I honestly felt like I've not felt before. It was a very good feeling. It was a new feeling, which I really liked.
-Shampa S., participant, Mumbai
I learned a ton about communciation, and my students came away excited and empowered after the hour with Marin.
-Dianna E., educator
Your enthusiasm and presence made me want to come to class every day knowing I would discover new things about myself.
-Hannah A. , participant
Somatics - It's about... you!
A critical element in our conversations about girls' empowerment is recognizing the BODY as a source of intelligence, empathy, and power.
Somatic Movement Education guides participants towards deeper discovery about themselves, the ways they connect with others, and who they see themselves to be in their world. Spanning scientific fields of anatomy, kinesiology, physiology, and encompassing an array of physical practices from creative dance to martial arts, yoga, Laban Movement Analysis, Feldenkrais, and Alexander Technique, Somatic Movement Education heightens perception of physical sensation as a catalyst for cultural reflection and individual change.
Moving Out Loud! is a series of ten workshops for movers of all levels. Each class explores a specific movement principle and its application to bold living and bold leading, in and through the body. It does this by:
deepening awareness of physical sensation in the body
providing language for observing and describing movement in specific ways
identifying cultural forces and personal history shaping individual movement habits
Moving Out Loud! provides each participant with tools needed to make more intentional choices about how she will BE in her body, and how she will BE in her world.
Learning activities include:
guided movement improvisation
neuromuscular repatterning through touch
small and large group discussion
physical benefits of a more fully functional body, including increased energy, strength, flexibility, alignment
emotional benefits of access to a more fully expressive body
social benefits of moving, creating, and sharing with others
psychological benefits of increased body image and awareness of outside influences effecting body image
professional benefits of leadership training through facilitating somatic based movement experiences in their communities
Examples of workshop topics include:
BREATH IS LIFE- We tap into the most basic function of the body, Breath, and its power to connect us in an open, empathetic way to ourselves, to others, and to our environment.
CLAIM YOUR SPACE - Kinesphere is the amount of space we take up without taking a step. This class explores our relationship to kinesphere, asking, "How do I relate to the Space around me, and how do I fill into it, or retreat from it, in different situations? How can my body work, functionally and expressively, to propel me more boldly into my world?"
PEACEFUL WARRIOR - Participants explore the full spectrum of Laban's Weight Efforts, from Light Weight to Strong Weight. Discussions help identify cultural values and individual assumptions about movement to help participants make more conscientious choices about how to relate to, and assert, their physical mass.
How do YOU use your body to communicate the beliefs and ideas that are most important to YOU? How do you use your eyes? Your hands? Your posture? How do you fill Space? How do you assert Energy?
"Full physical expression, in the through the body, is the right of every woman and man, adult and child. Through somatic based movement education, girls can recognize and embrace the gift of a fully integrated and expressive body, understand their embodied experience in context of their culture, and create change through compassionate engagement with diverse populations and perspectives." - MLR
Bold Living. Bold Leading.
moving out loud!
Moving Out Loud is a movement curriculum inspiring Bold Living and Bold Leading in girls and women through applied somatic principles.
Marin Leggat Roper is a dance artist and movement educator. Prior to receiving an MFA in Dance from the University of Utah, she completed degrees in Dance Education and Sociology from Brigham Young University. She holds certification in Laban Movement Analysis (CLMA) through Integrated Movement Studies.
Academic positions have included George Washington University, Ohio Wesleyan University, Brigham Young University and Bingham High School and Asian International School (Sri Lanka). International workshops, presentations and residencies have included Kali-Kalisu Arts Education Conference (Bangalore), World Dance Alliance/Dance and the Child International (Taipei), Kolkata Sanved (Calcutta), Tata Institute of Social Science (Mumbai), and the Royal University of Fine Arts (Phnom Penh). Writing about dance and empathy is included in the 2015 textbook, Dance Education Around the World: Perspectives on dance, young people and change (Routlege).
In New York City, Ms. Leggat founded and directed M.E.L.D. Danceworks, a modern dance company committed to "dissolving cultural barriers through the art of dance." The U.S. State Department named her a cultural envoy in India. She is an active musical theater choreographer and movement coach for actors.