Let’s Dance Ian!!

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CI Dancers at the Ottawa CI dance jam: Ken, Kia, Isabelle, Barbara, AnneMarie, Ian, Marcia

CI Dancers at the Ottawa CI dance jam: Ken, Kia, Isabelle, Barbara, AnneMarie, Ian, Marcia

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. http://www.helsinki.fi/en/news/health/a-dancers-brain-develops-in-a-unique-way

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

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.

—– Events near Ottawa/Gatineau/Wakefield ——————–

Events in the local Ottawa/Gatineau/Wakefield Region

Events that recur weekly or monthly show only the nearest upcoming event or two. Follow the link for future events.

Mondays January 15, 22, 29 at 6:30pm – Movement Improvisation Class with Lola Ryan

The January 22 class will be moderated by members of the group, as Lola will be in performance that evening.

Explore the power and creativity of group improvised dance in a weekly drop-in class in Group Dance and Movement Improvisation on Monday evenings in New Edinburgh. All adults welcome (drop-in); no registration or experience required. Led by Lola Ryan. (This location is not wheelchair accessible.)

Group Movement Improvisation 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 safe 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 fun on your way to learning new skills and enhancing your dancing. 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. Last scheduled class this Winter/Spring 2018 season is June 25. No Monday classes on Family Day February 19, Easter Monday April 2, or Victoria Day May 21. Classes will likely resume in the Fall.

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

Wednesdays January 17–March 21 – Wellness in Motion with Lorraine Aston

Wellness in Motion WELLNESS IN MOTION: A dance class for people with Parkinson’s, chronic pain, arthritis, and other conditions that impact mobility.

Try the first class for free!

Rediscover the joy of movement! Dance is one of the best exercises to improve balance, increase range of motion, reduce stress, and feel better. Never danced before? No problem! We’ll adapt the class to each participant’s abilities, using simple choreography from a wide range of dance genres.

Each class will begin with seated movement, then progress to standing exercises (with optional support), partner work and choreography. This program is intended for those living with conditions that impact mobility, and who are able to stand up and sit down on a chair with independence.

Thursdays January 18, 25 at 7pm – Biodanza with Donna Lévesque

Biodanza Come discover Biodanza; you don’t need to know how to dance! Through dance, play, and the joy of being authentic, Biodanza reduces stress and awakens a zest for life. All adults welcome!

Thursday January 18 at 7pm – Ottawa Ecstatic Dance with DJ Saira

Come out to dance the next Ecstatic Dance – Forces of Nature with your Ottawa/Gatineau Ecstatic Dance community. Dances take place twice monthly as part of Ecstatic Dance Ottawa. Venue: 41 Rosemount in Hintonburg. (This location is not wheelchair accessible.)

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 Stardust Saira Monica for more information.

Follow the link above for future dances and confirm future dates and times with Saira as they change.

Saturdays January 20, 27 at 9:30am – Authentic Movement

Authentic Movement Authentic Movement The Ottawa Authentic Movement group meets most Saturday mornings each month at Arts Court in Ottawa. (This location is wheelchair accessible.)

Experience with Authentic Movement is required to attend these events. Contact Wendy before you attend.

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 to attend these events. Contact Wendy before you attend.

ODD/CDC Ottawa Dance Directive

Saturdays January 20, 27 at 11:15am – Contact Improv Dance Class and Jam

Contact Improvisation Dance In Ottawa Come to a weekly open drop-in Contact Improv Dance Class and Jam hosted by Ottawa/Gatineau Contact Improv.

A facilitated warm up and introduction to contact improv dance usually starts the jam. 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 our dance jams is “pay what you can”, suggested $5/hour, which covers our room costs but you can pay a bit less if you need to, and nobody is turned away for lack of funds. Contact: Click on the link above or contact Ian! Allen for more information.

Some things to watch:

ODD/CDC Ottawa Dance Directive

CI Dancers at the Ottawa CI dance jam: Ken, Kia, AnneMarie, Isabelle, Barbara, Ian, Marcia

CI Dancers at the Ottawa CI dance jam: Ken, Kia, AnneMarie, Isabelle, Barbara, Ian, Marcia

Saturday January 20 at 3:30pm – Family Contra Dance & Potluck

Family contra dances are for ALL ages! The dances are geared towards ages 3 and up although younger ones can definitely join in and wee wee ones can participate in backpacks or slings. :-)

Do we need any experience? NO WAY! While folks who have danced before will have a blast, parents and kids with no dance experience can easily do these dances and have a great time too! Remember, you’re supported by the caller, the dances are easy to follow, and they are focused on fun! This is a great way to get your body moving to fantastic rhythms and feel connections in ways we don’t always get in our daily lives.

