Friday March 11th - 8:30am
Dynamic Body Balance
Breath is the foundation of all movement and efficient movement is the fundamental aspect of gestural communication. Based on the author’s experience with human dissection, Laban Movement Theory Training, and athletic training systems, a theory of Dynamic Body Balance emerged, providing the choral conductor greater access to expression and comfort in the body. Using simple body positions and tools like exercise bands, participants will learn the theory and apply the concepts in an interactive workshop to enhance body awareness and increase expressivity in conducting and leadership.
Nicole Lamartine is the Sorensen Director of Choral Music at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Dr. Lamartine conducts the UCSB Chamber Choir, integrates relevancy into graduate choral studies at the MM and DMA levels for 21st century conductors, and teaches studio conducting and voice. Prior to her appointment at UCSB, she was Professor and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Wyoming from 2008-2020. She has conducted numerous All-State choirs, international honor choirs, and conducted her own choirs at regional ACDA conferences. A passionate advocate for music education, she conducts Chor Anno, a NW ensemble comprised of choral music professionals and she is the Founder and Conductor of the Santa Barbara Gay Men's Chorus. She is a Past-President of Northwestern ACDA.