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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.

—– 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. Follow the link for future events.

Friday November 24 at 7pm – Sacred Circle Dance

Ottawa Sacred Circle Dance presents Connections in Sacred Dance. (For wheelchair and washroom accessibility information, contact the organizers.)

Sacred Circle Dance Come join us in Sacred Circle Dance to experience and explore the meaning of “connections” through sacred dances with Diane Schreiner.

Beginners are always welcome, no previous experience is necessary. The steps to each dance are explained, demonstrated and practiced together before we dance.

Doors open 6:30pm - please arrive by 6:55pm. Free parking available onsite, in the school parking lot next door and along the side streets.

Contribution: $10.00 Location: 430 Churchill (at Byron) in Ottawa What to wear: Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing; What to bring: Water Bottle. Hope to see you there!

Follow the link above for information.

Next Ottawa Sacred Circle Dance evening (after this one): Friday December 15, 2017 (usually the third Friday)

Friday November 24 at 8:30pm – One Love Co-Creation

facebook event

Experience a heart filled high-vibe collaborative night hosted by Eric Mandala, Zu Zen, Arif Jinha and jay and Rebecca White Raven. The evening will include community connection, sound healing meditation, chanting, and ecstatic dance! We come together with open hearts to raise our vibration and heal the world. Cost: flex fees $15-$25 cash at the door Venue: TEA STORE 55 Byward Market Sq, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9C3

Saturday November 25 at 9:30am – Authentic Movement

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

Experience with Authentic Movement is required to attend these events. Contact Wendy before you attend.

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 to attend these events. Contact Wendy before you attend.

ODD/CDC Ottawa Dance Directive

Saturday November 25 at 11:15am – Contact Improv Dance Class and Jam

Contact Improvisation Dance In Ottawa Come to a weekly open drop-in Contact Improv Dance Class and Jam hosted by Ottawa/Gatineau Contact Improv.

A facilitated warm up and introduction to contact improv dance usually starts the jam. All adults welcome. No prior experience required. Dress to move! Venue: ODD Studio “B”, Second Floor, at Arts Court, 2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa (This location is wheelchair accessible.) Cost: Admission for our dance jams is “pay what you can”, suggested $5/hour, which covers our room costs but you can pay a bit less if you need to, and nobody is turned away for lack of funds. Contact: Click on the link above or contact Ian! Allen for more information.

Some things to watch:

ODD/CDC Ottawa Dance Directive

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

Saturday November 25 at 7:30pm – Ecstatic Dance with DJs Rebecca and Kevin

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

Inner Rhythm Dance Rebecca White Raven, Kevin Guerette, and Maureen Fallis are now hosting Inner Rhythm Ecstatic Dances the last Saturday of each month at Surround Circle Yoga. So grateful for 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!

Doors open at 7pm; dance starts at 7:30pm.

Questions? Send me a fb message or email mailto:rebeccawhiteraven@gmail.com

For further chanting, sound healing and ecstatic dance events see https://rebeccawhiteraven.com/upcoming-events/

Click on the above links for information.

Next dances (after this one): Third Saturday of each month. Contact the organizers to be sure.

Sunday November 26 at 10:15am – Dance to Nature (Outdoors) with Alana

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 Alana.
  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 Alana O’Donnell for more information.

Sunday November 26 at 11:30am – Soul Motion conscious dance class with Alison Fox

Soul Motion conscious dance class in the ODD Studio “B”, Second Floor, Arts Court, 2 Daly Avenue

With the conscious movement practice of Soul Motion®, we meet ourselves and each other, in community, on the dance floor and beyond. Each class offers a movement inquiry to inspire curiosity about what moves in, around and through us. No dance experience needed. All bodies welcome. $15

For more information, visit http://soulmotion.com/faq/ or email Alison Fox.

ODD/CDC Ottawa Dance Directive

Sunday November 26 at 1:30pm – Sacred Feminity with Anne-Marie Riel

Sacred Feminity: Second encounter: «the gift of self»

Workshop for women of all ages from 18 to 118 years old Hosted by Anne Marie Riel, didactic Biodanza Facilitator Sunday, November 26th 2017, 1:30pm to 5:30pm At The School of Dance, 200 Crichton street, Ottawa, studio 7

I invite you to the second of seven encounters on the Sacred Feminity on the the me «the gift of self». You are most welcome at any time: the encounters follow each other without necessity of commitment. Welcome! Welcome!

