August 3-5, 2018
DSU Dance Professor and Co-Director Elizabeth Stich recently presented “A Somatic Approach to Aerial Dance” at the biennual Dance Science and Somatic Educators Conference hosted at The University at Buffalo – SUNY, August 3-5, 2018.
Stich co-presented with colleague Julianna Hane of Winthrop University. Both professors are certified in Laban Movement Analysis/ Bartenieff Fundamentals and use this theoretical framework to give context to their ongoing research in the field of aerial dance. Stich and Hane’s roundtable presentation, “A Somatic Approach to Aerial Dance,” focused on ground-based exercises utilized in aerial dance training that are also applicable to modern dance technique.
According to the organization’s website, the group’s mission is, “to help educators share teaching strategies, educational resources and meet other educators integrating dance with science and somatics.” This year’s conference focused on Dance Studio Applications of Anatomy and Somatics and included keynote presentations by honored guests Kathryn “Kitty” Daniels and Irene Dowd.