The dance will be followed by a potluck. If you would like to stay and eat together, please bring some nut-free food to share. Please also bring plates and cutlery for you and yours.

Details for the dance:

Please arrive by 3:15 to allow your kids to get settled before the dancing starts. Location: Westboro’s Churchill Recreation Centre, 345 Richmond Rd Parking: there is a small lot beside the building, and street parking behind. Buses: #11, #50 stop right outside the dance hall. Cost:$20 for a family (max 2 adults) OR $10 for everyone 16+ yrs old, $5 for 3-15 yrs old, free 0-2 yrs old. These prices include HST.

Top Tips ….

Bring indoor shoes and a water bottle Adults, be ready to dance with the kids you bring, AND… Everyone, be ready for a great time!

For more information, follow the link above. Next family contra dance and potluck (after this one): March 17

Sundays January 21, 28 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.

Mondays January 22, 29 at 7pm – Biodanza with Anne Marie Riel

The practice of Biodanza for adults is facilitated weekly in the region in both English and French. See below for the dates and locations. Biodanza is a non-verbal practice for the participants. You do not need to speak any language to participate; you only need to listen.

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

Biodanza…

  • increases our health and consciousness
  • improves our physical and emotional well-being
  • enriches the quality of our relationships
  • integrates thinking, feeling and acting
  • develops our potential for living full, radiant lives

Weekly Mondays at 7pm – Bilingual Biodanza with Anne Marie

Attend weekly bilingual (English/French) drop-in Biodanza evening sessions led by Anne Marie Riel (613.316.8118) at 19h00–21h30 Mondays at Centre Jules Desbiens, 109 Wright St., Gatineau (just north of the Chaudiere bridge). (This location is not wheelchair accessible.)

Saturday January 27 at 7pm – Ecstatic Dance with DJs Rebecca and Kevin

Inner Rhythms Ecstatic Dance Dance with your Ottawa/Gatineau community at an Ottawa Inner Rhythm Ecstatic Dance at Surround Circle Yoga, 15 Aylmer Avenue in Ottawa. (This location is wheelchair accessible.)

Rebecca White Raven, Kevin Guerette, and Maureen Fallis are now hosting Inner Rhythm Ecstatic Dances the last Saturday of each month at Surround Circle Yoga. So grateful for with this wonderful space for us to get out of our heads and into our bodies to discover and explore our inner rhythms!

These evenings will be about community connection, open hearts, and free spirits. No drugs or alcohol please. ♥ We will meet and mingle, circle and connect, move and dance, center and tone, and end with tea and treats. All ages and abilities are welcome! Cost is $15 at the door. We SO look forward to sharing exuberant joy through dance with you!

rough schedule is something like this: 7:00 doors open, set up, decorating, mingling 7:30 opening circle, start of dancing 9:15 winding down, integration, sound bath 9:30 closing circle, community sharing, tea and treats

Questions? Send an email to Rebecca or find her on the facebook. For further chanting, sound healing and ecstatic dance events see http://rebeccawhiteraven.com/upcoming-events/

Click on the above links for information.

Next dances (after this one): Last Saturday of each month. Contact the organizers to be sure.

Sunday January 28 at 1:30pm – Sacred Femininity with Anne Marie Riel

Sacred Feminity

You are most welcome at any time: the encounters follow each other without necessity of commitment. Welcome! Welcome!

The afternoon will web together meditation, circle of sharing from the heart, vivencia (dancing Life) and space to create.

Let us join each other, sisters of all ages, to recuperate the permission to be fully ourselves! And if we would to offer to the world that which we received that is unique, luminous and sacred?

Information: 613-316-8118 or EMail Anne Marie

Sunday January 28 at 2:45pm – Danses Sacrées / Sacred Circle Dance with Diane Schreiner

Danses Sacrées / Ottawa Sacred Circle Dance presents Danses Sacrées / Sacred Circle Dance. (For wheelchair and washroom accessibility information, contact the organizers.)

Sacred Circle Dance Come join us in an afternoon Sacred Circle Dance. Beginners are always welcome, no previous experience is necessary. The steps to each dance are explained, demonstrated and practiced together before we dance.

Sacred Circle Dance is an invitation to calm the mind, anchor the spirit in meditation, while sharing and feeling the joy of dancing. You will experience depth and lightness, meditation and laughter, simplicity and healing energy. It is a mandala of living energy bringing us into contact with all the dimensions within ourselves and the universe .

