A gentle combination of basic Yoga, Pilates, and dance, this class is aimed at developing core strength, flexibility, and greater mind-body awareness as well as giving you a chance to connect with your baby and other new moms. Reduced joint stability due to recent pregnancy and tension areas from baby carrying are taken into account. 6 week to 6 month old babies are welcome and there is no pressure or expectation for them to "behave" in a certain way. Please bring a receiving blanket.
Instructor: Amber Star Merkens, MMDG Company Member
Amber Star Merkens is originally from Newport, Oregon, where she studied under Nancy Mittleman. She received her B.F.A. from The Juilliard School, and went on to dance with the Lim??ance Company before joining the Mark Morris Dance Group in 2001. She is a Princess Grace Award recipient, and has been featured as a soloist in many Mark Morris works. She has presented her own choreography both in New York and abroad, taught in public schools, universities, and private studios, and currently teaches the MMDG student company, adult and teen repertory workshops, and conditioning classes for new mothers at the Mark Morris Dance Center. Amber also works as a freelance photographer, and is a BAI trained postpartum doula.
Cost: $15/drop-in or $90/six-class series
Register online: http://markmorrisdancegroup.org/new_mom_and_baby