January Workshop 2016 with Nancy Stark Smith

including Mike Vargas and other guests

Programming category: 
January 3, 2016 - 2:00pm - January 22, 2016 - 3:00pm

A 3-week intensive for dancers with experience in Contact Improvisation (intermediate level)

Contact Improvisation
Solo Training • Changing States
Composition • Performance
Improvisation Scores • The Underscore

This residential workshop is specifically designed to develop our practice of Contact Improvisation and other related improvised dance work: physical training, improvisation and composition scores, listening practice, jamming, watching, discussion, feedback, labs, contemplative practice, and performance studies. Experimenting with solo, duet, trio, and group work; in and out of contact; in silence and with live music, we will move toward greater clarity and inspiration in our dancing and watching. Please come prepared physically and psychologically for intensive practice (and a bit of fun!).

To apply and for more information visit: 

Earthdance Room, Board & Facility Fee Payment: $845
Once you have applied above and been accepted by Nancy, you may continue on to register below with Earthdance to pay for your housing, food & facility fees. Please do not register with Earthdance before recieving confirmation of your acceptance by Nancy.


Once you register please follow the payment links below, or send a check (US) made out to "Earthdance" with "January Workshop 2016" in the description line to:

252 Prospect St.
Plainfield, MA 01070

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Monday–Friday, 10am-6pm
There will be some early morning, evening, and weekend activities.
Workshop involvement is full-time–with the exception of some weekend time–so please don't schedule other things during the workshop.

Arrival & Departure:

Arrive: Sunday, January 3, 2–5pm 
Registration: 5pm (First evening includes dinner and an optional public jam)
Depart: Friday, Jan. 22, 3pm (Do not plan to leave Earthdance before 3pm)

Email contact [at] earthdance [dot] net if you wish to arrive early or depart later. Additional days are $25/night.

For information on tuition, housing, work study, and transportation visit www.nancystarksmith.com.

Photo credit: Yeong Wen Lee, photo courtesy of Ku & Dancers, Taipei

Nancy Stark Smith

Nancy Stark Smith danced in the first performances of Contact Improvisation in 1972 with Steve Paxton and others and has been central to CI’s development as dancer, teacher, performer, writer/publisher, and organizer. Nancy has traveled extensively throughout the world teaching and performing Contact and other improvised dance work with many favorite dance partners and performance makers, including musician Mike Vargas.
In 1975, she co-founded Contact Quarterly, an international journal of dance and improvisation, which she continues to co-edit and publish. Nancy’s work is featured in several books and films, and she has been developing the Underscore, a long-form dance improvisation structure, since 1990. Her first book, Caught Falling, came out in 2008. She continues to explore the bodymind states that are generated while dancing, the life cycle of form as it manifests in improvisation, and how any of this research can be communicated in performance and in print.

Photo credit: Tim Roberts

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