The Philosophy Department is sponsoring free, Weekly Movement Classes, every Wednesday at 1pm. This class will be live on Zoom. Keep your camera off, or turn it on for an interactive experience. The Zoom link will be shared closer to the time.
This will be a a mid-week dance-based body refresh — no dance or movement experience required. Together (with a sense of humour about it all) we’ll move through easy-to-follow sequences set to energetic music. Throughout this session you’ll increase your range of motion, challenge your stamina, build strength and learn a couple humility-affirming dance moves along the way. You’ll be encouraged to customize your workout with modifications offered to amp up or tone down any exercise to suit your personal needs. Make this class a routine and you’ll feel energized, toned, bright and connected to your body!
Our instructor, Alyssa Martin, is an award winning choreographer, director and educator. She is the Artistic Director of surrealist dance theatre company, Rock Bottom Movement, a creative home she founded in 2012. Her creations blur the lines of theatre, dance and comedy in mischievous conversation with her modern dance antecedents. She has toured her work internationally, working in residence at art centres including The Banff Centre, Stratford Festival Lab, The National Ballet of Canada and Canadian Stage. She most recently premiered a feature length experimental film, Bin Chicken, a commission for Toronto Dance Theatre. In addition to choreography, Alyssa works as a movement educator with people of all ages and experiences. She teaches Pilates and Dance Synergy at Mindful Movement Centre, Dance and Musical Theatre in the Performance Department at Ryerson University, Creative Composition at George Brown College’s Dance Program and has guest taught within Laurier University’s Opera Department. She also leads “NONDance” workshops for the Rock Bottom community. She holds her Pilates Mat and Reformer Certification (earned under the mentorship of Leslie Parker) as well as her BFA in Performance Dance from Ryerson University. She has supplemented her training with workshops in dance, movement and creative process in Montreal, New York, Berlin and Vienna. She approaches all that she does with a sense of play and places priority on the wellbeing of the individuals she is moving alongside! Alyssa’s very excited to be leading these classes for Queen’s philosophers!