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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 February 20 – No Class with Lola Ryan

Because of the Family Day holiday, there is no group movement improvisation class on Monday, February 20. Lola will see you at the usual time and place next week, Monday February 27!

February 20 and 22 – Biodanza with Anne Marie Riel

The practice of Biodanza for adults 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 February 24 at 8pm – Ecstatic Dance with DJs Sarah and Kaia

Dance twice monthly with your Ottawa/Gatineau community at the next Ottawa Ecstatic Dance: Upsurge and Celebration 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.)

Let us dance, let us sing, let us come together as individuals in oneness, on this energetically auspicious night of Mahashivratri. Where it is believed that “the planetary positions on this night are such that there is a powerful natural upsurge of energy in the human system” creating “an opportunity to make use of the forces of nature for our well being”. Pushing us towards a more awakened state. In celebration, let us raise our vibration and liberate our bodies and minds, through this ecstatic movement meditation, and with our presence and willingness to investigate, allow, exhault, and awaken into stillness. We may give ourselves permission, in this safe space container, to enter into the ecstatic, the moving centre, the hall of consciousness. – Saira Monica (quotes taken from Sadhguru, and the Isha foundation)

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 March 10 and 24. Contact the organizers to be sure.

Friday February 24 at 7pm – Dances of Universal Peace

Come to the February 24 Dance hosted by Dances of Universal Peace at the University of Ottawa. (For wheelchair and washroom accessibility information, contact the organizers.)

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. A contribution of $5. is requested. no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Live music and a cappella.

Saturday February 25 at 10:15am – Contact Improv Dance Class and Jam

Note the early start time of 10:15 this week!

The first hour of this three-hour contact improvisation dance event is reserved for an intermediate level contact improvisation dance class. Some experience with CI is required to attend the first hour, from 10:15 to 11:15.

At 11:15 the studio is open to all adults for a two-hour, all-level contact improvisation dance jam from 11:15 to 13:15.

All adults welcome, starting at 11:15am. 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 is “pay what you can”, suggested $5/hour, which means $15 covers our room costs for all three hours, and $10 would cover just the two-hour dance jam, 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 February 26 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.

Monday February 27 at 6:30pm – Movement Improvisation Class with Lola Ryan

Explore the power and creativity of group improvised dance in a weekly drop-in class in Group Dance and Movement Improvisation every Monday evening in New Edinburgh.

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

Led by Lola Ryan, 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 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 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 #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.

Friday March 3 at 7pm – Ecstatic Dance in Wakefield QC

We’ll be in Wakefield this month – Friday March 3rd from 7-9pm at the Wakefield Community Centre, 38 Valley Drive in Wakefield, QC. (This location is wheelchair accessible.)

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 (after this one): Probably the first Friday of April. Call Owen to confirm.

Saturday March 4 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 March 4 – No Contact Improv Dance Jam

There is no Contact Improvisation class or jam on Saturday March 4. We will see you at the usual time and place next week, Saturday March 11, with live music by resident musician Kim Gravelle!

Saturday March 4 at 3pm – 5 Rhythms Dance with Lynne Adams in Ottawa

Time to shake your bones, move your flesh, feel your blood pulse in the depths of winter. A Saturday afternoon class to discover and explore the 5Rhythms practice, where breath, body and movement come together to the beat.

No right way, no wrong way, simply YOUR way of moving.
Bring layers of comfy clothes, your water bottle and your curiosity.

5Rhythms© is a dynamic movement meditation practice that fosters awareness, connection, and community. For those who are curious about exploring the vast expanse of experience that resides between our head and our feet, come breathe into your body of knowledge and discover what moves you! No experience necessary, all bodies welcome. Cost: $20 / $15 students

This Waves class is offered by Lynne Adams, a certified 5Rhythms© Teacher. Lynne is an actor, dancer, writer, a lover of life to the edge and the depths, heart explorer and wild soul embodied in a dance with life.

Les 5Rhythmes© sont une pratique dynamique de méditation en mouvement qui encourage la présence, la connection et la communauté. Curieux d’explorer les vastes étendues entre votre tête et vos pieds? Trouvez l’inspiration des connaissances de votre corps et découvrez ce qui vit en vous! Aucune pré-requis nécessaire, tous les corps sont bienvenus. Prix: $20 / $15 étudiant

Cette vague sera offerte par Lynne Adams, enseignante certifiée des 5 Rythmes. Lynne est actrice, danseure, écrivaine, amante de la vie dans son intensité et ses profondeurs. C’est une exploratrice du coeur, une âme sauvage incarnée dans une danse avec la vie.

For more information, click on the facebook link above or contact Christine Furberg 613-276-5107 or Lynne Adams. Drop-ins welcome – no registration required.

Saturday March 11 at 11:15am – Contact Improv 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 adults 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 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 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

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 adults 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

Emerge from winter hibernation. Move your inner energy. Release the past. Ideas are impermanent; let them fade away. Embrace change.

Come to a 5 Rhythms Seed Stalk Flower Weekend Workshop with Evangelos Diavolitsis at the Wakefield community centre in Quebec (not far from Ottawa). (This location is wheelchair accessible.)

Seed, to stalk, to flower, to seed: dance the cycle of life. Drop your preconceptions and discover instinctive movement. Bloom into the full spectrum of you.

“There is a dance only you know how to do.” -Gabrielle Roth

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.

Early registration discount applies on or before March 19, 2017.

Follow the above link or contact Alana O’Donnell for more information.

“Your only limit is you” – Evangelos

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 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.

Montreal: April 14–16 2017 – 5 Rhythms Dance with Bella Dreizler

Fluidity, Power and Release/ 5Rhythms of Self-Care

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 Dance 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 Dance 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 Dance with Jonathan Horan

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

Montreal: November 2017 – 5 Rhythms Dance 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 and other Dance

Contact Arsalan Ahmad for details on what’s happening around Contact Improvisation Dance in Peterborough, Ontario. There is an upcoming Introduction to Contact Improv Dance on February 4 2017. (For wheelchair and washroom accessibility information, contact Arsalan.)

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

Peterborough: 5 Rhythms Events with Kate Huband

See Kate Huband – 5 Rhythms or contact Kate Huband – email for information. (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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