Spring Equinox Jam 2018

Facilitated by Alyssa Lynes & David Brick

March 15, 2018 - 5:00pm to March 18, 2018 - 3:00pm

Come move with friends new and old in the embrace of Spring’s awakening! We melt away the layers of winter, find our flow, and re-energize in the dance of Contact Improvisation. Open to all ages, backgrounds, levels, and styles of dancing.

Tuition, Room & Board All Inclusive:

Camping: $5 off/day
Commuting: $15 off/day



Full Jam Option
Professional Rate: $350 
Full Price:               $310
Subsidized Rate:   $270

1 Day Less Option (Thursday 5pm - Saturday 3pm OR Friday 5pm - Sunday 3pm)
Professional Rate: $300
Full Price:               $260
Subsidized Rate:   $220

Single Day Rate (includes all meals and events throughout the day, does NOT include overnight)
Professional Rate: $85 
Full Price:               $75
Subsidized Rate:   $65

~Single Day Slots are Full - Please email contact@earthdance.net to be put on the waitlist~

Young People Rates
* 0-4 yrs: FREE
Full Jam: $200 | $150 | $100 
1 Day Less: $165 | $125 | $80 
Single Day: $35 | $30 | $25

Work Study Opportunities
Earthdance Cancellation Policy    
Earthdance Jam Guidelines 
Earthdance Nudity Policy

Nine Mountain is not available for Earthdance guests during this event. 
Here are some Local Bed & Breakfast options:
49 Mountain St (our neighbors Joan & Eric)
Garden House Upon a Hill (our neighbor Levi)
Singing Bridge Performing Arts Lodge (in West Cummington, right over the hill)
Brookwood B&B (in Cummington, neighboring town)
Upland Meadows Farm (in Cummington, neighboring town)

Our Sliding Scale: The fees to attend Earthdance Jams and Workshops are priced on a sliding scale. Please pay at the highest level of the sliding scale that you can afford. This allows others who need to pay less the opportunity to attend.

Professional Rate: for those comfortably paying their rent or mortgage.The Professional Rate also helps us offer lower prices to those who could otherwise not afford to attend.
Full Rate: for those who have a regular income and are paying their mortgage or rent. Prices at this level contribute to the range of Earthdance's operating costs.
Subsidized Rate: for those with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge.
Participant Community Support
As Earthdance runs as a​ community, all participants contribute to 1-2 chore shifts (typically meal cleans) throughout the Jam and a Final House Clean from 2-3pm on Sunday, March 18th. These are great ways to connect more with your fellow participants, Earthdance staff, and to feel more at home here. We will be welcoming you into this collective home and thus so appreciate your contributions to our space!
Here is a special note from facilitators Alyssa Lynes and David Brick, including the theme for this year's Jam:

Dear Spring Jammers, 

We are excited to co-create the Spring jam titled: Thinking Through Dancing- Embracing the Intimate Unknown

We are mindful that we come together to dance at a fraught time in the broader culture and we want to engage with Contact Improvisation as a practice of resilience and compassion, humbleness and transformation. Ultimately, we want to accept the Springs invitation to refresh and rejuvenate by dancing together so that insight grows from the seeds of our intimate experience towards broader actions of justice and joy. 

Contact Improvisation is an amazing practice that cultivates the resource and intelligence of our whole bodies. In dancing together we exercise awareness, sensitivity and strength that can serve as pathways for growth, compassion and transformation— of ourselves and of each other. We want to push the wisdom of Beginner’s Mind in our dancing. Rather than assuming how much we know about ourselves, each other and contact improvisation, can we be skillful in not knowing? Can we throw ourselves into not knowing such that our nervous systems and social systems might be newly noticed? We want to explore CI as a practice of empathy— with the possibility of being touched and changed by that which is not already part of the story of ourselves.

In this way we wonder if practicing Difference might be more precious than practicing Consensus as we dance together. Can our differences as we jump and play, roll and touch, zoom and float and fall through space— become shared resources in our dancing together? Can we empower our ability to be affected and changed by each others differences? Instead of rehearsing and perfecting narratives of who we are as dancing bodies, can we open up our narratives with a sense that there is much more to come— that what we have yet to know might be illuminated in us from light refracted through others? 

Acknowledging that we have many ways to see this Jam and engage with this theme, feel free to bring what will support you to explore your perspectives and try on something new.  You may want to bring a journal to draw and write in.  There will be a space created for objects to be placed and witnessed.  The invitation is that they may represent something you want a new perspective on.  You can prepare for the jam by choosing an object to bring or see what comes to you once you arrive.  You are always welcome to make new or different choices once you arrive.  You can take back your objects at any point.

If you have any offerings you'd like to share during the jam (music, workshops, etc.) please email the CI Committee at cicommittee@earthdance.net.  The CI Committee is the first stop for communications. They will pass along offerings and information to the facilitators. Thank you!

Alyssa Lynes & David Brick


(Photo credit: Sarah Young)