Dance + Theatre + Horsemanship

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (for equestrians)

About our sessions for dancers and equestrians

In the dance world, it’s a Workshop

In the horse world, it’s a Clinic

 

Equestrians, what will you learn in this workshop / clinic?

  • Techniques for reading and following your horse’s movement

  • How to transition smoothly between leading and following

  • What might improvisation with a horse look like?

  • How improvisation brings playful interaction into partnership with horses (and humans)

 

What skills do The Equus Projects dancers bring into the horse world?

  • Lots of Natural Horsemanship knowledge and ground skills

  • Years of experience moving with an equine partner

  • A new perspective on leadership

  • A sense of play

 

What experience does The Equus Projects have with teaching equestrians?

  • One on One training with Linda Parelli; PNH Level II

  • Training with Anna Twinney

  • On-going horsemanship ground skills training

  • Choreographing and performing with horses since 1998

  • Co-Teaching equestrian clinics with David Lichman, Karen Rohlf

  • Clinics in Montana, Vermont, Maine, Ohio, Florida, Texas, NY, CT, NM

  • Santa Fe: https://www.equus-onsite.org/pr-horses-come-to-pullman

 

What will this workshop / clinic do for your horsemanship?

  • Expand and deepen your

  • Noticing, spatial awareness, posture-gesture integration, expressiveness

  • Give you tools for creating playful interactions with horses (and humans)

  • Offer insights how we can be more accountable for our movement choices

 

What will we be doing in the workshop / clinic?

  • A fun, easy warmup that will get body and mind working together

  • Movement explorations to get you into a playful state of mind. No wrong answers…

  • Improvisation exercises with a human partner to:

        Sharpen your ability to notice and move at the same time

        Let your body do the thinking

        Bolster your decision-making skills.

  • Hands on explorations with equines on line, at liberty

A Workshop / Clinic that combines dance with horsemanship is unusual.

Folks often have questions. We created this document to answer some of your questions.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (for dancers)

About our sessions for dancers and equestrians

 

In the dance world, it’s a Workshop

In the horse world, it’s a Clinic

 

Dancers, what will you learn about in this workshop / clinic?

  • Noticing how horses negotiate alpha status amongst themselves

  • Translate that interaction into an improvisation score

  • Reflect on how choreography can be deepened via this inter-species notion of alpha negotiation….all human interactions are based on some for of status negotiation.

 

Dancers, what hands on equine experiences will you have?

  • Herd behavior observation

  • Being with a horse via grooming activities

  • Leading a horse on a lead line

  • Varied techniques for how to move a horse on a lead line

  • Experiencing moving with a horse at liberty in a round pen

 

What skills do The Equus Projects dancers bring into the horse world?

  • Lots of Natural Horsemanship knowledge

  • Lots of equine ground skills

  • Years of experience moving with an equine partner

 

What will this workshop / clinic do for your dancing?

  • Redefine being present

  • Heighten spatial awareness

  • Offer new perspectives on

leading and following

strategic thinking & choreography

orchestrating a trajectory

partnership

movement as communication

What will we be doing in the workshop / clinic?

  • A fun, easy warmup that will get body and mind working together

  • Movement explorations to get you into a playful state of mind.

  • Improvisation exercises with a human partner to:

           Sharpen your ability to notice and move at the same time

           Let your body do the thinking

           Bolster your decision-making skills.

  • Hands on explorations with equines on line, at liberty