Gratitude Jam & Workshop Celebration 2019

With Tim O'Donnell & Carly Czach

November 28, 2019 - 5:30pm to December 1, 2019 - 3:00pm

Programming category: 

The Gratitude Jam & Workshop Celebration is an annual weekend gathering at Earthdance for sharing CI dances, harvest food, and the Earthdance land. We gather in the spirit of generosity and thanks to remember all who came before us and all who may come after.

Workshop Description:
"Floor-Work, Fluidity, and Flight"

Morning Classes
With a strong grounding in Contact Improvisation, we will experiment with three concepts to expand our dancing from the gentle and subtle to the acrobatic and fluidly athletic. Class exercises are strongly rooted in functional anatomical principals that emphasize clarity, momentum, and release in order to build the kinesthetic awareness necessary for the dancing that follows.

  • Floor Work
    The floor is our first partner. How can we move on the floor efficiently and effectively in solo and with our partners, exploring large, broad contact points and finer ledges at varying speeds?
  • Fluidity
    Utilizing our full physical volume — including the role of the skeleton — we will explore the flow of gravity and how to direct and redirect momentum within our own structure and with our partners.
  • Flight
    With the lightness of laughter we will experiment with leaving and returning to the ground, removing the ceiling and any notion of a stopping point in our sense of the boundless sky. On a more concrete level, how can we improve our timing to catch the wave of another’s up, meeting them at their peak or joining them in their descent?

Afternoon Dancing and Scores
Scores will be offered as a way to focus our inner and outer listening, give space to deepen the morning sessions and pursue the individual interests of the participants through ample dancing time.
Evening Jams
The spaces will be available for open dancing with participants and community members starting at 8pm ($10–15 sliding scale for non-workshop participants).

Open to all movement levels & backgrounds.

The Gratitude Jam & Workshop Celebration is part of a Gratitude Weekend at Earthdance. Join us November 28 at 6pm for a Gratitude Potluck Dinner. Bring a gift of food to share, whatever you may have; let’s celebrate each other’s company and the bounty of community. We’ll also be sharing history from the native tribes originally from this land.

Thanksgiving Day Acknowledgment:
For many Native peoples across this continent, Thanksgiving Day is regarded as a National Day of Mourning (NDOM). To them, Thanksgiving serves as a brutal reminder of “the genocide of millions of Native people, the theft of Native lands, and the relentless assault on Native culture.”

Earthdance wishes to acknowledge the struggles Native peoples experience everyday, and in holding this gathering, wishes to participate in an ongoing dialogue about racism and oppression. Come with questions and an open heart. We seek to learn and make amends together.

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

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 Weekend
Sustainer Rate:   $385 
Full Rate:            $330
Subsidized Rate:  $275 

Full Weekend Youth (5–17yrs)
Sustainer Rate:   $220
Full:                   $165
Subsidized Rate: $110

Single Day (price includes meals and acitivites but not overnights)
Sustainer Rate:   $90
Full Rate:            $80
Subsidized Rate:  $70

Single Day Youth (5–17yrs)
Sustainer Rate:   $40
Full Rate:            $35
Subsidized Rate:  $30

Camper's Rate: $5 off per night
Commuter's Rate: $15 off per night

Evening Jams open to community members at 8pm each day ($15-$20 sliding scale).

Special Discounts
Bring a friend and both get $10 off! 
(add your friend's name to your registration under "How did you hear about this event?" and receive the discount upon arrival)

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, December 1st. These are great ways to connect more with your fellow participants and Earthdance staff, and to feel more at home here. Your contributions to this collective caring of this space are invaluable!

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

Carly Czach is a passionate mover and facilitator dedicated to exploring awareness, communication, and the joy of inhabiting our dynamic bodies. After 20 years of intensive training in ballet and post-modern dance forms, Carly Czach gravitated towards the joyful practice of Contact Improvisation. Her classes focus on cultivating strength and efficiency, while accessing freedom and joy in each moment. She has been privileged to teach in the NYC area at 100 Grand, BkSD, Movement Research, and at Contact Improvisation Festivals in Kfar Blum and Tel Aviv, Israel and at 2Es in Bogotá, Colombia. She has assisted workshops and festivals in Germany, Amsterdam and at Earthdance Creative Living, and was also CI assistant teacher to Charlie Mosey at the Julliard School from 2012-2014. Carly holds a BFA in dancemaking and is a 500-hour Yoga teacher.


Tim O’Donnell is a New York based dance artist who has been studying, teaching, and performing in both the United States and Europe. His exploration in dance and movement is strongly rooted in a deep physical listening and a sense of adventure. His classes range from the gentle and subtle to the acrobatic and fluidly athletic. Tim holds an MFA in Dance and has maintained a private practice in therapeutic bodywork and somatic movement since 1991. Currently he is on faculty at Movement Research and Arizona State University.





Photo credits: (top) Aurore Biry