Joshua Haines

photo: Mel Rangel

Jul 3. – 7. 9:30 – 11h Professional Training

30% mobilisation
15% floor
15% impro tools
10% crossings / loops
30% phrase

Joshua Haines (USA) received his dance education in California and Salzburg(AT). He gained experience with Ballet Repertory Theater and Inland Pacific Ballet in CA. Afterwards he joined the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company in Israel followed by engagements as a freelance dancer in Switzerland and Austria. Since 2014, he has worked with Gregor Zöllig at Theater Bielefeld and Staatstheater Braunschweig. Joshua creates his own work and teaches contemporary dance training. In 2022 Joshua founded the dance company unknown.possiblities (u.p.) together with Alina Jaggi.

Joshua Haines (USA) sammelte nach seiner Tanzausbildung in Kalifornien und Salzburg erste Erfahrungen als Tänzer u. a. beim kalifornischen Ballet Repertoire Theater und beim Inland Pacific Ballet, bevor er zur Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company nach Israel wechselte. Es folgten Engagements als freier Tänzer in der Schweiz und in Österreich. Seit 2014 arbeitet er mit Gregor Zöllig im Theater Bielefeld und Staatstheater Braunschweig. Joshua kreiert seine eigenen Arbeiten und unterrichtet zeitgenössisches Tanztraining. Im Jahr 2022 gründete Joshua gemeinsam mit Alina Jaggi die Tanzkompanie unknown.possiblities (u.p.).

Class Description:
Spinal Mobility is a global approach to moving our bodies. Focusing on our spine being the driver, movement ripples out through the body and into space.
The first 30 minutes of the class are focused on mobilising the entire spine and all joints of the body. Integrating breath in this beginning part of meeting our bodies is key. Cues to inhale and exhale are given along with the movement loops / exercises. This beginning takes inspiration from Gyrotonics and my personal desire to integrate softness and articulation especially in the spine. There will be moments where we change levels and integrate the floor using specially guided imagery tasks or specific movement patterns. Preparation to take weight onto the hands and upper body is also considered.
Through specific movement loops, patterns, and phrases spinal mobility’s goal is to unlock the participants mind and body to even more movement possibilities. Whether that be in a micro or macro range, or whether it be backspace or inverting space, playing and unlocking this potential is key to the practice.

In spinal mobility I also use imagined states as an approach to movement. Imagery, gesture, emotional and psychological states are all great access points to break habits, encourage surprise, and approach movement from new angles. So improvisation and allowing the participants to invest in their own journey is also a key factor in spinal mobility.
Usually towards the end of class we build a set phrase which includes many elements like: spinal impulses / initiations, sequentiality / rippling / waving, working in and out of floor, soft acrobatics / inversions / tweaking gravity, and playing with rhythm / phrasing movement. 
Spinal mobility is still forming and developing along with my approach to the body through sound and vibration. So sometimes singing, resonating / humming, and text also becomes integrated. There are also moments where partnering is invited to increase spinal mobility or soften into it through a partner’s body. Also our perception to space and plugging into it is encouraged.

instagram: @unknown.possibilities_
facbook: Josh Haines

professional training/local training exchange
: Monday – Friday 9:30h – 11:00h
Price: 5, – € per class or 20, – € for the whole week.
Location: T29 – dance space / Thorwaldsenstraße 29, 80335 München, Germany

Current Class Rules
** you must pre-register for class here **
• space limited
• 10min before class your spot will be given away, to someone who showed up.
• no late entries to class.
• currently no Covid Rules