Follow the link above for information.

Next Ottawa Sacred Circle Dance dates (after this one):

Sunday January 28 at 6:30pm – Ottawa Sacred Dance Guild

Please verify this time and venue with the organizers.

We’re Dancing!! A free happening 6:30 to 8:00, at Bells Corners United Church at 3955 Old Richmond Road. All are welcome; Join us! Contact Wendy at 613-726-1375. Ottawa Sacred Dance Guild Dances are open to all; no registration required; last Sunday of every month; donations welcome. (For wheelchair and washroom accessibility information, contact the organizers.)

Next dances (after this one): Last Sunday of every month. Contact the organizers to be sure.

February – NO Ecstatic Dance near Rupert/Wakefield QC

The Rupert/Wakefield Move is no longer happening:

From: Owen Tuf Subject: no more Move Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2017 17:31:57

To all the good people who like to dance together…what a wonderful time it has been!

Thank you to Alex and Juniper for bringing the Move from where they enjoyed it in Toronto to us here in La Peche. That was over 10 years ago now and I think 7 years for me in helping to keep it going. Thanks to all of those who helped out in the hosting and playlists and advertising for us in the past. It’s been a real pleasure.

In the last couple of years we have had fewer people willing to help out with the work it takes to organize the event, and I need to take a break so will not be setting up any more dances for the New Year. I hope to continue our summer dances outside and will keep you posted on those.

Many blessings and Happy Holidays to you all. I look forward to dancing together again sometime. Owen Tuf

Friday February 16 at 7pm – Dances of Universal Peace

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

Dances of Universal Peace - Monthly, participatory simple circle dances and songs drawn from the earth’s sacred traditions, such as: Jewish, Christian (Creation Spirituality, Aramaic & Gospel), Islamic Su, Buddhist, Native American, Hindu, African, Celtic, Zoroastrian, and other Universal songs of peace. All welcome. No partner required. Beginners welcome. The Dances have no performers or audience. No musical or dance experience is necessary, All dances are taught. Dress casual. Singles and couples are welcome. Live music by (leader(s)) & friends. $5-10 donation at the door.

We dance this week in Room #4004 of the Faculty of Social Sciences, 100 University Private, at the University of Ottawa.

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. Live music and a cappella. A donation of $5-$10 is requested.

For more information please contact Patricia Kerr

Thursday March 15 at 7pm – Ottawa Ecstatic Dance with DJ Kaia

Come to the next Ecstatic Dance with your Ottawa/Gatineau Ecstatic Dance community. Dances take place twice monthly as part of Ecstatic Dance Ottawa. Venue: 41 Rosemount in Hintonburg. (This location is not wheelchair accessible.)

DJ Kaia $15 at the door; $10 students with ID. Parking available by arrangement in the school parking lot opposite the hall.

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 for more information.

Follow the link above for future dances and confirm future dates and times with Kaia as they change.

Saturday March 24 at 8pm – Spring Equinox Dance with Anne Pitman

Dance the Spring Equinox as part of Seasonal Dances with Anne Pitman at the Dovercourt Recreation Centre 411 Dovercourt Ave. (This location is wheelchair accessible.)

No dance experience necessary. All adults welcome. $10

Spring Equinox Dance Seasonal music, free form dance, circle dance, and warm community spirit.

Dance the Seasons of the Year – Take time out of your busy life to dance your aliveness, your life and honour the turning of the wheel. No dance experience is necessary. Dance your rhythm and the rhythm of the season. 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 23 2018, same time and place.

April 6–8 – 5 Rhythms Weekend in Wakefield with Evangelos

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

Discover your hero’s dance. Dive into the world of your own story and imagination. Dance through four sacred doors, meet your demons, and find your instrument of power.

Embody your inner hero in a safe environment, put your body in motion, and emerge renewed to the miracle that is you.

“Be the Hero of your own story.” –Evangelos

This life-transforming practice is suitable for all levels of physical fitness over the age of 14. It supports whatever practice you are exploring now, or offers an excellent start to self-exploration. No previous experience is necessary.

April 27–29 – Sacred Circle Dance Weekend with June Watts

Ottawa Sacred Circle Dance presents a Sacred Circle Dance Weekend With June Watts. (For wheelchair and washroom accessibility information, contact the organizers.)

Sacred Circle Dance June Watts, master teacher and choreographer extraordinaire, travels internationally teaching and sharing her love of sacred circle dance. With an open and humble heart, June shares her wisdom, humour and knowledge beyond the steps where connectedness to ‘all that is’ and transformation are possible.

