Thorax: Contents And Container

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Thorax: Contents and Container, A Somatic Movement Workshop

As some of you know, I’m currently studying Body-Mind Centering® (BMC). I wanted to start sharing some of the information I gathered from my studies and my own explorations with a group of interested movers, dancers, people.

I will guide a 3-day exploratory workshop, focusing on the thorax, specifically the bones of the thoracic cage and upper limbs (container) and the organs of the thoracic cavity, the heart and lungs, plus the main respiratory muscles, including the diaphragm (contents).

We will study these experientially, through embodied anatomy, touch, voice and movement.

I’m curious about how we can enhance our physical expression in the world through a heightened awareness of our body. How can we learn to inhabit our body more, with our consciousness, to support our movement, dance, performance or art practice and our daily life? And what does that mean to each one of us?

This is for all movement or dance enthusiasts/lovers/practitioners, body nerds and bodyworkers/therapists. New mothers and mamas-to-be are also welcome.

Details below:

WHEN: Wednesday-Friday, October 19-21, 2016 - 10am to 12pm

WHERE: Dovercourt House, 3rd floor studio: 805 Dovercourt Rd; Toronto ON

COST: $10 – drop-in, $25 for all 3 days.

REGISTRATION: To register for any or all of the 3 days, or for more info, please send an email to Meryem at

Meryem Alaoui is a dancer, choreographer and movement educator. She was born and grew up in Rabat, Morocco, and now lives in Toronto, Ontario. A graduate of the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, she has danced for Amanda Acorn, Peggy Baker, Angela Blumberg, Marie France Forcier, Antony Hamilton (through Dancemakers), Kaeja d’Dance and Julia Male among others.

Her choreographic works have been shown in Toronto and Hamilton, and have received support through creation residencies at Hub14 and Dancemakers Centre for Creation, and funds from the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council.

She’s currently studying Body-Mind Centering® to become certified as a Somatic Movement Educator through the BMC School with support from the Ontario Arts Council. For more information, please visit
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By: Soft Matter