The afternoon will web together meditation, circle of sharing from the heart, vivencia (dancing Life) and space to create.

Let us join each other, sisters of all ages, to recuperate the permission to be fully ourselves! And if we would to offer to the world that which we received that is unique, luminous and sacred?

Sunday November 26 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.)

Next dances (after this one): Last Sunday of every month. Contact the organizers to be sure.

Monday November 27 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 on Monday evenings 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 fun on your way to learning new skills and enhancing your dancing. 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. Last class this season Monday December 4. (This location is not wheelchair accessible.)

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

Monday November 27 at 7pm – Biodanza with Anne Marie Riel

The practice of Biodanza for adults is facilitated weekly in the region in both English and French. See below for the dates and locations. Biodanza is a non-verbal practice for the participants. You do not need to speak any 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 7pm – Bilingual Biodanza with Anne Marie

Attend weekly bilingual drop-in Biodanza evening sessions in English and French 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.) Monday sessions run weekly until Christmas.

Thursday November 30 at 19h00 – Biodanza with Donna Lévesque

Biodanza Biodanza Fall classes: 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 a zest for life. All adults welcome!

Friday December 1 at 7pm – Ecstatic Dance near Rupert/Wakefield QC

Dance The December Move in Rupert (near Wakefield/LaPeche, Québec) as part of The Move Ecstatic Dance Friday from 7pm–9pm at our familiar spot, the Rupert Hall – 24 chemin Shouldice, Rupert (La Peche), Quebec. The building is wheelchair accessible and has lots of parking. Carpooling can be arranged using this online bulletin board.

The Move is part of the worldwide community of Ecstatic Dance, a gathering of people who like to dance free-form. There are no set steps, no right or wrong movements – just an invitation to follow what your own creative dancing body wants to do. 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 bare feet, or socks and shoes for the summer outdoor dances, or soft indoor shoes, if needed. Everybody is welcome, with children accompanied by an adult. Please, no talking on the dance floor. Dances are a drug/alchohol and scent free zone (no perfumes or oils or scents please).

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 dances (after this one): Maybe early January. Contact the organizers to be sure.

Thursday December 7 at 7pm – Ottawa Ecstatic Dance with DJ Kaia

Come to the next Ecstatic Dance with your Ottawa/Gatineau Ecstatic Dance community. Dances take place twice monthly as part of Ecstatic Dance Ottawa. Venue: 41 Rosemount in Hintonburg. (This location is not wheelchair accessible.)

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 for more information.

Follow the link above for future dances and confirm future dates and times with Kaia as they change.

Sunday December 10 at 3:15pm – Initiation to Sacred Circle Dance with Diane Schreiner

Initiation to Sacred Circle Dance

Open to all. No partner and no dance experience required. Wear comfortable clothes and indoor shoes and bring your water bottle.

Sacred Circle Dance is an invitation to calm the mind, anchor the spirit in meditation, while sharing and feeling the joy of dancing. You will experience depth and lightness, meditation and laughter, simplicity and healing energy. It is a mandala of living energy bringing us into contact with all the dimensions within the universe and us.

This dance movement began in Findhorn (Scotland) around 1970 with Bernhard Wosein a ballet master. Circle dance encompasses a wide variety of choreographies and music from around the world. Some dances are traditional dances while others are recent choreographies.

Ouvert à tous. Pas besoin de partenaire. Aucune expérience requise. Vêtements et chaussures confortables et amenez votre bouteille d’eau.

Friday December 15 at 7pm – Dances of Universal Peace

Every third Friday, come to the next monthly Dances of Universal Peace event at the University of Ottawa, hosted by Dances of Universal Peace Ottawa. (For wheelchair and washroom accessibility information, contact the organizers.)

