Thursday, December 23, 2010

January Class: Louis Gervais / Dancing Energy Systems

Dance Art Group / Movement Arts Research (DAG/MAR) is a weekly dance class series featuring a different local teacher/topic each month. It's a great way to dip your feet into the joys/mysteries of dance improvisation and related dance forms. Come try a class!

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Dance Art Group / Movement Arts Research
Thursdays 6:15-8:15pm
Velocity Dance Center, 1621 12th Avenue, Kawasaki Studio
$15/class; series discounts; drop-ins and all experience levels welcome
Info at Dance Art Group

January 6-27: LOUIS GERVAIS / DANCING ENERGY SYSTEMS

When we look beyond our visible, physical bodies, we can see ourselves as intersections of energy and information. From this alternate standpoint, we resemble a chain of interconnected centers or chakras that are in constant motion as our life force energy flows in, out and throughout our bodies.

Through improvisation, visualization and somatic exploration, we can create powerful personal relationships with the invisible and ever-changing energetic self. Working with gesture and story, we describe shapes and pathways of these centers. Through rhythm and breath, we can sense the distinctly different qualities of energy throughout the body and beyond. Creative exploration and knowledge of the chakra system not only enhances self awareness & movement quality, it can also vitalize yoga and other somatic practices as well.

Louis Gervais (MFA) is a solo artist, dance educator and choreographer. He brings 40 years of dance experience and creativity to his teaching. Louis has performed with Compagnie Marie Chouinard and the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company among many other professional dance companies. Louis' somatic work combines improvisation with transcendent dance practices and Eastern philosophy within a somatic framework. Louis teaches contact improvisation, yoga and somatics in his own private practice.

Coming in February: KAREN NELSON / CONTACT 'N COMPOSITION

Monday, November 1, 2010

November 4-18: JEAN HINDLE / SOMATIC RESOURCING

Dance Art Group / Movement Arts Research
Thursdays 6:15-8:15pm
Velocity Dance Center, 1621 12th Avenue, Kawasaki Studio
$15/class; series discounts; drop-ins and all experience levels welcome
Info at Dance Art Group.

DAG/MAR features weekly classes in improvisation, performance, creative process and composition, contact improvisation, somatic education, New Dance techniques and other dance realms, with a different local teacher/topic each month.

November 4-18: JEAN HINDLE / SOMATIC RESOURCING

Exploring the amazing capacity of our nervous system for somatic releasing, Resourcing and re-education through somatic movement meditations inspired by Hanna Somatics, BioSomatics, Somatic Unwinding, Feldenkrais and Skinner Releasing. Yum. Yum. Yum. Please bring two blankets and a yoga mat; I will provide you a mat if you don't have one.

Jean Hindle has been dancing and teaching Hatha Yoga and somatic education for over 17 years. She is the founder of Soma Yoga and Soma Yoga Studio in Seattle.

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DAG/MAR will be taking December off. See you in January!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Karen Nelson Seattle Workshop Dec 10-12

DAG Winter Workshop:
Karen Nelson
SENSATION & DESIGN: DANCE MAKING FOR PERFORMANCE

December 10-12, 2010
Friday 3-6pm / Saturday & Sunday 11am-4pm
Century Ballroom's East Hall, 915 E Pine St, 2nd Floor, Seattle
Sliding scale $160–180 if paid in full by 11/15/10. After 11/15/10, $185–205 if space is available.

Info/registration at Dance Art Group

Using tools from Tuning Scores and improvisation to investigate "performance," we will create a check list of concerns and desires for experimentation. Tuning Scores, as introduced by Lisa Nelson, illuminate our individual perceptual experience, and use actions and verbal calls to communicate to others and the environment during the improvisation. Sessions will begin with training in sensational awareness and build towards compositional ensemble work. The final session will culminate with an "in-progress" public showing, including a follow-up feedback process for audience and performers.

