Sukha Gildart
Lecturer, Body as Instrument, Musicology

Sukha Gildart is a nationally-recognized choreographer, movement teacher and coach. She is at the forefront of developing programs for musicians, opera singers, songwriters, artists and athletes that teach self-knowledge, dance and athletic technique through the body and conscious movement. Her multi-modality work has supported the careers, creative process and overall health of artists, athletes, and performers from all walks of life. Drawing on her more than 25 years of experience, she incorporates contemporary ballet, modern dance, movement education, core integration, pilates, yoga, functional fitness, performance composition, and mindfulness-based meditation. Her courses at UCLA impart life skills through the practice of movement technique and interdisciplinary performance and composition. Body as Instrument was adapted for the Herb Alpert School of Music from her nationally recognized work in the California State Men’s Prison system, Words, Rhythm, and Motion. This comprehensive course offers a forum for artistic expression, self-care through movement, and ergonomics for the performer and athlete. In addition to Body as Instrument,  there are two labs taught collaboratively between the Herb Alpert School of Music and UCLA Recreation; Mindful Movement for High Performance for Artists and Athletes emphasizes athletic training and mindfulness on stage, on the field, and in life. EmBODYment (non-structured conscious cardio dance) is Sukha’s technique based on the Gabrielle Roth’s Five Rhythms technique and allows the individual the opportunity to express themselves independent from their primary form of athletic or performance training, freeing them to cultivate their fundamental athletic and artistic self.

Musicologists Transcend the Mind-Body Divide in Coursework and Research
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