Feeling and Dancing: Dance Bases

with  Olga Tragant

Dates: 1, 2, 3 november
Arrival: Friday 1st, between 10:30 – 11h
Ending: Sunday 3th, between 16-17h
Adressed to:  all of those with curiosity and motivation for dance who want to increase his/her movement possibilities and awaken the creative capacities. For beginners and for those iniciated that want to go further with  dance  fundamentals.
Accomodation and meals: at  tragantCamp

Price: 235€ (includes classes, accomodation, meals and activities)
maximum participants: 12 persons


In this 3 days course we will  get introduced to dance  from several  complementary areas: sensory awareness, basic principles of movement and creativity. It will be a course to enjoy our body and  dance  improving the use of our own body as we open  the movement possibilities from the pleasure of moving and dancing. 

Sensory awareness.
 Experiencial and anathomic knowledge of our own body (palpation, visualization, sensibilisation, mobilisation). How  is the use of our body?  How can we have nmore eficiency and calmness?  Breath, posture, muscle tone, join mobility, balance between flexibility and strenght. Through  subtle and deep listening we will work individually and  with the help of various materials and peers.

Basic movement and dance principles. We will practice basic coordinations that involve the work on weight/ gravity, balance and off balance, directions, etc. We will introduce basic vocabulary within contemporary dance:  locomotions and shifting of weight, turns, jumps, spirals, swinging, sliding, rolling and falls, etc.

Introduction to creative movement. We will introduce several tools and resources at a creative level, to stimulate our imagination and enhance our creative and expresive capacities through movement. We will work from several proposals that play with the relationship between body-movement and space, the relationship between body-movement and time, movement qualities (energy/weight/strenght), etc.

Along the course we will work through exploration proposals, exercises and simple movement sequences, and  improvisations. We will combine  the practice individually, in partners, in small groups and with the whole group.  There will be moments for observation and to share the lived experiences. 
In this course we will combine the sesions indoors in the dance space with some work outside in the natural surrounding.



Olga Tragant (Barcelona)

Thanks to a Fullbright – “la Caixa” scholarship, she studies and works in the USA during 7 years. She obtains a Masters Degree in Psychology within Physical Activity and a Masters in Contemporary Dance, both at the University of Illinois. In New York, she studies at Movement Research, Susan Klein School, Trisha Brown School. Later on she studies in Amsterdam (SNDO) and in Japan, where she studies improvisation-composition and butoh dance respectively. She owns a bachelors degree in Physical Education (INEF, Barcelona). She has worked in projects with various companies and independent choreographers: Douglas Dunn, Bebee Miller, Ann Carlson, Eileen Standley, and other. Since 1993, she has developed a series of pieces, having performed in cities around Europe, the USA, Japan and Mexico. In 2002, she creates tragantDansa [studio], space dedicated to the creation and teaching in contemporary dance, where she continues the artistic and pedagogic path. Olga Tragant holds twenty years of experience teaching dance.




Daily organization (orientative) 

8h – 9:30h Morning walk + stretching 
9:30h Breakfast  
10:30 – 12h Anatomy + sensory awareness
12 – 14h   Movement exploration
14h   Lunch
15:30 – 17:30 Technique: basic movement principals  
18 – 20h  Improvisation / creative movement
21h  Dinner
22h   Free time: exchange, vídeos, talks about dance and art  depending on the group motivations.