Karen Nelson's 33-year dance and performance practice has been directly influenced by Steve Paxton and Lisa Nelson and their respective work in Contact Improvisation, Material for the Spine and Tuning Scores, and through collaboration with many others in venues around the world. She co-founded Joint Forces Dance Co, Breitenbush Jam, Dance Ability, Diverse Dance Research Retreat, and the performance group Image Lab among other projects. Image Lab, including Scott Smith, K.J. Holmes, Lisa Nelson and Karen, intensively developed Tuning Scores for nearly a decade in the 1990s. They performed "observatories" in the US, Europe and Asia, spawning other Tuning projects that continue to this day.

Friday, October 1, 2010

TONYA LOCKYER / PROSPERITY FOR ALL

Dance Art Group / Movement Arts Research
Thursdays 6:15-8:15pm
Velocity Dance Center, 1621 12th Avenue, Kawasaki Studio
$15/class; series discounts; drop-ins and all experience levels welcome
Info at Dance Art Group

DAG/MAR features weekly classes in improvisation, performance, creative process and composition, contact improvisation, somatic education, New Dance techniques and other dance realms, with a different local teacher/topic each month.

October 7-28: TONYA LOCKYER / PROSPERITY FOR ALL

This workshop is about developing tools towards solo performance. Together we'll gather a set of questions, propositions and obstructions. (What if dance is simply being deeply physically engaged in the world? What if we can bring to our performance everything we are, do and know?) We'll improvise, write, experiment and develop strategies for organizing our materials. We'll look for the performance in life and the life in performance. By the time this workshop is over, you will have acquired new tools to engage deeply in your own questions and to observe the poetic systems at play in your work. Drop-ins possible but committing to the entire month is preferred.

Tonya Lockyer is a generator of performance -- solo, collaborative, improvised and otherwise -- a writer and dance artist who has worked around the world; a teacher committed to liberating students into their own direction. "I work interdisciplinarily but dance is always at stake in my work. I am committed to asking questions (personal, social, cultural...) about who we are and what it means to live in the world. I investigate how movement acts on us, and how we impact the world through our actions and presence." Tonya is on the faculty of Cornish College of the Arts and holds an MFA with a focus on Live Art and Choreographic Culture since 1950.

Coming in November: Jean Hindle

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Contact Improvisation & Meditation Workshop

with Alicia Grayson & Greg Burdulis

October 2 & 3, 2010, Seattle, WA

This workshop offers new ways to enhance and vitalize our dancing and
meditation practices. With meditation we strengthen our ability to care for
ourselves, open to greater levels of subtlety, and refine how we use our
mental and physical energy. Cultivating the classic mediation skills of
mindfulness, concentration, right effort and metta we create an optimal
environment for creativity and connection to self and others.

With mindfulness as our foundation we explore the principles of
CI by entering into states of deep listening that give rise to safe,
spherical, fluid and delightful movement. We also cover important CI skills,
such as following the point of contact, giving and receiving weight with
ease and using momentum.

We invite you to discover how these two mutually supportive
practices generate clarity, creativity and courage on the cushion, on the
dance floor and in your life.

All levels of experience with contact improvisation and meditation are
welcome.

Workshop Schedule:

Saturday Oct 2, 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday, Oct 3, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Fees for Workshop:

Register before Sep 16: $130 - $250
Register after Sep 16: $170 - $340
Registration: Checks Payable to Phffft

Contact: Cyrus Khambatta
Email: Cyrus (at) Phffft.org

Location:
Grassroots Studio 5609 34th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98126
(please park on 35th Ave not 34th)

Alicia Grayson has had a love affair with CI for 22 years and has been
teaching for 16. Her long time practices of meditation, authentic movement,
yoga and Pilates significantly influence her dancing and teaching.
Meditation and movement practices are vital aspects of her daily life. She
teaches CI, yoga and Pilates in Boulder, CO and CI throughout the US and
Europe. She is a member of Tumblebones Contact Improvisation Collective.
www.tumblebones.com.

