Guided imagery, movement, and mindfulness in Early Childhood Education
In this movement session, we will explore and discover ways of moving creatively, mindfully, and expressively in early childhood classrooms and settings, as well as how to exercise guided imagery meditations with young children. We will discuss and practice ways of creating a safe external environment and personal internal space for movement within the classroom culture. Noticing where we are, as adults, with our own Body and movements is an important first step to integrating movement and mindfulness with young children. The session will include movement and meditation exercises as well as whole group discussions about participants’ own experience with the exercises and how to incorporate them within their own practices. Participants should wear clothing they are comfortable moving in.
Alexia Buono has been a dancer and mover since her early childhood years and has been teaching and studying dance and movement since 2008. Alexia earned an Interdisciplinary Masters in Humanities degree, core area of study in dance, at the University at Buffalo. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Curriculum, Instruction, and the Science of Learning, with research interests in early childhood education, mindfulness, and movement and dance-based education. Alexia teaches dance, movement, and mindful practices to young children at the Early Childhood Research Center at UB, is a guest and master teacher for dance students and adult professionals in the city of Buffalo, and facilitates professional development for early childhood educators. She has conducted research studies on mindful movement, guided imagery, and arts/dance integration. She is also a solo artist and a member of the Buffalo dance company Aerial Verde, where she learns and plays through aerial dance, contact improv, and modern dance. Alexia has choreographed dance and movement pieces for Torn Space Theatre in Buffalo and has performed in various independent artists’ works. She believes that dance is about exploring, creating, and finding within, and that to Dance is to Be.