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IN STUDIO: ERYN DACE TRUDELL (MTL) — Skinner Releasing Technique

May 17 to 21,  2021 — 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.)
$60 with the support of *Emploi-Québec (or $150, non-eligible rate)
Open to artists of all disciplines / Bilingual teacher
Capacity: 13 people, priority for full week attendance

By registering for a workshop, you agree to cancel your participation if you have symptoms or suspect you may have COVID-19. Please read the Participant Engagement before registering. Thank you!


CONTENT // Skinner Releasing Technique (SRT) is a a somatic approach to dance training developed by Joan Skinner. It combines technique with creative process, and has greatly influencing contemporary dance aesthetics. By cultivating effortlessness, one begins letting go of unnecessary holding in the physical self, gaining flexibility, efficiency, freedom. Through guided imagery, music and hands-on partner studies the practice facilitates a deep kinaesthetic experience of movement and in time a shedding of outer layers. It is an experiential, intuitive approach that utilizes imagery as a powerful tool for transformation. Open to all, with or without formal movement training.

BIO // Founder and artistic director of MamaDances since 2006, Eryn Dace Trudell is a multiple award-winning versatile dance artist. For three decades, she has excelled as producer, dancer, choreographer, facilitator, teacher, researcher and entrepreneur.

As a graduate of Juilliard, a certified Skinner Releasing Technique facilitator, and Masters student at Université du Québec de Montréal, her research investigates dance as a relational art and means of cultivating a sense of wholeness and wellness through the enhancement of kinaesthetic awareness, sensation and empathy – deepening connections to the self, to others, and the environment.

Her work demonstrates the ways in which dance contributes to the quality of life for individuals and communities, including new mothers, seniors, and other populations who frequently lack visibility and forums for expression in the dance world.  It is her conviction that by engaging in practices that help us to feel connected through presence and to sensation, we can cultivate the ability to bond, love and be loved: to care and be cared for. Eryn’s knowledge and skills are a consolidation of her formal training in ballet and modern dance at Juilliard, contemporary dance and somatic movement education, as well as her developing integration of theories of Dance Movement Therapy and the pursuit of history and practice of folk dance, culturally specific dances, and dance as ritual.


All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training. There is a regular rate, and a rate subsidized by Emploi-Québec.

Who has to pay the full rate (regular)?
– People residing outside of the province of Quebec
– Full-time or foreign students

To benefit from the subsidized rate by Emploi-Québec, you must:
– Live in the province of Quebec (civic address)
– Be an artist or cultural professional
– Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident or temporary foreign worker with a work permit (open or closed)

Are accepted: Part-time students, Employment Insurance (EI) or Income Assistance (IA) recipients (please notify your agent at Services Canada or MTESS).

Reimbursement policy – No reimbursement possible without a good reason (ex: sickness or injury).

Studio’s accessibility – Consult this page for detailed information.