Dancing cards photographer Payton Leihgeber had the opportunity to photograph dance artist Anna Kuroda in Sydney Australia. You can find out more about Anna's work @ https://www.murasakipenguin.com

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Inhale, Exhale

Breath/Move only with exhale. Move only with inhale. How does moving differ between exhaling and inhaling movement?



Breath/Expand your body to look as big as possible during inhaling, shrink to a small ball during exhaling.


“Building” dances

Dance making is working with abstract movements that can become full of meaning and narrative. Take Over your surroundings. Use all of your senses to experience and connect with textures of art, buildings, and nature. Get inspired by the shapes of the architecture. Fully take advantage of the place you live in. Get out and explore.


Rotation of the planets

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Most of the planets in our solar system rotate on their axis towards the same direction as they rotate around the sun. The exceptions are Venus and Uranus.

Place planets as followed by your body.

Right wrist joint reflects the rotation direction of Earth,

Left wrist joint reflects the rotation direction of Mercury

Right elbow joint reflects the rotation direction of Mars

Left elbow-joint reflects the rotation direction of Jupiter

Stand on your left leg: the right ankle joint reflects the rotation direction of Saturn

The right hip joint reflects the rotation direction of Neptune

Rotation directions listed above have the same direction, you can choose it to be from left to right or from right to left. The point of this exercise is to experiment with various rotations directions.

Now add the opposite rotation directions of Venus and Uranus. Your head will be Venus (when rotation head, avoid extreme positions, only perform light small circulation)Your chest will rotate as Uranus.


Once you feel comfortable with this dance task, you can alternate the supporting leg (the leg you are standing on) and the place of the planets (rotation directions)When you circulate your joints, this motion releases the joint fluids creating an extra cushion for your joints while you dance. This dance task can be a great way to warm up before a dance class or other sports activities. Be gentle with your joints!

Which other joints can you include in this dance task?




After exploring the Yin Yang Theory of opposites in our movement. Up vs down, Fast vs Slow, Gentle vs Rough, Heavy vs light. We find what is in between? The balanced state of two opposites would be harmony. Pick three to four opposite couples, then visit the harmony of these two in the middle.


If you have a sequence of choreography, which you remember effortlessly, perhaps a piece that is easy for a beginner class. Experiment with the opposites and harmony with this dance. Pick qualities and see how the dance changes with each approach. Then dance the dance as you would “normally” do. How does the feel of the dance differ?

                  You can experiment with harmony as a constant flux between the opposites.

Do you ever think about the distance of your dances? If you were to measure the length of all of your dances, how far would you have traveled


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Streering movement


Slowly spin, turn. In mid turn slightly twist the torso, arms or pelvis to see how the spin transforms sifting to a new pathway. Find different ways to break your spin.

Birds fly with magnificent speed, changing direction with small adjustments in technique. With this practice, we mimic the movement qualities of the birds. The steady flow of motion with sifts of quick changes in direction.





Move different body parts with different speeds, etc. leg moves a slow motion, hand goes faster, the head does the ccent. Try different combos.





Plants and funguses respond to gravity with their growin movement. The roots of a plant grow towards the pull of the gravity (positive gravitropism) whereas the stem of the plant grows to opposite direction from the pull of the gravity (negative gravitropism).

Study these two features by having your torso and arms navigate away from the pull of gravity, lower body grounding and enjoying the pull of the gravity. Make it into a balance exercise by lifting a leg off the floor becoming part of the negative gravitropism parts of the body.

By performing this exercise on the beach, your foot will begin to sink into the sand, really letting you feel the positive gravitropism with your supporting leg.