At the beginning of the day, all the young dancers are invited to an activation hour. As they are introduced to various approaches and ways of activating their body and mind, they will work on strengthening their body, developing flexibility and cardiovascular endurance while respecting their morphology. Alternation and juxtaposition of various approaches:
• Perfmax: Physical training of athletes from all disciplines, the Perfmax Centre has developed expertise in physical training for dancers.
• Yoga: Yoga consists of a series of poses or movements (asanas) that tend to relax the body, harmoniously develop the musculature of the entire body, work the spine, teach how to breathe properly, focus, etc.
• Balls: Training with exercise ball. The ball improves balance, coordination, muscle strength and flexibility, allowing a wide variety of movements. This tool adds variety to training and is a lot of fun!
• Qi-Gong: Traditional Chinese gymnastics and breathing technique based on the knowledge and control of vital energy, combining slow movements, breathing exercises and concentration. It tends to strengthen and soften the body’s musculoskeletal structure while teaching how to concentrate, meditate and work on proprioception.
Contemporary dance technique
The contemporary dance class consists of floor, bar and/or centre exercises, movement through space, as well as performing sequences and dances tailored to different levels.
This is a dynamic and lively workshop during which choreography is developed over the course of the week by the teacher. To develop creativity and the pleasure of dancing, this workshop may include improvisation and passages created collaboratively by the youth. At the end of the week, the choreography will be performed before an audience of peers, parents and friends.
Through guided workshops, learners are encouraged to discover the interaction between the imagination and the body. To awaken their creativity and enhance their expressiveness, they experiment with various visualization and mental imagery techniques, begin improvisation, explore various types of formal languages. This is also an opportunity to link or juxtapose choreographic segments.
A moderator will screen, briefly comment on and put into context a selection of short dance films featuring various contemporary artists from here and elsewhere. The young dancers will be invited to enjoy the movie of the day.
The days will end with a stretching session. For the dancer, the stretching is mainly to get a muscle relaxation after the effort, and optimize recovery. Muscle stretching can increase the range of motion by improving tissue flexibility (muscles, ligaments ...).