Spring Equinox Jam

Co-facilitated by the CI Subcommittee: Aaron Brandes, Neige Christenson, Chisa Hidaka, Lani Nahele, Tim O' Donnell, Moti Zemelman

March 21, 2013 - 5:00pm - March 24, 2013 - 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.

Bring your family to the Spring Equinox Jam! We will hold a family play space featuring natural henna tattooing by community member Eve Christoph.


If you want to take Catherine Lessard's Engaged Body, Free Body workshop (the weekend before the Jam March 14th-17th) AND come to the Jam, you are welcome to stay at Earthdance for the intervening week (March 17-21) as an ARTIST IN RESIDENCE. The fee is ONLY $35/day (including meals) and you will be charged only for Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday (3 days). If you are participating in only ONE of the programs (workshop OR jam) you are welcome to extend your stay as an ARTIST IN RESIDENCE for $35/day if you plan to stay for at least 3 days before or after the event.

You must be in touch with the office at contact [at] earthdance [dot] net to take advantage of this special deal.

Spring Jam Sample Schedule:
8-9 a.m.
10-1 p.m.
Opening Circle and Fundamentals class at 12 a.m.
Workshops/ Classes/ Labs*
Open jam and Closing Circle
1-2 p.m.
3-6 p.m.
Registration and arrival 5-7 p.m.
Workshops/ Classes/ Labs*
Workshops/ Classes/ Labs*
Final clean and departure
6-7 p.m.
8 –10 p.m.
Open Studios and Jam
Global Water Day Jam 8:30-9 p.m. / Open Jam
Music Jam with Moti and Frank Hatt
* A variety of workshops, classes, and labs of different movement modalities will be offered by the jam facilitators and the community at large.
Pricing for All Inclusive Fees:
Commuter Rate
Full Jam. All-Inclusive Tuition, Room, & Board
$45 off
$30 off
$75 deposit
Full Jam Additional Child 5-14 yrs
$15 off
$12 off
$75 deposit
Jam, 1 Day Less. Thurs-Sat OR Fri-Sun. All-Inclusive Tuition, Room, & Board
$30 off
$20 off
$75 deposit
1 Day Less Additional Child 5-14 yrs
$10 off
$8 off
$75 deposit
Single Day. Choose Friday OR Saturday. No Overnight.
Single Day for Child 5-14 yrs
Final Half Day. Sunday March 20 Only.

Children from 0-4 yrs are Free 
*Student/Retiree Rate for full time students, retired or unemployed individuals.
*Regular rate is for those who are partially employed but able to support themselves.
*Professional rate is for  those who are fully employed and able to support Earthdance if offering the student rate option.

Earthdance Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation 3 weeks or more before the start of the workshop or jam: Earthdance will refund deposit money in full.

Cancellation within 3 weeks of the workshop or jam: Earthdance keeps full deposit.

(Under extenuating circumstances, 50% of the deposit can be refunded or moved towards payment for a future event)

Please note: You are not fully registered until we receive your deposit fee online or by check

Photo © John Barrett

Chisa Hidaka

An avid practitioner of CI since the 1980s, Chisa Hidaka is the founder of the
Dolphin Dance Project (www.dolphin-dance.org) in which she dances in and
directs films featuring improvisations between wild dolphins and trained human
dancers in the open ocean. Chisa is an MD (Cornell ’94) who also works in
orthopedics research and teaches Anatomy for dancers at Barnard College.

Neige Christenson

Neige Christenson has enjoyed over 30 years of exploring, teaching and performing Contact Improvisation, supported and enriched by the practice of Authentic Movement. She holds an MA in Expressive Arts Therapy from Lesley University, and is a graduate of the National Theater Institute and Smith College, where she first discovered Contact. She actively supports both her home-jam in Boston and the CI programming at Earthdance. Her teaching encourages opening the improvisational mind and body to full presence and connection with self and other. Performance and dance portraits can be found here. Her writings on dancing the improvised life, homeschooling and our relationship to this earth have appeared in Contact Quarterly; The Sun magazine; Fire in the Womb: Mothers and Creativity; and Hope Beneath Our Feet: Restoring our Place in the Natural World

Aaron Brando

Aaron Brando holds a Masters Degree in Education and loves the art of crafting pedagogy in a non-codified system such as CI. Brando teaches CI in the US and internationally. He serves on the Board of Directors for Earthdance. Brando has been instrumental in creating the event CI Ground Research which encourages the ongoing research of Contact Improvisation by dancers from around the world. Brando trained with Tom Myers at the KMI Institute and is a certified Fascial Bodywork/Structural Integration practitioner. He served a two-year residence at the Kripalu Center for Yoga, is a certified Yoga teacher, and has a 20-year history with Vipassana Meditation. www.heybrando.com

Lani Nahele

Lani Nahele is a dancer, an educator, a bodyworker, and a mother. She is teaching dance at Springfield College, at the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought, and in her studio, Studio rEvolution. A Certified Practitioner of Body-Mind Centering, Gyrotonic, Gyrokinesis, Pilates, Circulatory Massage, and Reiki, and a student of Infinity Healing, her private bodywork practice is called BodySoulMoving. She has been a teacher of Contact Improvisation for over 30 years.

Moti Zemelman

Moti Zemelman, MFA, is based in Greenfield, MA and began practicing Contact Improv 27 years ago. Over the past 20 years he has taught and performed across USA, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Europe and Israel. In 2008-09 he taught as Dance Professor at the Instituto Naciónal de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. Moti has been both a teacher and a board member at Earthdance Retreat Center in Plainfield, MA. He was an original member of Wire Monkey Dance Co. (Holyoke, MA, USA) and is a featured dancer in Sanford Lewis' documentary film about CI "An Intimate Dance." As a musician Moti plays vocal-electronic music for Contact Jams and in 2007 released his debut CD, Doorwaves. He also designs and moderates the international Contact Improv resource website www.contactimprov.com.

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