The Spring Equinox Jam | RENEW

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March 22, 2012 - 5:00pm - March 25, 2012 - 3:00pm

Celebrate this year's spring equinox at Earthdance. Relax, renew, and rebalance by engaging in the play and flow of Contact Improvisation. Reconnect with Mother Nature, as the spring growth stirs in the wooded hills of Western Massachusetts. Re-energize with good food, friends, and dancing.

There are discount bus tickets available for folks traveling from NYC to the Spring Equinox Jam.  Contact Hilary at contact [at] earthdance [dot] net or call 413.634.5678 for details.  This year's Spring Jam is being facilitated by Leah Nelson and Gabriel Forestieri.

Tuition/Room/Board All Inclusive: $220/$250/$280

Leah Nelson
Leah Nelson has been dabbling in and investigating Contact Improvisation since stumbling upon it at Barnard College in 2000. She loves the meditative, fully present moment that Contact allows, and she continues to challenge herself (and her unsuspecting partners) to uncover something new in how she and they move. From 2008-2010 she held a Contact Jam called "Buttah & Jam" in her Brooklyn loft space . She now calls Salt Lake home and co-facilitates the Salt Lake Improv Jam there. For the past 3 years she's enjoyed teaching Contact to high schoolers and adults (dancers and non-dancers alike).
Currently, she's dancing with "Movement Forum", an improvisational performance collective, and creating work with dance partner Cortney McGuire for their company, "fivefour". They've been collaborating together for 7 years, have performed at venues throughout NYC, Boulder, Salt Lake, & Pennsylvania, and have a 2012 split residency at Sugar Space in Salt Lake (you can also find them on youtube!). Leah's learned a lot from dancing with David Hurwith, Deganit Shemy & Co, and Nora Stephens, and can be found next at the Moab Workshop/Jam this May.
Gabriel Forestieri

Gabriel was born in Louisiana raised in Detroit and transplanted from San Francisco to New York City in 2004. As the Choreographer/Director of projectLIMB he is intent on connecting communities with their landscape, resources, and each other. Gabriel has taught dance at Movement Research,
Carnegie Mellon University, Hollins University, Joffrey Ballet School, The Movement Invention Project in New Jersey, and at New York University. Internationally he has taught at Dance festivals in Brazil, Italy, and Germany.

ProjectLIMB has performed in Hawaii, Pittsburgh, Dallas, Washington D.C., Paris, Rome, San Francisco, Thailand, and New York City. ProjectLIMB’s work has been presented in NYC at DTW, the Tank, Teaneck Creek Conservancy, Solar One, Central Park. Brooklyn Arts Exchange, White Wave, The Puffin Room, and Symphony Space. ProjectLIMB has been involved with numerous residencies including the AIR at Earthdance, Solar One Dance Res, Art Mill in Jeffersonville NY, SEEDS at Earthdance, DTW’s Outer/Space, The Wave Rising Festival, in Hawaii at the Ulua Theatre, and at Art Omi. Gabriel is an alum of the MFA (2006) dance program at NYU and was nominated for a total of four Isadora Duncan awards (San Francisco’s highest dance achievement) in 2004 and 2005.

He has had the pleasure of working with choreographers: Punchdrunk, Wili Dorner, Foofwa D’immobliite, Risa Jaroslaw Keith Thompson, Bill Young, Tomi Pasoneen, Scott Wells, and Erika Shuch. He was a founding company member in 2011 of the NYC mounting of Sleep No More, the Off Broadway sensation.

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