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

Contact Improv Home Page for Ottawa/Gatineau

Updated September 26 2022 – Mis à jour le 26 septembre 2022

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 is forecast to move up again in September with the Eighth Wave. See the figures in the Ontario COVID-19 Risk Analysis. There are sometimes dances available outdoors; have a look below.

  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. Public dances may resume in the usual Arts Court ODD Studio B in January 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.

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.

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 @ 18h45 – Biodanza avec IsabelleIndexup to index

Aucun protocole COVID-19 n’est requis.

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

La Biodanza est une activité qui permet de retrouver le plaisir de
vivre, grâce à la danse, la musique et la relation aux autres.
Aucune expérience de danse n’est requise.
Bienvenue à toutes et à tous.

La Biodanza est une activité hebdomadaire dont le but est de retrouver dans son corps, le plaisir de vivre, grâce à la danse, à la musique et à la relation aux autres. Aucune expérience de danse n’est requise. Tenue confortable, danse pieds nus ou avec chaussures réservées pour la salle. Bienvenue à toutes et à tous.

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.

Friday October 14 and November 4 – Biodanza with Isabelle and RémiIndexup to index

Les HAPPY VENDREDI de BIODANZA in French and English

Embellir sa vie avec la Biodanza

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

Être Soi avec les Autres grâce au plaisir de danser.

Enrich your life with Biodanza

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

Be Yourself with Others, enjoying the pleasure of dancing

Vendredi 14 octobre et 4 novembre

Centre MEREDITH, 23 Ch. Cecil, CHELSEA

19h30-21h30. 20$ payable à l’entrée

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.

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

Ecstatic Dance Montréal

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.

Contact Improvisation de la ville de Québec

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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