Let’s Dance Ian!!

The best way to read this message is using the Newsletter Web Version that is updated mid-week: http://contactimprov.ca/on/ottawa/news.html

Click on your favourite events in the Table of Contents below or use the web version above. (Outlook/Evolution email users – sorry, clicking below doesn’t work; use the web version.)
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/Lanark/CarletonPlace —–

Events in 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 September 17 to December 3 at 6:30pm – Movement Improvisation Class with Lola Ryan

Explore the joy and creativity of group improvised movement in a weekly drop-in class in Group 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 and movement with other people. Regular drop-in class fee $25 for 2.5 hours. (Student rate available – talk to Lola.)

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

Mondays September 17 to December 10 at 7pm – Biodanza with Anne Marie Riel

Attend weekly bilingual (English/French) drop-in Biodanza evening sessions led by Anne Marie Riel (613.316.8118).

Biodanza is a non-verbal practice for the participants. You do not need to speak either 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

Mondays September 17 to November 5 – CANCELLED: Fall Series in Almonte

Almonte in Motion – Fall Series – EVENT CANCELLED due to “venue complications”.

Contact Melissa lanarkinmotion@gmail.com

Tuesdays September 18 to December 11 at 1:30pm – Biodanza with Anne Marie Riel

Tuesday afternoon Biodanza in the same class format, venue, and cost as Monday evenings; see above for all the details. This beginners class runs 1:30pm to 3:30pm every Tuesday. Drop-ins are welcome any time – no registration required. No need to know how to dance. Contact Anne Marie Riel (613.316.8118)

Tuesday September 18 at 6pm – Groove Dance with Lucie

Get your Groove on - Venez Groover avec moi at 2275 Gladwin Cres, Ottawa.

A guided dance workout that unifies the participants through a few simple movements. See The Dance Floor Experience.

No dance experience required, just willingness to move and have fun! Facilitated by Lucie Delorme.

Aucune expérience requise en danse, juste la volonté de bouger et de s’amuser! 8$ (comptant seulement) à la porte. Animé par Lucie Delorme.

See also the World Groove Movement:

The World Groove Movement was founded by Misty Tripoli, Creator of The Groove Method in 2011 after 20 years of teaching movement and spending 10 years as an Elite Trainer inspiring thousands through her love of dance, truth and higher consciousness. Her powerful yet surprisingly simple method to movement, mindful and balance easily and accessible to everyone has quickly evolved into a dance movement with Groove Dancefloors in over 20 countries.

Thursday September 20 at 9:30am – Groove Dance with Lucie

Groove to feel better at 2275 Gladwin Cres, Ottawa, hosted by GO Groove.

A guided dance workout that unifies the participants through a few simple movements. See The Dance Floor Experience.

No dance experience required, just willingness to move and have fun! Facilitated by Lucie Delorme.

Aucune expérience requise en danse, juste la volonté de bouger et de s’amuser! Animé par Lucie Delorme.

See also the World Groove Movement:

The World Groove Movement was founded by Misty Tripoli, Creator of The Groove Method in 2011 after 20 years of teaching movement and spending 10 years as an Elite Trainer inspiring thousands through her love of dance, truth and higher consciousness. Her powerful yet surprisingly simple method to movement, mindful and balance easily and accessible to everyone has quickly evolved into a dance movement with Groove Dancefloors in over 20 countries.

Thursday September 20 at 7pm – McDonalds Corners Dance Jam with Melissa

McDonalds Corners Autumn Dance Jam McDonalds Corners: Thursday Night Dance Jam hosted by the MERA Dance Collective

Express. Connect. Be.

Friends new and old meet every other week to dance, groove and jam. We do it cause music and movement fills our cup. It’s no mess, no fuss. Think of a living room party with friends!!! If you’ve got a body and desire to creatively dance, move and express, this is for you!

What makes us a collective? We’re movers and shakers of all sorts - props like hula hoops, hip scarves, sarongs, etc are welcomed. Playlists, set-up and clean-up are shared. Contribute when and how you can.

