Class: Illuminating Empathic and Creative Possibilities Through the DanceAbility® Method with Shannon Mockli

Tuesday, April 27 ,2021 @ 2:00 pm CST

DanceAbility® improvisational methods offer a unique way of thinking about dancing and dance making. In this practice, dancing is not about the mastery of steps, but rather cultivating awareness in one’s body through sensation that extends outward to the group by making relationships and choices about time and spatial design. DA is fully inclusive and engages improvisational structures that foster collective awareness through which everyone can be made visible, repositioning excellence in dance as a matter of community in ecological balance.

I will introduce participants to DA methods to illuminate possibilities for promoting an empathic community of dancers. Participants will be guided to move with attention on awareness beginning with self, to your immediate space, and then to the Zoom space. We will practice listening before moving to alter movement habits, and how to tap into an inclusive group awareness that develops a dance uniquely creative to the dancers in the room.


Shannon Mockli earned her MFA in Modern Dance at the University of Utah. She is an Associate Professor of Dance at the University of Oregon with an emphasis in choreography and performance. Shannon presents work nationally and internationally. Notable presentations include the World Dance Alliance Global Summit in Newfoundland, Physical Theatre Lab in Slovenia, and the Festival Internacional Danza al Borde in Tijuana, Mexico. Her dance film, “Fluctuating Frequencies” was one of three highlighted at the World Dance Alliance Americas Assembly at the Universidad de las Américas Puebla 2016. Shannon received the Herman Award for Specialized Pedagogy from the UO and is certified to teach in the DanceAbility Method.

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