Movement for Actors 1

HB Studio offers both online classes and in-person classes at the Studio. Before your first class, please review the information outlined on the relevant page(s). Class titles below indicate which are running online vs. in person

IN-PERSON CLASSES meet for the full 10-week term.

ONLINE CLASSES are offered in 5-week Parts. Sign up for either Part A or Part B independently (5 weeks each), or join both for the full 10-week term. You may join Part B without taking Part A.

The primary objective of this class is to free up the artist’s channel through physical training. This work happens under the notion that the body is a channel through which we process our experiences into motion and sound — whether that be through acting, filmmaking, writing, etc. When the channel is open, you learn to connect with and respond more spontaneously to an environment without tension or pushing. A large portion of the freeing-up process is psychological, which requires an understanding of and connection to your emotional and physical self. The mindfulness component of the movement work encourages you to be permissive with your habits, experiences and emotions as they develop in the body. However, this is never accomplished in a vacuum. The unique insight of this training is the necessity for you to be in contact in order for the work to take-hold. This happens through regularly practiced ensemble and partner exercises. The concept of “play,” begins to take hold, as you understand improvisational movement without tension or anxiety – working less cerebrally and more kinesthetically.

This will also be a very technical class. We will work to drastically increase your strength and flexibility in a variety of daily warm ups as well as engage in regular rigorous lengthening exercises. You will be given an arsenal of physical vocabulary and challenged to become fearless, expansive, and unapologetic movers. A large portion of the class focuses on the studies of Rudolf Laban’s “Eight Efforts.” These Laban Efforts are the springboard for a final composition choreography project, where you will be asked to create your very own movement piece.

It is important to remind ourselves that our bodies are capable and powerful instruments. You are an active agent in this process, and this course will serve to physically support the work you do as an artist in the world.


Michelle Uranowitz

Current and Upcoming