Let’s Dance Ian!!

Ian! D. Allen The best way to read this message is using the Newsletter Web Version that is updated mid-week: http://contactimprov.ca/on/ottawa/news.html Click on your favourite events in the Table of Contents below or use the web version above. (Outlook/Evolution email users – sorry, clicking below doesn’t work; use the web version.) – Ian! D. Allen

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

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/Lanark/CarletonPlace —–

Events in 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.

Thursdays April 18… at 7:30pm – Ottawa Ecstatic Dance with DJ Kaia

Ecstatic Dance Ottawa Come to the next Ecstatic Dance – Earth Prayers 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.)

Dance your prayers, sweat your dreams and express your love for Mother Earth through feet on the floor and intent. Dance helps us connect to earth through embodied awareness. D.J.: Kaia (Kaia has just returned from Mexico and England)

Doors open and music on at 7:00; Cacao served at 7:15 for those who wish; 7:30 opening circle

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 Kaia Kaia Nightingale

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

Friday April 19 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.)

Harmony and Balance Peace Dances

Circle Dances to live music. We bring the unifying traditions of spirit centered cultures to life with our song and dancing together.

Dances of Universal Peace – Monthly, participatory simple circle dances and songs drawn from the earth’s sacred traditions, such as: Jewish, Christian (Creation Spirituality, Aramaic & Gospel), Islamic Su, Buddhist, Native American, Hindu, African, Celtic, Zoroastrian, and other Universal songs of peace. All welcome. No partner required. Beginners welcome. The Dances have no performers or audience. No musical or dance experience is necessary, All dances are taught. Dress casual. Singles and couples are welcome. Live music by (leader(s)) & friends. $5-10 donation at the door.

We dance this week in Room #4004 of the Faculty of Social Sciences, 120 University Private, at the University of Ottawa.

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.

Next dance (after this one) is usually the third Friday. Contact the organizers to be sure.

For more information please contact Patricia Kerr

Saturdays April 20… 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. Also on the facebook!

Some things to learn about Contact Improvisation Dance:

Some CI things to watch:

Note that many of these videos have had music added after the dance; the dance itself was done in silence, or occasionally with a live musician improvising with the dancers.

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

Mondays April 22,29… to June 17 at 7pm – Biodanza with Anne Marie Riel

Attend weekly bilingual (English/French) drop-in Biodanza evening sessions led by Anne Marie Riel (613.316.8118).

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 Canada www.biodanza.ca 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

Tuesday April 23 at 7:30pm – Evening Contra Dance

Ottawa Contra Dance presents a Tuesday Night Contra Dance.

This is a great mid-week dance held in a beautiful century hall. Local musicians and callers do their stuff.

Thursdays April 25… at 7pm – McDonalds Corners Dance Jam with Melissa

Come to a twice-monthly McDonalds Corners: Thursday Night Dance Jam hosted by Melissa and the MERA Dance Collective

Express. Connect. Be.

Friends new and old meet every other week to dance, groove and jam. We do it cause music and movement fills our cup. It’s no mess, no fuss. Think of a living room party with friends!!! If you’ve got a body and desire to creatively dance, move and express, this is for you!

What makes us a collective? We’re movers and shakers of all sorts - props like hula hoops, hip scarves, sarongs, etc are welcomed. Playlists, set-up and clean-up are shared. Contribute when and how you can.

Come try it. We can’t wait to meet you! It’s a drop-in gathering.

Sundays April 28… at 10:15am – Dance to Nature (Outdoors) with Alana

No dance Easter Sunday April 21

Step outside for a weekly Dance to Nature outdoor dances among the trees every Sunday morning at Mooney’s 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 10:15am 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 April 28 at 6:30pm – Ottawa Sacred Dance Guild

Please verify this time and venue with the organizers.

For wheelchair and washroom accessibility information, contact the organizers.

We’re Dancing!! A free (by donation) happening 6:30 to 8:00, at Bells Corners United Church at 3955 Old Richmond Road. All are welcome; Join us! Ottawa Sacred Dance Guild Dances are open to all; no registration required; last Sunday of every month; donations welcome.

