Dance, Movement, and CI Events in Ottawa/Gatineau

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Updated July 23 2024 – Mis à jour le 23 juillet 2024

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

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Ian! and Eva in Burlington VT Hello, Ottawa/Gatineau area dancers and movers.

Events Near Ottawa/Gatineau/Wakefield/Lanark/CarletonPlaceIndexup to index

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.

>> Weekly Events <<Indexup to index

The events in this section recur weekly, with some exceptions. Check the official event page to make sure the event is scheduled on the day you want to attend.

Most Ottawa weekly dance events are on summer recess and will resume in September 2024.

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

See the facebook: Dance to Nature group on The Facebook or contact Alana O’Donnell for current information. Some Sundays have no facilitated dances.

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.


July 25 at 6:30pm – Outdoor Rupert Ecstatic dance with Owen TufIndexup to index

This event has no online site on which to post updates, so you have to contact Owen Tuf to make sure that there are no last-minute changes.

🦑 Ecstatic Dance this month at Ferme et Fôret! This month and next we’ll be outdoors, chez our traditional summer host - thank you Sean Butler. Sean will make the playlist this month and traditionally has a bonfire going for us to sit around afterwards.

If you share info about the event please also share the guidelines below 😊 All levels of experience and ability welcome.

Transcollines on-demand transportation will service this address. The parking lot is gravel and the dance floor is sloped grass outdoors.

For more info contact

Danse Extatique Wakefield fait partie de la communauté mondiale de Danse Extatique.
Plutôt que de danser pour nous divertir, nous dansons pour célébrer, jouer, explorer, prendre conscience, transformer, construire une communauté et exprimer notre liberté. En tant que forme de méditation en mouvement, la musique commence doucement, monte en énergie puis se termine en créant un espace méditatif.

Les directives générales consistent à créer un espace sécuritaire et sacré pour bouger comme vous le souhaitez, en honorant votre corps et en permettant une connexion respectueuse avec les autres à travers la danse. Nous bougeons pieds nus (ou en chaussettes, bien sûr), tout le monde est le bienvenu (incluant les enfants accompagnés d’un adulte), et c’est une zone sans drogue/alcool et sans parfum.
Vous pouvez assister à l’ensemble de l’événement, en commençant par un cercle d’ouverture et un centrage, ou simplement passer nous voir pendant l’événement. Nous demandons aux participants de s’abstenir de parler sur la piste de danse afin de permettre aux autres d’approfondir leur expérience, mais si vous souhaitez bavarder, il y a un espace confortable pour le faire.

Rather than dance as entertainment, we dance in celebration, play, exploration, expansive awareness, transformation, building community and expressive freedom. As a form of meditation-in-motion, the music starts slow, builds energy, then ends in a meditative space. We gather as part of the worldwide community of Ecstatic Dance.

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 your dancing. We move in barefeet (or socks of course), everybody is welcome (children accompanied by an adult), and know that it’s a drug/alchohol free and scent free zone (no perfume pls).

You can come to the whole event- starting with an opening circle and centering, or just drop in for a visit during the event. We ask movers to refrain from talking on the dance floor to allow one another to deepen into the experience of expression through movement, but if you would like to chit-chat, there is comfortable space for hanging out!

August 1 at 7:30pm – Ecstatic Dance at Rosemount HallIndexup to index

These evening Ecstatic Dances usually take place on the first and third Thursdays each month at the Rosemount Orange Hall at 41 Rosemount Avenue in Ottawa. Different people run these events, each with their own facebook sites, so you have to look in multiple places to find out the details. The events are only visible on The Facebook; there is no public web page. Try looking in all these places for the upcoming events:

The Rosemount Orange Hall is not accessible; there are many steps up to the dance floor and the washroom is too small for a wheelchair.

Biodanza Canada

August 2 at 7pm – Dances of Universal PeaceIndexup to index

We welcome you to our Dances of Universal Peace.

We will dance at the First United Church in the Westboro neighborhood of Ottawa. You are invited to dance for peace – bring a friend! The Dances of Universal Peace are a 40 year old tradition of dancing to simple chants from a variety of the world’s religions in a simple and peaceful moving meditation. Newcomers are happily welcomed. No previous experience or dance partner needed. All dances and movements are learned on the spot. A donation will be requested (Suggested $10.) No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Our leaders and musicians team includes Marlene Neufeld, Bob Neufeld, Pat Kerr and Yves St-Pierre.