Greg Burdulis has taught Vipassana Meditation in Burma, Thailand and the US.
After seven years as an ordained monk in Burma he returned to lay life to
share his insights. He practices CI because of its emphasis on listening,
spontaneity, and light effort. He considers it his liveliest form of
meditation. Greg holds an MA in spirituality and has experience as a
chaplain, mountaineering instructor, storyteller and performer and
mindfulness facilitator in corporations. www.gregthemonk.net.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

September Class with Nate Dryden

Dance Art Group / Movement Arts Research
Thursdays 6:15-8:15pm
Velocity Dance Center, 1621 12th Avenue, Kawasaki Studio
$15/class; series discounts; drop-ins and all experience levels welcome
Info at Dance Art Group

DAG/MAR features weekly classes in improvisation, performance, creative process and composition, contact improvisation, somatic education, New Dance techniques and other dance realms, with a different local teacher/topic each month.

September 9-23 (no class 9/30):
NATE DRYDEN / INNER STATES & OUTER BODIES

How does a dancer negotiate moving from an inner poetic state into physical and energetic partnering with other dancers negotiating the same? These classes will present participants with different releasing practices that may be taken into experimental partnering and/or contact improvisation. Image-guided floor work and hands-on partner studies assist in the easing of tension and energy blockages in the physical self while catalyzing creativity and spontaneous movement. Continuing to cultivate this releasing state, dancers are then guided to shift into forms of improvised partnering. Afterwards, we can open up discussion of the various successes and challenges within such practice. Classes will be facilitated to include varying levels of releasing and partnering experience.

Nathan Dryden is an independent choreographer, director, performer and teacher working in dance, theatre, aerial arts, improvisation and releasing. He is a certified Skinner Releasing Technique instructor and teaches at institutes and festivals in the USA and internationally.

Coming in October: Tonya Lockyer!

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Dance Art Group (DAG) fosters and promotes the study, practice, and appreciation of improvisational dance in Seattle. DAG produces the annual Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation (SFDI) and other events that encourage and support innovative research and education in dance. DAG is supported by 4Culture, the Mayor's Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, and generous individual donors. Click here to help support DAG with your tax-deductible donation. Find us on Facebook and Twitter!

Monday, August 23, 2010

THE SOMATICS OF CONNECTION: Fundamentals of Contact Improvisation

A Weekend PLAYshop with Nala Walla
so•ma•tic (soh•mah•tick) adj. Of or pertaining to the psycho-biological system [from Greek SOMA: "the living body in its wholeness."]

As the pace of techno-industrial society races ever faster, the needs our bodies are often overlooked, creating disconnection from our own flesh and from our communities. This class reaffirms both our basic rights and our innate capacities to feel our bodies deeply. Through a series of simple exercises and games, we will focus on the sensations of healing connection offered by partnering with breath, with gravity, with earth, and with others.

A deep exploration of fundamentals makes this class suitable for both first-timers seeking basic skills in contact dance, and experienced practitioners seeking to deepen their practice, as well as anyone seeking to feel more "in their body."

Please bring comfortable clothing (no sharp buckles, clasps, zippers or spangles) and a willingness to play.

Somatics of Connection: Fundamentals of Contact Improvisation
Weekend PLAYshop
October 2-3, 2010
Saturday 12-3, Sunday 12-3
LOCATION: Madrona Mindbody Institute, Port Townsend, WA
COST: Sliding scale $85 - $65 for weekend--trades are available (arrange with Nala)
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED: by September 20th at Madrona Mindbody Institute

Friday, August 20, 2010

Fall Authentic Movement with Susan Baum

Authentic Movement is a simple yet profound practice of self-awareness and discovery. Listening to the body, and finding movement from within, we explore the dance of presence, witnessing ourselves and others as awake and open as possible. Find depth and aliveness in and through your body!

Fall/Winter Authentic Movement Groups

Monthly Saturday Group
One Saturday a month, 2:30-5:30pm $270
Sept 25, Oct 23, Nov 13, Dec 4, Jan 15, Feb 12

In this open level group, we will enter together into self-exploration through the practice of Authentic Movement. Finding our way as movers, we will foster the pathways that enable us to listen internally and allow movement to emerge through our bodies. In time a stronger witnessing presence develops, as we see ourselves and one another in open and compassionate ways. This is a wonderful place to begin if you are new to the practice, or to return to over and over again.

