Laurel Martyn Dance System
While studying I was introduced to the Laurel Martyn Dance System, and Laurel Martyn herself became a mentor and a major influence in my life.
Laurel believed in asking lots of questions and understanding the purpose of the content we teach in class. Her favourite question was:
“what is the purpose of the exercise?”
That question gives you insight into what you want the students to achieve (which is not always technique), it could be musicality, rhythm, co-ordination, or spatial awareness. Therefore at times, things may look “messy”, but we are not about perfection ”we are about learning and developing the whole dancer”.
Laurel was also passionate about artistry, and movement between the poses. Her quote sums it up:
“dance is… movement… through space… in time… with quality”
Children are not designed to spend a lot of time standing still or moving slowly. If you watch them, they naturally move fast, and this teaching program works with the natural movement of a child at their development stage, and harnesses that energy, and directs it with purpose. Moments of stillness are required, and they are interwoven throughout the class, so the child learns how to concentrate, and also how to move.
As a teacher, the Laurel Martyn Dance System provides me with the freedom to create, and develop classes that meet the needs of the students in front of me, and it allows me to be uniquely me!! There are no limits with this body of work, the possibilities are endless and only really limited by self limit (a lot like life).
The Laurel Martyn Dance System is the culmination of Laurel’s life as a dancer, choreographer and teacher. Find out more about Laurel Martyn here http://www.laurelmartyndance.com