This year we are delighted to offer two extra days following the weekend to engage with the dances at a deeper level.

We are letting the theme for the weekend percolate and emerge as the weekend unfolds, allowing us to ‘be in the mystery’ as we delve deeper into the dances.

For more information about June, please visit her website at: www.junewatts.com

*** NO DANCE EXPERIENCE NECESSARY ***

If this is of interest to you, please contact Barbara at carterb@bell.net

Hope to see you there!!!

Sunday May 6 at noon – MayPole Dance with Anne Pitman

http://annesyoga.com/seasonal-dances/

Usually held at Westboro Beach, Ottawa. No cost, but bring some money to donate to pay the piper!

Contact Anne Pitman for more information.

Saturday June 23 at 8pm – Summer Solstice Dance with Anne Pitman

Dance the Summer Solstice as part of Seasonal Dances with Anne Pitman at the Dovercourt Recreation Centre 411 Dovercourt Ave. (This location is wheelchair accessible.)

No dance experience necessary. All adults welcome. $10

Summer Solstice Dance Seasonal music, free form dance, circle dance, and warm community spirit.

Dance the Seasons of the Year – Take time out of your busy life to dance your aliveness, your life and honour the turning of the wheel. No dance experience is necessary. Dance your rhythm and the rhythm of the season. 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 usually hosts four Seasonal Dances each year. Check her web link, above.

The Fall Equinox Dance may happen in September. Contact Anne for details.

—– Events Outside Ottawa/Gatineau/Wakefield ——————–

Events outside the local Ottawa/Gatineau/Wakefield Region

Montréal QC: February 2–4 2018 – 5 Rhythms Weekend with Erik and Lynne

Balance: a 5Rhythms workshop in Montreal and on the facebook

“The opposite of ‘patriarchy’ is not ‘matriarchy’, but ‘fraternity’.” - Germaine Greer

Balance: a 5Rhythms workshop in Montreal A three day exploration into the movement and shapes of masculine and feminine energies within us. We’ll take the time to dive into the physical manifestations of how our biology, our beliefs, our culture and our habits impact the way we show up for ourselves and each other. The map of the 5Rhythms holds this investigation as we move our centres, find our edges and shift the balance of these energetic polarities into cooperative creativity. On the Friday night we’ll all dance together; Saturday we’ll split into two groups to delve into the completeness of each polarity; and on Sunday we’ll come back together to see what, if anything, has changed.

Attendance to all three days of the workshop is requested. Pre-registration required. $235 / $199 before January 19th Friday, Feb. 2nd - 7pm to 10pm Saturday, Feb. 3rd - noon to 6pm Sunday, Feb. 4th - noon to 5:30pm Info & registration: 514-928-7854 lynne.maureen.514@gmail.com erik@iversen.ca

Please contact Erik or Lynne if you’re called to participate in this workshop and have financial challenges; we’ll find a way to make it work.

Massachusetts USA: March 15–22 2018 – Earthdance CI Ground Research

CI Ground Research CI Ground Research presents CIGR 2018: Preparing the Healthy Risky at the Eathdance creative living centre in western Massachusetts. (This location is partially wheelchair accessible.)

Shavon Norris and David Brick catalyze questions of how we come to practice: the rituals that prepare us for dancing together and that shape what our practice may lead to. How do we hold space for the healthy risky? How can our practices of Contact Improvisation be a conscious laboratory of experience that shapes our thinking and helps us apply our experience and insight beyond our own skin?

CIGR is a unique opportunity for a residential in-depth practice of the form with a concentrated number of experienced practitioners. Our intention is to use this common language to research different areas of our expertise as dancers, body-workers, teachers, humans, citizens… Contact Improvisation, in this “Ground Research”, is not the answer to any question that we may ask: it is our way of communicating together to refine our inquiries.

As CIGR evolves, the one constant element that continues to be successful is the experience of an enlivening encounter of committed dancers. As Gretchen Spiro states, “The delight of getting to dance with other very committed (advanced) dancers.” We expect that a large part of our research material and direction will come straight from our shared physical practice.

Toronto ON: March 30–April 1 2018 – Ontario Regional Contact Improv Dance Jam

Again this year the annual Ontario Regional Contact Improv Dance Jam is in Toronto, Ontario. There is a facebook event. (This location is fully 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 250 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.

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.

UniCamp ON: June 19–24 2018 – 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 Big Heart Dance Camp
  • 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. Meals are eaten in community, lovingly and mindfully prepared by our kitchen team.

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. We invite you to join us in growing our creative, conscious community as we blossom into our 9th 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.

