Dance, Movement, and CI Events in Ottawa/Gatineau and Online

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Updated November 26 2021 – Mis à jour le 26 novembre 2021

Ian! D. Allen Let’s Dance Ian!!

The best way to read this message is using the Newsletter Web Version that is updated mid-week. Click on your favourite events in the Table of Contents. – Ian! D. Allen

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

Dance News for  Ian! D. Allen

  1. Lana Morton tells us that the Ottawa Dance Directive (ODD) studio (formerly used to host Contact Improvisation Dance events on Saturdays) remains closed to outside rentals (us) until at least January 2022. ODD/CDC Ottawa Dance Directive

  2. Local CI organizers are meeting to discuss how and when to re-open Contact Improvisation Dance in Ottawa along the lines of the “Safer (brave) Space” consent culture work of Michele Beaulieux.

  3. A collection of responses to “Please tell us something you like about Contact Improvisation in two or three sentences.”

  4. The links to images on the facebook may be broken in this newsletter. They must have changed their policy on access, so at some point I’ll have to go through the newsletter and delete all the facebook references. Event organizers: please ensure you have a non-facebook web site with images to which I can link for your event.

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.

Dancers who pursue graceful movement must practice being aware of their bodies and being aware of wordless communication. These skills are particularly important today, when we spend so much time sitting and in virtual realities. Our way of life has taken us further from our own physical experiences and the understanding of the wordless emotional messages of others. For example, contact improvisation makes the dancers listen attentively to the body of their partner. Touch is known to reduce pain, fear and anxiety. – Hanna Poikonen

Near Ottawa/Gatineau/Wakefield/Lanark/CarletonPlace

Events in or originating from the local Ottawa/Gatineau/Wakefield/Lanark/CarletonPlace Region

Events that recur weekly or monthly show only the nearest upcoming event or two. Follow the link for future events.

Sundays at 10:15am – Dance to Nature (outdoors) with Alana

See the Dance to Nature group on the facebook or contact Alana O’Donnell for more information.

Mondays at 7pm – Biodanza with Anne Marie

Biodanza Contact Anne Marie to confirm this event:

Biodanza! The dance of Life … Mondays at 7pm in Gatineau (Hull sector). An evening of discoveries and human encounters! I invite you to a wonderful evening of dancing life together! Welcome to all!

Everyone is welcome! Invite your friends, your neighbors, your relatives, your adult children, your spouses, your colleagues…

With the joy in your heart to dance together,
Anne-Marie Riel
Information: 613-316-8118

First and Third Thursdays at 7:30pm – Ecstatic Dance in Ottawa with Saira

Ecstatic Dance in Ottawa

Indoor Rosemount Hall Dances are back, with limited capacity and no vaccination checking. Local facilitators and space holders will keep us moving throughout the colder months . The dances take place every first and third Thursday of every month. (Dec 2 and 16, etc.) Every body is welcome.

Some COVID-19 measures will be in place: Please respect the sensitive time and keep your distance from others unless consented otherwise. Please bring your mask for the common areas. Masks can be taken off while dancing. As a “private religious event (-Sarah)”, no vaccinations are required. Contact tracing will be recorded.

Neither the dance hall nor the washrooms are accessible by people using wheelchairs, though some brave souls have made arrangements to be carried in their chairs up the steps into the hall, and out again at the end of the evening.

Outside Ottawa/Gatineau/Wakefield/Lanark/CarletonPlace

Events outside the local Ottawa/Gatineau/Wakefield/Lanark/CarletonPlace Region

Dance Online Everywhere

“Let’s Dance Together – ONLINE!” (Everywhere!)

Online: December 4 – Myth-making workshop  Majero Bouman

Majero Bouman presents Our Stories: Many Threads in One Tapestry, a half-day online workshop.

How does your story belong in the whole? Join this collective myth-making workshop to experience the weave of your belonging.

Open Floor is a fun, no-steps-to-learn dance practice that offers so much more. It is a moving meditation and resource-based therapeutic practice inviting profound insight and engagement with many aspects of our being in the world. We move and include our bodies’ familiar and unfamiliar physicality. We build capacity to be present with whatever arises, moment to moment. We recognize that whatever arises on the dance floor and through creativity is a reflection of what is moving in life. Let’s Dance!

