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Dance Classes

Classes and Workshops

 (un) Threading Dance 

“A thread of attention” may be composed of action, undoing dance or presence.

Dance with more of what you are…

In (un) Threading dance classes you learn to dance with and as forces by thinking relationally and sensing how forces in the field around you relate to your dancing body. What’s different about this approach is we follow lines of force, activate communication across body-systems activate to dance with a responsive structure and allow “undoing” to happen, so presence and new connections between the body, space and ground are revealed.  

 As we dance new form, liberate form, visit remnants of our personal dance histories, we (un)thread dance into a Contemporary process. We learn to “be of space” while dancing iterations of line, space, spiral and dissolve. 

SO, WHAT ARE WE?

By using the expanded meaning of embodiment to include body-mind, Source and Field we see how dynamics of Attention surprise us- we dance our expansive nature arising from the field of which we are a part. This is the NOW of composing instantly “in the zone”.  

Relational thinking and being experientially relational while dancing leads you to the realization you’re never really dancing solo. Connectivity to possibility opens way up.

 

“Through a deepening process it is possible to dance dynamic states not only rooted in embodied intelligence, but extending Attention that arises from being relational in and with the field. “

 Composition and Ritualized Group Dance

Instant Composition

Dance is composed by collective forces, as relational thinking informs choices. We explore how materiality between the body, space, time, sound, object and other unfolds in a time-based process where both composition and embodied ritual merge. 

 

The Future We Want / Choreographic Communing

We experiment, learn, compose and commune as a friendship of bodies. How we think about dance and embody Now, affects Attention in the relational field and enacts future potentials

Contact Improvisation

We look to the territory of each dance to escape codification of CI. While the basic laws of physics apply-sharing a center (of gravity), etc- we identify equally with “the unseen” and relational forces unique to each collaboration . 

We touch on Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen‘s concepts of sensing, feeling and action in CI to connote three territories of being – sensing other, fluid feeling states (particularly pleasure), action or the state of virtuosic surprise/ being in the zone/ Attention / aligned multiplicity.

To potentialize embodiment we prepare with Embodiment Field Ground articulations for Somatic-Field Coherence in CI. On the floor we activate rapport between body-systems and body-field, activate fluid systems and fascia, spinal mobility between the head and pelvis. This promotes both effortless articulation of movement from body-systems and somatic harmony in a coherent field. 

As we proceed out of the floor, improvisers hone intention for improvisation to emerge from Attention. This transition comes from research done with Nita Little for over a decade and studies of affect by Deleuze.

Other aspects of this work include touch articulations and encouraging each to incite the Muse/ incite diversity through integration of other dance genres, incorporating sound, playing with time and improvising in the space.

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