Monthly Sunday Group
One Sunday a month, 11am-2:30pm $300
Sept 26, Oct 24, Nov 14, Dec 5, Jan 16, Feb 13

This group is for those with experience in the practice of Authentic Movement, who are interested in deepening connection to self and others. We will move together, witness one another, and keep refining our language that is both expressive and spacious. Over and over we will enter, open, discover and articulate what arises individually and collectively. And by giving over to what is not yet known, we are moved into authenticity, surprise and deep enjoyment.


All groups will be held in Fremont at 226 NW Bowdoin Place. If you would like to register, or for information about Body-Oriented Psychotherapy, contact Susan Baum at (206) 778-9183 or authenticmovement (at) hotmail.com or www.susanbaumtherapy.blogspot.com

Susan Baum MA LMHC is a psychotherapist in private practice working with individuals, couples and groups. Her approach to Authentic Movement is informed by her training in psychology, and her experience as a mover guides her holistic and body-based approach to psychotherapy. Susan brings her warmth and lively spirit to what she does, and provides an attentive and experienced presence that supports meaningful personal work.

Monday, July 26, 2010

SFDI - Off The Cuff - Dance Performances

7th annual
Off the Cuff: Dance Innovators in Concert
Thursday & Friday | August 5-6, 2010 | 8pm
Broadway Performance Hall | 1625 Broadway | Seattle

Over 17 innovative and world-renowned dance artists from near and far perform under one roof!

Two different shows: $15/night; $25/both nights
Tickets: Brown Paper Tickets

The 2010 Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation (SFDI) presents Off the Cuff, two evenings of innovative performance with leading dance artists from around the world. Off the Cuff is the only chance each year to see these world-renowned artists gather under one roof in the Northwest. Slated to perform are some of the shiniest stars of the dance world.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 5:
K.J. Holmes (NY) | Vitali Kononov (CA) | Rachael Lincoln (CA) | Nina Martin (TX) | "Bessie" Award winner Bebe Miller (OH) | Local favorites KT Niehoff | Christian Swenson | Alia Swersky

"Bebe Miller is a cartographer of human emotions; mapping the landscape of the passions of her dance with luminous intelligence." (The Washington Post)

FRIDAY, AUGUST 6:
Cathie Caraker (CA/Netherlands) | Martha Eddy (NY) | Karl Frost (CA) | Guggenheim recipient Miguel Gutierrez (NY) | Nina Martin (TX) | Local favorites Louis Gervais | Aiko Kinoshita | Degenerate Art Ensemble Co-Director Haruko Nishimura | Aaron Swartzman | Alia Swersky

Also featuring Michal Lahav (Seattle) & Susan Rethorst (NY)

"I make performances that are about things and are things themselves. The things they are about are big: how to live in the world, how to love, how to feel about being yourself. Probably the biggest question I make art about is: why are we alive. I am a dancer. I write poems. I make songs and music with my voice and rudimentary knowledge of instruments. I think that we are all powerful people." (Miguel Gutierrez)

Schedule subject to change.

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Part of the 17th annual Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation (SFDI), August 1-8. More info at Dance Art Group.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Wine Tasting - Benefit for Dance Art Group - July 31

Saturday, July 31, 2010 | 6-8pm

DRINK FOR DAG!

A party/benefit for Dance Art Group... and your taste buds!

Join us for a wine tasting at 12 & Olive Wine Company,
the best wine shop in the whole world.

Enjoy fabulous wines and treats, and help us kick off the
17th annual Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation August 1-8!

12th & Olive Wine Company, 1125 E Olive
$15-25 at the door
Info/RSVP: info (at) danceartgroup.org | 206/686-7323

Proceeds benefit Dance Art Group, fostering and promoting the study, practice and appreciation of improvisational dance in Seattle. www.danceartgroup.org

Friday, July 2, 2010

Men in Dance

AGAINST THE GRAIN since 1996 ~ MEN IN DANCE

For Immediate Release
July 02, 2010

AGAINST THE GRAIN / MEN IN DANCE
8TH FESTIVAL * OCTOBER 8-10 & 15-17

(Seattle, WA) The 8th biennial Men In Dance Festival will be held on October 8, 9, 10 and 15, 16, 17, 2010 at Broadway Performance Hall on the Seattle Central Community College Campus.