We dance this week in Room #4115 of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa. All welcome. No partner required. Beginners welcome. The Dances have no performers or audience. No musical or dance experience is necessary,

The Dances of Universal Peace and Walking Concentrations are spiritual practice in motion. Drawing on the sacred phrases, scripture, and poetry of the many spiritual traditions of the earth, the Dances blend chant, live music and evocative movement into a living experience of unity, peace and integration. This taste of our true nature - as Universal Peace - opens to the possibility of a deep spiritual revolution within the person.

From the beginning of time, sacred movement, song and story have brought people together - at times of seasonal ceremony and celebration, as part of everyday life and life passages, in daily renewal and meditation. The Dances of Universal Peace are part of this timeless tradition of sacred movement, song and story.

Dances of Universal Peace are participatory simple circle dances and songs drawn from the earth’s sacred traditions, and other Universal songs of peace. Dress is casual. No previous experience or dance partner needed. Live music and a cappella. A donation of $5-$10 is requested.

For more information please contact Patricia Kerr

Saturday December 16 at 8pm – Winter Solstice Dance with Anne Pitman

Dance the Winter Solstice as part of Seasonal Dances with Anne Pitman at the Dovercourt Recreation Centre 411 Dovercourt Ave. (This location is wheelchair accessible.)

No dance experience necessary. All adults welcome. $10

Spring Equinox Dance Seasonal music, free form dance, circle dance, and warm community spirit.

Dance the Seasons of the Year – Take time out of your busy life to dance your aliveness, your life and honour the turning of the wheel. No dance experience is necessary. Dance your rhythm and the rhythm of the season. 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 Spring Equinox Dance happens Saturday March 24 2018, same time and place.

Thursday December 21 at 7pm – Ottawa Ecstatic Dance with DJ Saira

Come to the next Ecstatic Dance with your Ottawa/Gatineau Ecstatic Dance community. Dances take place twice monthly as part of Ecstatic Dance Ottawa. Venue: 41 Rosemount in Hintonburg. (This location is not wheelchair accessible.)

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 Stardust Saira Monica for more information.

Follow the link above for future dances and confirm future dates and times with Saira as they change.

April 6–8 2018 – 5 Rhythms Weekend with Evangelos

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

Are you ready to move through your story? Have you met the hero, the monster or the miracle within you?

Every hero needs a safe place to do her/his deepest inner work. Come, dive into the world of your imagination and body in motion and consciously discover your hero’s dance. Join us as we embody the hero within, dance through four sacred doors, find our instrument of power and meet our demons.

We can then emerge, the hero renewed and integrated into meaningful and joyful living.

Location: TBA (to be announced)

Times: Friday: 7-10pm, Saturday 11-6pm, Sunday 11-6pm

Registration/ Information – Contact Us

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.

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

Events outside the local Ottawa/Gatineau/Wakefield Region

Mille-Isles QC: December 15–17 – Biodanza and Imago for Couples

The sacred space of our dance together.

A bilingual residential weekend for couples at L’Autre Versant in Québec. Facilitated by Anne-Marie Riel (Biodanza) and Claude Parisot (Imago) Limited to 12 couples (private rooms) Details (image) Related introduction to Couples Imago at 7pm Thursday November 16.

Contact Anne Marie Riel (613.316.8118) for details.

Massachusetts USA: December 28 to January 2 – Earthdance New Year’s Contact Improv Jam

Earthdance Umbrella Dance Studio Earthdance annual New Year’s Contact Improvisation Dance Jam

As winter swirls outside, we come together on the dance floor to find new connections through Contact Improvisation, co-creating five days of magic, intimacy, warmth, and dancing celebration. Workshops, performances, bonfires, and nonstop jamming ring in the New Year with utter joy at our biggest Jam of the year.

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

(This location is partially wheelchair accessible.)

Massachusetts USA: March 15–22 2018 – Earthdance CI Ground Research

CIGR 2018 aims to bring into awareness the history and diversity of perspectives that have grappled with the intersection of sexuality and Contact Improvisation. We will explore such questions as: What is the basic integrity of this form we call Contact Improvisation? How do we develop our approaches to sexuality, sensuality and the body politic? What are the norms and interests within the form and how do they overlap with exploring boundaries? How do festivals that explicitly challenge the boundaries of CI affect those who teach in academia?

