Susan Hefner changed my whole life. I can’t imagine how I would move around in the world now, at 65, if I hadn’t spent the last 15 years learning how to do it in the company of this generous and brilliant creature. And lest this sound too solemn, let me add we laughed a lot, and played, and danced. The quality of her full attention is a rare thing, and I feel very lucky to have such a teacher enriching my life.

— Ann Snitow, Professor and Writer


Authentic Movement

In a process developed by Mary Stark Whitehouse, students learn to access their own unconscious movement material with the help of a non-judgmental witness. In an era where superficiality takes precedence, the process of listening to the movement stories of our bodies encourages us to know our true selves, bring this awareness to our artwork, and heal ourselves through letting the unexpressed be expressed.

Sequences by Irene Dowd

Susan teaches “Spirals “ and many other sequences choreographed by Irene Dowd. “Spirals“ is a unique warm-up choreography, for stretching and strengthening every major muscle group of the body in tandem.  “Spirals” begins on the floor and gradually progresses to spiraling through space for maximum mobilization of joints and enhanced range of motion. Other sequences offered include Feet Like Hands, Flower/ Seed, the Turn-out Dance, Resonances, Trunk Stabilization, Horizons, and the Hand Dance.

Copyright © . Photographs by Maria Levitsky.