Layers of Presence: Skin| Flesh| Bone| Floor – A Contact Improv Basics Workshop with Olive Frank and Tal Shibi

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A Contact Improvisation Workshop

This workshop is designed to introduce participants to some of the basics of this captivating movement art-sport that is Contact Improvisation.

In this workshop we will ask the question “what makes a satisfying dance?”

We will research some of the underlying principles which lead dancers to move with more nuance and listening so they can enhance the possibilities within their dance.

Whether you’re an experienced dancer or new to movement practices, “Layers of Presence” welcomes participants of all backgrounds and skill levels. Come and refresh your dancing with clear practice and insight into what makes CI a unique form. See you there!



3pm – 6pm Workshop

6:30 – 7:30pm Dinner

8 – 10pm Contact Jam


WORKSHOP with Dinner and Jam

Financially Wealthy – $275

Financially Abundant – $200

Financially Stable – $125

Financially Coping – $75

Financially Strained – $50

WORKSHOP ONLY – Does not include Dinner or Jam

Financially Wealthy – $260

Financially Abundant – $185

Financially Stable – $110

Financially Coping – $50

Financially Strained – $35

JAM ONLY – Does not include Dinner

Financially Wealthy – $150

Financially Abundant – $100

Financially Stable – $60

Financially Coping – $30

Financially Strained – $20


$10 with towel rental


If you wish to extend your visit and stay overnight in our Gratitude Lodge dorm bed is $40. (Rental of sheets and towel is $15) Or, camping which is $30. * Includes access to the sauna and kitchen use but does not provide food.

***If you find that you are struggling financially or there are other circumstances that are making it difficult to join this special workshop, please email with your situation so that we can create a way to have you join us.***

Cancellation Policy

Refund available up to 10 days before the event less a $20 for workshop, $10 for jam processing fee.

No refunds available less than 10 days from the start of the event.

Partial refunds might be given if a cancellation takes place under extenuating circumstances (e.g. a death of a 1st or 2nd degree family member, serious non-preventable illness or accident requiring hospitalization). Refunds in such cases remain at the discretion of the local organizers and will be decided on a case to case basis according to the timing of the cancellation and other factors. We do not offer refunds if you catch a cold, the flu or COVID.

COVID Precautions

No specific requirements on vaccination status are needed to attend this event. Please take adequate measures to limit your exposure in the days before. If you are feeling sick, or have a known close exposure to someone with COVID in the past 5 days, please sit this one out to keep the community well. 

Earthdance’s buildings are ADA accessible. More info here.

Earthdance’s Jam Guidelines

Earthdance’s Nudity Policy


Olive Frank

Olive Frank loves a good contact improv dance. After 9 years of dancing contact improvisation in various countries and communities, she is still researching what makes a good CI dance so satisfying. And, she is eager to research that with you.

Tal Shibi

Tal Shibi is a native Jerusalem choreographer, improvisor, performer, and teacher of dance, CI, and somatic awareness. He is continuously curious in exploring collaborations between different art forms, and widening the perceptions of performance and dance.

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