Let’s Dance Ian!!

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CI Dancers at the Ottawa CI dance jam: Ken, Kia, Isabelle, Barbara, AnneMarie, Ian, Marcia

CI Dancers at the Ottawa CI dance jam: Ken, Kia, Isabelle, Barbara, AnneMarie, Ian, Marcia

Dance News for  Ian! D. Allen  idallen@idallen.ca

Click on your favourite events in the Table of Contents above or use the web version. (Outlook/Evolution email users – sorry, clicking above doesn’t work; use the web version.) See also the Creative Dance and Movement Ottawa/Gatineau group on facebook. See also the Contact Improvisation Dance Ottawa/Gatineau group on facebook.
CI Dancers at the Ottawa CI dance jam: Ken, Kia, AnneMarie, Isabelle, Barbara, Ian, Marcia

CI Dancers at the Ottawa CI dance jam: Ken, Kia, AnneMarie, Isabelle, Barbara, Ian, Marcia

—– Events near Ottawa/Gatineau/Wakefield ——————–

Events in the local Ottawa/Gatineau/Wakefield Region

Events that recur weekly or monthly show only the nearest upcoming event or two. Some events don’t repeat through the July and August summer months and won’t show up again until September.

Saturday July 22 at 9:30am – Authentic Movement

Authentic Movement Authentic Movement The Ottawa Authentic Movement group meets many Saturday mornings each month at Arts Court in Ottawa. (This location is wheelchair accessible.)

Experience with Authentic Movement is required to attend most of these events.

If you are new to Authentic Movement, please contact Wendy Philpott to arrange a short briefing session before you arrive in the studio.

Venue: ODD Studio “B”, Second Floor, Arts Court, 2 Daly Avenue

Click on the link above or contact Wendy Philpott for more information.

Experience with Authentic Movement is required for this event.

ODD/CDC Ottawa Dance Directive

Sunday July 23 at 10:15am – Dance to Nature (Outdoors) with Alana

Guest host for July 23: Amy Klassen

Step outside for Dance to Nature outdoor dances among the trees at Mooneys Bay. Express, create and surrender the dance from within! Let go of all inhibitions and come Dance to Nature! (For wheelchair and washroom accessibility information, contact Alana.)

  1. Step 1: say YES and send an email to Amy.
  2. Step 2: download the mp3 file that will be sent to you on Saturday, the day before the dance, to a music player (mp3, iPod or cellular).
  3. Step 3: meet us at 10:15 am on Sunday
  4. Step 4: 1–2–3, press play and DANCE!!!

No rules, steps or choreography, only your own unique dance creation.

Exprimez, créez et libérez votre danse de l’intérieur!

Click on the link above or contact Amy Klassen for more information.

Monday July 24 at 6:30pm – Movement Improvisation Class with Lola Ryan

Explore the power and creativity of group improvised dance in a weekly drop-in class in Group Dance and Movement Improvisation every Monday evening in New Edinburgh. All adults welcome (drop-in); no registration or experience required. Led by Lola Ryan.

Group Movement Improvisation Movement Improvisation is exploration – you can explore what you like to do in dance and in movement. It frees you to be as daring and creative as you wish. This is not a contact improv dance class, though safe touch and elements of contact improv are usually incorporated as we improvise to music.

Lola opens each class with a specific warm-up and then focuses on a movement technique or a way to open up your movement vocabulary. It could be an exercise on vision or balance, a unique way to create shape or pattern, or the best way to connect with a partner or partners. The class always concludes with an open dance space where you are free to create your own movement experience, in solo, in duets or as an ensemble. Music courtesy of Lola!

We invite you to come and have great fun on your way to learning new skills and enhancing your dancing! Experience? Optional! Regular drop-in class fee $25 for 2.5 hours. (Student rate available – talk to Lola.)

Weekly classes run every Monday evening 6:30pm to 9:15pm (2.5 hours) in Room #8 at the School of Dance, 200 Crichton St. in New Edinburgh, until July 31, then resume September 11. (This location is not wheelchair accessible.)

Click on the link above or contact Lola Ryan 613-237-0790 for more information.