Massachusetts USA: July 2 to July  8 – 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

Massachusetts USA: July 10–15 2018 – Touch & Play Festival

Touch&Play returns to Earthdance in July 2018:

“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” -― Albert Camus

Contact Improvisation can be an act of freedom and revelation! Let’s pull back the veil, expand our edges, investigate how our patterns and attitudes may limit us and try on new versions of ourselves. We continue to question the relationship of “chemistry & physics” in CI through movement, touch, intimacy, communication and connection to radical truth.

Touch&Play festivals have a history of exploring the edges of what CI can be while maintaining high standards of safety and consent, and are known as events in which personal and communal celebration and growth reach new levels.

We believe that major change can and does happen when we give ourselves time and space to recognize our growing edges and feel safe enough to explore and expand them with ourselves and within community. Touch&Play aims to both provide a profound space for honesty, celebration, joy, discomfort, clarity, growth, and acceptance. It also is a time where consent, choice, and self-care come first.

What will happen at Touch&Play?

What happened last time? From Touch&Play 2017 at Earthdance comes this Are you ready for Liberation? video by Zahava (“Z”). At Touch&Play 2017, Zahava led an intensive dealing with The Intimate Act of Creating Performance Ritual: Exploring Kink, Gender Expression & Devotion See descriptions of all the 2017 Touch&Play workshops.

Montreal QC: August 1–5 2018 – Touch & Play Festival

The first Canadian Touch&Play Festival: http://montreal2018.touchandplay.org

“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” -― Albert Camus

Contact Improvisation can be an act of freedom and revelation! Let’s pull back the veil, expand our edges, investigate how our patterns and attitudes may limit us and try on new versions of ourselves. We continue to question the relationship of “chemistry & physics” in CI through movement, touch, intimacy, communication and connection to radical truth.

Touch&Play festivals have a history of exploring the edges of what CI can be while maintaining high standards of safety and consent, and are known as events in which personal and communal celebration and growth reach new levels.

We believe that major change can and does happen when we give ourselves time and space to recognize our growing edges and feel safe enough to explore and expand them with ourselves and within community. Touch&Play aims to both provide a profound space for honesty, celebration, joy, discomfort, clarity, growth, and acceptance. It also is a time where consent, choice, and self-care come first.

What will happen at Touch&Play?

What happened last time? From Touch&Play 2017 at Earthdance comes this Are you ready for Liberation? video by Zahava (“Z”). At Touch&Play 2017, Zahava led an intensive dealing with The Intimate Act of Creating Performance Ritual: Exploring Kink, Gender Expression & Devotion See descriptions of all the 2017 Touch&Play workshops.

Massachusetts USA: August 6–19 2018 – DNE Summer Dance Camp

New Location (Camp Timber Trails in Massachusetts) and Dates (August 6-19) for 2018! Please confirm these future 2018 dates and times with DNE.

Enjoy dance, movement, and community at the annual Dance New England Summer Dance Camp in Massachusetts in August 2018. See the 2017 Camp Schedule for a sampling of what kind of workshops might take place in the 2018 camp. Child and family friendly; free child care available much of the day.

Contact Ian! Allen about car pooling from Ottawa/Montréal.

Please confirm these future 2018 dates and times with DNE.

Massachusetts USA: late December 2018 – Earthdance New Year’s Contact Improv Jam

Earthdance Umbrella Dance Studio Earthdance annual New Year’s Contact Improvisation Dance Jam

As winter swirls outside, we come together on the dance floor to find new connections through Contact Improvisation, co-creating five days of magic, intimacy, warmth, and dancing celebration. Workshops, performances, bonfires, and nonstop jamming ring in the New Year with utter joy at our biggest Contact Improvisation Dance Jam of the year.

Contact the organizers for the exact date of the Jam. Contact Ian! Allen about car pooling from Ottawa/Gatineau.

(This location is partially wheelchair accessible.)

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

Recurring Events outside the local Ottawa/Gatineau/Wakefield Region

Peterborough ON: Contact Improvisation and other Dance

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

There is sometimes a Special Event.

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

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

Peterborough ON: 5 Rhythms Events with Kate Huband

5 Rhythms Dance 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

Montréal QC: Weekly 5 Rhythms Classes with Erik Iversen

5 Rhythms Dance 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.)

Montréal QC: Weekly 5 Rhythms Classes with Lynne Adams

5 Rhythms Dance 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.)

Montréal QC: Ecstatic Dances

Soirée danse Extatique

Sherbrooke QC: Biodanza with Yves Léger

In French with English simultaneous translation: Sherbrooke Biodanza English

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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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