Dovetail Studios in Chicago

Saturday, April 7th: 9am - 4pm
Sunday, April 8th: 11am - 5pm

Immerse yourself in discovering the many embodied states between release and action in dance technique. We will investigate somatics and movement together in the studio, discovering ways to engage your whole self for more thoughtful, efficient, and satisfying dancing.

A weekend intensive workshop designed for advanced and professional dancers, this workshop weaves four different somatic modalities - Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais ®, Laban/Bartenieff Fundamentals, Myofascial Release – with dance technique classes, improvisation, and compositional explorations. The workshop will be taught by Christine Betsill, Heather Fraelick, Madeleine Reber and Emily Stein. 

Tuition is $200 if registered before March 7th; $250 thereafter. Scholarships are available. Email Madeleine Reber at for scholarship information.

Using Alexander Directions to Find Release, Reset and Resiliency in Movement
Modern Technique Infused with Myofascial Unwinding & Rebounding with Heather Fraelick
Modern Release Technique Co-Taught by Christine Betsill and Madeleine Reber
Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement with Emily Stein

Ballet Technique with Emily Stein
Gradated Proportionate Change and Inner Space (LMA/BF) with Madeleine Reber
Myofascial Release with Heather Fraelick

Class Descriptions for Ongoing Classes with Madeleine Reber

(separate from The Body Intelligence Workshop)

Modern/Release Technique

My technique class is based in release technique and is informed by modern traditions such as Cunningham, and Humphrey-Limon, as well as the non-vertically oriented work of contact improvisation. I emphasize attention to sensation, specificity of movement initiation and supporting lines of energy. Class often begins with floor work that warms from the center and builds connectivity to the periphery, preparing the dancer for vigorous, full-bodied movement and intricate phrase-work. We develop a connected support from which to move off center and into and out of the floor, exploring a range of momentum and control. 


My approach to teaching choreography develops in students an understanding of craft and its connection to meaning making and communication. I integrate the study of choreographic tools with work that encourages individual creative voice, believing that the "why" of choreography is as important as the "how." I speak to the subjective nature of viewing choreography as well as the rigorous craft and evaluation necessary for clear communication of choreographic intent. My courses consider a range of perspectives relevant to current dialogues in the field. This includes making room for a diversity of aesthetic ideas and content while asking students to interrogate their own processes and bravely experiment with their work.



Improvisation is an integral part of contemporary dance training that broadens the dancer’s vocabulary of movement, hones internal and external awareness, and creates new avenues for expression. Improvisation trains the body to move, problem solve and create, based on sensation and internal impulse, as well as compositional choices. I approach improvisation as a tool in the creative process, as well as a performance practice. I value the artistry of this form and emphasize the specificity and intention that underlie the spontaneity. I draw on concepts from compositional improvisation, Contact Improvisation, Authentic Movement, Laban Movement Analysis and Action Theater.