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Dexterity in dance using Feldenkrais

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Promoting Dexterity in Technical Dance Training
using the Feldenkrais Method


By Zoran Kovich

Professional dance training must equip dancers to work competently in the industry. The ability to manipulate technical dance skills is an essential requirement. Referencing Nicholai Bernstein’s motor learning theory, it is proposed that Feldenkrais Method learning processes can be used in technical dance training to promote the development of dexterity.

“What sort of learning is important? …the learning that enables you to do the thing you know in another way, and one more way, and then three more ways, is the learning that is important.”
Moshe Feldenkrais, 1984

Author’s biography

Zoran Kovich worked as a martial arts instructor, then as a professional dancer, and now teaches the Feldenkrais Method in Sydney, Australia.

Positive changes in his dance skills emerging from personal practice of Mabel Todd’s ideokinetic method prompted Zoran to investigate and experience other somatic education approaches, leading him to commence Feldenkrais training in 1988.

Since 1990, he has lectured in higher education dance programs, designing and presenting courses in Feldenkrais Method, Somatic Education, functional anatomy, kinesiology, and movement analysis. His academic background includes studies in social science, performing arts, and cognitive science.

Zoran is deeply interested in exploring links between theory and practice, especially in the area of training and learning. In 2004, he was accredited as an assistant trainer in the Feldenkrais Method.

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