A journey about anatomy and movement by Lesley A. Powell

Anatomy Dances is about the shifting dances around the body to create and support movement.  Lesley A. Powell brings together her studies of anatomy, Bartenieff Fundamentalstm, Biotensegrity, dance, fitness training, Laban’s Space Harmony, Pilates, somatic practices and yoga.  Past learning of anatomy is to see the body in parts. Sometimes learning needs to start basic by learning names of bones and muscles. Eventually one has to come to see the body as a complex coordination of phrasing of muscles around our joints.

Workshop day 10 AM – 5 PM
Morning Session only $150
Full day workshop $275
Two day weekend workshop $500

at Westside Dance Physical Therapy. 53 Columbus Ave.. #402

To register:, 917-902-6301


10 AM – 1 PM  Embodied Movement class
This is a two hour movement class exploring the theme of each workshop. Exploration will go over bone rhythms and learning how to enhance proper movement sequencing for healthy function. The third hour will highlighting principles of movement class and deeper understanding off Embodied Anatomy.

2 PM – 5 PM Taking it to the next level
This part of the workshop will go deeper into Embodied Anatomy, how to improve function and applications using Pilates and yoga equipment.  This is especially designed for teachers to develop better skills of observation, lesson planning and physical practices of ourselves and our clients.



February 8 Anatomy Dances: Biotensegrity of the Core.   

How we use our core that is getting us stuck in our movements. In this workshop about Pilates and embodied anatomy we will explore a different understanding of the space within the torso and the coordination of the body. By looking at the core as three dimensional, you will be able to understand how the body was designed to move.


  • to understand how the spine moves and efficiently give the correct support
  • Why is neutral important
  • How are cues enhancing or hurting dynamic alignment
  • Understanding tensegrity and enhancing our physicality.

February 9 Anatomy Dances: Core Call to Arms, Hand – Scapula Relationship to the Core

To improve shoulder function, the coordination from the hand to Scapula to the core is essential.  Especially with the increase of hand and wrist injuries due to overuse on our digital technology, this workshop will explore the anatomy and mechanics of the hand-scapula relationship and its proper function to the torso.


  • What is stabilization of shoulder: its myths and facts
  • Understand anatomy of Hand scapula relationship
  • Understanding the importance of the rotator cuff muscles
  • Improving rotator cuff function during the workout
  • How the arm works in coordination with the torso
  • How the improved shoulder function enhances the core.