“to embody the transcendent is why we are here.” — sogyal rinpoche

Links Hall Dance Classes are dedicated to nurturing the unique creativity of your own dance expression — through the exploration and practice of contemporary dance methods with passionate, intelligent, and informed artist-instructors.

Classes are open to all participants with at least beginning/intermediate skills in body/mind awareness (such as those developed through dance, yoga, martial arts, etc.) Please wear bare feet and comfortable clothing, and arrive at least 5 minutes prior to class to sign in and change. Refunds only in cases of illness or injury.

Single class $12, 5 classes $50, 10 classes $85, 20 classes $150. Call 773.281.0824 to sign up. Classes with less than 5 pre-registered students will be canceled.


Intensive Training In
Skinner Releasing™ Technique
With Morgan Thorson

April 1, 2, 3; 8, 9,10; and 15, 16, 17 — 2004 (Nine Sessions)
Thursdays and Fridays 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturdays 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Workshop fee $125.

Participants will receive a letter certifying their participation in the sessions. Single sessions may be taken for $20 each; however sessions 1 & 2 are required.

The Skinner Releasing Technique™ (SRT) developed by Joan Skinner, is an approach to movement that integrates the mind / body complex in the act of movement, using tactile studies and guided poetic imagery. SRT lets us practice letting go: letting go of stress, letting go of unnecessary holding in our body, letting go of preconceptions about what is supposed to happen, letting go of fear of awkwardness, letting go of the belief that we don’t have the right body. We let go of habitual holding patterns and habitual ways of thinking in order to let something new happen. Eventually, we find energy and power. We rediscover our natural alignment, improve strength and flexibility, and awaken creativity and spontaneity. It’s a class for professionals in dance and body-based practices, as well as everybody else.

Joan Skinner, former member of the Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham Dance Companies, began experiments in 1963 that evolved into Skinner Releasing Technique. Formerly on the Dance Faculty at the University of Washington, Joan annually travels to teach at Movement Research in New York City. She has been artist-in-residence at performing arts schools and festivals in Amsterdam, London, Venezuela, New Zealand, and Australia. For more detailed information, visit www.skinnerreleasing.com

Morgan Thorson’s experience has included practice in modern dance, ballet, yoga, competitive team sport and contact improvisation. Her certification in and practice of Skinner Releasing Technique is an invaluable link between the physical, spiritual and metaphysical world, always inspiring her to examine preconceived notions of the body and its form. She teaches Skinner Releasing at the University of Minnesota and Zenon School of Dance. She has choreographed solo and ensemble dance works for the last 15 years and is currently dedicated to the practice and teaching of improvised performance. Thorson currently resides in Minneapolis.