CLASSES

Mettler based Creative Dance

Humans dance. 

Archival footage of Barbara Mettler for a direct experience of the nature of her work.  

In 1990 - 1995 I lived in Austin TX and danced with a group of women who followed the group dance improvisation of Barbara Mettler. We danced together for years, they for MANY years longer, and prior to my joining. After moving to WNC I had the opportunity to participate in an Annual Dance Congress hosted by The International Association for Creative Dance ( IACD) in Barbara's Tucson AZ circular studio, naturally lit, and free of mirrors. Mettler's archives are now housed at Hampshire College.

Sensing the group, sensing the dance.  Sometimes the dance asks for everyone to wait.

Sensing the group, sensing the dance. 

Sometimes the dance asks for everyone to wait.

I have offered Mettler based creative group dance improvisation workshops since my return from the Dance Congress experience and continue to apply her concepts in my Nia practice and teaching. Below are images of a group dance improv in the first Neighborhood Studio, and a public Group Dance Improv on Main Street below the studio in Marshall NC.

Newspaper dance on mainstreet; bringing the Mettler-based method of group dance to the street. Madison County Celebrates Art street festival.

Newspaper dance on mainstreet; bringing the Mettler-based method of group dance to the street. Madison County Celebrates Art street festival.

Dancers scatter for an annual dance congress, sharing the Mettler approach to group improve, in Mettler's circular dance space in Tucson AZ.

Dancers scatter for an annual dance congress, sharing the Mettler approach to group improve, in Mettler's circular dance space in Tucson AZ.

Mettler-based group dance improvisation at the Neighborhood Studio in Marshall on Main Street.

Mettler-based group dance improvisation at the Neighborhood Studio in Marshall on Main Street.