This location is wheelchair accessible with an accessible washroom.

Dances of Universal Peace

August 4 at 10:15am – Dance Temple Ecstatic Dance (outdoors) with KatieIndexup to index

This dance takes place monthly, outdoors in Vincent Massey Park. See the links to Katie’s Dance Temple Ottawa and Katie Bigras’ events under Links to Various Local Dance/Movement Pages below. “Dance Temple intends to resume a bi-weekly ecstatic dance offering come fall 2024.”

Dance Temple Ecstatic Dance

Jeudis 15,22,29 en août à 19h30 – Biodanza en août avec IsabelleIndexup to index

Venez célébrer l’été en dansant:

Biodanza en français avec facebook: Biodanza Isabelle Burnier:

Une occasion de faire découvrir la biodanza. Invitez vos ami.e.s qui ont envie de se mettre en mouvement, en musique et avec les autres. Pas besoin de savoir danser, pas de chorégraphie à apprendre. Noter que la soirée ne sera pas bilingue.

  Studio Coincidanse:
  19h30 à 21h30 (la salle est ouverte dès 19h)
  11 rue Buteau GATINEAU
  20$ à la porte (tarif estival)
Biodanza en français

September 2 at 7pm – free bilingual Biodanza with Anne Marie RielIndexup to index

Biodanza This event has no English online site on which to post updates, so you have to contact Anne-Marie Riel to make sure that the class is happening and that there are no last-minute changes. Not all Mondays have dances.

  • Biodanza chaque lundi à 19h00 commençent le 2 septembre
  • Viens danser la joie d’être vivant, vivante!
  • La permission d’être pleinement soi.
  • La Biodanza est une pratique qui s’adresse à tout le monde.
  • Danser la vie, c’est prendre du temps pour retrouver le meilleur de soi.
  • Danser la vie, c’est entrer dans la simplicité et le plaisir des liens humains.
  • Danser la vie, c’est offrir au monde la qualité de ma présence aimante.
  • À la joie de vous accueillir pour danser ensemble!
  • Bienvenue à tous et à toutes!
  • Au Centre Jules-Desbiens à Gatineau (Hull) 109 rue Wright (coin Leduc) au rez-de-chaussée
  • Ascenseur disponible à droite de l’édifice – stationnement gratuit autour de l’édifice
  • Pour informations et inscription: Anne-Marie Riel 450-266-4511 ou 613-316-8118

September 4 at 5:15pm – Contact Improvisation Jam with LaurindaIndexup to index

Welcome to weekly Contact Improv Jam Nights in Ottawa at the Routhier Community Centre! Contact improv (CI) is the dance of physics, where we experience the joy of dancing in contact with others while experimenting with gravity, weight sharing, rolling, falling, and flying. We will be open jamming to an exquisite music playlist on a sprung dance floor! The jam is open to all levels. There is no class, so it is strongly encouraged that you have some CI experience before attending. Note: You must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

This location is wheelchair accessible with an accessible washroom.

September 7 at 11:15am – Free Contact Improvisation Basics Class & JamIndexup to index

Ian!, Anne-Marie(up), and Marcia Free CI Basics class and dance jam open to everyone on Saturday September 7 at 11:15am. No experience necessary! We teach you everything.

The accessible, community-run Ottawa/Gatineau Contact Improvisation Dance classes and jams run a free all-welcome CI Basics class and dance jam at 11:15am on Saturday September 7 open to everyone, especially people new to CI dance. Follow this link for details on time, location, and what to wear: Contact Improv Dance Basics.

CI dancers who have already taken a CI Basics class in Ottawa are welcome to attend any of our weekly CI jams running every Saturday from September 7 until December 21 2024.

ODD/CDC Ottawa Dance Directive The ODD/CDC studio is fully accessible, with a large accessible washroom on the same floor as the dance space.

CI Dancers at the Ottawa CI dance jam: Ken, Kia, Isabelle, Barbara, Anne-Marie(up), Ian!, Marcia

September 25 at 6:30pm – Propeller Inclusive Weekly Adult Dance ClassesIndexup to index

Registrations will open at the end of August. Details are still to be announced. https://propellerdance.com/education/

Classes will start on September 25^th and will end on December 4^th at Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre, 290 Lisgar St. in the Woodside Hall. See the Propeller Dance Events page for other class offerings.

