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Drawing from principles of functional anatomy and dynamic alignment, developmental movement, trigger-point self-care, martial arts and mindfulness, workshops may focus on specific areas such as “Hips and Hamstrings” or “Foot, Ankle and Lower Leg” or “Core and Knees” or “Head, Neck, Shoulders and Diaphragm”; or on sequences working from the core to the limbs, from the head to the feet or from the feet to the head. In creating this work, Shapiro draws from her decades of study in several modalities including: Aikido, Body-Mind Centering, Chi Kung (aka Qi Gong), Classical Indian Dance (Kathakali and Mohini Attam), Hawkins Technique, Neuromuscular Re-education (aka Ideokinesis), Pilates, Sensory Awareness, Tai Chi, Yoga, Voice and Zena Rommett Floor Barre.
With or without the use of simple, portable props, Pilates Mat is an excellent modality for integrating and synergizing the breath of the energy body with the alignment of the skeletal body while lengthening and strengthening the muscular body, enhancing one’s movement in everyday life, in class as well as onstage.
Shapiro is certified in IM=X Pilates Basic and Super-Advanced Floor Work and has taken post-certification training in Prenatal/Postpartum Exercise Based on Pilates Principles, Pilates Mat Applications for Scoliosis and Conditioning for Dancers at Kinected/The Kane School. With ten years of experience teaching Pilates Mat, she likes to focus on details and provide individual attention to each student while simultaneously engaging the whole person and the whole group.
Shapiro’s independent artistic journey has taken her from New York to the Northwest, Asia and Europe—and back to New York. In recent years her group and solo choreography has been presented in New York City by the BAAD!Ass Women’s Festival, DraftWork at Danspace Project, Dixon Place, Lower East Side Festival of the Arts at Theater for the New City, Movement Research at the Judson Church and The Construction Company’s Sunday Series at University Settlement.