The Horton Technique by Diana Dinerman | Bourgeon


The Horton technique can be separated into six movement categories. For each category Horton developed detailed exercises, that he called “studies.” Projections are studies that deal with varied and specific qualities of movement, for example, ‘Leg Slices’ and ‘Hip Pushes’. Locomotions are traveling steps (walking, running, leaping, jumping, gliding, skipping, etc.), for example, ‘Accented Runs’ and ‘Arch Springs.’

Preludes are short phrases of movement designed to quickly stimulate and tone the psycho-physical instrument. Rhythms are music dance patterns, rhythms of work and play, plus emotional manifestations of rhythmic consequences. Improvisations are used to awaken the students own movement sensibilities. Fortifications are long combinations of phrases designed to ensure protection and maximum efficiency of the body’s capabilities, for example the Hinge and Balance Studies.

The fortifications are considered the core of Horton technique. They establish a framework of movement mechanics, of muscular development and coordination, elasticity and range, rhythm and timing of phrasing, and movement quality. Horton’s intent was to make the whole body dance so he developed a system of facility, not a style.

“A well trained dancer shouldn’t look trained,” said Kristina Berger, Horton instructor at Marymount Manhattan College. Horton wanted to see the dance, not the effort behind it. As a result, many of the studies, when put in combination present like etudes full of dynamic contrasts and broad, sweeping movements, such as Spiral Falls, where a dancer moves from standing to the floor in one fluid spiraling motion. The technique is not separate from the act of dancing.  In order to execute the technique properly, you must dance it. Therefore, his technique addresses every possible movement that a choreographer might want a dancer to perform.”

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