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

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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

See also the Creative Dance and Movement Ottawa/Gatineau group on facebook. See also the Contact Improvisation Dance Ottawa/Gatineau group on facebook.

Sunday April 30 at noon – Beach Maypole Dance with Anne Pitman

In the fresh air, come all to Dance the Maypole (no experience required!) with Anne Pitman at Westboro Beach (745 Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway). Weave the ribbons of experience into our spring-time journey. Bring a little money to pay the Piper! (The location itself is wheelchair accessible, but the dancing is on the lawn.)

Contact Anne Pitman for more information.

No experience required!

Anne Pitman Maypole Dance at Westboro Beach

Anne Pitman Maypole Dance at Westboro Beach

Sunday April 30 at 6pm – Ottawa Unity Tribe Gathering

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for! Its time for our Tribe to gather again for a full evening of Love and Light! At Surround Circle Yoga. (This location is wheelchair accessible.)

Gather with us as we share our vision for a better world! As a collective, we stand for personal & global health, individual & community participation, creativity, activism, permaculture, and consensus decision making. For our children, and for our collective future.

6:00 - Potluck and setup. Bring plate, utensils and your favorite vegetarian dish! 7:00 pm - Yoga 7:45 pm - Kirtan & Devotional singing 8:30 pm - Chakra Balancing Ecstatic Dance 9:30 pm - Sound healing meditation 10:00 pm - Closing Circle
Biodanza

Biodanza

Sunday April 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.)

Monday May 1, Wednesday May 3, Friday may 5 – Biodanza with Anne Marie or Donna

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, 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…

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 at 7pm – Ottawa Biodanza in English with Anne Marie

Attend weekly drop-in Biodanza evening sessions in English led by Anne Marie Riel at 7pm-9:30pm Wednesdays in Studio 8 at the School of Dance building at 200 Crichton St. in Ottawa (New Edinburgh). (This location is not wheelchair accessible.)

Weekly Fridays at 7pm – Aylmer Bilingual Biodanza with Donna

Attend weekly English/French bilingual drop-in Biodanza evening sessions led by Donna Lévesque (613-299-7097) at 7pm-9pm Fridays in Christ Church Parish Hall, 101 Symmes Road, Aylmer (at the corner of Frank Robinson and Thomas, behind the church). Friday sessions run April 21 to June 23. (This location is not wheelchair accessible.)

Biodanza

Biodanza

Friday May 5 at 7pm – Ecstatic Dance near Rupert/Wakefield QC

Dance The Spring Peepers Move as part of The Move Ecstatic Dance in Wakefield/Rupert Québec.

Friday May 5th from 7-9pm, we will be dancing outside in the sunset on a fine spring evening at Fairbairn Museum park and stage (Maison Fairbairn House) – 45 Chemin de Wakefield Heights, Wakefield, QC J0X 3G0. We’ll be dancing on grass, so wear shoes if you like for that, and cloths to cozy up with as the evening cools. There is also an open air stage with a roof and wooden floor at this site, good also for dancing and/or hiding from light rain so we will only cancel if there is heavy, stormy type weather. If we do have to cancel because of weather, I will send an email out to my email list an hour ahead of time. There’s a parking lot we can use at the museum. If it is a very warm evening and there are alot of visitors to the bridge, the parking lot can fill, in which case you can also park along one side of the road on ch du Vieux-Pont, just past the Museum on your left. There are portapotties in the parking lot. Wheel chair accessibility: there is a stone-dust path from the gravel parking lot to the park where we dance, about 50 metres long. The park is sloping but has some flat spots in the centre near the stage. The stage has only stairs to get up to it (out of the rain for example). The portapotties are wheel chair friendly.

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 $5-$10. No one is turned away for lack of funds.

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

Contact Lori Waller or Owen Tuf for more information.

Next dance (after this one): Probably the first Friday of June. Contact Lori or Owen to confirm.

Biodanza

Biodanza

Friday May 5 at 8pm – Ecstatic Dance with DJs Sarah and Kaia

Dance weekly with your Ottawa/Gatineau community at the next Ottawa Ecstatic Dance as part of Ecstatic Dance Ottawa 8pm-10:15pm at 41 Rosemount (north of Gladstone east of Parkdale) in Ottawa’s Hintonburg. (This location is not wheelchair accessible.) Ecstatic Dance facebook group

Your body has wisdom, a unique intelligence of it’s own. Here we create a space to tap into our own unique wisdom; through presence and breath, we move, while listening to our intuition. A space to let go into this movement, to dream, and explore the wonder that is you. 8pm warm up, dropping in to our sweet bodies. 8:10 opening circle, dance journey follows. All welcome – no experience necessary. Space holder: Saira Monica

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.

The next Ecstatic Dance (after this one) is next week; same time and place. Dances happen weekly until June 23 and then resume again September 8.

Ecstatic Dance Ottawa

Ecstatic Dance Ottawa

Saturday May 6 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.

