Summer Program 2022

The Embodiology® Summer Program 2022

Presented by University of Northern Colorado’s

College of Performing & Visual Arts and Dr. S. Ama Wray

July 18th-29th, 2022

Join us UNC’s NEW Arts & Performance Venue in Greeley, Colorado!

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Program A

6-day Embodiology® Immersion

July 18th-23rd, 2022 (Monday -Saturday)

Learn the fundamentals of Embodiology through a deep dive into its 6 principles. Transform your practice and emerge a more agile dextrous and creative performing artist. Collaborate with dancers, movers and musicians. The program culminates in two public performances . This program is a prerequisite for the Embodiology® Teacher Trainer Certification.

  • Cost: 6-day Embodiology® Immersion - Tuition $1500 (room & board included)

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Program B

4-day Professional Development

July 20th-23rd, 2022 (Wednesday - Saturday)

This program is designed to introduce principles of thriving for Healthcare workers, Educators, Musicians, Entrepreneurs, Somatic Practitioners, Administrators, and more. The program is designed to vitalize your life and sense of wellbeing. It will expand your capacity to guide others to reach their peak or renewed sense of balance.

  • 4-day Professional Development - Tuition $1550 (food & accommodations included)

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Program C

Teacher Training Certification - Module 1

Teacher Training Cohort 2022

July 24th-29th, 2022 (Sunday - Friday)

Prerequisites required - artists must have already completed a 35 hour foundational training.

The first phase of the training is for 6 days which includes advance practice, academic study, reflective coaching and community engagement.

  • Tuition $1750 (Room & Board Payment included)

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Certification - Module 5

For 2021 Teacher Training Cohort only

July 24th-29th, 2022 (Sunday - Friday)

This residency covers module 5 with oral exams over six days. Topics will include: integrating secondary principles - creative disruption, play and decision making, collaborative competition, audience proxemics, & how to modify the practice to meet needs of specific demographics.

  • Tuition $1750 (Room & Board Payment included)

Photo Credit - Parris Whittingham

Limited space for each program in keeping with a strict COVID-19 protocol.

Embodied Leadership

1-day Dean’s Office Training at the University of Northern Colorado - College of Performing and Visual Arts

July 18, 2022 (Monday)

  • This unique 1-day Dean’s Office Retreat - Focus on Embodied Leadership.

Photo Credit - Leon Damasco

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Meet Dr. S Ama Wray

Creator of Embodiology® Dr S. Ama Wray is also a TEDx Speaker and Professor of Dance at the University of California, Irvine. Self-styled as a Performance Architect for over 30 years she has been performing, teaching, researching, speaking, choreographing and collaborating across three continents. In addition to her own work, she is the legal custodian for Jane Dudley’s seminal work Harmonica Breakdown (1938), re-staging it for repertory companies worldwide. Wray’s own work brings dance and live music back into closer alignment, collaborating with artists including Wynton Marsalis, Bobby McFerrin, Derek Bermel, Julian Joseph, OBE, Nicole Mitchell, Mojisola Adebayo and Kei Akagi. Recent work that reflects her vision to bring depth of understanding to heal social, environmental and historical wounds include: Covid-19: A Nature’s Trail, Jazz: The House that America Built (pt I & II), ‘Hire’ Knowledge and the Anthropocene, Muhammad Ali and Me and Moj of the Antarctic. Her award-winning movement methodology - Embodiology®, which arose from research into improvisation in West African performance is the creative method she employs. Dr Wray has given keynote talks on topics of creativity, human flourishing and indigenous knowledge at the United Nations, The Institute for Advance Study, Dance USA, World Dance Alliance, Florida International University and Temple University. The Embodiology® praxis enables an optimization of creativity through engaging in distinctive breath-informed, rhythmic movement and music concepts.

Stemming from this, JiM™ - Joy in Motion - was created at the outset of the COVID-19 social distancing mandate to support everyday people to transform their indoor isolation into spaces of ‘co-liberation’. For UC Irvine she provides a similarly inspired wellness services for faculty and staff, programmed by the Susan Samueli Institute for Integrative Health; and for CareHope College, Florida she provides support for remote students of nursing. Staying grounded in the endogenous and ancestral foundations of Embodiology®, the first NeuroArts symposium on her method took place at the Center for the Neurobiology for Learning and Memory in 2021. As a result, her creative practice is extending into clinical research with local, national and international colleagues, first exploring the methods as a form of wellness activity for healthcare students. Responding to the work’s ability to help people cope with stress and yield optimal capacity to problem-solve. Additionally, Wray has devised the Embodiology® Teacher Training program to meet with the diverse applications of this work. Literature on Embodiology® can be found in British Dance, Black Routes and The Oxford Handbook of Improvisation, with her own monograph coming soon. Her mantra “Your Life is not an Algorithm, Improvise!” has its roots in her fellowship from the UK’s National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts Fellow, where she began exploration into performance and technology creating Texterritory with Fleeta Siegal, produced by Future Physical. Digital terrains continue to be explored through AI 4 Afrika, an initiative she co-founded with choreographers, data scientists, scholars, and entrepreneurs in 2020 also at the height of the pandemic. Equal to all things is her zest for equity and justice – from plant life to humans; and The Africana Institute for Creativity, Recognition and Elevation is the interdisciplinary space where as Co-Principal Investigator she fosters this intention.

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Embodiology® is a movement.

Participants can exponentially increase their capacity to innovate, whilst enhancing their wellbeing, vitality and empathy.

Embodiology® uses specific principles

Drawn from indigenous performance methodologies to shape an optimizing mindbody practice.

Embodiology® is a product of action

Resources are returned to an Anlo-Ewe community each time Embodiology® principles are shared in full or in part.

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