Molly Kitchen


Molly Kitchen works with moving bodies and soulful connections in her roles as a yoga teacher, a community herbalist, a wellness mentor, a gardener, and a dancer. She teaches public yoga classes in Northampton, Greenfield, and Shelburne Falls, and also teaches semester-long courses at Hampshire College. She loves bringing her life passions together in new ways, and empowering others to live vibrant, healthy, passionate lives themselves.  Her website is

Community SING & Potluck with Penny Schultz

December 13, 2015 - 5:30pm - 8:00pm

A Fundraiser for the Earthdance Tool Shed

One Sunday a month, Earthdance Co-Founder and community member, Penny Schultz, brings us together to raise our voices in joyful harmony. Songs from around the world celebrate the earth, love, and community. No singing expertise is required, and people of all ages are invited to join!

Amy Rose

Amy Rose plays flute, piano or accordion (no, not all at the same time!), and teaches for a living. In addition to various freelance gigs, her main gigs are with Klezamir, with the house band at Temple Beth El in Springfield, and with the flute/piano and guitar duo Dream Street with Zack Danziger. Amy is the pianist, flutist, accordionist, manager and founder (in 1986!) of Klezamir, a klezmer band playing Jewish music, jazz, rock, and a variety of other styles.

Maggie S.

Maggie S. has been investigating Contact Improv and Authentic Movement for over 25 years, using the forms to develop the practice of deep partner-listening and inter-playing within improvisational structures. She brings this intention to her music and loves to explore the possibilities of playing with another musician and the dancing. Maggie is the proud piano teacher to many of the children of the wider Earthdance family.

Moving Alchemy: Improvisation & Body Systems

with Sara Shelton Mann

May 5, 2016 - 5:00pm - May 8, 2016 - 3:00pm

Our energetic bodies convey deeper-rooted messages than any culture or identity can express. This workshop begins with structured exercises designed to make contact with these messages as they are expressed through the energetic body. As we refine our kinesthetic perception, we begin to perceive messages - the Morse code of our collective body - in the patterning of energy, tissue, and motility.

Andrew Harwood

Andrew de Lotbinière Harwood began his dance career in 1975. After three years of study in contemporary techniques, he quickly gravitated toward instantaneous composition and Contact Improvisation which allowed him a greater freedom of expression while incorporating other disciplines such as gymnastics, athletics, yoga, meditation, martial arts, and various somatic approaches. Formerly artistic director of AH HA Productions, Andrew has dedicated himself to the research, education, development, and dissemination of improvisation as a performing art for 40 years.

Suspension [of Weight, Time, Balance, & Disbelief]: A Contact Improvisation Workshop

with Andrew Harwood

April 21, 2016 - 5:00pm - April 24, 2016 - 3:00pm

In this workshop, we will explore the many facets of suspension: the suspension of our weight in the air, permitting a stretch of time and allowing freer movement as we float or hang, delaying a fall; suspension as a system of springs or shock absorbers in our bodies which cushion the impact of our mass into the floor; and the postponement of a judgment, impulse, decision, or opinion, as in "suspension of disbelief."

Figure Space Reunion

hosted by Lisa Nelson & Steve Paxton

March 20, 2016 - 5:00pm - March 31, 2016 - 3:00pm

This 2-week laboratory continues research initiated in a 6-week workshop at Earthdance in 2011/2012 with the same participants. Steve Paxton's Material For the Spine uses a technical approach to explore the sensations of the center of the body. Lisa Nelson's Tuning Scores research composition, communication, and the sense of imagination. The laboratory will combine these unique approaches to observe and cultivate compositional and performance possibilities that arise from these roots of dance motivation. This workshop is not open for new participants.

Beginning CI Workshop: Laying the Groundwork

with Felice Wolfzahn

March 4, 2016 - 5:00pm - March 6, 2016 - 3:00pm

This weekend introduces and lays out the fundamentals of Contact Improvisation for total beginners and those who would like to clarify and deepen their introductory skills. Through this playful movement form, we move together, conversing in a physical dialogue; communicating through the language of touch, momentum, and weight sharing.

Action Theater: Wild Mind & Responsive Body

with Carolyn (Shakti) Sadeh & Cassie Tunick

February 5, 2016 - 5:00pm - February 7, 2016 - 3:00pm

Embodied experience opens a vast world of awareness in the present moment. Action Theater introduces essential principles of improvisation rooted in sensation, listening, and deep curiosity. Listen, say yes to what’s offered, take the lead, don’t take the lead, commit, leave. Be alert, generous, and agile. Combine ordinary physicality with a heightened awareness, find new resources of wild-minded response, play whole-heartedly. In this workshop, we will incorporate expressive vocabularies of movement, vocalization, and speech.

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