Movement Classes

Classes taught by Jonelle Gunderson

I am interested in the spaces in-between. Those particular limbic moments between arriving and stage, between makeup trailer and set. Between characters. 

Acting occupies this place in a particular way, in our bodies and nervous systems it resides somewhere in the middle of fight & flight…we have to be activated but grounded. Being in a heightened responsive state, we need adrenaline but also need to harness it! And we do this through deep moments of concentration, connection, spontaneity and play.

As an actor who has always accessed the work through my body, I find that kinetic connections open my emotions. ‘Dropping in’ but also ‘Warming in’, to myself, in order to prepare for a RESPONSIVE state. 

I will be drawing from various backgrounds, but primarily my training to become a teacher of the Mitzvah Technique (very similar to Alexander). 

We will explore embodiment of character, grounding and centering practices, exercises designed to open the ribs and free the breath, and rhythmic movements to prepare the mind/body to GO.

Mitzvah is designed to free ourselves of unnecessary habitual tension: to take away.
To our work as actors and creators – can you do LESS and achieve the same results?

Maximum number of students: 8 students

One Session: 6 weeks

One session (6 weeks)
Early-bird rate $
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If you’re looking for a place to really play and explore the work while witnessing and sharing in the development of colleagues and peers, The Dirt is where it’s at. There’s joy here. That’s a great thing.

Stephanie Belding