Saturday May 6 at 11:15am – Family Contact Improv Dance Class and Jam

Come to a two-hour child- and family-friendly open drop-in Family Contact Improv Dance Class and Jam hosted by Ottawa/Gatineau Contact Improv.

Dances with Children Ottawa CI dance jam It might look like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkreiRt8GEY Jam session in Ibiza Contact improvisation festival, 2011. Itay Yatuv is dancing with his daughter Sophie. Sophie is 2 years and 4 months old. Itay is a bit older. For more info: http://www.contakids.com

Everyone welcome, including children of all ages. 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 family 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.

Click on the link above or contact Ian! Allen for more information.

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

Sunday May 7 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.

Friday May 12 at 7pm – Ottawa Sacred Circle Dance

Within the darkness nights of the year come and dance to kindle the fire that never dies away. The Sacred Circle Dance choreographies and music are from different time periods and from cultures around the world. You do not need a partner (we dance in a circle) or any dance experience is necessary since each dance is taught individually before we dance it.

For more information contact annabell2@primus.ca

Next dance (after this one): June 16 2017

Biodanza

Biodanza

Saturday May 13 at 11:15am – Contact Improv Dance Class and Jam

Come to a two-hour open drop-in Contact Improv Dance Class and Jam hosted by Ottawa/Gatineau Contact Improv.

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.)

Contact Improvisation Dance In Ottawa 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.

Click on the link above or contact Ian! Allen for more information.

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

Sunday May 14 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.

Monday May 15 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.

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.

All adults welcome (drop-in); no registration or experience required. Led by Lola Ryan.

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, through end-of-July. (This location is not wheelchair accessible.)

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

Friday May 19 at 7pm – Dances of Universal Peace

Come to the next Dances of Universal Peace event, hosted by Dances of Universal Peace Ottawa who host monthly dances at the University of Ottawa. (For wheelchair and washroom accessibility information, contact the organizers.)

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. A contribution of $5. is requested. no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Live music and a cappella.

There is probably another dance in June; contact the organizers for details.

Saturday May 20 at 10:15am – Early Start Contact Improv Dance Jam with Live Music

Note the early 10:15am start time this week!

Come to a three-hour open Contact Improv Dance Jam with live music featuring multi-instrumentalist Kim Gravelle!

Hosted by Ottawa/Gatineau Contact Improv in the usual ODD Studio “B” in Arts Court, 2 Daly Avenue, 10:15am to 1:15pm on Saturday. There will be a guided warm-up but no CI dance class instruction this week; you’re moving and dancing on your own, with live music!

All adults welcome!

Kim Gravelle – dappledsunlightmusic.ca Kim Gravelle is a Canadian musician who is the creator of her own instrument, the Sympathy. This is a bass flute with sympathetic strings which create a natural subtle echo effect. The strings can also be played directly. The result is a highly unique instrument. There is no other like it in the world. See Dappled Sunlight Music.

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 the dance jam with live music is “pay what you can”, suggested $10/hour that covers our room and musician costs but you can pay a bit less if you need to, and nobody is turned away for lack of funds.

Our regular Contact Improv Dance Classes and Jams continue weekly on most other Saturday mornings through June.

Click on the link above or contact Ian! Allen for more information.

ODD/CDC Ottawa Dance Directive

Kim Gravelle – dappledsunlightmusic.ca

Kim Gravelle – dappledsunlightmusic.ca

Saturday May 27 at 1pm – 5 Rhythms Dance with Lynne Adams in Ottawa

A day to dive into the 5Rhythms practice with Lynne Adams: The Power of Presence. We’ll use the map of the 5Rhythms to anchor our Selves in our bodies and explore the possibilities of connection an embodied human has. Discovering the power of being fully present by moving into each beautiful, vulnerable, sweaty, vibrant moment.

Bring layers of comfy clothes, your water bottle, a snack (there’ll be a break), your curiosity and your courage.

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 required. (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 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 facebook link above or contact Christine Furberg 613-276-5107 or Lynne Adams. Pre-registration is required for this event.

Sunday June 11 10am-1pm – Intelligence of Movement Festival

You are invited to the Intelligence of Movement Festival V on Sunday June 11 from 10am-1pm in Studio B at ODD, Ottawa Dance Directive, at 2 Daly Street, Ottawa. (This location is wheelchair accessible.)

This festival offering is a small workshop on the art of Embodied Practice’s two main disciplines: Authentic Movement and Syntonics.

The festival part of the workshop celebrates movement material sourced from layers in our lives that we often don’t have the opportunity to visit.

We give time for movement to emerge, space for it to express and harness its beauty into writing and speech.

All you need to bring is all of you, its the most difficult part – :-)

If you’ve participated in my workshops before, you know that we always start at the beginning. For those who might be interested in this class for the first time, you are most welcome to call me before hand so we can have a conversation.

This festival’s offering is The root and the flower.

Please let me know if you are planning to attend and do share this invitation with anyone who might be interested.