We have a great line up of choreographers for our 8th festival. We will present new, upcoming voices from Pacific Northwest Ballet, Cornish College of the Arts, and The University of Washington; as well as bring back some of our strongest choreographers from past festivals, Donald Byrd, Gérard Théorêt, Olivier Wevers, and Deborah Wolf. Please save these dates on your calendar! October 8, 9, 10 and 15, 16, 17, 2010. www.menindance.org

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation

Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation
17th annual SFDI! August 1-8, 2010

CLASSES . PERFORMANCES . JAMS . DISCUSSIONS

Intensives with Martha Eddy, Miguel Gutierrez, K.J. Holmes, Susan Rethorst

Classes with Cathie Caraker, Karl Frost, Louis Gervais, Aiko Kinoshita, Vitali Kononov, Michal Lahav, Rachael Lincoln, Nina Martin, Bebe Miller, KT Niehoff, Haruko Nishimura, Aaron Swartzman, Christian Swenson and Alia Swersky.


Early registration discount deadline: July 1, 2010


Information and Registration: Dance Art Group


Sunday, April 25, 2010

Dance Art Group Spring Workshops

Workshops with local teachers and a super-size jam to benefit DAG!

With Nate Dryden | Lila Hurwitz | Cyrus Khambatta | Stephanie Skura

Velocity Dance Center | 1621 12th Avenue | Seattle

Only $100!: All Workshops & Jam
$30: One Workshop; $5 off each additional workshop
$5-15: Jam

Info/Registration: info (at ) danceartgroup.org; 206.686.7323; Dance Art Group

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FRIDAY, MAY 7 | 6-9pm
Upside Down & Backwards: Partnering With All Sides | Cyrus Khambatta

Created with Contact Improvisation practitioners in mind, this workshop will be about exploring upside down and backwards in confidence. A malleable 360 degree use of the spine enables increased ease of pathways through the back/side/frontspace while partnering. This "molding" use of the spine helps navigate options in dealing with gravity in relationship to friction and creates a better intuitive understanding of how to use a partners' architecture as an extension of one's own. By slowing down the process of falling it provides more time to respond and react and more physical confidence in partnering.

Cyrus Khambatta is the Artistic Director of Khambatta Dance Company (formerly Phffft! Co.), fusing contemporary dance and Contact Improvisation. His work has been presented in 12 US states, throughout Europe, in Russia and Latin America. In 2003 he received California's Daman New Choreography Award, and will be teaching this summer at the Freiburg Festival in Germany, in Latvia, Lithuania and France.

SATURDAY, MAY 8 | 10am-1pm
Breath, Suspension & Dynamic Movement with Skinner Releasing Technique™

Through the practice of Skinner Releasing Technique, dancers will explore awareness of suspension and breath in ways that catalyze greater freedom of movement and shifting dynamics, while supporting and sustaining the physical self. Improvisational movement studies with guided imagery engage the participant's creative process and technical skill learning abilities.

Nathan Dryden is an independent choreographer, performer, director, aerialist and teacher from Seattle whose work crosses through dance, improvisation, aerial dance, Contact Improvisation and movement theatre. In 2001 Nathan became a certified instructor of the Skinner Releasing Technique, serving as faculty at the annual Skinner Releasing Institute's summer program in Seattle and teaching in festivals and universities across the USA, Mexico, Ecuador, Turkey, New Zealand, Australia and the UK.

SATURDAY, MAY 8 | 2-5pm
The Athletic Voice | Stephanie Skura

Tools to find courage, freedom and specificity. To open the voice -- literally AND figuratively. To trust our inner world as a resource. To find physical manifestations of our ideas in body and voice. Bring paper, pen and drawing materials.

A radical and perpetual innovator, Stephanie Skura received one of the inaugural New York "Bessie" Awards for Choreographic Achievement. She creates with an abiding interest in interdisciplinary process, individual creative empowerment, and a current focus on imagistic language and the athletic voice. She has taught and performed throughout the USA and Europe. She directs a teacher training program called Open Source Forms.