Come try it. We can’t wait to meet you! It’s a drop-in gathering.

We dance barefoot or with clean indoor shoes. Bring some H2O.

Host and Venue: MERA Dance Collective, 974 Dalhousie Concession 9A, McDonalds Corners, Ontario, K0G 1M0 Fee: $5 gift to the MERA School House Fall Schedule:

Contact: Melissa Cornacchia lanarkinmotion@gmail.com

Thursday September 20 at 7:30pm – Ottawa Ecstatic Dance with DJ Kaia

(The start time on the text part of the Ottawa Ecstatic Dance web site says the dance runs 7-9pm, but the picture and the facebook events and Kaia’s postings on the facebook all say it actually starts at 7:30pm.)

Come to the next Ecstatic Dance – Equinox! 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.)

Our days and nights being of equal length, as we unleash our authentic creative, wild free-form movement, there’ll be invitations to explore balance between inner and outer, the spirit and the earth, expression and stillness - if you wish. Cacao beans available.

Aim for 7:20. Avail of the free parking in the school parking lot right opposite the hall. Bring a water bottle, but if you forget, there are cups in the kitchen you can borrow, wash and put back.

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. Next dances (maybe): October 4 and 18; November 1 and 15, and December 6.

Friday September 21 at 7pm – Dances of Universal Peace

Every third Friday, 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.)

Circle Dances to live music. We bring the unifying traditions of spirit centered cultures to life with our song and dancing together.

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.

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.

Next dance (after this one) is usually the third Friday. Contact the organizers to be sure.

For more information please contact Patricia Kerr

Saturday September 22 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

Saturday September 22 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.

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 September 22 at 7:30pm – Evening Contra Dance

Ottawa Contra Dance presents an Evening Contra Dance with the Old Sod Band and June Harman.

Stay after the AGM for our regular Saturday evening dance with our house band and fabulous local caller June Harman.

Please note: Churchill Rec Centre is a scent-free space. Please do not wear scented products.

Sunday September 23 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.

Tuesday September 25 at 7:30pm – Evening Contra Dance

Ottawa Contra Dance presents an Evening Contra Dance

This is a great mid-week dance held in a beautiful century hall. Local musicians and callers do their stuff.

The evening starts with a very short lesson for contra dance beginners (at 725pm) and the first half of the dance will focus on building skills - a great way to learn more!

Admission: $8 regular, $6 students & members, FREE ages 15 & under

Saturday September 29 at 7pm – Ecstatic Dance with DJs Rebecca and Kevin

We’re back!! Come dance with us! ♥

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 so happy to be 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; other payment options are available. We SO look forward to sharing exuberant joy through dance with you!

The rough schedule is something like this:

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.

Saturday September 29 at 8pm – Fall Equinox Dance with Anne Pitman

Please confirm the date and time of this event with Anne. There is a facebook event but nothing on her web site.

Dance the Autumn 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

Autumn 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 usually hosts four Seasonal Dances each year. Check her web link, above.

The Winter Solstice Dance may happen in December. Contact Anne for details.

Sunday September 30 at 6:30pm – Ottawa Sacred Dance Guild

Please verify this time and venue with the organizers.

We’re Dancing!! A free (by donation) 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.)

For more information call Wendy at 613-726-1375

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

Saturday October 13 at 12 noon – 5Rhythms Dance & Writing Workshop in Carleton Place with Amy Dhindsa

5Rhythms Dance Come to Transitions, a 5Rhythms Dance and Writing workshop in Carleton Place with Amy Dhindsa

The wheel of the year continues to turn. Our seasons are in transition.

Using this as the metaphor, what are the places of transition in your own life? What has reached completion? What is waiting to germinate through the depth of the winter to come? What projects need to lie fallow? What ideas are cross-pollinating to burst forth in the fullness of time?

Using the complementary practices of 5Rhythms® movement meditation and focused journaling, we’ll explore where our embodied wisdom is willing to take us.

