As we have delved into ancient Greek history with Phil in rehearsals, we have also begun to explore the ideas of ancient Greek culture through history lectures with Aoife Monks (pronounced Eefa) and Andrew Tidmarsh. Our period dance class, unfettered by clear descriptions of dance technique of the ancient Greek time period, has been mostly an exercise in expressive/interpretive dancing. This past session, we toyed with the idea of dancing like the elements, fire, air, water, and earth, as described by Rudolf Laban. Laban developed a manner of evaluating movement by categorizing qualities of movement. Very simply put, you choose one from each of the following three categories (Time: sustained/sudden, Space: direct/indirect, Weight: strong/light) and allow them to influence the way you use your body dynamically.