SUNDAY, MAY 9 | 10am-1pm
Feldenkrais® & Friends | Lila Hurwitz

The Feldenkrais Method is a subtle and powerful system of neuromuscular re-education that evokes changes in muscular tone, flexibility, coordination, attention, and the comfort and efficiency of movement. We'll explore using Feldenkrais as a warm-up into an array of fabulous improvisational and perceptual practices including Authentic Movement, Contemplative Dance Practice, and the Tuning Score.

Lila Hurwitz is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner who has been teaching since 1987, including one of Seattle's longest-running weekly Feldenkrais classes since 1995. She likes to think she introduced Portland, OR, to Authentic Movement; learned from and has performed the Tuning Score with Karen Nelson and originator Lisa Nelson; and learned Contemplative Dance Practice from creator Barbara Dilley in 1987. She's performed with Ann Carlson, Nina Martin, Bebe Miller, Lucia Neare, Karen Nelson, Lisa Nelson, Mary Oslund, Stephanie Skura, Crispin Spaeth and many others.

SUNDAY, MAY 9 | 2-5pm
Super-size jam to benefit DAG!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Contact Improvisation Workshop

with Karl Frost/Body Research

Saturday May 1, 12-6 and Sunday May 2, 11-2
$120-$250 sliding scale
for more information, contact Cyrus at info (at) phffft.org

Human Contact

…reframing of the art of contact improvisation through diving into subtle level awareness of the physics and neurology of two bodies in contact combined with an open sense of the poetics of human beings encountering each other.

A Release Approach to Contact Improvisation

We increase moment-to-moment functional awareness through tuning into proprioception - our physical experience of the body - allowing for greater ease, speed, and power. Through more sophisticated movement intelligence (as opposed to "muscling through") we find a more dynamic perception in time, informed by our accumulated skills but less hindered by attachment to physical habit. Through releasing patterns of hyper-control, we find dense, rich awareness of and participation in human interaction.

Physical Poetics

We look at our sense of meaning in movement… a sense of the poetics of interaction, whether in kinesthetics and physics or in the poetry of sensation, emotion, and experienced image. We play with holding onto themes and frames of reference in the dance in a sense of collaborative art-making that moves us literally and metaphorically. The art that emerges might be experienced visually in the space, but is rooted in the proprioceptive experience of Human Contact.

About Karl
Karl Frost has been practicing contact improvisation, directing experimental theater, and choreographing contemporary dance works since the 1980s. He is an internationally recognized teacher of contact improvisation and innovator in the field of interactive performance work and has performed and taught in over 25 countries. He is currently pursuing an MFA in Choreography and an MS in Ecology at UC Davis.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Beyond the Threshold Dance Program

June 7th-11th, 2010

Study with national and international artists, including:
Donald Byrd (USA),
Oleg Gorboulev (Russia/USA),
Cyrus Khambatta (USA),
Maika Misumi (Japan),
Jasmine Morand (Switzerland),
David Nicolas Russo (Italy) and
Darryl Thomas (USA).

Two tracks:
1. Contemporary Partnering (great for CI-minded individuals)

2. Dance Technique (International Perspective)

Day Session is $350, 10am-5:15 daily (Intermediate/Advanced)
Evening Session is $125, 5:15-7:15 daily (Beginning/Intermediate)

Both tracks 1 and 2 are available for the day and evening sessions.
Scholarships are available for the day session.

Register or get more information on the Dance Intensive or email abigail (at) phffft.org.

Go to http://www.phffft.org/sidf.html for more info on performances
and the rest of the festival events!

DEADLINES:
Registration and $50 deposit due by May 7th, 2010
Full tuition due by June 4th, 2010


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

SFDI Registration is Open

The 17th annual
Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation
August 1-8, 2010 | Seattle, WA

Master classes, performances, discussions & jams with local, national & international dance artists!