November 9–11 – 5 Rhythms Weekend in Ottawa with Evangelos

“There is a story inside of you wanting to be danced and released.” – Evangelos

Use the body to sing your hidden songs of awakening. Let the flame of your dance rise from within. Express the waves rippling through your veins, heart, and feet. Meet infinite space: moving in, moving out — free!

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.

December 7–8 – 5 Rhythms Weekend with Layah Jane

“The dance is not where we lose ourselves. But where we find ourselves.” – Gabrielle Roth

The body is an encyclopedia of our lived experience. Our cells hold all of our suffering and celebration. Our bones and muscles move in ways that speak the truth, even when we’re not conscious of it yet.

5Rhythms® is a dynamic movement meditation practice. Each of the 5Rhythms is a quality of energy that is within us. Many of us have a dominant Rhythm or two that permeate our movements on the dance floor and through our lives. Exploring the 5Rhythms through the lens of how they are at home in us, can offer us insight into our true natures, and give us tools to move through the places where we disconnect or get stuck. As we dance Wave after Wave of the 5Rhythms, we can re-connect to the spectrum of aliveness that is available to us - beyond the mind, habit, or limitation. The dance delivers us to our most spontaneous, surrendered selves. It reminds us, returns us, and renews us. The body leads the way. The body lead us home.

All movement experience is welcome.

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

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

Montréal QC: September 21–22 – 5Rhythms Workshop in Montréal with Erik and Lynne

5Rhythms Dance Attend a two-day Balance III workshop, co-presented with Lynne Adams. (For wheelchair and washroom accessibility information, contact Erik.)

In this 2-day workshop we’ll explore the polarities and opposites in our lives: yes/no, creative/stuck, open/closed, mystical/material, tuned in/tuned out, can/can’t, stop/go, empty/full, as well as all the “shoulda/woulda/coulda’s” on the way.

Through the 5Rhythms we’ll move into the possibility of choice along these continuums of change, finding our presence and our power in breath, body and beat.

No previous experience necessary; simply bring your self, your curiosity and a willingness to move into new things.

The facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2120430461549755/

Also: http://tribeconnections.com/project/balance-iii/

Massachusetts USA: October 18–21 – Earthance Falling Leaves Contact Improv Jam

The Falling Leaves Jam is facilitated by Jolyn Hope Arisman and Kristin Horrigan.

Autumn’s vibrancy of colors, shapes, and forms enters our bodies as we play with a range of approaches to Contact Improvisation and community.

Diversity & Inclusion Scholarships Available (more details coming soon).

For more info: https://www.earthdance.net/calendar/2018/10/falling-leaves-jam-2018

Halifax NS: October 19–21 – 5 Rhythms Dance Weekend with Erik Iversen

Erik Iversen Discovering the Art of Presence:

Are you willing to expand into new parts of your body, to awaken new parts of yourself?

We shall experiment in this 5Rhythms living laboratory moving and dancing with vibrancy.

Where are your “blind spots” in relationship to your body intelligence?

Bring your curiosity, your playfulness, and a sense of wonder to this community event in Halifax!

A note from Erik: Every interaction in our lives - be it within us, between ourselves and others, or ourselves and our environment - generates the opportunity to presence ourselves in the moment. Nurturing a pathway to sensualising our feet and their relationships to our other body parts creates the context for presence. Befriending our breathing and gravity enlivens our experience of moving. Noticing this sixth sense enhances balance and focuses our ability to be present. My commitment to the participants of the workshops I facilitate promises to catalyze and inspire them to integrate the playful and pleasurable sense of developing their body intelligence into the 5Rhythms and into daily life.

5Rhythms® is a dynamic movement meditation practice created by Gabrielle Roth. It encourages connection, creativity, and expression with oneself, with others, and within community. There are no steps to follow. We show up, tune in, and move what is alive in us, as we dance a wave of the 5Rhythms (Flowing, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical and Stillness). These qualities of movement mirror the way energy moves and changes in the world. No previous dance or movement experience is required!

