Sunday CI Workshop Series with Aaron Brando

September 23, 2018 -
3:30pm to 6:00pm

Learn & practice the form of Contact Improvisation (CI) from amazing teachers. Four times a year, experienced CI teachers rotate in to lead a workshop to those both new to and experienced in the form. All dance levels & styles welcome.

3:30- 6pm Workshop
followed by an Open Jam 6:30 - 8pm (free for workshop participants)

Register online:  $20 - $30 - $40
Pay at the door:  $25 - $35 - $45



Space limited: register online in advance by Tuesday, September 18th to secure your spot and save $5

Special overnight deal: participants are welcome to stay overnight Sunday for an additional $30 (includes self-serve dinner and breakfast). 

An Earthdance prepared dinner will be available! ($10-15)

Contact Niri at with any questions.

Save the date for our final CI workshop of the year:
October 28th 

(Photo credit: Anna M. Maynard)


Class Description:

Contact Improvisation: Flight of the Dancer
In this class we will embody concepts of proper alignment and practice our perception of tone and release. We will discover how these skills open the ease in our lifting and lightness in our flying. This class is super fun and will offer practical skills to enjoy in your dancing body!

AARON BRANDO holds a Masters Degree in Education and loves the art of crafting pedagogy in a non-codified system such as Contact Improvisation. His love for movement brought him to Earthdance. There he spent 6 months in residence, and trained with his first mentors in improvisation dance Martin Keogh, Chris Aiken, and Nancy Stark Smith. Brando teaches Contact Improvisation offering master classes at local institutions such as Smith College, Springfield College, Marlboro College, Pioneer Valley Performing Arts High School, and Amherst Regional High School and Earthdance. He has taught workshops and intensives throughout North America as well as internationally. He teaches ongoing regular classes in Northampton and Boston. He is honored to have share the stage with Nancy Stark Smith, Chris Aiken, and Angie Hauser among others. In 2016 Brando together with dancers, Shura Baryshnikov, Paul Singh, Bradley Teal Ellis, and Sarah Konner founded a Contact Improvisation Research and Performance ensemble called SetGO. The group has performed at the Moving Arts Lab (Earthdance, MA), the RISD Museum Open Rehearsals, for the Institute for the Study of Environment and the Society at Brown University, Providence Fringe Festival, and the Everybody Moves Festival at the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought in Northampton, MA. His fascination with the moving body, inspired him to complement his dance training with more anatomical specificity. In 2014, he completed the year-long training in Anatomy Trains Structural Integration with renowned anatomist, Tom Myers. Brando is a certified Structural Integration practitioner with practices in Northampton and Boston.

More information, including links to Brando’s youTube videos can be found