Confirmation is necessary as you will receive materials prior to the workshop. Cost is 50$. If finances are an issue, we can talk.

I can be reached at 613-447-5205 or mariemoniqueleger@gmail.com (please note new email).

With kind regards and a soft spring wind, Monique

Saturday June 24 at 6pm – Global Water Dances

On June 24th 2017, dancers and community members from the six continents will dance to raise awareness for global water issues. Join the Wave! Dance with us in Ottawa at Britannia Beach, 100 Greenview, Ottawa. We are asking participants to wear white on the bottom and a “solid water colour” (blue, turquoise, green, etc) on top. No patterns please!

For more information about the Dance in Ottawa or the Dances taking place globally, visit http://globalwaterdances.org/

Saturday June 24 at 8pm – Summer Solstice Dance with Anne Pitman

Dance the Summer Solstice 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.)

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 Autumn Equinox Dance happens Saturday September 23, same time and place.

Summer Solstice Dance

Summer Solstice Dance

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

Theme: To be announced.

“Your only limit is you” – Evangelos

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.

Contact Alana O’Donnell for more information.

—– Selected Events Outside Ottawa/Gatineau ——————–

Interesting Selected Events outside the local Ottawa/Gatineau Region

Greece: May 19–26 2017 – 5 Rhythms Gateways Retreat with Evangelos and Taeji

Come to a 5 Rhythms Ataraxia Week-long Retreat with Evangelos Diavolitsis and Taeji at the Okreblue Yoga Retreat Center, Paros, Greece. (Contact Alana to know if this event is wheelchair accessible.)

Ataraxía is a very good word for the practice of living: ongoing, stable contentedness. Uncontrived… spontaneous…. It is the embodiment of ‘enough’. A movement retreat is a retreat from unreality and from the churning mind, a return to simplicity. It is dancing life in a simple, spontaneous way from moment to moment. We will practice returning to Ataraxía, to ‘enough’, with the aim of making it a stable part of our everyday lives.

Cost: Workshop – $690 CAD, Accommodation – from €350 to €525 EUR (incl. 2 meals/day)

Information via Meditation Moves

Click on the links above or contact Alana O’Donnell for more information.

UniCamp ON: June 20–25 – Big Heart Dance Camp near Toronto

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
  • 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.

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 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.

Montréal QC: June 21–25 2017 – 5 Rhythms Heartbeat Dance with Alex Mackay

Join Alex Mackay (Wales, UK, aka “Ravensister”) for a 5-day 5Rhythms Heartbeat workshop in Montreal, QC this summer. The Heartbeat map charts how our emotions move through us, helping us navigate and investigate the many shapes of Fear, Anger, Sadness, Joy and Compassion. Our capacity to inhabit our deep, loving selves expands as we plunge into this extended exploration. Coup de Coeur

Massachusetts USA: June 28 to July 4 2017 – Family Friendly Contact Improv Dance Jam

Contact Improv Dance Jam at Earthdance – Ian! and Karen, photo and Photoshop by Moti

Contact Improv Dance Jam at Earthdance – Ian! and Karen, photo and Photoshop by Moti

Toronto ON: June 28 to July 2 – Contact Dance International Film Festival

The Contact Dance International Film Festival (CDIFF) returns to Toronto for its third season. This festival, produced by REAson d’etre dance productions, celebrates films featuring momentum-based dance created by some of the top creators and dancers in the field of Contact Dance Improvisation. The festival is a unique opportunity for both film and dance lovers to experience the joy, chaos and intimacy of human connection through physical movement. From the iconic Honest Ed’s in Toronto, to Helsinki’s Market Square to the New York Subway, dancers fly and bodies collide with force, grace and tenderness.

For more details please see http://contactdancefilmfest.com/

Kathleen and Nils, Flesh and Stone – CDIFF

Kathleen and Nils, Flesh and Stone – CDIFF

Massachusetts USA: July 6–11 2017 – Touch and Play: Unveiling

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.

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

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 2017 – DNE Summer Dance Camp

DNE Dance Camp Registration opens in May!

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 2017 – 5 Rhythms Dance with Jonathan Horan

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

Montréal QC: November 17–19 2017 – 5 Rhythms Dance with Marc Lendfers

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

Montreal: November 18–19 – Montreal International Contact Improv Jam

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

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

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

Interesting Selected Recurring Events outside the local Ottawa/Gatineau Region

Peterborough: Contact Improvisation and other Dance

Contact Arsalan Ahmad for details on what’s happening around Contact Improvisation Dance in Peterborough, Ontario. There is an upcoming Introduction to Contact Improv Dance on February 4 2017. (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

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

Montreal: Weekly 5 Rhythms 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 erik.iversen.ca or contact Erik Iversen for more information. (For wheelchair and washroom accessibility information, contact Erik.)

Montreal: Weekly 5 Rhythms Classes with Lynne Adams

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.)

EMail Subscription Management for Ian! D. Allen  idallen@idallen.ca

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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