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

Contact Improv Home Page for Ottawa/Gatineau

Updated January 24 2023 – Mis à jour le 24 janvier 2023

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.caIndexup to index

Hello, Ottawa area capital region dancers and movers.

  1. Sanford Lewis’ film about Contact Improvisation is now available for free: An Intimate Dance

  2. A short, powerful observation about non-sexual intimacy (from the facebook): THIS IS INTIMACY

  3. The Ottawa wastewater viral signal has peaked in January and is on the way down again. See the updated procedure for Rapid Antigen Testing.

  4. ODD/CDC Ottawa Dance Directive 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. We’re holding some closed-attendance dance events as we work on this. Contact Ian or Frithjof about joining the closed group. Open public dances may resume in the usual Arts Court ODD Studio B in September 2023.

  5. A collection of responses to “Please tell us something you like about Contact Improvisation in two or three sentences.”

  6. 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.

Quotations and poetry about danceIndexup to index

Excerpt from Burnt Norton from Four Quartets by TS Elliott:

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.

About touch:

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/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. Some events may be suspended during Christmas break.

Some Fridays in 2023 – Biodanza with Isabelle and RémiIndexup to index

No COVID-19 precautions are being used at these events.

Les HAPPY VENDREDI de BIODANZA in French and English.
Open to All: Biodanza Discovery class in both English and French.
7:30pm to 9:30pm Friday January 27. $20 at the door.
Welcome to new people who want to discover this wonderful activity that is Biodanza!

An evening to get in motion thanks to the music, the Biodanza exercises and the benevolence of the group.

Une soirée pour se mettre en mouvement grâce à la musique, aux exercices de Biodanza et à la bienveillance du groupe.

Centre Meredith, 23 Chemin Cecil, Chelsea

HAPPY VENDREDI c’est ce vendredi 19h30-21h30 à Chelsea. Être Soi avec les Autres grâce au plaisir de danser. Be Yourself with Others, enjoying the pleasure of dancing

Contact Biodanza Isabelle Burnier for information.

Embellir sa vie avec la Biodanza
Enrich your life with Biodanza

Mondays at 7pm – Biodanza with Anne Marie (bilingual)Indexup to index

No COVID-19 precautions are being used at this event.

Warm welcome to all!
An evening to reconnect with the community and to discover Biodanza!
With and without experience: everyone is welcome!
Mondays at 7pm
Come find the life in you that wants to live!
Biodanza is a scientifically based approach to human development that aims to awaken the joy of living!
Set to beautiful world music, it connects us to ourselves, to each other and to the world.
No need to know how to dance!
Yes, bilingual!

Biodanza allows, among other things, to:

Looking forward to share the joy of dancing together!
No need to register
Anne-Marie Riel
Facilitator and trainer
450-266-4511 or 613-316-8118

Center Jules-Desbiens, 109 Wright Street (corner of Leduc), Hull sector
Free parking next to and behind the building and on the streets

This event is wheelchair accessible.

jeudis @ 19h30 – Biodanza hebdomadaire avec IsabelleIndexup to index

Aucun protocole COVID-19 n’est requis.

On recommence ce jeudi 26 janvier !
Bienvenue aux nouvelles personnes qui ont envie de découvrir cette merveilleuse activité qu’est la Biodanza !
Une soirée pour se retrouver ou se joindre au groupe .
Jeudi 19h30 -21h30. 100 rue du chateau à Gatineau.
des questions ? écrivez moi en MP, ca me fera plaisir. de vous répondre

Biodanza cours d’initiation en français avec Biodanza Isabelle Burnier facilitatrice de Biodanza.

Lieu: 2^e étage, 100 Rue du Château, Gatineau, QC J9A 1T3 (Château Monsarrat) Stationnement du château à droite
Infos: Isabelle Burnier 819-665-2107 via Facebook

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

See the 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, but they may be closed during COVID-19.

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.

The Global Underscore June 24Indexup to index

The Global Underscore long-form Contact Improv Dance Jam takes place for four hours simultaneously, world-wide at 10am-2pm EDT (14:00-18:00 UTC) on Saturday June 24 in 2023. Follow the link for a location near you. You can find events in other communities on the facebook Global Underscore page.

The Underscore is a long-form dance improvisation structure developed by the late Nancy Stark Smith. It has been evolving since 1990 and is practiced all over the globe.

The Underscore is a vehicle for incorporating Contact Improvisation into a broader arena of improvisational dance practice; for developing greater ease dancing in spherical space—alone and with others; and for integrating kinesthetic and compositional concerns while improvising. It allows for a full spectrum of energetic and physical expressions, embodying a range of forms and changing states. Its practice is familiar yet unpredictable.

The practice—usually 3 to 4 hours in length—progresses through a broad range of dynamic states, including long periods of very small, private, and quiet internal activity and other times of higher energy and interactive dancing.

Recurring Online Dance/Movement EventsIndexup to index

Online Rise & Shine ShakeIndexup to index

Shake! Mornings, afternoons, and evenings

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

Beyond Saudade

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

DJ Sillydelic Monday Dance

Wednesdays 8pm – bioLUMINosity Online DanceIndexup to index

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)Indexup to index

Weekly Biodanza classes

Various – Online Dance ClassesIndexup to index

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

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 DanceIndexup to index

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 DanceIndexup to index

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 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

Montréal QC: 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

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 or or contact Erik Iversen for more information. (For wheelchair and washroom accessibility information, contact Erik.)

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.)

Montréal QC: Ecstatic DancesIndexup to index

Soirée danse Extatique

Québec QC: Contact Improvisation, Communauté de QuébecIndexup to index

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!)


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