Saturday July 29 at 1pm – 5 Rhythms Dance with Lynne Adams

5 Rhythms Wisdom Body of Wisdom: A day devoted to delving into the wisdom held in our bodies and re-membering our Selves. We’ll use the maps of the 5Rhythms to guide us home through breath, body and beat, letting our stories move through us, allowing creativity to flow, connection to grow, and expression to move us in new ways.

No previous experience is necessary, simply a curiosity to explore the wilderness between your head and your feet.

Please bring your willingness to move, a water bottle, some layers of clothes (we will move!), your sense of adventure and of humour. There will be a short break in the afternoon so bring a snack.

No right way, no wrong way, simply YOUR way of moving. Venue: Dance Educators, third floor, 111A Rideau St., Ottawa 5 hours – 1pm to 6pm – $80 Pre-registration is required for this event. (This location is not wheelchair accessible.)

5Rhythms© is a dynamic movement meditation practice that fosters awareness, connection, and community. For those who are curious about exploring the vast expanse of experience that resides between our head and our feet, come breathe into your body of knowledge and discover what moves you! No experience necessary, all bodies welcome.

This workshop qualifies as 5 Waves workshop hours on the 5Rhythms Teacher Training path.

This class is offered by Lynne Adams, a certified 5Rhythms© Teacher. Lynne is an actor, dancer, writer, a lover of life to the edge and the depths, heart explorer and wild soul embodied in a dance with life.

Les 5Rhythmes© sont une pratique dynamique de méditation en mouvement qui encourage la présence, la connection et la communauté. Curieux d’explorer les vastes étendues entre votre tête et vos pieds? Trouvez l’inspiration des connaissances de votre corps et découvrez ce qui vit en vous! Aucune pré-requis nécessaire, tous les corps sont bienvenus.

Cette vague sera offerte par Lynne Adams, enseignante certifiée des 5 Rythmes. Lynne est actrice, danseure, écrivaine, amante de la vie dans son intensité et ses profondeurs. C’est une exploratrice du coeur, une âme sauvage incarnée dans une danse avec la vie.

For more information, click on the link above or contact Christine Furberg 613-276-5107 or Lynne Adams 514-928-7854. Pre-registration is required for this event.

Sunday July 30 – NO Dance to Nature (Outdoors) with Alana

There is no Dance to Nature on July 30. Come back any Sunday in August.

Sunday July 30 at 6:30pm – Ottawa Sacred Dance Guild

Please verify this time and venue with the organizers.

We’re Dancing!! A free happening 6:30 to 8:00, at Bells Corners United Church at 3955 Old Richmond Road. All are welcome; Join us! Contact Wendy at 613-726-1375. Ottawa Sacred Dance Guild Dances are open to all; no registration required; last Sunday of every month; donations welcome. (For wheelchair and washroom accessibility information, contact the organizers.)

Friday August 4 at 7pm – Ecstatic Dance near Rupert/Wakefield QC

Dance The Move Ecstatic Dance in Wakefield/LaPeche/Rupert Québec.

Check with Owen for the actual time and location this month.

(For wheelchair and washroom accessibility information, contact Owen.)

Car pool via Ride Share to The Move.

The Move is part of the worldwide community of Ecstatic Dance. Rather than dance as entertainment, we dance in celebration, play, exploration, expansive awareness, transformation, building community and expressive freedom. As a form of joyful meditation in motion the music starts slow, builds energy, then ends in a meditative space. The general guidelines are about creating a safe and sacred space to move however you wish, honouring your body and allowing respectful connection with others in their dance. We move in barefeet (or socks of course, or even soft indoor shoes if needed), everybody is welcome (children accompanied by an adult), please no talking on the dance floor, drug/alchohol and scent free zone (no perfume pls).

The Move in La Peche region normally meets the first Friday of each month, but due to holidays/hall bookings, some of our dances fall on different Fridays. Also, we sometimes dance in Wakefield, sometimes at the nearby Rupert Hall, and even outdoors in the summer, so please check the address each time before you come. To cover our costs, the suggested donation is $10. No one is turned away for lack of funds.

Driving? Need a ride? Try this Ride Share to The Move.

Contact Owen Tuf for more information.

Next dance (after this one): Maybe the first Friday of September. Maybe not. Contact Owen to confirm.

Check with Owen for the actual date and location this month.

