Balance Workshop with Cathleen McCarthy

ODC suspends all in-person classes and postponed performances until further notice. Learn more here.

Wednesdays, October 16-December 18
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Drop-ins welcome. ODC class cards accepted, or pay a $18 drop in fee per class.

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Classes can be taken individually or as a series

Open to anyone who is interested in improving balance. Class will begin with a warm up to improve proprioception with gentle self massage and stretches.

We will then learn a series of exercises to strengthen and mobilize the joints in the body.

Participants will learn to recognize SMA (sensory motor amnesia= lack of precision and coordination in movement) and implement specific drills for improvement. Participants will learn eye exercises for improving and strengthening vision such as letterball (tennis ball  or larger ball with letters on it) for strengthening visual tracking and peripheral awareness. Each participant will have their own VOR (vestibulo-ocular reflex) chart. Participants will get practice in assessing and improving gait (walking).

Cathleen McCarthy received her B.F.A. from the Purchase Conservatory of Dance. She danced in the companies of: Kevin Wynn, Larry Clark, Cliff Keuter, Della Davidson, Joanna Haigood and as a guest artist. She has received grants for choreographic projects. She was the Founder and Artistic Director of Summerfest/Dance for fifteen years- an annual festival for choreographers. She received an "Izzie" (Isadora Duncan Dance Award) in 2010 for "Sustained Achievement". She is certified in Pilates, Gyrotonic and Z Health with her own private practice.