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Floor Work    
Body/Leg Breathings – enhancing the qualitative sensation of breath, the arms and legs moving from the centre core (like wings). Focus is also directed to the individual's internal questioning of how the arms articulate in the back and shoulder, how the lower limbs mirror the timing of the upper limbs and the strengthened awareness of the initial firing mechanism – that of the central core, to start the ebb and flow of the breath.  
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Long Leans – a strong muscular sequence encompassing more complicated rhythm and coordination of the limbs in order to accomplish a unity of motion; the movement starts and finishes at the same time (even though the components of the body are doing different things and therefore have their own rhythm). At the same time the exercise requires the use of oppositional pull both on a linear horizontal level in the legs and in the diagonal spiral dimension of the body.  
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Foot to Mouth Stretches – an advanced stretch exercise (particularly during the extension of the leg to the side), one that requires pressure down into the floor combined with a strong internal lift of the centre core. The focus to finding balance to the entire body forces you to be 'present in the movement'. (Cohan)  
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Side Stretches – On the surface this seems a simple sequence to increase range of movement, but like all seemingly simple movements there exist layers of complexities that can only be physically acquired through guided attentive repetition. To attain optimum results, consideration to the sequential thought patterns involved in relation to the order of movement execution is required.
There exists a two-way push and pull again (as in previous exercises) both in a linear and diagonal dimension; the hamstrings push against the floor in equal force to the internal lift of the centre core, 'at any point in the movement, when sitting in second position the body should be able to rise from the floor' (Cohan).
There is an interesting interplay between the legs, and the core centre - before the body stretches to the side the opposite leg reaches away, before the body moves to the centre both legs are pushed apart, before the body stretches to the other side the interplay between the legs shifts to push away in the other leg, before the body lifts back to the centre position pressure down into the floor is exerted coupled with the muscular lift of the torso - at all times the internal centre is guiding and driving this moving and fluid shift of oppositional force and equality of balance.
 
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Deep Contractions – a powerful activating movement requiring a strong internal image; all movement forces come into play, thus calling on the 'totality of the body and mind' to be used.  
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Fourth Position Spiral to Elbow – a beautiful and complex sequence that focuses attention to the sequential use of the vertebra in its spiral action and the articulation of the hips, legs and back, through to the extremities of the shoulders, arms and further sensory extremities such as the ears and eyes; in so doing the exercise strengthens the imagery of sensing and physically feeling a coherent complex movement pattern moving through space and yet being grounded to a small area.  
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Off Balance Spiral Contractions – a further complex and advanced movement that challenges the body centre to various off balance stresses, in so doing deepening the concentrated attention to the dynamic forces in play.  
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Coming Up from the Floor Stretches – an important sequence of exercises that on a practical level simply stretches and further enhance the articulation of the bones. On an artistic level these sequences also take the dancer through the transitional phase to a different dimensional level – that from sitting on the floor to standing strong and secure ready for the centre work.  
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