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Iiris Raipala: Hips don´t lie

In this class we will study and explore anatomically the healthy movement range of your hip joint. Hands on work and solo exploration will create ease for hip articulation and open up new possible movement patterns initiatized from the hip joint and supported by spirals. These discoveries we will carry in the contact with a partner. Lubrication of hip joints facilitates easy  navigation from floor to upright as well opens up the experience of multidirectional spherical space.  Towards the end of the class we play with swinging quality of limbs and how that can create sense of momentum and space in you CI dance. The class is inspired by my studies with anatomy and axis syllabus.


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I am dance artist; performer and teacher living in Helsinki, Finland. I graduated in 2004 as Master of Arts in dance from the Theatre Academy of Finland. I also studied dance in School for New Dance Developement (S.N.D.O.) in Amsterdam and in many workshops around the world. I’ve been working closely with improvisation and contact improvisation in several performing groups. I am one of the organizers of Goa contact festival and Skiing on Skin -festival in Finland. I graduated recently as certified iyengar yoga teacher. The combination of exact alignment of yoga and free flowing movement of contact improvisation brings balance for my practice as well teaching. At the moment I am in the middle of my studies as holistic counselor, which has affected my approach to teaching dance into more accepting and encouraging people for their own expression and truth, as well as exploring how dance can truly empower and transform our state.