For more information call Wendy at 613-726-1375

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

Mondays April 29… to June 24 at 6:30pm – Movement Improvisation Class with Lola Ryan

No dance Easter Monday April 22

Explore the joy and creativity of group improvised movement in a weekly drop-in class in Group Movement Improvisation on Monday evenings in New Edinburgh. All adults welcome (drop-in); no registration or experience required. Led by Lola Ryan. (This location is not wheelchair accessible.)

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 and movement with other people. Regular drop-in class fee $25 for 2.5 hours. (Student rate available – talk to Lola.)

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

Mondays April 29… at 6:30pm – Almonte in Motion Spring Series with Melissa

Almonte in Motion: This 6-class series will focus on moving and dancing with the energy and momentum of Spring.

Each week will be fresh with an irresistible assortment of music and an invitation for you to dance from the inside out.

What does that mean? You have the freedom and liberty to move as you wish. Simply show up as you are and you turn it into dance. The essence of dance is joy. So come + play!

Almonte In Motion is a safe container for self-expression, connection and self-exploration through free-form movement and dance. It’s led by the creativity of each individual’s own unique dance.

Previous movement experience isn’t required. Everyone is welcome whatever your age, gender and physical ability.

Dress in comfy clothes and layers + bring a water bottle.

Welcoming adults of all ages + abilities who want to dance! Pre-registration is strongly encouraged; space is limited.

Contact Melissa Cornacchia lanarkinmotion@gmail.com 416.559.2676

May 3 at 7pm – Metta Monthly Dance Gathering

Presented by the Metta Movement & Meditation Studio.

One Friday a month we will gather together to Dance Dance Dance! In May Susan will put on her DJ cap and spin some tunes for us to move and groove. Free for monthly studio members or use a Metta studio class pass.

May 3–4 – 5Rhythms Workshop with Elise-Anne in Ottawa

EMERGENCE. Rising from the roots with Elise-Anne Vallieres…

This is an invitation to be danced by the energy of Spring: as the Sun ascends its light upon us, we are called to emerge into the world and set forth on our next odyssey. At the dawn of this new journey, let us nurture our body and set it free. Let us return to the Earth and embody our flow in the here-now. And from there on, let us dance our desire to thrive as much as our resistance to shine, finding courage in the 5Rhythms’ map to Freedom.

LOCATION: Bate Hall at the allsaints event space 10 Blackburn Avenue Ottawa ON K1N 8A5
May 3-4, 2019 Friday 7pm - 9:30pm Saturday 10:30am - 5pm

For more information or to register contact Melissa lanarkinmotion@gmail.com 416.559.2676

Saturdays May 4… 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.

ODD/CDC Ottawa Dance Directive

Saturday May 4 at 7pm – Ecstatic Dance with DJs Rebecca and Kevin

No dance in April; we hold two dances in May: May 4 and May 25.

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

Rebecca White Raven, Kevin Guerette, and Maureen Fallis are so happy to be hosting Inner Rhythm Ecstatic Dances usually the last Saturday of each month (except not in April) 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 community circle and sharing. All ages and abilities are welcome! We SO look forward to sharing exuberant joy through dance with you!

Questions? Send an email to Rebecca or find her on the facebook. For further chanting, sound healing and ecstatic dance events see http://rebeccawhiteraven.com/upcoming-events/

Click on the above links for information. Next dances (after this one): Last Saturday of each month. Contact the organizers to be sure.

Saturday May 11 at 2pm – Beltane Maypole Ceremony

Beltane / Maypole A Beltane Maypole Ceremony hosted by Around The Godess / WitchSchool Canada.

Let’s celebrate Beltane/May Day, the old Celtic first day of summer! This event is hosted by Around the Goddess and will be held in Ottawa outdoors .There will be Maypole dancing and a simple ritual to honour our Mother Earth.

