Tai Chi & Movement Awareness
Jaclynn Villamil introduces her practice of Tai Chi. Through steady concentration, the Tai Chi practitioner releases muscular tension to access a rapidfire reaction from the nervous system. In dance technique, we usually think of efficient body use and relaxation as positives, but Tai Chi has an entirely different premise. Here, ease of motion belies the power of instantaneous action that can redirect an attack or strike back with lightning speed. Villamil’s presentation includes Grandmaster William C.C. Chen’s 60 Movements, Yang Style, Short Form. Audience participation is welcome, and experience is not required.
ABOUT Jaclynn Villamil
Jaclynn Villamil is a contemporary ballet teacher and Certified Laban Movement Analyst. She is currently working on a Teaching Certificate in Tai Chi Chuan with Grandmaster William C. C. Chen, an Internationally recognized and revered teacher. Jaclynn is the recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Teaching Award from the American Dance Festival which was presented at Duke University. Teaching credits include: NYU Tisch School of the Arts, American Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival, Doug Varone and Dancers Summer Intensive, GIBNEY 890 and 280; and company classes for the Limón Dance Company, Doug Varone and Dancers, Kyle Abraham/A.I.M., Keigwin and Co., and Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance Company. She has worked professionally as a performer, choreographer, director, Laban teacher, dance panelist for NYSCA, member of Actors’ Equity; and as an original member of the board of directors for Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE. She has been the recipient of Choreography Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and CAPS, New York State.
Photo by Samantha Siegel.
Living Gallery, a monthly program curated by Eva Yaa Asantewaa and produced in the Gibney Gallery, presents live performance of storytelling, monologues, spoken word, stand-up, or creative talks.
Each performance—free and open to the public—runs 30-45 minutes, usually scheduled within the hour before a dance concert presented in Gibney’s Theater. We welcome you to attend both events and enjoy a wide range of expressive artists.
Gibney 280 Broadway is accessible via elevator from the main entrance at 53A Chambers Street.
We welcome the opportunity to make this event more accessible. Please refrain from wearing scented products, so that people with chemical sensitivities can join us. Please request ASL interpreting, audio description, or open captioning 30 days before the event or submit other requests by completing our Access Requests and Inquiries Form or calling 646.837.6809 (Voice only).