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107 Chautauqua Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA, 90402
United States

818-618-4772

Center Gravity is the premiere physical training program, nutrition coaching, and events planning service for movement arts located in Los Angeles.

Classes, Nutrition, and Leadership training programs for children and adults offered that pull together all practices of tumbling, dance, acrobatics, warrior, obstacle, strength, yoga, physical theater, and stunts that progress the beginner to professional.

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Skills

Center Gravity offers classes all over the World!!!  All instructors are highly trained professionals in their field and teach with skill progressions, advanced fitness and body awareness, and a high level of safety considerations.

See a workshop list Here! Class locations click here!

Select the programs below to see workshop descriptions and learn more about what we teach!

 

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360° Flow

As the name suggests, 360˚ Flow is a practice of having a 360-degree spatial and body awareness, a three-dimensional system that focuses on transitional movement in dance and tumbling.  Practicing inversion, balance, shape, and rhythm into a fluid use of the body in space and time result in a level of mastery and control of the force of gravity.  Jones and Anne-Marie Talmadge have developed this technique that draws on influences of all styles of dance as well as martial arts and gymnastics to approach dance and tumbling on a visceral and anatomical level, facilitating the body’s natural alignment, coordination, and expression.  Movement exercises and combinations focus on expanding movement potential, environmental awareness, and breaking through fear and mental blocks. The class also includes strengthening, flexibility, partnering, and improvisational components traveling in and out of the floor.
Contact Us to set up your workshop or series.

Partnering

Dance lifts and Contact Improvisation offer benefits in strength, flexibility, coordination, balance, and body awareness. 

This class or series will prepare students for partnering safety and the basics of moving with a point of contact, with a particular focus on transforming the potential danger of falling or slamming into a soft and fluffy descent. We will incorporate techniques of softening the body to avoid impact as well as using impact to propel the body into circular and spiraling movements, taken from Aikido and Capoeira. Stacking the body or creating “Break-aways” in movement, lead to finding pathways in and away from the floor while maintaining an acute listening to the other bodies involved.  Participants will learn the sensitive areas of the body, how to create structures of support, and how to track a body in space into “windows of opportunity”.  Particular attention will be given to changing or maintaining pressure and using fear of inversion or giving weight as an indicator for effective movement.

See our Dance and Partnering workshops HERE!

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Dance

Dance is beauty, grace, prowess, and flow: important qualities for any kind of performer, both male and female.  Anne-Marie and Jones (Welsh) Talmadge collaborate powerfully together to teach and create performances.  They have both toured with Diavolo – Architecture in Motion™, L.A.’s premiere touring dance company and finalists on America’s Got Talent.  Their movement styles merge athletic dance, acrobatics, and dynamic partnering with fierce passion and engaged physical narrative. 

Center Gravity's Dance program puts emphasis on all dance styles, training a well-rounded performer in a variety of techniques: focusing on a contemporary athletic modern style, and also jazz, hip hop, salsa and more.  Classes are open to all levels unless specified, and give personalized attention to the improvement of each individual.  More extended workshops and special residencies from visiting artists are also offered in various dance styles, Somatic practice, and Contact Improvisation.

See a list of Diavolo Master Classes HERE.

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Tumbling & Acro

Tumbling requires speed and quickness.  Center Gravity instructors teach a full range of floor skills, handsprings, and flipping technique that progress from beginning to advanced level tumbling and air awareness for professional performance. Participants are guided through basic gymnastics skill progressions on the floor, the program also allows for advanced level training on gymnastics apparatus, as well as a trampoline component. Always including an active conditioning warm-up, stretch, and basic hand balancing, plenty of time is always available to work on your choice of skills and equipment: tumbling, bars, rings, vault, trampoline, or other custom apparatus.

Center Gravity currently partners with the the Aerial Warehouse for Tumbling Classes (listed on their website)

Adult Tumbling at the Aerial Warehouse on Mondays 630pm and 800pm.