Saturdays August 5 and 12 at 9:30am – Authentic Movement

Authentic Movement Authentic Movement The Ottawa Authentic Movement group meets many Saturday mornings each month at Arts Court in Ottawa. (This location is wheelchair accessible.)

Experience with Authentic Movement is required to attend most of these events.

If you are new to Authentic Movement, please contact Wendy Philpott to arrange a short briefing session before you arrive in the studio.

Venue: ODD Studio “B”, Second Floor, Arts Court, 2 Daly Avenue

Click on the link above or contact Wendy Philpott for more information.

Experience with Authentic Movement is required for this event.

ODD/CDC Ottawa Dance Directive

Fridays August 11 and 25 at 7pm – Biodanza with Donna Lévesque

Biodanza Summer class: Come discover Biodanza; you don’t need to know how to dance! Through dance, play, and the joy of being authentic, Biodanza reduces stress and awakens the zest for life. All adults welcome!

Date: Friday August 11 and Friday August 25, from 7pm to 9pm Venue: Christ Church Parish Hall, 101 Symmes Rd., Aylmer, at the corner of Frank Robinson and Thomas behind the church. Cost: 2 for 1! Come with a friend and pay $12 per person instead of $23

Biodanza estivale: La Biodanza propose une série d’exercices par le mouvement, le jeu et la joie d’être profondément soi-même au cœur de la rencontre humaine. Elle réduit le stress et augmente la vitalité. Soirée découverte vendredi le 11 ET 25 août 2017, 19h à 21h Salle paroissiale Christ Church 101 rue Symmes, secteur Aylmer /au coin de Frank Robinson et Thomas, derrière l’église. Soirée 2 pour 1. Viens avec un(e) ami(e) 12$ par personne. Prix régulier 23$ par personne. Pas besoin de savoir danser! Hommes et femmes bienvenue!

Information et inscription (registration): 613-299-7097 centrelarosedesvents@gmail.com Donna Lévesque, facilitatrice stagiaire sous la supervision de l’École de Biodanza Montréal et Sud-Ouest du Québec.

Thursday September 7 at 7pm – Ecstatic Dance with DJs Sarah and Kaia

New weekday! New time!

Dance with your Ottawa/Gatineau community at the first Ottawa Ecstatic Dance this season, as part of Ecstatic Dance Ottawa at 41 Rosemount (north of Gladstone east of Parkdale) in Ottawa’s Hintonburg. (This location is not wheelchair accessible.) Ecstatic Dance facebook group

Ecstatic dances are a safe space container created for self expression, investigation, & exploration. Come explore the magnificent territory between your head and your feet, your breath, and your overall physical, emotional and mental body through movement. As an investigator of your psyche and heart, you will learn to search for the hidden jewel as you come into a space of discovery. Beginning and ending in circle. There is no particular yoga or dance experience necessary. Come and share your energy with other electrifying souls. Dance your joy, dance your pain; just dance and have some fun! Celebrate where you are, where you’ve been, and where you are going.

Click on the link above or contact DJ Yogini Kaia Nightingale or DJ Stardust Saira Monica for more information.

This is the first Ecstatic Dance this season. Note the new weekday (Thursday) and new time (7pm).

Monday September 11, Wednesday September 13 – Biodanza with Anne Marie

The practice of Biodanza for adults is facilitated weekly in the region in both French and English. See below for the dates and locations. Biodanza is a non-verbal practice for the participants. You do not need to speak either language to participate; you only need to listen.

Biodanza Biodanza, meaning to dance with life, is a fusion of music, natural movement and emotion. It is a method of human development aimed at uncovering the passion, beauty, and love for ourselves, others and the world that was always there. Reconnect with the pleasure of movement and celebrate life!

Biodanza…

  • increases our health and consciousness
  • improves our physical and emotional well-being
  • enriches the quality of our relationships
  • integrates thinking, feeling and acting
  • develops our potential for living full, radiant lives

Weekly Mondays at 19h00 – Gatineau Biodanza en français with Anne Marie

Attend weekly drop-in Biodanza evening sessions en français led by Anne Marie Riel (613.316.8118) at 19h00–21h30 Mondays at Centre Jules Desbiens, 109 Wright St., Gatineau (just north of the Chaudiere bridge). (This location is not wheelchair accessible.)