Propeller Dance has been an innovator in the field of contemporary integrated dance and diverse performance practices in Canada since 2007. Our goal is to create meaningful art that broadens acceptance of diversity in its many forms. Propeller Danceis committed to excellence — creating, teaching, performing, presenting integrated dance and more recently, inter-arts performance. At the core of our work is the belief that dance is for all people, and as wide a breadth of expression as possible is of value. We are recognized as a leader in Canada for our innovative, inclusive creations and teaching practices.

Contemporary integrated dance is a dance specialization where dance artists of diverse minds and bodies create new dance and performance, drawing on various established techniques within the improvisation, theatre and contemporary dance genres. The goals are to discover, uncover, showcase, and highlight the beauty and power of dancers of all abilities working together. We define virtuosity as the ability to move an audience, through presence, connection, human spirit, as well as physicality. Disability is understood as a difference in human experience rather than a limitation or something to overcome.

Propeller Dance events are wheelchair accessible with an accessible washroom.

Propeller Dance

Outside Ottawa/Gatineau/Wakefield/Lanark/CarletonPlaceIndexup to index

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

Contact Ian Allen about car pooling from Ottawa to some of the above dance events.

Salt Spring Island BC: July 26 – August 4 – Contact Improvisation FestivalIndexup to index

Salt Spring Island Contact Improvisation Dance Festival

We are excited to announce the 7th annual Contact Improvisation Dance Festival will take place on Salt Spring Island in 2024. We will be gathering for 10 days of dance with a medley of classes, jams, silent jams, music jams, authentic relating sessions, performance night, & nature exploration. A place where dance, community, art, nature and self discovery all meet in a space of investigation, a time of play.

Together we aim at creating an organic, deepening, safe, thoughtful and embodied, engaging and restful, experimental and natural space, fun, nourishing time & space for all participants at all events. Our events are for all experience levels, genders, sexual orientation, skin colour, ages and other physical differences. We value inclusivity & transparency.

Salt Spring Island CI Festival

Lasqueti BC: July 28–August 10 – Contact Improv workshop and jam with Mark YoungIndexup to index

This workshop connects Tai Chi to Material For the Spine to Contact Improvisation. It involves a lot of spiral movement. We start with floor work and slowly work our way up, rolling over each other, finding the floor with safe and gentle landings, we explore the fear reflex, overcoming old habits, exploring new pathways and possibilities.

The Tai Chi style that I studied extensively in the 90’s is based entirely on spiral movement. It is the natural organization of all life. Everything from the DNA to the Milky Way is spiralling. Our bones and muscles are designed and function in spirals. This way of moving accesses both strength and lightness. When lifting, we are stronger and more stable when utilizing spirals. When flying, we are lighter when twisted.

To help us access spirals in our body, we train extensively with Steve Paxton’s helix rolls from Material For the Spine. We will also train with Simone Forti’s, crescent rolls. And, we will look at how these movements play out in the Contact Improv duet, over and over again. When dancing, we are never in a pure spiral or a pure crescent. We are always in a hybrid of the two. Watch for it and then come explore.

Lasqueti Leviathan Studio

Tolland MA: July 31–August 11 – DNE Summer Dance CampIndexup to index

DNE Summer Dance Camp Dance New England Summer Dance Camp Wednesday July 31 through Sunday August 11 2024.

Up to eleven days of dance, movement, drumming, yoga, workshops, food, and clothing-optional private swimming in the woods of Camp Timber Trails outside of Tolland in south-western Massachusetts. On-site all-ages daytime child care is included in the event fee so that parents may attend workshops. A camp schedule is available.

Contact Ian Allen about car pooling from Ottawa to this event.

DNE Summer Dance Camp at Camp Timber Trails near Tolland MA
DNE Summer Dance Camp at Camp Timber Trails near Tolland MA

Tingwick QC: 8 au 12 août – Connextion ExtatiqueIndexup to index

Un rassemblement au Québec, sobre et conscient, dédié à la Danse Extatique et aux approches de Mouvement Libre. Ateliers expérientiels et formatifs, musique live, Dj’s et plus encore sont au rendez-vous!