. 5-class Intensives with Miguel Gutierrez | K.J. Holmes | Susan Rethorst
. 4-class Somatic Intensive with Martha Eddy
. 3-class Beginning Contact Improvisation Intensive with Vitali Kononov
. Plus classes with Cathie Caraker | Karl Frost | Louis Gervais | Aiko Kinoshita | Michal Lahav | Rachael Lincoln | Nina Martin | Bebe Miller | KT Niehoff | Haruko Nishimura | Aaron Swartzman | Christian Swenson | Alia Swersky

Classes include Solo & Group Improvisation | Performance | Contact Improvisation | Contemporary Dance Technique | Butoh | Contemplative Dance Practice | Composition | Body-Mind Centering® | Voice

Plus...
. Nightly jams
. Panel discussion
. Faculty & student performances
. Daily Contemplative Dance Practice sessions

EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION DISCOUNT DEADLINE: July 1, 2010
Work/study scholarships available... apply now!

Information | Registration | Tickets: www.sfadi.org


Thursday, February 18, 2010

Seattle Somatics Workshop

Saturday, March 20, 2010 with Ed Barrera

Somatics Workshop to Transform the Root Cause of Your Physical Pains … and have some fun in your body!

Standing Stone Healing Arts
10am – 1pm
Seattle

Using simple, natural movements which you create through your own cortical pathways… You can instantly release brain chemicals which soothe, relax and make your pains seemingly and magically disappear.

More information at Gravity Werks.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

DAG Spring Benefit - April 10

April 10, 2010
Hot Diggity DAG!
Annual benefit concert with dance luminaries, a rockin' raffle & tasty treats!
Velocity Dance Center

With performances by:
Louis Gervais
Degenerate Art Ensemble's Haruko Nishimura & Human Jazz innovator Christian Swenson
Radiosonde (dancers Beth Graczyk, Alia Swersky, musicians Tom Baker, Angelina Baldoz, & others)
The A.W.A.R.D. Show! winner Amelia Reeber
UMAMI Performance (Aiko Kinoshita & Aaron Swartzman)

www.danceartgroup.org/seattle-dance-classes.html

Thursday, February 4, 2010

February Authentic Movement

Authentic Movement is a simple yet profound practice of self-awareness and discovery. Listening to the body, and finding movement from within, we explore the dance of presence, witnessing ourselves and others as awake and open as possible.

AUTHENTIC MOVEMENT WORKSHOP

Saturday, February 20, 2:30pm-5:30pm $45

In this workshop we explore our deeper selves through the practice of Authentic Movement. We will open to our bodies, listening internally in new and expansive ways. By giving over to what is not yet known we are moved into authenticity, surprise & deep enjoyment. A wonderful to way to go inside and emerge renewed and connected. Open to all.

...And the next workshop will be on Saturday, March 13, 2:30-5:30pm

To register or for information about Body-Oriented Psychotherapy contact Susan Baum at (206) 778-9183 or authenticmovement (at) hotmail.com or www.susanbaumtherapy.blogspot.com. Pre-registration is required.

Workshop will be held at 226 NW Bowdoin Place in Fremont.

Susan Baum MA LMHC is a psychotherapist in private practice working with individuals, couples and groups. Her approach to Authentic Movement is informed by her training in psychology, and her experience as a mover guides her holistic and body-based approach to psychotherapy. Susan brings her warmth and lively spirit to what she does, and provides an attentive and experienced presence that supports meaningful personal work.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Feldenkrais and More in February

Dance Art Group / Movement Arts Research
Thursdays 6:30-8:30pm
Velocity Dance Center, Studio 3, 915 E Pine St, 3rd floor
$15/class; series discounts; drop-ins and all experience levels welcome
Info at http://www.danceartgroup.org/velocity-series.html

DAG/MAR features weekly classes in improvisation, performance, creative process and composition, contact improvisation, somatic education, New Dance techniques and other dance realms, with a different local teacher/topic each month.

February 4-25: LILA HURWITZ / FELDENKRAIS & FRIENDS

The Feldenkrais Method is a subtle and powerful system of neuromuscular re-education that evokes changes in muscular tone, flexibility, coordination, attention, and the comfort and efficiency of movement. We'll explore some classic Feldenkrais lessons, do some anatomy review to remind ourselves of the brilliant ways our bodies are designed to move, and delve into issues common to dancers. And we'll play with integrating those awarenesses while dabbling in an array of fabulous improvisational and perceptual practices including Authentic Movement, Contemplative Dance Practice, and the Tuning Score.

