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Learning through Movement/ Somatics
Storefront for Somatic Practice

A 6-week class for children ages 3-7 years based in the Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education, an experiential approach to human movement and development created by Moshe Feldenkrais, 20th century physicist, engineer and martial artist. Through storytelling, song and movement sequences, this series supports children as they explore and refine their balance, coordination and self-regulation. We will alternate formal and informal exploration including activities from Move Like the Animals by Feldenkrais practitioner Stephen Rosenholtz, musical accompaniment and the children’s own discoveries. We will lead and learn from one another as well as current research in embodied play.

For those children who have already attended a Learning through Movement/ Somatics series, this follow-up series will build on and expand our repertoire of movements and songs about the animal world. I will look to returning students to help lead some of the exercises as well as the creation of new, original movement sequences, poems, stories, and songs about the way that different animals move and behave. A guitar and drums will join us half-way through the series. We will also be learning new songs about imaginary animals and conceiving of movements for animals that we have never seen but only believe in or read about in books.

Led by artist Helen Miller, a certified practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method of somatic education with 20 years of experience teaching art, writing and environmental education to children and young adults in school and after school.

Tuesdays, 3:15-4:15pm
April 11, 18, 25 and May 2, 9, 16
The Storefront for Somatic Practice is located at 1 West Place, Cambridge, MA 02139, right across from the Broadway Bicycle School and adjacent to City Hall Annex.
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Image credit: Drawing by Saxo Colding, Learning through Movement/ Somatics student, Winter 2017

p.s. Kid songs can be cool for kids but we’ll also be listening to some classic animal tracks and coming up with movement sequences for a selection of the following songs:

Al Stewart – Year of The Cat
America – Horse With No Name
Adam & The Ants – Ant Music
B-52s – Rock Lobster
Beatles – Rocky Raccoon
Beatles – Octopus’ Garden
Beatles – Hey Bulldog
Beatles – I Am The Walrus
Beatles – Piggies
Beatles – Blackbird
Big Mama Thornton – Hound Dog
Bowie – Diamond Dogs
Cake – Sheep Go To Heaven
Captain & Tennille – Muskrat Love
The Cure – Love Cats
Duran Duran – Hungry Like The Wolf
Elton John – Crocodile Rock
Howlin’ Wolf – Little Red Rooster
John Lee Hooker – Crawling Kingsnake
Joni Mitchell – Coyote
Leonard Cohen – Bird On A Wire
McCartney – Bluebird
Oscar Brown Jr – The Snake
Peter Gabriel – Shock The Monkey
The Kinks – Apeman
The Rats – Rats Revenge
The Specials – Monkey Man
The Specials – Do The Dog
Survivor – Eye of The Tiger
Music Machine – Eagle Never Hunts The Fly
Judy Henske – High Flying Bird
Richard & Mimi Fariña – Swallow Song
The Rocking Vickers – I Go Ape
Toy Dolls – Nellie The Elephant
The Tokens – The Lion Sleeps Tonight
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – Mickey’s Monkey
Rolling Stones – Wild Horses
The Osmonds – Crazy Horses
Rufus Thomas – Walkin’ The Dog
The Sweet – Fox On The Run
The Everly Brothers – Bird Dog
Slim Harpo – I’m A Kingbee
The Trashmen – Surfin’ Bird
Warren Zevon – Werewolves of London
Tom Jones – What’s New Pussycat?
The Zombies – Imagine The Swan