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summer main event

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b12 summer main event


location: eden***** studios


Marijke Eliasberg

scholar of grandmaster william c. c. chen in NYC


Tai Chi Chuan for dancers: a practice and an experience

Originated in China, Tai Chi Chuan is a mind/body martial art, also referred to as shadow boxing or moving meditation. To an outsider who has never practiced the discipline, Tai Chi appears to be a slow, choreographed dance. However, there is more to it: one cannot easily see the internal and external benefits derived by regular practice. It is proven to build strength from the inside out. It means sustaining relaxed inner stillness while being in full motion. This requires minimal use of your muscles while maintaining total awareness of the whole body, creating a maximized powerful Qi/Chi energy. Tai Chi Chuan is a practice and also an experience. You have to practice with purpose but without expecting anything. It is the 'in the moment' experience itself of practicing it that must be satisfying. The body is not just a skeletal structure, the body is everything. It's shen (spirit), it's i (mind), it's chi (energy). These Chinese terms have an allusive value, they are not concepts. They are directions, always indirect. Expect nothing, practice and experience. In this workshop, we will use the 60-postures form of Grandmaster William C. C. Chen. In martial arts, it is important to train your mind and body to relax because you cannot fight effectively if you are tense. the Same for dance. expressing our power and energy in a clear, efficient and effortless way; mentally and physically, will enhance our dancing. No previous Tai Chi experience is required to take the classes.

some workshops offer group improvisation or partnering. these workshops elements may or may not be possible and the teachers and choreographers will modify their workshops accordingly in line with the health and safety measures required at the time. please stay flexible. thank you!

MARIJKE ELIASBERG, native of the Netherlands, Founder and Co-Artistic Director of The Next Stage Project (TNSP), has been dancing, teaching and choreographing for the past 24 years in New York City. In 2001, Marijke founded the global dance collective, The Next Stage Project (TNSP), which she co-directs with Jana Hicks. With TNSP, she travels around the world, teaching, creating, mentoring and making exchange and performance projects possible. In NYC, Marijke currently teaches modern contemporary classes at Peridance centre and has taught at Gibney, Ballet Arts, Now Yoga, Steps on Broadway, Dance Space, Dance New Amsterdam, Dancewave, Broadway Dance Center, FSU in NYC Master Program, and Improvisation and Composition classes at the Joffrey Ballet School. She has taught and created works in the USA, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Italy, France, Japan, and India. Marijke holds a BFA in physical education with a specialization in dance. She continued her modern dance studies at the Rotterdam Dance Academy, Codarts, in The Netherlands, and Dance Space Inc, in NYC. Her continuing education includes studying extensively with 89 year old Chinese Grandmaster William C. C. Chen in NYC (short form, long form and push-hands) and he gave Marijke permission to share his 60-postures form.



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