Earthdance LIVE: Virtual Sunday Class & Talkback

With Aaron Brando

April 19, 2020 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm

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From Brando:
"One of the most touching elements I have noticed is the collective craving to continue to see and be seen throughout the quarantine. I have designed a three-phase score that highlights this aspect. In the score we will embrace a presence of witnessing and moving akin to the non-performative and deeply felt states within the Authentic Movement practice."
See the full class score below.

Earthdance LIVE: Virtual Sunday Class & Talkback takes the video class necessity emerging out of these times to a new level...Earthdance style! Prepare yourself for a whole new somatic experience – virtual dance improvisation facilitated by renowned teachers from all over the world. Join our faculty of teachers, performers, and somatic practitioners as they guide us in exercises intended to expand our experiential palettes from the comfort of our living rooms. Break into new sensory possibilities through the containment of COVID-19. For anyone with internet access and the ability to join a Zoom call.
Earthdance LIVE features a class from 7–8pm followed by a talkback / potluck with the teacher from 8–8:30pm, where people are invited to gather in the “Earthdance kitchen” for a simulated potluck in the classic tradition we all have learned to love. We encourage you to prep your meal in advance of the class, then enjoy your food around a virtual table!

Watch the recording here.

Please arrive at least 10min before 7pm.
This event will be recorded and published on YouTube following the live event. If you do not wish to be part of the recording, please keep your video and sound turned off during the event.
As an internationally renowned center for dance, we strive to be on the leading edge of how to stay committed to our embodied experience and practice. As you can imagine, Earthdance is facing a lot of financial uncertainty as a result of COVID-19. We are offering Earthdance LIVE as a donation-based class with the intention of providing a space for all to come together as a community, regardless of financial ability. We ask that those who are able help keep Earthdance going during this tumultuous time by donating generously as part of our COVID-19 Appeal. Suggested donation: $5–$500.

Please donate here.

Our stellar technical crew will be supporting throughout the class & talkback / potluck. If you have questions about how to install Zoom on your device, please email or call (413) 634-5678.

Class Score from Brando:

  • Phase I = We “tune in and turn around” arriving into our solos with our computer screens turned away from our visual perspective. We return to our screens for a brief reflection together.
  • Phase II = We have another movement solo with some seeds from our previous phase, this time with video on and various people from the class being highlighted throughout. People can choose to either move or witness. Everyone who chooses to be available via video could at some point be highlighted. The idea is to move as if you are being witnessed. We then return and have a brief reflection together about the different experiences between Phases I & II.
  • Phase III = In trios, we use breakout rooms. Each person in the trio gets the opportunity to move and be witnessed by the other two. There will be time set aside to reflect with your trio.
  • Then we return to the main room and reflect together about the different experiences between Phases I & II & III. This leads into our Earthdance “kitchen” sharing time.


Aaron Brando is a nationally certified Anatomy Trains practitioner and is certified with the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP). He has graduated from the advanced professional training in Structural Integration with Thomas Myers, world-renowned anatomist, bodyworker, and author of Anatomy Trains. Brando holds SI Bodywork Practices in Northampton and the greater Boston areas. Brando has been immersed in athletics, dance, and physical practice since his childhood and has been formally training in movement, somatics, meditation, and bodywork modalities for over 20 years. He participated in a two-year residence & yoga training at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and is a nationally certified yoga instructor. Brando travels internationally teaching and performing improvisation dance. His dance videos can be seen on his YouTube

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