Magazine article Dance Magazine

Cynthia Koppe: The Shen Wei Dance Arts Member Visits an Energy Worker to Keep Her Body in Tune

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Cynthia Koppe: The Shen Wei Dance Arts Member Visits an Energy Worker to Keep Her Body in Tune

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Cynthia Koppe is searching for "dynamic fullness and an integrated whole." Through a multifaceted, holistic approach to cross-training, which includes running, yoga and bodywork, she tries to find connectivity throughout her body--on physical, energetic and emotional levels.

Koppe, who teaches Pilates and yoga in addition to dancing for Shen Wei Dance Arts in New York City, began working this way while earning her Pilates certification almost 10 years ago at the Kane School. "The thinking there was very much open to other systems of the body beyond the strictly biomechanical ones," she says, adding that the philosophy focused on listening to and communicating with the body.

Today, Koppe visits an energy worker with a background in craniosacral and somato-emotional release therapy. Sessions last anywhere from 45 minutes to more than an hour and a half. They generally start with the energy worker placing her hands on Koppe's feet to get a sense of her body, followed either by hands-off work, in which the energy worker concentrates on the surrounding energetic field, or by touching individual parts of the body to focus attention there. The energy worker then facilitates a conversation, both verbal and physical, between Koppe and her body. "There's a lot wrapped up in performing for dancers," says Koppe. "This work helps me to understand my own relationship to that in a way that allows me to let go of the concern over looking 'correct.' "

Although company class and rehearsals prepare Koppe for Shen Wei's detail-oriented physicality, they don't build the stamina necessary for pieces like his Map or Rite of Spring. …

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