For more information, or to register, use the link above, or contact Majero Bouman

Online: January-March 2022 – ReMix: online writing and movement with  Majero Bouman

Majero Bouman presents ReMix 1 and 2

Two 5 week online courses offered back to back for 10 weeks of Open Floor Movement Practice combined with Creative Writing Processes.

These workshops are for dancers who didn’t know they could write, writers who didn’t know they could dance, and the generally curious who are open to unfolding.

A ReMix emerges from the generative paradox of freedom and constraint. A ReMix is also relational and social: it requires multiple creators working on their own, as well as together, inspired and inspiring.

ReMix 1 and 2 introduce Open Floor Fundamentals, and meet the standards of Open Floor International’s Art in Motion stream.

For more information, or to register, use the link above, or contact Majero Bouman

Recurring Online Dance/Movement Events

Online Rise & Shine Shake

Shake! Mornings, afternoons, and evenings

Saturdays 12:45pm – Online CI-Inspired Weekly Score & Jam: Beyond Saudade

Beyond Saudade

Sundays 10am – Online I-Opener Dance

iOpener Dance

Mondays 9:30pm – Online DJ Sillydelic Dance Family

DJ Sillydelic Monday Dance

Wednesdays 8pm – bioLUMINosity Online Dance

bioLUMINosity Edge of Trance dance

bioLUMINosity: I create a soundtrack to bring you out of your head and into your body, heart, spirit… You ride it wherever it takes you personally. This is about Your LIFE-LIGHT!

bioLUMINosity is:

Various – Online Canadian Biodanza (usually en français)

Biodanza classes

Various – Online Dance Classes

Recurring Events Outside Ottawa/Gatineau/Wakefield/Lanark/CarletonPlace

Recurring Events outside the local Ottawa/Gatineau/Wakefield/Lanark/CarletonPlace Region

I don’t know if these events are now happening online. Contact the organizers.

Picton ON: Barefoot Groove Tonic Free Form Dance

Groove Tonic PEC hosts a weekly barefoot, free-form movement and dance event in Picton.

We meet every Wednesday evening from 7–9:00 pm for barefoot, free-form movement and and dance. All are welcome! Wear comfortable clothing, bring water to keep hydrated and a $5 donation to cover the cost of the space. Groove Tonic happens at the Picton Town Hall, 2nd floor above the old firehall (2 Ross St, at King St).

(For wheelchair and washroom accessibility information, contact the organizer.)

Peterborough ON: Contact Improvisation and other Dance

Contact Arsalan Ahmad for details on what’s happening around Contact Improvisation Dance in Peterborough, Ontario. (For wheelchair and washroom accessibility information, contact Arsalan.)

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

DYB’s purpose is to offer an Ecstatic Dance movement practice in an accessible, respectful and safe environment.

Each Thursday evening, we dance together in a beautiful church hall for 90 minutes without interruption. The music varies weekly depending on the dj. We try to use an interesting blend of world music, pop, blues and even classical.

Montréal QC: Biodanza Classes with Catherine Fabiola Lessard

Catherine Lessard Dance and celebrate – Danser, se rassembler, célébrer, s’émerveiller …

Classes in Biodanza and Authentic Movement in and near Montréal with Catherine Fabiola Lessard

Montréal QC: Authentic Movement with Catherine Fabiola Lessard

Catherine Lessard Dance and celebrate – Danser, se rassembler, célébrer, s’émerveiller …

Classes in Biodanza and Authentic Movement in and near Montréal with Catherine Fabiola Lessard

Montréal QC: Weekly 5Rhythms Classes with Erik Iversen

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 or or contact Erik Iversen for more information. (For wheelchair and washroom accessibility information, contact Erik.)

Montréal QC: Weekly 5Rhythms Classes with Lynne Adams

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

Montréal QC: Ecstatic Dances

Soirée danse Extatique

Québec QC: Contact Improvisation, Communauté de Québec

Contact Improvisation de la ville de Québec

Bienvenue à  tous. Les jams de Contact improvisation seront annoncés dans le groupe par le biais d’évènements. Consultez la publication épinglée pour plus d’information.

Sherbrooke QC: Biodanza with Yves Léger

Classes are facilitated in French (with possible English translation on request): Biodanza Sherbrooke: français and Sherbrook Biodanza: English (The English pages may not be updated; use the French pages!)


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