Workshop: Somatics in Action

Mon 22 Oct 2018 - Tue 23 Oct 2018
13:00 - 15:30
€20 for one day/€35 for both days
Professional dancers, dance teachers, and dance students
Lauren Kearns

Somatics in Action is a Pilates, yoga, and dance-inspired movement system that helps movers achieve optimum strength, skeletal alignment, and body-mind engagement. Somatics in Action for the Dancer is a two-day workshop that focuses on dancers consistently engaging with their body and mind’s inner wisdom, not only in quiet moments of reflection, but also in the very active moments of moving, dancing, and creating. The workshop is movement based and experiential. Dancers will engage with the material on a kinesthetic and intellectual level and reflect on their experience through prompts and journal writing.



  • Context of SIA
    • Trust your body’s intelligence, your mind’s intelligence, your body-mind connection.
    • Challenge yourself to push further, to pull back, to rest and recuperate.
  • Mindfulness Techniques for Movers
    • Mindfulness cultivates purposeful and nonjudgmental focus on the present moment.
    • Being mindful allows our mind and body to receive new information, remain open to multiple possibilities, and stimulate creativity.
  • Floor Barre Exploring:
    • Body Scan and Breath Connection
    • Pelvis Alignment, Activation, and Hip Rotation
    • Core, Abductor, and Adductor Strength
  • Reflective Prompts (a few examples)
    • Proprioception exploration
    • Core reflection


  • Hamstring and gluteal strength
  • Psoas Flexion
  • Cross-lateral fluidity and full body connection
  • Centre barre
  • Reflective Prompts (a few examples)
    • Hamstring and gluteal reflection
    • Standing rest reflection

About Lauren

Lauren W. Kearns, M.F.A., E-RYT 500, PMA is a Professor of Dance, the Chair of the Elon University Department of Performing Arts, and the founding coordinator of the BFA and BS dance programs at Elon. She is a published scholar and has presented at national and international dance conferences since 2000. Kearns is the author of “Somatics in Action: A Mindful and Physical Conditioning Tool for Movers”, published by Handspring Publishing. Kearns has received over forty-five grants, fellowships, and awards to support her artistic and scholarly projects. In addition to her academic career, Kearns is an international choreographer/performer having composed over fifty-five professionally produced concert pieces and is the artistic director and co-founder of The Kearns Dance Project, a professional dance company based in North Carolina.

For further information:

  • Telephone: +353 1 855 8800
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