Lila is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner who has been teaching since 1987, including one of Seattle's longest-running weekly Feldenkrais classes since 1995. She likes to think she introduced Portland, OR, to Authentic Movement in the late 1980s, and learned from and has performed the Tuning Score with Karen Nelson and originator Lisa Nelson. She learned Contemplative Dance Practice from creator Barbara Dilley while on an ACDFA scholarship at Naropa University in 1987. She's performed with Karen Nelson, Lisa Nelson, Stephanie Skura, Bebe Miller, Ann Carlson, Crispin Spaeth, Nina Martin, Mary Oslund, Linda K. Johnson and many others.

Coming in March: Vanessa DeWolf
Coming in April: Nala Walla

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

17th annual SFDI! August 1-8, 2010

Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation
17th annual SFDI! August 1-8, 2010

CLASSES . PERFORMANCES . JAMS . DISCUSSIONS

Intensives with Martha Eddy, Miguel Gutierrez, K.J. Holmes, Susan Rethorst

Classes with Cathie Caraker, Karl Frost, Louis Gervais, Aiko Kinoshita, Vitali Kononov, Michal Lahav, Rachael Lincoln, Nina Martin, Bebe Miller, KT Niehoff, Haruko Nishimura, Aaron Swartzman, Christian Swenson and Alia Swersky.

Information coming soon at Dance Art Group.

Intimacy and Contact Improv

Thoughts on Gender, Intimacy, and the Contact Improv Community from contact teacher Karl Frost.


Friday, January 8, 2010

Somatics Workshop - January 23

Somatics Workshop for the Entire Body
with
Ed Barrera

Yoga Studio Be
1pm-4pm
Kirkland, WA

• Improve mobility, strength and coordination
• Release and reverse neuromuscular pain (chronic and acute)
• Improve posture and appearance
• Eliminate the need to guard to protect injured areas
• Create a new freedom of movement
• Provide a new sense of awareness and control in your life
• Improve Physical Fitness & Athletic Skills
• Ease Breathing

Contact Ed through Gravity Werks

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Fremont Feldenkrias Class

Sense Your Bones...Refine Your Skill...Move With Ease

Ongoing Awareness Through Movement(tm) class with Ethan Hickman

The human structure is capable of moving in 360 degrees with equal ease. Even if range is limited mechanically, the potential quality of our movement is unlimited. How can we experience this freedom? How do we cultivate the skill to be able to move in any direction, at any speed, at any moment? Gentle guided movement sequences will provide a frame for self-inquiry.

Where: Palace Studio, 226 NW Bowdoin Place, Fremont
When: Sunday evenings 6:30 - 7:45pm (starts January 24, 2010)
Cost: $12/single class, $30/3 classes, $45/5 classes

All experience levels welcome. Wear warm comfortable layers. Bring a mat to lie on.

Questions/More Info: ethan.hickman (at) gmail.com, 206.239.8403

Monday, January 4, 2010

NEW! Seattle Wednesday Night Contact Improv Jam

Great news! There is a new weekly contact improv jam happening at OmCulture in Wallingford every Wednesday from 6 - 8 p.m. If you haven't been to OmCulture yet, the space is fantastic! High ceilings, water views, great floor! It's a beautiful, warm environment, perfect for contact.

The culture at this jam will be a little different than the Sunday jam. There will be a short facilitated warm up/exercise from 6:30 to 7 that will take us into the jam. There may music from time to time and a closing circle at 8, so we can dance right up to the last minute.

The price of this jam will be $5 for the first month or so. Eventually, it will go up to $8 but at that time, you can buy a 10 class card for $49 which is good for any event at OmCulture. The pass is also good for Love and Art! parties and many other events at OmCulture.

First jam is WEDNESDAY! January 6, 2010! 6 - 8 p.m. $5

Check out the OmCulture website for directions. omculture.com

Contact: Louis Gervais - louisgervais (at) hotmail.com