Dance Improvisation & Performance Intensive 2020

With Chris Aiken & Angie Hauser

August 9, 2020 - 5:00pm to August 15, 2020 - 3:00pm

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Dance Improvisation and Performance Intensive (DIPI) is a 6­-day residential workshop featuring the research and teaching of Chris Aiken & Angie Hauser. The intensive focuses on dance improvisation, performance, and related work. Time is spent tuning and stretching our physical and perceptual capacities. Dancing, watching, talking, performing, and composing will be a part of our daily practice and research. The material of this intensive is informed by Chris and Angie’s experience with a wide range of forms. There are recognizable influences from contemporary dance training, Contact Improvisation, fascia research, Alexander Technique, ecological psychology, and visual & architectural design. The intensive culminates in a public performance on Friday, August 14th, at The Crew House, Smith College in Northampton, MA. Free and accessible to all.

For dancers with improvisation and performance experience.

This intensive culminates in a public performance in Northampton on August 15th. Please come ready to immerse yourself in intensive research & practice.

“Participating in the workshop at Earthdance with Chris and Angie was just what I needed to reinvest in my improvisational practice. I felt supported, challenged, and excited to return home with new information, new friends and collaborators, and a reminder as to why I need to keep improvising. And doing this at Earthdance made it even more potent: the diverse community that came together in this work, and guided so generously by Chris and Angie, really invited my learning to continue beyond the studio.”

— Matthew Cumbie (dancer/choreographer with DanceExchange and DIPI 2014 participant)

"DiPi has been an amazing catalyst into researching improvisation as a performance tool.  Angie and Chris are both accomplished, intelligent, kind, and caring individuals; who throughout the week challenged our notions of improvisation. They allowed for discourse and space to deepen into our bodies, question our habits, change perspective, and launch us into the wonderful unknown.  This workshop is a safe and welcoming space for all bodies. We cannot recommend this workshop enough, and encourage everyone interested to come and invest in a magical week at Earthdance with Chris and Angie."

— Hollis A. Bartlett & Nattie Trogdon (choreographers/dancers and DIPI participants)

To apply, please send an email stating your interest and listing your experience with improvisation, performance, and movement to

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Our Fees Explained
Our fees are priced on a sliding scale to help allow for a diversity of people to attend. We ask that you please pay at the highest level you can afford:

The Sustainer Rate is for those able to help sustain someone else’s tuition.
The Full Rate is for those comfortably able to pay at cost (what it costs for Earthdance to run this program).
The Subsidized Rate is for those needing financial assistance to attend.

Suustainer Rate   $785
Full Rate                $735
Subsidized Rate   $685

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Our Community Ethos
During all Earthdance workshops and jams, participants contribute 1–2 shifts (typically Meal Cleans) and participate in a Final House Clean on Sunday. This is to enable a process of collective care for the space, where participants and staff work side-by-side to establish a shared sense of home. If, for whatever reason, you are not able to participate, please email

Chris Aiken is recognized internationally for his work as a dance maker and teacher of dance improvisation, performance, and contact improvisation. His work has evolved through long-term collaborations with Angie Hauser, Andrew Harwood, Kirstie Simson, Ray Chung, Peter Bingham, Olivier Besson, and Patrick Scully, as well as collaborations with Steve Paxton, and Nancy Stark Smith. His training includes extensive research of ecological psychology, neurophysiology, poetics, design, performance, Alexander Technique, bodywork, and ideokinesis. He has received numerous awards for his work, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and has been presented by Movement Research, Dance Theater Workshop, the Bates Dance Festival, the Seattle Festival of Dance and Improvisation, the Florida Dance Festival, Impulstanz, among many others over the past three decades. He is an Associate Professor at Smith College and the Five College Dance Department.

Angie Hauser is a dance-artist and teacher. Her work and research is grounded by questions of improvisation, performance, and collaboration. Since 2000, Angie has been a member of the Bebe Miller Company. She received a 2006 BESSIE award for her work with the company. Her dancemaking projects include collaborations with many gifted artists including Chris Aiken, K.J. Holmes, Darrell Jones, Andrew Harwood, and Kathleen Hermesdorf. She has also danced with the companies of Elizabeth Streb, Liz Lerman, and Poppo Shiriashi. She has taught dance technique, dancemaking, Contact Improvisation, and improvisation throughout North America and in Europe. Her choreographic collaboration with Chris Aiken has recently received support from NPN, Bates Dance Festival, Florida Dance Festival, and the Chicago Improvisation Festival. Angie received her MFA in dance from the Ohio State University and holds a BA in Art History from University of South Carolina. She is currently Associate Professor at Smith College in the Department of Dance where she teaches choreography, creative process, improvisation, and dance technique.

photos © Johnathan Hsu (top), Chris Randle (bottom), Jon Crispin (bottom)