Please pass this invitation along to anyone you feel may be interested!

Sherbrooke QC: November 9–11 – Biodanza Abundance Weekend with Yves Léger

Dance a Harvest and Abundance Biodanza weekend workshop. In French with English simultaneous translation. (For wheelchair and washroom accessibility information, contact the organizers.)

Yves Léger The fall is the harvest season where we gather fruits and vegetables, as well as love, friendship, happiness, joy, and other goodies. Actually, every single moment of our lives could reveal an abundance of something good to harvest.

Harvesting in a context of abundance gives us a good feeling, and if we let this experience lie quietly inside of us, it leads naturally to an experience of gratitude. This is a natural and spontaneous process, and the more we experience it, the easier it comes.

This Biodanza workshop is designed to facilitate reconnection to this natural process of harvesting and experiencing gratitude. Tapping into the origin of life within, and stimulating our connection with the abundance we find in our daily lives can open the door to experiencing the epiphany of connecting with the sacredness of the small beauties which surround us.

Use the above link or contact Yves Léger at (819) 565-1465 for more information.

Montréal QC: November 23–25 – 5Rhythms Weekend in Montréal with Adam Barley

Advanced 5Rhythms workshop One Heart with Adam Barley in Montreal.

Pre-requisite: at least 15 hours of 5Rhythms classes/workshops

There’s really only one problem — how we respond to fear. And there’s really only one solution — to love. Yet how? How do we find the courage to move through our fears, stand in the integrity of our anger, let sadness wash us totally clean? How to bring joy to a world that’s so often heartless? Where can we find the compassion in which all our wild and crazy feelings find their resting place? How do we fall in love with love, over and over again?

Also: http://tribeconnections.com/project/one-heart-5rhythms-workshop-with-adam-barley-in-montreal/ Contact: Lynne Adams

Montréal QC: November 24–25 – Montréal International Contact Improv Jam

Montréal International Contact Improv Dance Jam The 36th Annual Montréal International Contact Improv Jam takes place in a lovely renovated church building on Sherbrooke street.

Gratitude – Thanks to each one of us, all together the encounter has been fruitful and your presence, an essential.

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

Massachusetts USA: December 27 – January 1 – 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 Ian! Allen about car pooling from Ottawa/Gatineau.

(This location is partially wheelchair accessible.)

— Events in 2019 —

The events below happen next year.

Massachusetts USA: January 6 to 25 2019 – Nancy Stark Smith Workshop

We are announcing the opening of registration for 2019 January Workshop! Thank you for helping us spread the word by forwarding this to others who you think might be interested.

JANUARY WORKSHOP 2019 a 3-week training with NANCY STARK SMITH plus Mike Vargas and other guests
Contact Improvisation Solo Training – Changing States Improvisation Scores – The Underscore Composition – Performance

A 3-week residential workshop focused on contact improvisation and other related work: physical training, solo and group improvisation, composition, contemplative practice, observing/listening, jamming, discussion, feedback, labs, and performance studies. In solo, duet, trio, and group work; in and out of contact; in silence and with live music; we’ll move toward greater clarity and depth in our dancing and watching. Please come prepared for intensive practice (and a bit of fun!).

Intermediate level in CI required. Fill out online application form outlining your background and skill level in contact improvisation, dance, and improvisation, and your reasons for wanting to attend. All registrations must be approved by Nancy.

The workshop will meet Monday–Friday, 10 am to 5:30/6 pm in studios at Earthdance, in Plainfield, MA, (a beautiful dance retreat center located 35 minutes west of Northampton, MA, in the Berkshire Mountains), and in town at an Aikido dojo. There will be some evening and weekend activities.

Montréal QC: February 14–17 2019 – Touch & Play Festival

http://montreal2018.touchandplay.org/

(14-17th Feb, 2019: Save the Date!)

The team of organizers of Touch&Play Montreal are excited to announce that a winter edition of our beloved event will take place. Where? In gorgeous Canadian wonderland!

