Thomas Hanna first used the term ‘somatics’ in the 1970’s in the first issue of the journal Somatics. He used “soma” to refer to the wide range of body awareness and mind-body practices which had emerged in many cultures throughout the twentieth century. The focus of somatics is on bodily experience, and on how our soma interacts with the world.
The Somatics Minor provides coursework of special interest to Health Sciences, Nursing, and Education majors who aim to work in helping professions and facilitate movement awareness/change. Music, Acting, and Dance performance students in the Peck School of the Arts will also benefit from learning how to self-monitor physical performance, access the movement imagination, move expressively, and connect meaningfully with an audience.
Curriculum below is approved for students currently enrolled in the respective program, depending upon original date of declaration. Future adjustments for new/incoming students will be posted by Fall Semester. After reviewing, please connect with our advising office to start planning your degree path today!
An application is required for admittance into the minor program. No more than 6-8 credits will be applied toward the minor until after a student has been admitted and a Dance Faculty Advisor assigned. Students must maintain a 2.75 GPA overall to remain in the Somatics Minor.
Students are required to submit a one-page paper each time they complete a class in the Minor, reflecting on how the class fits within the broader context of somatic integration. All students are expected to demonstrate a strong commitment to their health and overall conditioning in order to fulfill the department’s academic requirements for the Somatics Minor.
|Degree Curriculum||26 Credits|
|DANCE 103 Intro to Iyengar Yoga||2|
|DANCE 220 Body Sense||3|
|DANCE 251 Laban Movement Analysis||3|
|DANCE 371 Applied Anatomy||3|
|(Choose from below)||3|
|DANCE 133 Creative Movement|
|DANCE 233 Improvisation for Dancemeaking|
|(Choose from below)||12|
|DANCE 122 African Dance I|
|DANCE 321 Alexander Technique for the Performer|
|DANCE 323 Body Conditioning: Pilates Method I|
|DANCE 334 Tai Chi|
|DANCE 360 Movement & Learning|
|DANCE 370 World Movement Traditions (approved sub-topic)|
|DANCE 403 Intermediate Yoga|
|DANCE 421 Alexander Technique Practicum|
|DANCE 489 Workshop in Dance (approved sub-topic)|
|DANCE 623 Body Conditioning: Pilates Method II|
|DANCE 624 Feldenkrais for Performers|
Catey Ott Thompson
“The idea of a collective unconscious is something I can’t get away from,” Catey Ott Thompson says. “My work is personal but I find non-loneliness in it.”
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