When we circle the Maypole, which many believe is symbolic of the divine Tree of Life, it is a sacred time to honour the earth and all the gifts of green growth about to burst into life around us. It is also an ancient sensual fire festival that is still celebrated in many ways to ignite the spark within us. Together when we weave the Maypole ribbons over and under the tall tree trunk we are, according to some old folklore and Goddess traditions, connecting heaven to earth Male and Female in unison. All of us can observe yet another way of realizing our interconnected web of life!

Sundays May 19… at 2:45pm – Sacred Circle Dance with Diane Schreiner

Sacred Circle Dance is back in Chelsea. I am looking forward to share with you some of the dances I learned during the year. I invite you to come and join the circle each month to explore a different aspect of the vast repertory of dance and music that is part of this global dance movement.

Le cercle de danse sacrée sera de retour les dimanches après-midi à Chelsea. J’ai hâte de partager avec vous les nouvelles danses que j’ai apprises cette année. Je vous invite à vous joindre au cercle à chaque mois afin d’explorer un volet du vaste répertoire de musique et de danses de ce mouvement planétaire.

Saturday June 15 at 3pm – Global Water Dances

Global Water Dances: Dancers and community members from the six continents will dance to raise awareness for global water issues.

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

Saturday June 22 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. (This location is wheelchair accessible.)

Dance in the ripeness of these full-blooming days. Dance your aliveness, your life and the turning of the wheel. Dance your rhythm and the rhythm of the season. Free form dance, circle dance and warm community. No dance experience necessary. All adults welcome. $10

Summer Solstice 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 usually hosts four Seasonal Dances each year. The Fall Equinox Dance will happen in September. Check her web link, above.

— Events in 2020 —

The events below happen next year.

January 23–26 – 5Rhythms Workshop with Evangelos in Ottawa

5Rhythms Dance 5Rhythms: Road to Compassion – no details yet. http://meditationmoves.ca/

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

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

Toronto ON: April 19–21 – Ontario Regional Contact Improv Dance Jam

ORCJ: Ontario Regional Contact Jam Again in 2019 the annual Ontario Regional Contact Improv Dance Jam will be in Toronto, Ontario. There is a facebook event. (This location is fully wheelchair accessible.)

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.

Montréal QC: June 14–16 – 5Rhythms Weekend with Eric Iversen

5Rhythms FOUNDATION

A 5Rhythms Workshop with Erik Iversen in Montreal June 14th, 15th & 16th, 2019

“Put Your Mind in your Feet and Your Body in the beat” – Gabrielle Roth

“Think of the magic of the foot, comparatively small, upon which your whole weight rests. It’s a miracle and the dance is a celebration of that miracle.” – Martha Graham

During this 5Rhythms event we shall explore proprioception, sensations and balance as we establish a new relationship to gravity - the feeling of having our feet under us. We will also experience the liberating energy of conscious breathing. Together and alone, while moving and dancing, we will discover our foundation for playful presence in the moment and create a new story about being creative and sat home in our bodies.

The body shapes your home from your first breath and your first encounters with gravity. From my observation many of us exist solely in the mind, obsessed with thoughts and figuring “it” out.

By giving our attention to the foundation we awaken and balance the intelligence in the heart and the “guts” to increase our movement language and our creativity as a whole being. By noticing and being aware of our body sensations to outer stress we can then liberate the holding and increase our energy.

We balance ourselves over our magic feet. In relationship to gravity our feet provide us with the only source of contact with ground while walking. We shall investigate our full body’s relationship to our feet. Using the 5Rhythms as a guide to multiple ways of expressing ourselves to the beat, we will awaken deep curiosity of the life force flow of energy. Alignment, balance, planes of movement and the core will be investigated in a fun playful environment.

No previous experience is required in order to participate.

Early Bird Pricing until May 16.

UniCamp ON: June 18–23 – Big Heart Dance Camp near Toronto

Big Heart Dance Camp *Big Heart number Eleven is coming – see you June 18–23!

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.

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!

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.

