What is FoCo Technique™?:
FoCo Technique™ is an original contemporary dance technique developed by Yin Yue inspired by traditional Chinese dance, folk forms and contemporary movement. The technique draws inspiration from and incorporates into movement the five elements of the iChing -- Root, Wood, Water, Iron and Fire.
How do we train dancers in FoCo Technique™?:
Yin teaches using a three stage training system to teach and to development movement in FoCo Technique:
Stage 1: Activating: Building upper body awareness, connection and isolation; Generating heat response within the body.
Stage 2: Rooting: Strengthening and grounding the lower body and enhancing the bodily relationship with the gravity by exercising bending, pulsing and folding motion in hips, knees and ankles.
Stage 3: Mapping: Threading, exploring and observing the transition and movement pathways externally and internally.
Following along a continuous movement sequence through three progressive stages, dancers will define tension, gravity, clarity and precision of the movement and develop a heightened sense of awareness and understanding of FoCo Technique™.
What is FoCo Technique™ Class?:
The FoCo Technique™ class requires sophisticated understanding of dance technique and demands strong physical and mental stamina. The standard class is 90 min and it starts with an active follow-along sequence including Activating, Rooting and Mapping. In each of these sections, students are led by the instructor to develop awareness in muscular structure and response in order to achieve precision and control, identify and embody rhythmic pattern and dynamic change, form strong interaction and connection with gravity and generate heat in the body to prepare for the phrase work. In the second part of the class a specific phrase work will be created and taught in details. Through learning the movement, students will experience the coaching style and learn the quality of the movement. By the end of each class, the phrase work will be performed in smaller groups. It is your time to fully embody the combination, apply the instructions and enjoy the dance.
What is FoCo Elements Class?:
FoCo Elements class was developed by Yin Yue to introduce the FoCo training method to movers of all training backgrounds and technical levels. FoCo Elements class is taught under the guidance of Yin Yue and following the fundamental principles of FoCo Technique™, incorporating follow-along sequences, patterned and structured exercises and improvisation to explore the elements of FoCo through Activating, Rooting and Mapping stages. FoCo Elements class is currently taught by Grace Whitworth.