Vivre et co-créer ensemble 5 journées de partage et de célébration. En conscience, dans la joie, la bienveillance et le respect!

Connexion Extatique se tient sur un magnifique site aménagé spécialement pour cette rencontre.

Engagement des participantEs et règlements: Connexion Extatique souhaite offrir aux participants un environnement épanouissant et sécuritaire pour plonger ensemble dans les activités proposées pendant tout le Rassemblement.

La Danse Extatique est un espace transformationnel pour la guérison, la prière et le Mouvement Libre.

Connexion Extatique

Durham ON: August 29–September 2 – Camp Contact with Tanya&AyrlieIndexup to index

Hello Dancers, CAMP CONTACT 2024 will be held again at Riverstone Retreat in Durham, Ontario! YAYYYY! We had so much positive feedback about the location. Riverstone is such a unique and special place. Book it into your end of summer calendars now.

If you are not available for the full long weekend there is an option to come from Friday to Sunday. Contact Ayrlie for what the contribution is for this shorter camp.

Arrive for a soft landing on Thursday, August 29th. Dinner is our first shared meal. There will be contact workshops & jams facilitated by experienced dancers and teachers. We will also engage with structures for solo and shared reflection and dialogue on what emerges from the experience of the dance.

There will be plenty of time for R&R. Enjoy the beautiful Saugeen River with opportunities for swimming, lily-dipping, clay body painting, soaking in the wood fired hot tub & sauna, walks…. deep rest and relaxation. Our last shared meal will be lunch on Monday, September 2nd.

Let’s learn about ourselves, each other and what it is like to be in loving relationship with it/us all. As a community, we will offer 1 hour of ‘service’ to the gardens at Riverstone.

Sliding Scale ~ Pay What You Can Afford: This type of fee structure acknowledges that we have a wide variety of economic realities. Bursary Funds and payment plans available.

Contact Ian Allen about car pooling from Ottawa to this event.

Big Heart Dance Camp

Montréal QC: August 30–September 2 – CI and Relational Intelligence with Nita LittleIndexup to index

Association Contact Improvisation facebook: CI and Relational Intelligence with Nita Little at Studio Parbleux in Montreal.

“Embark on a transformative journey of movement exploration and embodied learning with renowned dancer and teacher, Nita Little. Join us for a four-day immersive retreat over Labour Day Weekend, where we will delve deep into the realms of Contact Improvisation and Relational Intelligence.”

Lancez-vous dans un voyage transformateur d’exploration du mouvement et d’apprentissage incarné avec la danseuse et enseignante de renom, Nita Little. Rejoignez-nous pour une retraite immersive de quatre jours pendant le week-end de la Fête du Travail, où nous plongerons profondément dans les domaines de l’Improvisation de Contact et de l’Intelligence Relationnelle.

  • 18 heures d’enseignement : Guidés par l’expertise de Nita Little, les participants s’engageront dans 18 heures d’ateliers intensifs et de discussions explorant l’Improvisation de Contact et les subtilités de l’Intelligence Relationnelle.
  • Connexion communautaire : Connectez-vous avec des individus partageant les mêmes passions pour le mouvement, la danse et la croissance personnelle. Partagez des expériences, des idées et créez des liens durables au sein de notre communauté dynamique.
Nita Little

Burlington VT: September 13–15 – Burlington International CI JamIndexup to index

The Burlington Vermont International Contact Improvisation Dance Jam returns! Friday September 13 through Sunday September 15 in the historic Burlington City Hall, 71 Park St. in Burlington, Vermont.

Contact Ian Allen about car pooling from Ottawa to this event.

Burlington VT International CI Jam

Lasqueti BC: September 15–28 – Contact Improv workshop with Mark Young and Lily KaneIndexup to index

In this workshop, Mark will lead the morning class and Lily will lead the afternoon class. The evenings will be decided by the group, either we jam or watch movies. There are several videos on the history of Contact Improvisation.

Lasqueti Leviathan Studio

Earthdance MA: September 30–October 14 – Nomadic College / Axis SyllabusIndexup to index

The NC is an itinerant school for the principle study and application of The Axis Syllabus. Rather than a festival, or celebration, The NC is what it’s title suggests, an intensive study context. The study of the AS is meant to empower the individual to defend and promote their own health and the health of those they might be responsible for, in other words to sponsor responsible autonomy.

