Earthdance is an artist-run workshop, residency, and retreat center located in the Berkshire hills of Western Massachusetts.  We provide a dynamic mix of dance, somatic, and interdisciplinary arts training, with a focus on sustainable living, social justice, and community.  Earthdance has been spearheading innovative arts programming and maintaining a beautiful facility for rental groups in the Pioneer Valley for three decades.

Co-presented with Dance Films Association

September 29, 2017 - October 1, 2017

The IMAGINE Festival explores relationships between technology and the human body in action in a weekend of film screenings, technology-based workshops, dialogue sessions, and installations throughout the Earthdance grounds.

Full festival and single day passes are available.

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Benefitting the Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship!

After 30 years of study, Donna Mejia has galvanized a teaching practice that defies categorization, highlighting dances of the North African/Arab rural communities, Yoga, Ballet, American hip hop, and Brazilian Silvestre Contemporary technique. Inventive fusion, hardcore rhythms, precision hip work, and attentive bodywork feed the mix. Each morning features three hours of bodywork (stretching, alignment, yoga, & somatic science). Each afternoon, we dance!

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Experiment in touch, sensing, struggle, collaboration, support, resistance...

We will work with failure more than flow, with struggle more than ease. The goal of the workshop is to extend the proposals and possibilities of Contact Improvisation. 

Says Keith, “My primary teaching/research is on the politics of relationship and how dance practices can be a laboratory for new social relations based on queer-feminist-antiracist-decolonial ethics. I tend to work mostly with duet practices, improvisation, and experimental ritual; dance practices that shift habitual embodiment and inspire more expansive perceptions – how we read and experience the world.”

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Apply today for the 2018 Residency!

Applications now being accepted for E|MERGE, a 2-week long annual interdisciplinary collaborative residency happening February 2018! 

Through structures that allow for risk-taking and alternate methods for creation, E|MERGE provides a fertile space for pushing the boundaries of collaboration and leadership, undoing assumptions about creative processes, and exploring how creative practices transform our relationships.

Learn more and apply by November 1>>

Support the Scholarship Fund!

The Falling Leaves Jam Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship is open to anyone who self-identifies as being part of an under-represented and/or marginalized group in CI and covers tuition, room, and board for the Falling Leaves Jam.

The more support this scholarship receives, more scholarship opportunities we're able to offer!

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Upcoming Workshops & Trainings

September 29, 2017 - October 1, 2017
From choreographing a selfie to poetics by geofencing - co-creating a soundscape of whales to the virtual reality of bodies in space - the IMAGINE festival (IMAGINE) explores our relationship to...
October 12, 2017 - 5:00pm - October 15, 2017 - 3:00pm
A dance laboratory for experiments in touch, sensing, struggle, collaboration, support, resistance, and relationship. We will work with failure more than flow, with struggle more than ease. The goal...
October 12, 2017 - 5:00pm - October 15, 2017 - 3:00pm
After 30 years of study, Donna Mejia has galvanized a teaching practice that defies categorization, highlighting dances of the North African/Arab rural communities, Yoga, Ballet, American hip hop,...

Upcoming Contact Improvisation Jams

October 8, 2017 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Every 2nd Sunday of the month, our Umbrella Studio swells with improvised movement and music. A live soundscape for dancing is provided by a local musician. Dance and music dialogue together. All...
October 19, 2017 - 5:00pm - October 22, 2017 - 3:00pm
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...
October 22, 2017 - 3:30pm - 7:00pm
Every 4th Sunday of the month, the dance floor becomes a learning lab for Contact Improvisation. Old- and new-timers discover the form together with a class that leads easefully into a jam. All dance...
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