Are you interested in teaching a workshop? We’d love to invite you to let your creative juices start flowing!

(14 -17 février 2019 : Réserver la date!)

Les organisateurs du Touch&Play Montréal sont heureux de vous annoncer qu’une édition d’hiver du festival aura lieu!

Est-ce que l’idée d’enseigner un atelier t’intéresse? On te propose de commencer à y réfléchir!

Toronto ON: April 19–21 2019 – Ontario Regional Contact Improv Dance Jam

ORCJ: Ontario Regional Contact Jam Again in 2019 the annual Ontario Regional Contact Improv Dance Jam will be 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 18–23 2019 – Big Heart Dance Camp near Toronto

Big Heart number Eleven is coming! See you June 18–23 in 2019!

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.

Watch Video: Big Heart Dance Camp 2012 and then More Videos 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 2019 – Family Friendly Contact Improv Dance Jam

The annual Earthdance July 4 Contact Improv Dance Jam at the Earthdance retreat centre in western Massachusetts.

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 2019 – Touch & Play Festival

We welcome a diverse community of dancers and somatic visionaries. This is a festival about play, vulnerability and building community with embodied, emotional, and erotic intelligence. It takes courage, compassion and consent to play truth or dare with integrity. Sharing one’s truth is an act of intimacy. Being daring is about getting outside our comfort zones. If we want something we’ve never had before, we have to do something we’ve never done before. This is a space to explore our personal, tribal, and societal desires! What can dance, somatics, tantra, kink, Contact Improvisation, and communication practices contribute to our intimacy?

“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? See the web site link, above.

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 and descriptions of all the 2018 Touch&Play workshops.

Sutton QC: July 2019 ACI Summer Contact Improv Jam

The annual Sutton Summer Dance Jam happens near the USA border 120km south-east of Montréal in Sutton Québec.

Come for dance, pond swimming and sauna playing outdoors and night bonfire singing. Hear the roosters crow, horses gallop and frogs croak. Sleep in cabins, the big house or tent in the orchard or forest. Your summer dreams come true.

Montreal QC: August 2019 – Touch & Play Festival

Stay tuned for information on 2019 Touch & Play in Canada.

“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

Discover a new world of play and pleasure, drawing from:

and more!

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?

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 and descriptions of all the 2018 Touch&Play workshops.

Massachusetts USA: August 2019 – DNE Summer Dance Camp

Located at Camp Timber Trails in Massachusetts for 2019.

Enjoy dance, movement, and community at the annual Dance New England Summer Dance Camp in Massachusetts in August 2019. See last year’s 2018 Camp Schedule for a sampling of what kind of workshops might take place in the 2019 camp. Child and family friendly; free child care available much of the day.

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

Vermont USA: August 2019 – Burlington International Contact Improv Jam

The Burlington VT International Contact Improv Dance Jam happens in a beautiful downtown dance space: City Hall, Contois Auditorium, 149 Church St., Burlington, Vermont. All levels. Led warm-up and other surprises. (This location is wheelchair accessible.)

Click on the link above or contact Abbi Jaffe for details. Contact Ian! Allen about car pooling from Ottawa.

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

Recurring Events outside the local Ottawa/Gatineau/Wakefield/Lanark/CarletonPlace 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. (For wheelchair and washroom accessibility information, contact Arsalan.)

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

Montréal QC: Weekly 5Rhythms Classes with Erik Iversen

5Rhythms 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 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

5Rhythms Dance Dance a weekly Thursday night 5Rhythms class with Lynne Adams in Montréal. (For wheelchair and washroom accessibility information, contact Lynne.)

Once a month September through December, dance a women-only 5Rhythms Women’s Waves workshop series with Lynne Adams in Montréal. (For wheelchair and washroom accessibility information, contact Lynne.)

Montréal QC: Ecstatic Dances

Soirée danse Extatique

Sherbrooke QC: Biodanza with Yves Léger

Classes are facilitated in French (with possible English translation on request): Biodanza Sherbrooke: français and Sherbrook 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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