The 3 to 4 week curricular arc of the NC usually starts with details and micro moments in the first week, gradually becoming longer and more demanding motifs and phrases through the second and third, ending with a renewed look at detail, and a creative laboratory meant to give time and space for the guided development of a personal practice or performative ideas.

Earthdance

Earthdance MA: October 17–20–22 – Earthdance Fall CI Dance JamIndexup to index

CI Dance Jam October 17-20th & Integration Days October 20th-22nd, 2024

Contact Ian Allen about car pooling from Ottawa to this event.

Earthdance

Montréal: November 2–3 2024 – The Montréal International CI Dance JamIndexup to index

Montréal Jam Montreal’s annual jam will take place at Circuit-Est on November 2–3, 2024, with a week-long intensive the week preceding. facebook: Montréal Annual Jam

This year, we are also proud to continue our tradition by organizing our INTENSIVE WORKSHOP week, a flagship event since 2001, from October 28th to November 1st.

We are particularly honored to welcome KAREN NELSON, a dedicated pioneer of Contact Improvisation with over 40 years of investigation, who has collaborated closely with iconic figures such as Steve Paxton and Nancy Stark Smith. She is also renowned for the development of improvisation material called “Tuning Scores,” created in collaboration with Lisa Nelson, K.J. Holmes, and Scott Smith in the 1990s.

Marquez dans vos calendriers les dates du Jam annuel de Montréal, qui se déroulera les 2 et 3 novembre 2024.

Cette année, nous sommes également fiers de perpétuer notre tradition en organisant notre semaine de STAGE INTENSIF, un événement phare depuis 2001, du 28 octobre au 1er novembre 2024.

Nous sommes particulièrement honorés d’accueillir KAREN NELSON, une pionnière dédiée au Contact Improvisation avec plus de 40 ans d’investigation, qui a collaboré étroitement avec des figures emblématiques telles que Steve Paxton et Nancy Stark Smith.

Elle est également reconnue pour le développement du matériel d’improvisation nommé “Tuning Scores”, créé en collaboration avec Lisa Nelson, K.J. Holmes et Scott Smith dans les années 90.

This location is partially wheelchair accessible.

Contact Ian Allen about car pooling from Ottawa to this event.

Earthdance MA: November 28–December 1 – Earthdance Gratitude COCO CI JamIndexup to index

Contact Ian Allen about car pooling from Ottawa to this event.

Earthdance

Earthdance MA: December 27 2024 – January 3 2025 – Earthdance Winter CI JamIndexup to index

Contact Ian Allen about car pooling from Ottawa to this event.

Earthdance

Recurring Events Outside the Ottawa/Gatineau RegionIndexup to index

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

Some of these events changed during the pandemic. If the listing below seems out-of-date, please contact the organizers.

Picton ON: Barefoot Groove Tonic Free Form DanceIndexup to index

facebook: Groove Tonic PEC hosts a weekly barefoot, free-form movement and dance event in Picton (Prince Edward County).

For wheelchair and washroom accessibility information, contact the organizer.

Peterborough ON: Contact Improvisation and other DanceIndexup to index

Dear contact dancers (or those who want to do contact improvisation!),
Opal and Suzanne are hosting a contact dance jam space at Studio 505 at 505 Sherbrooke Street on the 4th Sunday of the month between 4-5pm.
Dates are below.
We will start with just an hour and a silent jam and we can consider expansion, depending on interest.
$10/jam or $35 for 5 jams if paid in advance. Please bring cash.
Please share this with anyone who would be interested.
We look forward to dancing with you!
Best, Suzanne and Opal
Mark your calendars!:

This location is wheelchair accessible with an accessible washroom.

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

Cobourg ON: Monthly Ecstatic Dance with JustineIndexup to index

Ecstatic Dance Cobourg

Our mission: to invite pure, unabashed self-expression through movement, in a warm, permissive, nonjudgmental space. NOTE: the capacity of our space is limited to 65 people; therefore, please register ahead so that you can ensure you have a spot.

