Falling Leaves Jam 2019

Facilitated by Tania Velásquez & Amii LeGendre

October 17, 2019 - 5:00pm to October 20, 2019 - 3:00pm

Earthdance’s annual Falling Leaves Jam is centered around themes of transition and harvest. As summer’s growth fades and falls to the ground, an atmosphere of introspection, transformation, and New England Autumn radiance opens up for the practice of Contact Improvisation (CI). The Falling Leaves Jam is guided particularly by the social & political sides of CI with questions about privilege, culture, identity, language, and interrelationality. The jam also features Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Scholarships and POC jam spaces.

This jam averages 40–50 people and is open to all movement levels & backgrounds.

Note: While Earthdance is making efforts to better support Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) at all its events, the Falling Leaves Jam offers particularly strong support for diversity, equity, and inclusion through:

  • DEI Scholarships awarded to people self-identifying as being underrepresented and/or marginalized in CI (more info below)
  • group meetings that nurture scholarship recipients throughout the event
  • classes and discussions that aim to bring up the level of awareness and inclusion at the jam as a whole
  • affinity spaces (jams, discussions, etc.) for particular groups of people—e.g. PoGM, LGBTQIA+, differently-abled, immigrant—to connect, share CI space together, and rest from the pressures of being in a minority status at the jam

Find out more about: What to Expect at an Earthdance Seasonal Jam.

The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Scholarship is for anyone who has a budding relationship with CI, feels they are part of an underrepresented and/or marginalized group in CI, and who has not attended an Earthdance seasonal jam before. We acknowledge that those who come from marginalized populations showing up to spaces occupied by those from primarily more dominant groups is a challenge, and can be vulnerable. As a part of the Scholarship program, we’re offering facilitation support and optional programming that will be a way in for those who haven’t found their way to an Earthdance seasonal jam before. Learn More >>

Read: Earthdance's Pledge to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.
Earthdance's buildings are ADA accessible. More info here.

Schedule (subject to improvisation)
5–6:30pm Arrival + Registration
6–7pm Dinner | 6:30–8pm Kitchen Clean
8pm Open Space (settling in, warming up, jamming, labbing, sauna-ing, etc.)

8–9am Breakfast | 8:30–10am Kitchen Clean
10am Opening Circle into Warm-Up
11:45am–1pm CI Fundamentals
1–3pm Lunch | 1:30–3pm Kitchen Clean
3–4pm Beginners CI Class | 3–5pm White Ally Jam
4–6pm POC Jam | 5–6pm Open Space
6–7pm Dinner | 6:30–8pm Kitchen Clean
8–11pm Live Music Jam with Dean Sharp

8–9am Breakfast | 8:30–10am Kitchen Clean
9–10am Contemplative Dance Practice (CDP)
10am Warm-UP
11:45am–1pm CI Fundamentals
1–3pm Lunch | 1:30–3pm Kitchen Clean
3–4:30pm Open Source/One-On-Ones | Safety & Respect Workshop
4:45–6pm Outdoor Game
6–7pm Dinner | 6:30–8pm Kitchen Clean
8–10pm Silent Jam
10pm Electronic & Lush: Late Night with DJ Hipsocket (Brando)

8–9am Breakfast | 8:30–10am Kitchen Clean
9–10am CDP
10am–1pm Jam
1–2pm Lunch | 1:30–3pm Kitchen Clean
2–3pm Final House Clean

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.

Tuition, Room & Board (prices shown include meals and lodging):

Full Jam Option
Sustainer Rate:   $370
Full Rate:           $330
Subsidized Rate: $290

1 Day Less Option (Thursday 5pm–Saturday 3pm  OR  Friday 5pm–Sunday 3pm)
Sustainer Rate:   $310
Full Rate:           $270
Subsidized Rate: $230

Single Day Rate (includes all meals and events throughout the day, does NOT include overnight)
Adults: $95 | $85 | $75
Young People: $35 | $30 | $25

Young People Rates
* 0-4 yrs: FREE
Full Jam: $220 | $170 | $120 
1 Day Less: $185 | $135 | $100      

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

See our Work Study Opportunities >>

Participant Community Support
As Earthdance runs as a​ community, all participants contribute to 1-2 work shifts (typically meal cleans) throughout the jam/workshop and will participate in a final house clean on Sunday, October 20th. These are great ways to connect more with your fellow participants and Earthdance staff, and to feel more at home in the Earthdance buildings & grounds. Your contributions to this collective caring of this space are invaluable!

Earthdance's Cancellation Policy    
Earthdance's Jam Guidelines 
Earthdance's Nudity Policy


About the Facilitators

Amii LeGendre
I'm a CI teacher and practitioner of 25+ years, also interested in contemporary dance, dancing-making practices and improvisation community and performance. I have worked over the years dancing with people who are incarcerated and decided recently to pursue my MSW at Columbia University. I'm currently doing an internship at Bronx Defenders, doing defense-based social work  to keep people out of jail and completing my social work degree. I currently live in NYC for the year but usually live in Red Hook NY, with my two daughters and partner. I am an Earthdance Board member, long time ED community member and huge fan. I am excitedly working in committee on the beginnings of Earthdance Institute, and finding new ways to keep dance in my life.