Weekly Wednesdays ?? – Ottawa Biodanza in English with Anne Marie

Attend weekly drop-in Biodanza evening sessions in English led by Anne Marie Riel, time and location to be announced. (The School of Dance is not available.)

Saturday September 23 at 8pm – Autumn Equinox Dance with Anne Pitman

Dance the Autumn Equinox as part of Seasonal Dances with Anne Pitman at the Dovercourt Recreation Centre 411 Dovercourt Ave. Open dance and circle dances. Lovely community spirit. All adults welcome. $10 (This location is wheelchair accessible.)

Autumn Equinox Dance Celebrate with free dance, circle dance and lovely community.

Dance your aliveness, your life and the turning of the wheel. Dance your rhythm and the rhythm of the season. No dance experience is necessary. Come and dance your experience!

Dance the Seasons of the Year – Take time out of your busy life to honour the turning of the wheel. All of nature; earth, air, water and fire – everything that surrounds you, is also in you. Connect with these natural elements and find their qualities of groundedness, inspiration, flow and passion in you and in your life. Dance in the season with open arms.

Click on the links above or contact Anne Pitman for more information.

Anne hosts four Seasonal Dances each year. Check her web link, above.

The Winter Solstice Dance happens Saturday December 16, same time and place.

October 13–15 – 5 Rhythms Weekend with Evangelos in Wakefield

“There is a dance only you know how to do.” – Gabrielle Roth

5 Rhythms Forgiveness 

Make peace with your personal history. Let go of the past. Forgiveness is a vital component on the path to freedom. Learn to love and value humans, regardless of their harmful actions. Allow this to become a beacon of inspiration for others.

Unlock the frozen stories held in your body. Practice forgiving “self” and “other” through embodied movement. Blame has no real beginning; through dance, it has an end.

This life-transforming practice is suitable for all ages and all levels of physical fitness. It supports whatever practice you are exploring now, or offers an excellent start to self-exploration. No previous experience is necessary.

“When you release the past, the future is wide open.” – Evangelos

Saturday October 28 at 7:30pm – Ecstatic Dance with DJs Rebecca and Kevin

Dance with your Ottawa/Gatineau community at the first Ottawa Inner Rhythm Ecstatic Dance this season at Surround Circle Yoga, 15 Aylmer Avenue in Ottawa. (This location is wheelchair accessible.)

Inner Rhythm Dance  Kevin and I will be hosting Inner Rhythm Ecstatic Dances the last Saturday of each month at Surround Circle Yoga, starting in October. Thanks so much Maureen for providing us with this wonderful space for us to get out of our heads and into our bodies to discover and explore our inner rhythms!

These evenings will be about community connection, open hearts, and free spirits. No drugs or alcohol please. ♥ We will meet and mingle, circle and connect, move and dance, center and tone, and end with tea and treats. All ages and abilities are welcome! Cost is $15 at the door. We SO look forward to sharing exuberant joy through dance with you!

Click on the link above for information.

—– Events Outside Ottawa/Gatineau/Wakefield ——————–

Events outside the local Ottawa/Gatineau/Wakefield Region

Sutton QC: July 28–30 ACI Summer Contact Improv Jam

This event is now full. You can be on the waiting list.

The Sutton Summer Jam happens near the USA border 120km south-east of Montréal in Sutton Québec.

Come for dance, pond swimming and sauna playing outdoors and night bonfire singing. Hear the roosters crow, horses gallop and frogs croak. Sleep in cabins, the big house or tent in the orchard or forest. Your summer dreams come true.

New Hampshire USA: August 17–27 – DNE Summer Dance Camp

DNE Dance Camp Registration is open!

Enjoy 4, 6, or 10 days of dance, movement, and community at Dance New England Summer Dance Camp. See the 2016 Camp Schedule for a sampling of what kind of workshops might take place in the 2017 camp. Child and family friendly; free child care available much of the day. (This location is partially wheelchair accessible.)

Vermont USA: September 8–10 – Burlington International Contact Improv Jam

The Burlington VT International Contact Improv Dance Jam happens in a beautiful downtown dance space: City Hall, Contois Auditorium, 149 Church St., Burlington, Vermont. All levels. Led warm-up and other surprises. (This location is wheelchair accessible.)

Click on the link above or contact Abbi Jaffe for details. Contact Ian! Allen about car pooling from Ottawa.

