her M.F.A. in dance with a focus on anatomy and physiology from the University of Washington and has taught as a visiting artist at Hampshire College, Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, Bennington College, North Carolina School of the Arts, Wake Forest University, and Springfield College.


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