I am a teacher of the Axis Syllabus. THE AXIS SYLLABUS is a system for cross-correlating movement principles, bringing pertinent information about training the body and movement practice into an accessible format, a user’s manual for dancers, athletes and physiotherapists. This consolidation process has helped to clear up misunderstandings and question traditions that are outdated, sponsoring the protection and enhancing the skills of today’s dancers and athletes, and the re-education of movement teachers, choreographers and project leaders the world over.
THE AXIS SYLLABUS RESEARCH COMMUNITY works to update and transmit the biomechanical principles organized in The AS system. Because the mission of the ASRC is to spread this valuable information, we study and draw from sociology, psychology, and pedagogy (the science of teaching), and strive towards an effective and ethical mode for teaching and learning.
The Axis Syllabus forms the context for a community of professionals trained and/or certified in various medical and physical sciences such as: neurology, mechanical engineering, osteopathy, kinesiology, Rolphing, Feldenkrais, Gyrotonic, Bart, Pilates, Laban; as well as diverse performing arts and movement disciplines such as: natural horsemanship, circus skills, voice, capoeira, african expressionism, ballet, yoga, contemporary, pantomime, physical theater and hip-hop.
excerpt for a paper I wrote on the Axis Syllabus
The Axis Syllabus Movement System: A Rhetoric of the Material Body
This paper explores the Axis Syllabus (AS), a human movement analysis and training system, as a rhetorical form that persuades a dancer to “dance-with” the materiality of the physical body. The materiality includes the bones, ligaments, muscles and fascia and the ways these entities are situated in relationships that hold the physical body together. AS demonstrates ways of approaching and being with the physical body while moving. Moving includes the changes in external forces and pressures acting on the materiality of the body that then change the material relationships. Through the practice of moving, the AS practitioner cultivates a listening attentiveness to the network of relationships that make up the physical body and the felt sensations they produce. This leads to an interpretation and appropriate responsiveness to the signals that these relationships emit. The listening attentiveness includes developing an attuning to the sensing of alignment in the multiple joints of the body during movement. The attuning results in a felt body memory of the sensation of resting-in-alignment. This memory is then retrieved or called upon and utilized as a way of dancing-with the physical structures of the body while moving. The memory emerges into the presencing, situation at hand. Rather than centering itself around aesthetic criteria, the Axis Syllabus can be thought of as a process where one continuously asks: what movement choices or movement responses might support a “moving-with” the body?