|Susan Hefner began performing dance improvisation at the age of 16, graduated from Goddard College, and toured worldwide as a soloist with Nikolais Dance Theatre. Her choreography and improvisation have been presented in many venues including the Chocolate Factory, the Flea Theater, Dixon Place, Joyce SoHo, Danspace Project’s Food for Thought, HERE’s American Living Room, Roulette, One Dream, Birmingham International Improvisation Festival, Southern Danceworks, and in Kiev, Ukraine. Her company has received support from the Harkness Foundations for Dance, Dance Ink, Meet the Composer, Inc., the New England Foundation for the Arts, the Vermont Council on the Arts, Manhattan Community Arts Fund, 2wice Arts Foundation and the Outer/Space Creative Residency program of Dance Theatre Workshop. Trained by renowned anatomist Irene Dowd, Susan has taught anatomy and kinesiology for dancers at L’Escuela Nacional de Danza in Mexico, the International Summer School of Dance in Tokyo, Long Island University, Columbia College in Chicago, and the Limon Institute. For more information, see www.susanhefnertraining.com.|
Anatomy and Kinesiology Course Description: We will study human movement and aspects of the muscular-skeletal system most relevant to dance. The muscles, joints, and movement of the spine, hip, knee, ankle, and foot will be analyzed. The objectives of this course are to comprehend the general principles and terminology of the muscular-skeletal system; to learn to analyze how our muscles are working in any given movement; and to acquire the tools for solving specific bio-mechanical challenges in one’s own dancing.