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2016-2017 University Catalog 
2016-2017 University Catalog [Archived Catalogue]

DAPF 154 Gyrokinesis(r)

College of Performing Arts School of Dance

1 credit 22.5 hours
100 level undergraduate course

The GYROKINESIS(R) body conditioning technique simultaneously stretches and strengthens the body with minimal effort, while increasing range of motion and developing coordination. It incorporates principles from yoga, dance, gymnastics, swimming and tai chi. Unique to this system of exercises, GYROKINESIS(R) class begins with participants practicing self-massage and simple breathing patterns, known as ‘Awakening of the Senses.’ Then the spine and pelvis are engaged through simple exercises: while seated on low stools, participants mobilize the spine through a series of arching, curling, bending, twisting and spiraling movements. The class moves on to the floor, or mat. These same movement patterns are expanded to release the hip, knee, hamstring, quadriceps and so on, in all possible directions. More vigorous movement patterns are executed to enhance trunk stability, strength and endurance. Class often finishes with a short relaxation period.

This course may be completed 10 times for credit.