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New Fundamentals of Movement Class
Saturdays in Willits

Ukiah, CA –The “fundamentals of movement” is the topic explored in a new Saturday morning course offering at the Mendocino College Willits Center September 15 through December 15.  “Bartenieff Fundamentals: Patterns of Total Body Connectivity” is based on the body re-education systems of Rudolf Laban, Irmgard Bartenieff, and Peggy Hackney that stress the internal patterning connections of the body. The class is scheduled for the Willits Center dance studio with Instructor Sandy Metzler on Saturdays from 10 am to noon.

Anyone who has ever been injured through sports, dance, or any physical activity or those individuals who suffer from chronic pain, stress, or learning disabilities such as dyslexia can benefit from this course. Through simple and relaxing movement, the class content includes core support, dynamic alignment, internal shaping, rotary function, spatial intent, and the Basic Six Patterns of Total Body Connectivity beginning with Breath.

    “I became interested in this work over 20 years ago when I injured my knee dancing,” explains instructor Sandy Metzler. “I also felt I was not improving in my performance, no matter how hard I worked,” she continues. “Since becoming aware of these important neuromuscular patterning connections in my body, I feel I move with more coordination, expression, joy and efficiency.  I can make meaning from my movement and truly develop my own movement style while also having a lot of fun!”

Metzler received her certification as a Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst in 2005 and has her M. A. degree in Gerontology or the study of aging.  Her thesis addressed “successful” or Creative Aging, which she feels is especially important for “all of us baby boomers.” Metzler has taught Dance, Performance, Theatre and related classes for Mendocino College since 1984 while also teaching for SPACE, Near and Arnold's School of Performing Arts and Cultural Education, in Ukiah.

Bartenieff Fundamentals: Patterns of Total Body Connectivity is a short-term, half unit class, (THE 88.4, Section #0984). Current student can register using TelReg, 468-3353. New Students can apply online at and register in person at one of the College’s three locations:  Willits Center, 11 Marin Street, 459-6224; Lake Center, 1005 Parallel Drive, Lakeport, 263-4944; or the Ukiah Campus, 1000 Hensley Creek Road, 468-3101. For additional information call 459-6224.

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Created: September 06, 2007 @ 11:22 AM
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