Movement Fundamentals is a training paradigm and experimental curriculum designed and refined by dance artist, Jane Hawley since 1996. The intent was to create a fundamental and moving paradigm, which trains dancers as artists and empowers people to love and feel gratitude for their bodies.
As a collective, Movement Fundamentals offers us the language and framework to better understand, explore, and explain what we do as collaborative choreographers, performers, and teachers. The paired principles remind us to step back and think about how we articulate concepts. The tenets bring an awareness to what we are already doing and what could use more attention as we create and teach. The 4 phases practice offers a thoughtful and open structure that allows anyone to participate in dance. Learn more about the paired principles, tenets, and 4 phases here.
BRDC has been studying Movement Fundamentals since 2011, participating in the coalescence at Luther College as well as one-on-one trainings in Texas with Jane Hawley and Sophia Rog. In June 2016, BRDC was awarded a microgrant from the Greater Denton Arts Council with Texas Commission on the Arts and National Endowment for the Arts. This grant allowed us to jump start a community-centered project using commissioned choreography by Jane Hawley, titled You Are Not My Enemy. In July 2021, we will present our research, "Collaboration with Hawley’s You Are Not My Enemy Directography." Each member is certified in MF, and we integrate its philosophies into our classes, choreography, performance, and daily lives.