Massachusetts USA: July 2–7 2019 – Family Friendly Contact Improv Dance Jam

The annual Earthdance July 4 Contact Improv Dance Jam at the Earthdance retreat centre in western Massachusetts.

Enjoy the brilliant sunshine, grassy fields, fun, games, and dances of all kinds at this family-oriented Jam. Includes programming for young people of all ages.

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

Massachusetts USA: July 9–14 2019 – Touch & Play Festival

Playing with Courage, Compassion, Consent & Inclusion

BE - Be in your body… Be passionate… Be seen… Be listening… Be curious… Be courageous… Be loving… Be playful… Be trusted… Be trusting… Be resilient… Be interested in what you’re here to contribute to others… Be held and appreciated… Be yourself more than you’ve ever been…

We welcome a diverse community of dancers and somatic visionaries. This is a festival about play, vulnerability and building community with embodied, emotional, and erotic intelligence. It takes courage, compassion and consent to play truth or dare with integrity. Sharing one’s truth is an act of intimacy. Being daring is about getting outside our comfort zones. If we want something we’ve never had before, we have to do something we’ve never done before. This is a space to explore our personal, tribal, and societal desires! What can dance, somatics, tantra, kink, Contact Improvisation, and communication practices contribute to our intimacy?

“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.

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.

What will happen at Touch&Play? See the web site link, above.

What happened last time? 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 and descriptions of all the 2018 Touch&Play workshops.

Montreal QC: July 20–24 2019 – Touch & Play Festival

Touch & Play Montréal Stay tuned for information on the July 20–24 Touch&Play Montreal Summer Edition in Canada.

“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

Discover a new world of play and pleasure, drawing from:

and more!

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.

What will happen at Touch&Play?

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 and descriptions of all the 2018 Touch&Play workshops.

Sutton QC: July 26–28 2019 ACI Summer Contact Improv Jam

The annual Sutton Summer Dance 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.

Massachusetts USA: August 7–18 2019 – DNE Summer Dance Camp

Enjoy dance, movement, and community at the annual Dance New England Summer Dance Camp in Massachusetts in August 2019. See last year’s 2018 Camp Schedule for a sampling of what kind of workshops might take place in the 2019 camp. Child and family friendly; free child care available much of the day. (This location is only partially wheelchair accessible.)

Vermont USA: September 6–8 2019 – Burlington International Contact Improv Jam

The Burlington VT International Contact Improv Dance Jam happens in a beautiful downtown dance space: Contois Auditorium, Burlington VT City Hall, 149 Church St., Burlington, Vermont. All levels of CI dance experience welcome. Led warm-ups and other surprises. Burlington Annual Contact Improv Jam 2019 on the facebook (This location is wheelchair accessible.)

The events below are tentative, based on the 2018 dance jam:

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

Montréal QC: November 2–3 2019 – Montréal International Contact Improv Jam

Montréal International Contact Improv Dance Jam The 37th Annual Montréal International Contact Improv Jam takes place in a lovely renovated church building on Sherbrooke street.

The ACI’s most prized event: Montreal’s Annual Contact Improv. Jam takes place usually around late November, and is jam-packed with great warm-ups & a beginner class, lots of open jamming, great food, a show and dance. Don’t miss it!!

Massachusetts USA: December ?? 2019 – Earthdance New Year’s Contact Improv Jam

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

Contact the organizers for the exact date of the 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 Contact Improvisation Dance Jam of the year.

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

(This location is partially wheelchair accessible.)

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

Recurring Events outside the local Ottawa/Gatineau/Wakefield/Lanark/CarletonPlace 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. (For wheelchair and washroom accessibility information, contact Arsalan.)

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

Montréal QC: Weekly 5Rhythms Classes with Erik Iversen

5Rhythms 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 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: Weekly 5Rhythms Classes with Lynne Adams

5Rhythms Dance 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

Sherbrooke QC: Biodanza with Yves Léger

Classes are facilitated in French (with possible English translation on request): Biodanza Sherbrooke: français and Sherbrook 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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