This is a dance intended for all bodies, and St. Peter’s Church is an accessible space with an elevator. There are no “moves” or “steps,” but rather just an invitation to do what feels right. This kind of dance can look like anything – it can be big, small, upright, or lying down. As long as you are moving and breathing, you are doing it right.

Cobourg Ecstatic Dance

Montréal QC: Biodanza and Authentic Movement with Catherine Fabiola LessardIndexup to index

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

Currently (May 2024) only the French pages are up-to-date. The English pages still date from 2021.

Biodanza Canada

Montréal QC: Weekly 5Rhythms Classes with Erik IversenIndexup to index

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

Erik Iversen 5Rhythms

Montréal QC: 5Rhythms Classes with Lynne AdamsIndexup to index

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

Lynne Adams 5Rhythms

Montréal QC: Ecstatic DancesIndexup to index

  1. facebook: Communauté Soirée danse Extatique
  2. Plein Soleil Soirée danse Extatique   Instagram: Plein Soleil   facebook: Plein Soleil
Ecstatic Dance Montréal

Bas-Saint-Laurent QC: Contact Improvisation Bas-Saint-LaurentIndexup to index

facebook: Contact Improvisation Bas-Saint-Laurent

Groupe pour faciliter l’épanouissement de la communauté de contact impro dans la région. Cours, jams, covoiturage vers des activités ailleurs au Québec, etc.

Québec QC: Contact Improvisation, Communauté de QuébecIndexup to index

facebook: 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 LégerIndexup to index

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 Canada

Recurring Online Dance/Movement EventsIndexup to index

Online Rise & Shine ShakeIndexup to index

Shake! Mornings, afternoons, and evenings

Rise&Shine Shake

Saturdays 12:45pm – Online CI-Inspired Weekly Score & Jam: Beyond SaudadeIndexup to index

Beyond Saudade

Beyond Saudade

Mondays 9:30pm – Online DJ Sillydelic Dance FamilyIndexup to index

Wednesdays 8:30pm – bioLUMINosity Online Trance DanceIndexup to index

facebook: ~bioLUMINosity®~ Edge of Trance dance, meditation, playground.

Online Dance ClassesIndexup to index

Quotations and poetry about danceIndexup to index

Rumi on DancingIndexup to index

Ottawa CI Dance
Dancing is not just getting up painlessly,
like a leaf blown on the wind;
dancing is when you tear your heart out
and rise out of your body
to hang suspended between the worlds.

Jewel Mathieson opening excerpt from We Have Come to Be DancedIndexup to index

Ian! and Eva in Burlington VT
We have come to be danced
not the pretty dance
not the pretty pretty, pick me, pick me dance
but the claw our way back into the belly
of the sacred, sensual animal dance
the unhinged, unplugged, cat is out of its box dance
the holding the precious moment in the palms
of our hands and feet dance
[…]

Steve Paxton explains the initiation of contact improvisationIndexup to index

Ottawa CI Dance – Alexis and Ken If people ask me how to Contact Improvise, I simply say, “Start small” or, “Start small for a long time.”

After fifty years of all this, I realize I should have said,

“Go beyond small to the place where no message is being given. Start there. Let small be the first of the pleasures to come.”

Accept the first perturbation of that emptiness as the focus of the next moments. It is not a dance about you, or your partner. It is a dance about its movement.

Martha Graham on being an artistIndexup to index

Ontario Regional Contact Jam There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. … No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.

T.S.Eliot excerpt from Burnt Norton from Four QuartetsIndexup to index

[…] I cannot say where…
At the still point of the turning world.
Neither flesh or fleshless;
Neither from nor towards;
at the still point, there the dance is,
But neither arrest nor movement.
And do not call it fixity,
Where past and future are gathered.
Neither movement from nor towards,
Neither ascent nor decline.
Except for the point, the still point,
There would be no dance,
and there is only the dance.
I can only say, there we have been: but I cannot say where.
And I cannot say, how long, for that is to place it in time.
[…]

Mary Oliver opening excerpt from Wild GeeseIndexup to index

Contact Improv in Montréal
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
[…]

Hanna Poikonen tells how dancers listen attentivelyIndexup to index

Contact Improv in Montréal 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.

Contact Improvisation – Alexis and Ken in Ottawa

EMail Subscription ManagementIndexup to index

Contact Improv Dance Jam at Earthdance – Ian! and Eva, photo by John Barrett
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