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

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Updated June 22 2022 – Mis à jour le 22 juin 2022

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, Anne-Marie, Ian, Marcia

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

  1. Hello, capital region dancers and friends. This is my first dance newsletter since October last year. The Ottawa wastewater viral signal is on its way down, and thus we see an improvement in the Ontario COVID-19 Risk Analysis. There are a few dances available outdoors; have a look below.

  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. Public dances are predicted to resume in the usual Arts Court ODD Studio B in September 2022. ODD/CDC Ottawa Dance Directive

  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.

Jun 14 at 6:30pm – Sunset Ecstatic Dance and Sound Healing with Rebecca and Katie

Sunset Ecstatic Dance and Sound Healing outdoors at Britannia Beach in Ottawa.

Join Rebecca White Raven and Katie Bigras for a blessed evening of ecstatic dance and sound healing.

We will gather at 6:30 and begin our journey with ecstatic dance allowing the music and our embodied self expression to move and transform us.

We will then make our way to the earth allowing the resonance of sound and pacha mama (Gaia) to gently hold, nourish and support our integration process.

Schedule:

6:30 - 8:00 Ecstatic Dance set by Katie
8:00 - 8:30 Sound Healing by Rebecca White Raven and Katie Bigras

Please dress for the weather and bring a yoga mat and blanket to be comfortable for the sound healing.

Drummers are welcome to bring drums and play along with the music!

Cost is by donation, $20 suggested. We will leave out a donation basket for your offering, or you may use Eventbrite link for online donation.

We will meet at the far end of the grassy point near the far-end rocky beach. Not the main beach, but further out on the water near where the big rocks are.

IMPORTANT: This is a weather dependent event. Please be sure to check this event page the day of the event in case we need to postpone due to weather. Much love and blessings, Rebecca and Katie.

The grassy dance area is not very friendly to wheelchairs, though there are paved paths adjacent. Accessible city washrooms are available in the main building, but they may be closed during COVID-19.

June 18 at 6:30pm – Sunset Ecstatic Dance Release with Chana

Sunset Ecstatic Dance outdoors at Britannia Beach in Ottawa.

Come join us for a beautiful ecstatic dance at the beach!
Let go
Feel free
Release
Have fun
Embrace your inner child

Ecstatic dance is free flowing movement. You are welcome to show up just as you are.. You can dance, lay down, meditate or jump up and down. It is all welcome here. It truly is a deeply magical experience.

6:30 opening circle
6:45 dance
8:15 closing circle
We will be on the grassy area by the rocky beach.
Weather dependent.

The grassy dance area is not very friendly to wheelchairs, though there are paved paths adjacent. Accessible city washrooms are available in the main building, but they may be closed during COVID-19.

June 21 at 6:30pm – Solstice Sunset Ecstatic Dance and Sound Healing with Rebecca and Eloise

Solstice Sunset Ecstatic Dance and Sound Healing outdoors at Britannia Beach in Ottawa.

Join DJ Eloise and Rebecca White Raven for a high vibe evening of community dance, nature, and sound healing meditation.

Celebrate Summer Solstice with us and enjoy the sweet bliss of gathering outdoors by the water under the setting sun! We shall drop into the true essence of ourselves and allow our bodies to be free and wild with dance! After dancing we can drop into the earth and integrate the movement with stillness and sacred sound healing. People are welcome to stay afterwards for further song and music making.

6:30 - 8:00 ecstatic dance
8:00 - 8:30 sound healing
8:30 - 9:00 community gathering and song/drum/music making

Please dress for the weather and bring a yoga mat and blanket to be comfortable for the sound healing.

Drummers are welcome to bring drums and play along with the music!

Musicians are welcome to bring other instruments for after-party music making too!

We will meet at the far end of the grassy point near the far-end rocky beach. Not the main beach, but further out on the water near where the big rocks are.

IMPORTANT: This is a weather dependent event. Please be sure to check your email the day of the event in case we need to postpone due to weather.

Much love and blessings,

Rebecca & Eloise

The grassy dance area is not very friendly to wheelchairs, though there are paved paths adjacent. Accessible city washrooms are available in the main building, but they may be closed during COVID-19.

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

For Summer Hours see the facebook group page

See the Dance to Nature group on the facebook or contact Alana O’Donnell for current information. Some Sundays have no facilitated dances, especially in the summer.

The grassy dance area is not very friendly to wheelchairs, though there are paved paths adjacent. Accessible city washrooms are available in the main building at Mooney’s Bay, but they may be closed during COVID-19.

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

Ecstatic Dance in Ottawa

Indoor Rosemount Hall dances have resumed. The dances take place every first and third Thursday of every month. See the facebook group for details. Every body is welcome.

Last dance of the season: Thursday June 16.

No COVID-19 protocols are in place for this indoor event.

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.

Mondays at 7pm – Biodanza with Anne Marie

Biodanza Contact Anne Marie to confirm her Biodanza events in 2022:

Biodanza! The dance of Life!
Come and wake up the joy of being alive!
No need to know how to dance.
Mondays 7pm-9pm from May 9 until June 20 2022
109 Wright Street, Gatineau (just across the Chaudiere bridge)
$25 drop-in
Information: Anne-Marie Riel 613-316-8118 450-266-4511

No COVID-19 protocols are in place for this indoor event.

This event and its washrooms are wheelchair-accessible.

Outside Ottawa/Gatineau/Wakefield/Lanark/CarletonPlace

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

Contact Ian Allen about car pooling to the dance events held at Earthdance in Massachusetts.

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

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 http://www.erik.iversen.ca/ or http://www.5rhythms.com/teachers/Erik+Iversen or contact Erik Iversen for more information. (For wheelchair and washroom accessibility information, contact Erik.)

Montréal QC: 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

Ecstatic Dance Montréal

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.

Contact Improvisation de la ville de Québec

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!)

Biodanza

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