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

Contact Improv Home Page for Ottawa/Gatineau

Updated September 18 2021 – Mis à jour le 18 septembre 2021

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, AnneMarie, Ian, Marcia

Dance News for  Ian! D. Allen  idallen@idallen.ca

  1. Lana Morton tells us that the Ottawa Dance Directive (ODD) studio (formerly used to host Contact Improvisation Dance events on Saturdays) remains closed to outside rentals (us) until at least January 2022.
    ODD/CDC Ottawa Dance Directive

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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.

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/CarletonPlace

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.

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

See the Dance to Nature group on the facebook or contact Alana O’Donnell for more information.

Friday September 17 at 6pm – Wild and Free Ecstatic Dance with Chana

Join us for a Wild and Free Ecstatic Dance at Brtannia Beach in Ottawa.

Dj Chana will be sharing some wonderful and uplifting music to fill your heart and soul. We welcome you to go deep and let yourself experience the true magic of ecstatic dance. It is truly life changing and absolutely blissful!

6:00 opening circle
6:15 dance
7:45 closing circle

Location: Britannia Beach, at the end of the grassy point behind the community center, near the breakwater stones. Not the main beach, but the little rocky beach further out to the west of the main beach.

Looking forward to seeing all you beautiful people.
$20 suggested donation via Eventbrite or cash on-site.

IMPORTANT: This is a weather dependent event. Please be sure to check this event page the day of the event in case we need to postpone due to weather. Much love and blessings to all!

Saturday September 25 at 3:30pm – Ecstatic Dance and Sound Healing

Join DJ Ya, Spring, Katie Bigras and Rebecca White Raven for a high vibe afternoon of community dance, nature, and sound healing meditation at Dance for Love ~ Ecstatic Dance and Sound Healing at Britannia Beach

Ah the sweet bliss of gathering outdoors by the water, trees, and fall breeze! We shall drop into the true essence of ourselves and allow our bodies to be free and wild with dance! After dancing we can drop into the earth and integrate the movement with stillness and sacred sound healing.

3:30 - 5:00 ecstatic dance
5:00 - 5:30 sound healing

Please dress for the weather and bring a yoga mat and blanket to be comfortable for the sound healing. Drummers are welcome to bring drums and play along with the music!

$25 suggested donation via Eventbrite or cash on-site.

Location: We will meet at the far end of the grassy point near the far-end rocky beach at Britannia. Not the main beach, but further out on the water near where the big rocks are.

IMPORTANT: This is a weather dependent event. Please be sure to check this event page the day of the event in case we need to postpone due to weather. Much love and blessings to all!

Saturday October 9 at 1pm – Ecstatic Dance and Sound Healing

Time to tend to the fire in your heart through dance and sound healing at Fall into the Heart: Ecstatic Dance & Sound Healing at Britannia Beach

As we feel the cycles of seasons shift, we find the great gift of groundedness, shedding and freedom. What a great expression of life. Summer blossomed, beings of light reunited & gathered by campfires… and now we are slowly being called back inwards with the fullness of life; to integrate and tend to our inner fire for the seasons to come. Come dance freely with us in the elements.

Location: Britannia Beach, at the end of the grassy point behind the community center, near the breakwater stones. Not the main beach, but the little rocky beach further out to the west of the main beach.

Schedule:
1-2:30pm We will start with an opening ceremony, move in to dance
2:30-3pm Sound Healing Savasana/Meditation
Bring: Yoga mat, blanket & layers (tends to be chillier), water to drink, warm beverage if you desire.
Contribution: $25 recommended donation via Eventbrite or cash on-site.

IMPORTANT: This is a weather dependent event. Please be sure to check this event page the day of the event in case we need to postpone due to weather. Much love and blessings to all!

Outside Ottawa/Gatineau/Wakefield/Lanark/CarletonPlace

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

Dance Online Everywhere

“Let’s Dance Together – ONLINE!” (Everywhere!)

Online: September-November 2021 – ReMix: online writing and movement with  Majero Bouman

ReMix 1 and 2

This workshop is for dancers who didn’t know they could write, writers who didn’t know they could dance, and the generally curious who are open to unfolding.

The approach for these series is rooted in embodiment practice and select theories of language, meaning, and psychoanalysis.

Learn and Explore:

Come prepared to move, to write, and to share. Each class, we warm up physically and creatively; We share homework; We do a movement and a writing exercise; We settle the exploration.

ReMix conforms to Open Floor International’s Art in Motion stream (AIM): to build both emotional and creative intelligence through a combination of movement and writing. We engage with process as well as product in order to move with the mover, the maker, the editor, and the inner critic.

This workshop is for dancers who didn’t know they could write, writers who didn’t know they could dance, and the generally curious who are open to unfolding.

Requirements:

If you require reduced cost, please contact Majero for a discount code.

Contact Majero Bouman

Register using the link above.

Recurring Online Dance/Movement Events

Online Rise & Shine Shake

Shake! Mornings, afternoons, and evenings

Saturdays 12:45pm – Online CI-Inspired Weekly Score & Jam: Beyond Saudade

Beyond Saudade

Sundays 10am – Online I-Opener Dance

iOpener Dance

Mondays 9:30pm – Online DJ Sillydelic Dance Family

DJ Sillydelic Monday Dance

Wednesdays 8pm – bioLUMINosity Online Dance

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)

Biodanza classes

Various – Online Dance Classes

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

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 Dance

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 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

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 Lessard

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 Lessard

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 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 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

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

Québec QC: Contact Improvisation, Communauté de Québec

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 Léger

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

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