Nomadic College 2013

June 3, 2013 - 4:00pm to June 30, 2013 - 3:00pm

The Nomadic College (NC) is a bi-annual gathering organized by the Axis Syllabus International Research Community (ASIRC) which provides workshops, lectures, a choreographic laboratory, jams and artist residencies all over Europe, North and South America. After a successful pilot project in June 2012 the ASIRC and Earthdance will collaborate again to bring the NC back to the beautiful Earthdance grounds June 3 - 29 2013.

The Nomadic College is a month long event that provides a methodically designed curriculum and focused environment for the study and practice of the Axis Syllabus- a transdisciplinary research and education platform concerned with the practice, study and teaching of bio-mechanics as they apply to human movement and the art of dancing. The NC strives to be a place for movement artists to replenish, investigate old and new patterns and to acquire skills for sustaining and inspiring their paths in the moving and healing arts. Teachers share their diverse experience and unique perspectives in dance and movement techniques, traditional and contemporary african, folk, rhythm, contact improvisation or choreography. The NC will also host performances and a series of community classes.
A detailed schedule & all info is available at:
The first step to register is to contact Nomadic College at and then they'll send you back to register and pay for room and board here. 
Room and Board Rates:


Registrants for single days = $55/day

Registrants for 1-2 weeks = $50/day

Registrants for 3-4 weeks = $45/day



Registrants for single days = $40/day

Registrants for 1- 4 weeks = $35/day



0-3 yrs free

4-12yrs 15$/day

13yrs + normal rate


Commuting (includes 3 meals per day) = $30/day

Please note that a full week is considered Sunday afternoon through Sunday afternoon.  Please list only the nights that you are staying over (generally Sunday-Saturday) otherwise you'll be charged for an extra day. The single day option is if you are planning to stay as a guest for less than a week.  If you are planning to come early or stay longer than a period of a week please be in touch with Hilary at to make those arrangements and only register here for the full weeks that you'll be attending Nomadic College. 

Your payment here is for room and board and must be paid via paypal or sent by check in full for you to be considered fully registered.  You'll pay tuition upon your arrival at Earthdance. The Nomadic College asks that you pay your workshop fees in cash upon arrival at Earthdance.  If this is not possible contact them to make alternative arrangements.

Please note that in the case of cancellation, ED and NC will keep 30% of your Room & Board.  If you cancel after May 17th ED & NC we will keep your entire deposit.


Other Nomadic College Offerings throughout June open to local community:

CHILDREN's Classes
Saturday & Sunday June 15th & 16th
6-8 years 14h00- 15h00
9-12 years 15h15- 16h15
Through the art of dancing, children will explore their movement potential through dancing physics; playing with gravitational forces such as centripetal, centrifugal or coriolis. Together we will explore smooth entries and exits from the floor, lightness in transitions and a sustainable use of momentum and energy. Dances and songs from around the world will be learned and practiced as an entry point to explore these principles. These classes are based on research and practices of Axis Syllabus. Safe falling reflexes, fluid transitions and kinetic efficiency are some of the characteristics of this approach. 
WEDNESDAY June 5th 8pm
The proprioceptive system receives sensory information from joints, muscles and facia during all movement and positions.  The detection of loads, traction, and articulations in joints as well as muscle length, force and speed during movement contributes to a sense of all body parts simultaneously.   This conference will discuss the proprioceptive mechanisms that enable awareness and the ramifications on how to use the system as a means to learn and support dynamic and complex movement.
Miranda Janeschield (US) - dancer, teacher, choreographer, occupational therapist working in pediatrics with at risk infants and children with neuro-muscular and sensory processing disorders.

TUESDAY June 11th 8pm
Matthew Smith: That pain you feel – its all in your head!!
The Axis Syllabus is a restless beast always searching for the best possible approaches for how to move so as to avoid injuries and pain.
Yet pain will be with us from time to time as it is a part of life.
But what exactly is it? Why do we get it?
Is all pain bad or should some pain be welcomed?
Does pain always mean something is hurt?

TUESDAY June 18 8pm
Francesca Pedulla: Tradition and Contemporaneity in West Africa - real or fabricated dichotomy

In this lecture I will make a brief tour through various aspects of the social  functions of west African dance, as well as discuss the emergence of the concept of African dance as "representative art", and the concept of "contemporary African dance".

I will discuss the current, vivid philosophical and political arguments  concerning contemporary and traditional dance, from the perspective that these could be occidental viewpoints, that may have been imported at different historical periods, and then "placed" in opposition.

Ultimately I would like to open a reflective pathway or bridge for conjecture on how Africans could profit from occidental perception modalities while benefitting from their own sophisticated heritage.
Couldn't this bridge be crossed in both directions?

TUESDAY June 25 8pm
Catherine Lavoie-Marcus (CAN): The art of writing dance

This conference will provide an overview of major dance notation systems and scores that have existed throughout history : that of Raoul-Auger Feuillet (1700) Rudolf Laban, Rudolf Benesh (early 20th century), Anna Halprin (1960’s-1970’s) and contemporary choreographers. We will highlight the difference between a « notation » and a « score » in terms of its purpose, function and philosophy. We will shed the light on the philosophical challenges that are carried out by the central questions : is it possible to translate a dance into signs, to create/reproduce a dance from signs ?