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2018 June 19-24 - Big Heart Dance Camp

UniCamp of Ontario - Honeywood (west of Barrie)

Big Heart Happy People

The annual Big Heart Dance Camp is a multi-arts, intergenerational, weekend gathering of creative conscious community. Follow the link for details.

We welcome you to experience embodying your full creative self in a safe, supportive and playful environment. A wide array of dance, yoga, music, and other healing arts modalities are shared through playshops and evening events. Big Heart Dance Camp takes place at Unicamp, near Honeywood, Ontario. Beautiful hiking trails, forest, and a swimming pond invites you to take a dip. Meals are eaten in community, lovingly and mindfully prepared by our kitchen team. We invite you to join us in growing our creative, conscious community as we blossom into our 10th year!

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2018 August – Montréal – Touch & Play Festival

August 1 – August 5 2018
Montréal – Québec

The first Canadian Touch&Play Festival (Touch & Play on facebook)

Contact Improvisation can be an act of freedom and revelation! Let’s pull back the veil, expand our edges, investigate how our patterns and attitudes may limit us and try on new versions of ourselves. We continue to question the relationship of “chemistry & physics” in CI through movement, touch, intimacy, communication and connection to radical truth. Touch&Play festivals have a history of exploring the edges of what CI can be while maintaining high standards of safety and consent, and are known as events in which personal and communal celebration and growth reach new levels.

We believe that major change can and does happen when we give ourselves time and space to recognize our growing edges and feel safe enough to explore and expand them with ourselves and within community. Touch&Play aims to both provide a profound space for honesty, celebration, joy, discomfort, clarity, growth, and acceptance. It also is a time where consent, choice, and self-care come first.

What will happen at Touch&Play?
What happened last time? From Touch&Play 2017 at Earthdance comes this video Are you ready for Liberation? by Zahava ("Z"). At Touch&Play 2017, Zahava led an intensive dealing with The Intimate Act of Creating Performance Ritual: Exploring Kink, Gender Expression & Devotion See descriptions of all the 2017 Touch&Play workshops .

Canadian Touch and Play Festival -- Montreal, August 1-5 2018

2019 April 19 - April 21 - Ontario Regional Contact Jam — ORCJ

Ontario Regional Contact Jam – dance improvisation for every body

Toronto, Ontario

The annual Ontario Regional Contact Jam (ORCJ) happens in Toronto again this year, on Easter weekend 2019. Follow the link for details.

Especially welcoming to new people, non-dancers, people of all sizes, ages, shapes, mental and physical abilities.

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International Events (*)

(*) Not exactly Canada; but, close enough for improvisational purposes.

2018 July – Earthdance Summer Contact Improv Dance Jam

July 2 – July 8 2018
Earthdance – Plainfield, Massachusetts, USA

Earthdance Umbrella Barn

The Earthdance July 4th Contact Improv Jam: "Come play and experience the richness and beauty of yourself and others." Heavenly sights, sounds, and smells are all around; summer is on high at Earthdance. Fireworks, forest adventures, and dances of all shapes and sizes bring fun for the whole family during this July 4th Jam. Through the week, we become a radiant community that can support one and all. Revel in the bounty and beauty of connection! The Earthdance Family Committee organizes a structured children's program for several hours/day. All levels of experience welcome.

Summer is on high during this family-oriented Contact Improvisation Jam. Enjoy brilliant sunshine, grassy fields, fun and games, and dances of all shapes ans sizes. Revel in the bounty and beauty of 30 years of community collaboration! Includes programming for kids of all ages.

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2018 July – Earthdance – Touch & Play Festival

July 10 – July 15 2018
Earthdance – Plainfield, Massachusetts, USA

Another Touch & Play event in North America!

Contact Improvisation can be an act of freedom and revelation! Let’s pull back the veil, expand our edges, investigate how our patterns and attitudes may limit us and try on new versions of ourselves. We continue to question the relationship of “chemistry & physics” in CI through movement, touch, intimacy, communication and connection to radical truth. Touch & Play festivals have a history of exploring the edges of what CI can be while maintaining high standards of safety and consent, and are known as events in which personal and communal celebration and growth reach new levels.

Touch and Play

2018 August 6–19 – DNE Summer Dance Camp

Dance New England annual Summer Dance Camp
Camp Timber Trails, Massachusetts, USA

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Dance New England Summer Dance Camp: This August, experience Dance New England Dance Camp for ten wondrous days, where together we build an alternative world to nourish our creative spirit. There is of course dance: African, ballroom, contact improvisation, and salsa (teen favorite). Dance with snakes, humans, and your glorious self. Dance to live music. Dance all night to excellent DJs. Sweat prayers, breathe transformationally, beat drums, learn multiple styles of yoga and massage from master teachers. Or find a peaceful spot at the beach from which to contemplate mountains and sunset. Eat, converse, sing, schmooze. Dance Camp is ours to co-create. Join us!

For a preview of the types of classes that will be offered in 2018, see last year's 2017 Dance Camp pages:

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