San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Developed by Anne Green Gilbert, the Brain Dance is a series of exercises that we use in all CDC classes. It is comprised of eight developmental movement patterns that healthy human beings naturally move through in the first year of life. As babies, we did these movements on our tummies and back on the floor. However, cycling through these patterns at any age, daily or weekly while sitting or standing, has been found to be beneficial in reorganizing our central nervous system. Repeating these patterns over time may help us fill in any missing gaps in our neurological system due to birth trauma, illness, environment, head injury or not enough tummy time as a baby.
Dardi McGinley Gallivan received a BA in Art History from Emory University and an MA in Dance from The Ohio State University. She has been on the faculty at the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago since 1993 when she also joined Mordine and Company Dance Theatre. In 1996 she received a Ruth Page Dance Achievement Award for her performance in Mordine’s Edge Mode. Dardi is also a founding member of Mad Shak Dance Company and has performed many times for the Colleen Halloran Performance Group. Dardi has had the pleasure of teaching company classes for The Dance COLEctive, Mordine & Company Dance Theatre, Thodos Dance Company, River North, Luna Negra, and Giordano. She has taught residencies at the invitation of Antares Danza Contemporeanea in Hermosillio, Mexico and recently taught at the International Dance Festival in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. In addition to teaching Modern technique classes, Dardi also currently teaches Dance Pedagogy. Dardi has also taught several lecture classes at the Dance Center of Columbia College and has worked as a teacher with community outreach and arts integration.