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

Cookie Monsters at the Burlington VT Contact Improv Dance Jam – Eva and Ian!

Cookie Monsters at the Burlington VT Contact Improv Dance Jam – Eva and Ian!

Monday January 16 at 6:30pm – Movement Improvisation Class with Lola Ryan

Lola Ryan leads a weekly drop-in class in Group Dance and Movement Improvisation every Monday evening in New Edinburgh. This week, guest facilitator Monique Leger will lead the class.

All welcome; no experience required. Drop-ins welcome. See the web link for details.

This is not a contact improv dance class, though touch and elements of contact improv are usually incorporated as we improvise to music. 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.

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 #5 and #8 at the School of Dance, 200 Crichton St. in New Edinburgh, through April. (This location is not wheelchair accessible.)

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

This week, guest facilitator Monique Leger will lead the class.

Saturday January 21 at 9:30am – 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 January 21 at 11:15am – Contact Impvov Dance Jam

Come to a two-hour open 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.)

Cost: Admission for the two hour dance jam is “pay what you can”, suggested $5/hour, which means $10 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

Sunday January 22 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.

January 23 and 25 – Biodanza with Anne Marie Riel

The practice of Biodanza is facilitated weekly in both French and English. See below for the dates and locations. (Neither location is wheelchair accessible.)

Biodanza is a non-verbal practice for the participants. You do not need to speak either language to participate; you only need to listen.

Drop in participation is welcome on Mondays and Wednesdays; you can also subscribe to a full session for a discount. Newcomers are welcome to attend the drop-in sessions at any time.

Biodanza, meaning to dance with life, is a fusion of music, natural movement and emotion. It is a scientifically proven method of human development aimed at uncovering the passion, beauty and love for ourselves, others and the world that was always there.

Biodanza…

Weekly Mondays at 19h00 – Gatineau Biodanza en français

Attend weekly drop-in Biodanza sessions en français led by Anne Marie Riel 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

Attend weekly drop-in Biodanza 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.)

Friday January 27 at 8pm – Ecstatic Dance with DJs Sarah and Kaia

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

Authenticity naturally emerges when we sink into our breath and bones, letting go of our sense of thinking we are supposed to be any way other than we naturally are. Peeling away our masks, all that remains is free expression, rhythms and melodies unapologetically dancing through us.

DJ: Kaia $15 at the door. Contact the organizers about teen and student rates. Feel free to use the convenient school parking lot across the street.

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 Dances (after this one) are probably February 10 and 24.

Friday February 3 at 7pm – Ecstatic Dance near Wakefield/Rupert QC

Check with Owen for the actual date and location this month. (For wheelchair and washroom accessibility information, contact Owen.)

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.

If you are interested in helping keep the Move going, there are a couple of things we need help with:

Contact Owen Tuf for more information.

Next dance: Probably the first Friday of March. Call to confirm.

Check with Owen for the actual date and location this month.

Saturday February 11 at 11:15am – Contact Impvov Dance Jam with Live Music

Come to an 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, 11:15am 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 welcome!

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 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 two hours with music is “pay what you can”, suggested $10/hour, which means $20 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

Monday February 13 at 6:30pm – Personalized Dance DIY

http://www.westborobrainery.ca/#/dance-diy/

Want to know how to express yourself by way of dancing? This class will teach you how to create your own personal dance piece – your own one-of-a-kind personal statement, using what your mama gave you!

Drawing from your own personal identity and inspiration (you will be asked to bring 3 items that represent you), instructor Elizabeth Emond-Stevenson will guide you in the process of making your own work of art, in the form of dance.

(For wheelchair and washroom accessibility information, contact Elizabeth.)

Saturday March 25 at 8pm – Spring Equinox Dance with Anne Pitman

The Seasonal Dance for the Spring Equinox with Anne Pitman happens at the Dovercourt Recreation Centre 411 Dovercourt Ave. Open dance and circle dances. Lovely community spirit. All 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 Summer Solstice Dance happens Saturday June 24, same time and place.

April 7–9 – 5 Rhythms Weekend with Evangelos in Wakefield

Theme: Seed-Stalk-Flower

“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.

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

Toronto: April 14–16 2017 – Ontario Regional Contact Improv Dance Jam

This year the annual Ontario Regional Contact Improv Dance Jam is in Toronto, Ontario. There is a facebook event. (This location is 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 200 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. (No panda bears this year. Sorry.)

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 Ian! Allen for more information. Also contact Ian! Allen about car pooling from Ottawa.

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.

Montreal: April 14–16 2017 – 5 Rhythms with Lucia Horan

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

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: 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 8th 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.

Montreal: June 21–25 2017 – 5 Rhythms Heartbeat 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 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

New Hampshire USA: August 17–27 2017 – DNE Summer Dance Camp

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.)

Montreal: October 5–8 2017 – 5 Rhythms with Jonathan Horan

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

Montreal: November 2017 – 5 Rhythms with Marc Lendfers

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

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

Interesting Selected Recurring Events outside the local Ottawa/Gatineau Region

Peterborough: Contact Improvisation Dance Jams

Contact Arsalan Ahmad for details on what’s happening around Contact Improvisation Dance in Peterborough, Ontario.

Peterborough: Weekly 5 Rhythms Classes with Kate Huband

I haven’t had any update for this event in months – contact the organizer.

Wednesday Weekly 5Rhythms Class – Waves

Every Wednesday 7pm - 8:30pm
$15 drop-in (each class stands alone)
20% discount, pre-paid 10-class card ($120)
(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.)

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

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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