Montréal QC: October 5–8 – 5 Rhythms Dance with Jonathan Horan

5 Rhythms Dance God, Sex, and the Body: Visit erik.iversen.ca or contact Erik Iversen for more information.

Montréal QC: November 17–19 – 5 Rhythms Dance with Marc Lendfers

5 Rhythms Dance Tranceformation: Visit erik.iversen.ca or contact Erik Iversen for more information.

Montréal QC: November 18–19 – Montréal International Contact Improv Jam

Montréal International Contact Improv Dance Jam The 35th Annual Montréal International Contact Improv Jam takes place in a lovely renovated church building on Sherbrooke street.

Gratitude – Thanks to each one of us, all together the encounter has been fruitful and your presence, an essential.

Contact Ian! Allen about car pooling from Ottawa/Gatineau.

UniCamp ON: June 19–24 2018 – Big Heart Dance Camp near Toronto

Please confirm these future 2018 dates and times with Ayrlie.

Big Heart Dance Camp is a multi-arts, intergenerational extended week/weekend gathering. (This location is partially wheelchair accessible.)

We are a growing community of artists, dancers, musicians, healers, helpers and lovers. Big Heart takes place annually in June at Unicamp of Ontario in Dufferin County, north of Toronto. Nurtured and infused by the spirited land, we strive for peace and joy by being together consciously and creatively.

Video of Big Heart Dance Camp

Big Heart reaches a broad spectrum of ages. We welcome singles, couples and families to join us. Big Heart offers a wide variety of dance, music and other healing arts classes.

  • See Yourself … dancing on the grass Big Heart Dance Camp
  • Hear Yourself … singing around the campfire
  • Feel Yourself … sharing a meal of nourishing food and rich conversation
  • Delight Yourself … watching children dance, while you sit and chat with an elder
  • Express Yourself … finding new and juicy ways to move, create, play and be
  • Give Yourself … the gift of living in creative, conscious community
  • Be Yourself … at Big Heart Dance Camp!

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. Meals are eaten in community, lovingly and mindfully prepared by our kitchen team.

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. We invite you to join us in growing our creative, conscious community as we blossom into our 9th year!

Click on the link above or contact Big Heart Dance Camp 705-444-0550 for more information. Contact Ian! Allen about car pooling from Ottawa.

Please confirm these future 2018 dates and times with Ayrlie.

—– Recurring Events Outside Ottawa/Gatineau/Wakefield ——————–

Recurring Events outside the local Ottawa/Gatineau/Wakefield Region

Peterborough: Contact Improvisation and other Dance

Peterborough Dance Contact Arsalan Ahmad for details on what’s happening around Contact Improvisation Dance in Peterborough, Ontario.

There is sometimes a Special Event.

(For wheelchair and washroom accessibility information, contact Arsalan.)

For other Peterborough dance events, e.g. Ecstatic Dance, see Dance Your Bones

Peterborough: 5 Rhythms Events with Kate Huband

5 Rhythms Dance See Kate Huband – 5 Rhythms or contact Kate Huband – email for information. (For wheelchair and washroom accessibility information, contact Kate.)

“As we begin to unlock the frozen and forgotten movements in our bodies, our hearts and minds begin to expand in possibility and expression. We begin to break habits and patterns in the ways we move, feel and think. We begin to expand our understanding and expression of who we are.” – Kate Huband

Montréal: Weekly 5 Rhythms Classes with Erik Iversen

5 Rhythms Dance Freeing the Creative Spirit Teaching people to experience the pulsating sensual energy inside them and awakening their connection to flowing breath, rooted feet and a centered alive pelvis – reach up, root down, live in the heart center. Visit erik.iversen.ca or contact Erik Iversen for more information. (For wheelchair and washroom accessibility information, contact Erik.)

Montréal: Weekly 5 Rhythms Classes with Lynne Adams

5 Rhythms Dance Dance a weekly Thursday night 5 Rhythms class with Lynne Adams in Montréal – see also the FaceBook event. (For wheelchair and washroom accessibility information, contact Lynne.)

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Contact Improv Dance Jam at Earthdance – Ian! and Eva, photo by John Barrett

Contact Improv Dance Jam at Earthdance – Ian! and Eva, photo by John Barrett

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