Integrated Body Mind Practices 3

Subject DNCE20020 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: See below
Total Time Commitment:

1 x 1.5 hours Kinesiology workshop
1 x 1.5 hours Feldenkrais workshop

TOTAL 3 hours contact

Estimated total time commitment: 60 hours

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2013
Not offered in 2013
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2013
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Completion of Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) Body Mind Practices 1 and Dance Technique 3 ensures all students have appropriate background knowledge

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Faculty of the VCA & MCM Student Centre
Ground Floor, Elisabeth Murdoch Building (Bldg 860)
Southbank Campus
234 St Kilda Road, Southbank, 3006

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

The subject will involve further study and practice of ideokinetic processes to foster a balanced alignment of the skeletal system and re-education of neuromuscular habits in movement. Students will investigate the mechanical principles underlying the design of kinetic imagery and the relationships of both bone and muscle groups in relation to postural alignment and efficient physical coordination. Students will experience moving from a source of imagery, emanating from Skinner Releasing Technique, ideokinesis and/or anatomical based releasing techniques with emphasis on working with information, theory, somatic & experiential processes. The overriding theme is of integrating the appendicular skeleton to the stable and pliable axial skeleton and the stabilisation and integration of lower body structures. Other kinetic practices, such as Feldenkrais will also be studied.


This subject will enable students to:


  • Utilise the actions of reach, push and pull as sources of movement and intent
  • Identify Ideokinetic principles underlying good postural organisation of the shoulders and arms.
  • Organise and move freely with the shoulders whilst maintaining an engaged centre and freedom of the neck.
  • Balance and mediate forces through the pelvis through the kinetic chain of the hips, knees, ankles and feet.
  • Integrate turnout without bracing through tensile lift.
  • Find internal space and support through the diaphragms of the body whilst in movement.
  • Maintain 3 dimensional depth whilst moving through space.
  • Maintain internal relationships whilst moving from deep imagery with both internal and external focus.
  • Move in a performance state


  • Increase stability, balance, range, co-ordination and agility
  • Improve spatial orientation, dynamic and quality of effort
  • Sense more clearly the connection between intention and action
  • Identify personal and interpersonal movement patterns
  • Work creatively in movement exploration – on their own and in collaboration with others

Contribution and participation to coursework against the prescribed criteria:
Feldenkrais 20%
Kinesiology 15%
The timing of assessment is ongoing and assessment weight is 35%.

Written assignments (1000 words total)
2 journals for Feldenkrais 20% (10% each) Timing of assessment is mid and end of semester.
1 essay for Kinesiology 15% Timing of assessment is mid-semester.
Total assessment weight of written assignments is 35%.

Kinesiology practical exam. Timing of assessment is end of semester and weight is 20%.
Feldenkrais practical exam. Timing of assessment is end of semester and weight is 10%.

Hurdle requirements

Students must attend 80% of all scheduled classes and attempt all elements of assessment to be eligible for a pass in this subject. Regular participation in seminars and studio is required.

Prescribed Texts:


Fitt.S.S.1996.Dance Kinesiology.2 nd ed.Schirmer

Sweigard, L. E. 1974. Human Movement Potential, It’s Ideokinetic facilitation, Harper & Row, New York

Todd, M. E. 1937. The Thinking Body.Dance Horizons, New York

Franklin, E. 2003.Pelvic Power.1 st ed. Princeton Book company

Class handouts available on LMS


Class handouts available on LMS

Feldenkrais, M.1984.Awareness through Movement Health Exercises for Personal Growth. Penguin

Todd, M. E. 1937. The Thinking Body.Dance Horizons, New York

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance)

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