Improv Dance Pilates Lessons Kalamazoo MI

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Portage Snap Fitness
269-327-SNAP (7627)
641 Romence Rd.
Portage, MI
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Kalamazoo Snap Fitness
Portage St and Cork St
Kalamazoo, MI
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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St. Clair Shores Bally Total Fitness
20701 E 8 Mile Rd
Saint Clair Shores, MI
Programs & Services
Cardio Equipment, Child Center, Group Exercise Studio, Indoor Track, Parking, Personal Training, Pilates, Pool, Sauna, Steam Room, Whirl Pool

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Wayland Snap Fitness
(269) 792-0000
150 Pine Street
Wayland, MI
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Kentwood Snap Fitness
(616) 554-3200
7199 Kalamazoo Ave. SE
Caledonia, MI
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Kalamazoo2 Snap Fitness
Oakland Dr & Whites Rd.
Kalamazoo, MI
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Otsego Snap Fitness
W Allegan & S Farmer St.
Otsego, MI
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Howell Snap Fitness
(517) 546-2500
1456 Lawson Drive
Howell, MI
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Portage Snap Fitness
269-327-SNAP (7627)
641 Romence Rd.
Portage, MI
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Holland Snap Fitness
(616) 355-1070
1153 South Washington Ave., Suite C and D
Holland, MI
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Using Dance Improv and Pilates to Integrate Body and Mind

Pilates instructor Pat Guyton uses dance improv in conjunction with PilatesBy Pat Guyton

The longer I teach Pilates, the deeper I wish to journey into the principles Joe Pilates describes in his writings. I strive to allow the body and the mind to each have an equal opportunity of expression. Joseph Pilates wrote in Your Health , “neither the mind nor the body is supreme—one cannot be subordinated to the other. Both must be coordinated, in order not only to accomplish the maximum results with the minimum expenditure of mental and physical energy, but also to live as long as possible in normal health and enjoy the benefits of a useful and happy life.” (page 41)

In an effort to promote this harmony between mind and body I have been integrating the practice of dance improvisation at the end of some of my classes. I studied improv as a dancer for over a decade before I began teaching Pilates, and 11 years ago it occurred to me that my students might benefit from the practice, too.

Read on to learn why and how I introduced improve to my students—and how they responded.

The intention of this practice is the joy of discovery. The value is not based on virtuosity, but on authentic exploration of movement that is Pilates directed. In a class, many students are so focused on their limitations of performance within Pilates exercises that those with compulsive minds may leave with feelings of failure and self-judgment.

In improvisation, we learned to release the thought of the technique, to seek the freedom of exploring our own movement from feeling. We also learned to let go of any preconceived thoughts—we weren’t allowed to “plan” what we would do next. Of course, switching gears in a Pilates class—transitioning from following clear and concise instruction to utter freedom of movement—can be a bit intimidating and overwhelming.

To bring this to my students, I tried to create a supportive environment in the studio. Before delving fully into a practice like this, it may be worthwhile to warm your students to the idea by asking them to improvise for 30 to 60 seconds, or asking them to close their eyes during the first few times they begin to explore movement, hopefully eliminating any self-consciousness.

Once my students seemed ready to give it a shot, I began to experiment with adding 5 to 10 minutes of improvisation at the end of my 1-hour classes. Finding inspiration proved easy: each class was focused on one of the movement principles so I simply gave improvisation directions and suggestions inspired by the principle highlighted that day.

Keep in mind that improvisation for dancers will look like dance. Improvisation for Pilates students will look very introspective. It is not performance directed. The students will explore at different rates and within their own personal comfort zones. For example, if the theme for a class focused on how the arm and shoulder relate to exercises within the mat sequence, the suggestion for exploration during the imp...

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