There is an oft-paraphrased and perhaps misrepresented quote from Steve Paxton’s lexicon that states, “If you’re dancing physics, you’re dancing contact. If you’re dancing chemistry, you’re doing something else.” (1987). This quote was used in the promotion of the first Touch & Play festival (2010), which was framed as an exploration of the ‘Chemistry in Contact’. Recently the discourse has resurfaced and the appropriation of Paxton’s original sentiments has been brought into question. After the 2017 Touch & Play festival at Earthdance, Aaron Brando (organizer of CI Ground Research) wrote a letter to the organizers raising questions about the explicit marketing of Touch & Play as a CI festival. Nancy Stark Smith and Steve Paxton were both included in the conversation as well as other CI teachers who are familiar with Touch & Play. Contact Quarterly is dedicating a portion of their Spring issue to this discourse.

See CIGR 2018: Sensuality, Sexuality and the Body Politic on the facebook. (This location is partially wheelchair accessible.)

Toronto ON: March 30–April 1 2018 – Ontario Regional Contact Improv Dance Jam

Again this year the annual Ontario Regional Contact Improv Dance Jam is in Toronto, Ontario. There is a facebook event. (This location is fully wheelchair accessible.)

Ontario Regional Contact Jam Three days of contact improvisation on one entire floor of Canada’s National Ballet School. Three beautiful studios with grand pianos in every room. Over 250 people to dance with – the largest contact improv dance jam in North America.

One of the key values of the ORCJ is to be welcoming and friendly – to all. We want to be the multi-day Jam of choice for first time people. We have a peer support team available to you throughout the jam – to listen, mediate, and offer emotional support to dancers in need in English and French.

Especially welcoming to new people, non dancers, people of all sizes, ages, shapes, mental and physical abilities. The venue is completely wheelchair accessible. LGBTQ welcoming.

Register early and we should have no problem finding you a local host accommodation (billet).

It’s an incredible deal, really. A whole weekend of contact improv dance jamming, several meals, a place to stay, dance workshops, etc., all for one low price!

Details are still being arranged. Click on the links above or contact An ORCJ Human Being for more information. Contact Ian! Allen about car pooling from Ottawa to Toronto.

It is important for us that everyone feels welcome: people who are new to dance, people with disabilities, all kinds of bodies, minds and hearts; that all gender and gender expressions are welcome, womyn and men; cis and trans; of all ages, sizes and shapes, skin colours, cultures, sub-cultures and counter-cultures; that gays, lesbian, bi, queer and straight people are welcome. Whatever your story or the story of your people, your mother tongue, you are welcome, the fullness of you is welcome, no parts left out. Whatever your mind state, whether your heart is heavy or light, troubled or clear.

If there’s a way we can better include all parts of you, please let us know; we want to know. We are perfectly imperfect beings. We are going to make mistakes, and we want to learn from them and to create a jam that welcomes you.

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.

Montreal QC: August 1–5 2018 – Touch & Play Festival

The first Canadian Touch&Play Festival: http://montreal2018.touchandplay.org

Touch and Play Festival “The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” -― Albert Camus

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.

From Touch&Play 2017 at Earthdance comes this Are you ready for Liberation? video 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.

Massachusetts USA: August 6–19 2018 – DNE Summer Dance Camp

New Location (Camp Timber Trails in Massachusetts) and Dates (August 6-19) for 2018! Please confirm these future 2018 dates and times with DNE.

Enjoy dance, movement, and community at the annual Dance New England Summer Dance Camp in Massachusetts in August 2018. See the 2017 Camp Schedule for a sampling of what kind of workshops might take place in the 2018 camp. Child and family friendly; free child care available much of the day.

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

Please confirm these future 2018 dates and times with DNE.

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

Recurring Events outside the local Ottawa/Gatineau/Wakefield Region

Peterborough ON: 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 ON: 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 QC: 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 QC: 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.)

Montréal QC: Ecstatic Dances

Soirée danse Extatique

Sherbrooke QC: Biodanza with Yves Léger

In French with English simultaneous translation: Sherbrooke Biodanza English

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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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