Online Morning Movement Practice Series

September 17, 2020 - 8:00am to October 29, 2020 - 9:15am

Programming category: 


WAKE your cells, FEEL into your tissues and CATCH a groove | Fall into a familiar practice or dip into someone else's

This online 7 week series on Thursday mornings features a rotating cast of dance artists who will facilitate one of their favorite structured movement experiences.

Schedule and Teachers:

Sept. 17: Jared Williams
Sept 24: Leslie Cohen-Rubury
Oct. 1: Moriah Wilkins
Oct. 8: Neige Christenson
Oct. 15: Paul Singh
Oct 22: Taja Will
Oct. 29: James Arana

* All classes are online only

Fees and Registration Full Series: $45 to $140 for the full series. 

 you'll be sent the password to the event each week. 

 

Fees and Registration per Event: $5 to $20 per session, nobody turned away for lack of funds.  (payment for a single session can be made below via paypal, and provide your contact information using the link below).

Add your name to our reminder list to be sent an email each week as well as any changes to the password or link if it needed.


 


Morning Movement takes place online every Thursday 9/17 - 10/29 at 8am EST
 

Zoom Link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85749732452

(Zoom Password:   249774)
 

   

Please pay $5 to $20 for an individual session using the paypal link below:


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Teacher and class descriptions:

 

9/17

A Group Shake is a communal durational practice derived from many types of shaking practices that have evolved independently and collectively over millennia.We shake [ to music ] together for duration with the emphasis on shaking the body in various ways. This can look like dancing but we don't have to be concerned with appearance, skill or rhythm and we do not have to worry about 'liking' the music. Group and individual ecstatic and meditative states can be achieved. This particular Group Shake is one hour long. Wear clothes to sweat in and water.

Jared Williams is a visual artist, dance-improvisor and dance-arts curator primarily interested in ideas of wilderness, multiplicity and chaos. He is director and curator for Lion's Jaw Festival, a boston-based annual performance and dance festival that he co-founded in 2016 with his long time collaborator Sarah Mae Gibbons currently housed at MIT. He is a believer in the power of movement, performance and the exploration of the physical self as both artistic practices and as tools to support the interrogation of systems, build community, find collaboration and joy, and to create political and social change. Jared is a native of Cambridge, MA- unceded territory of the Nonantum and Massachuset. He is a father and a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design.

9/24

Contemplative Dance Practice (CDP) is a participatory movement and meditation practice that explores embodied awareness.  Created in the 1970’s by Barbara Dilley (Grand Union, Naropa Univer- sity), Contemplative Dance Practice is now practiced internationally.   This simple three-part form creates the perfect environment for us to be with what is present in our bodies and in the space, and to express ourselves through movement on a ground of safety. CDP is 20 minutes sitting meditation, 20 minutes personal warm up, 20 minutes open score. 

Leslie Cohen-Rubury is a passionate person who has been dancing contact improvisation for the past 35+ years and danced throughout her life.  Her community spirit has led to her showing up as a board member of Earthdance as well as Contact Quarterly.  Leslie also runs Peaceable Barn Studio at her home which hosts intimate sized workshops, retreats and residencies. 

10/1

code REd is a wellness and dance-fitness movement practice done to fluid and pulsating rhythms. Movers internally connect to their identity and their inner- strengths for an external celebration of life, power and grace! This class is a joy jam!

Moriah Leigh is a dynamic a multifaceted dance professional with over 10 years of teaching and performing experience. She is cross industry visionary that bridges innovative and entrepreneurial dance pathways. Fueled with a long-time practice and passion of jazz and African Diaspora movements, her teaching style is uplifting mind, body and spirit with bold and intrinsic choreography.

10/8

Contemplative Dance Practice (CDP) is a participatory movement and meditation practice that explores embodied awareness.  Created in the 1970’s by Barbara Dilley (Grand Union, Naropa Univer- sity), Contemplative Dance Practice is now practiced internationally.   This simple three-part form creates the perfect environment for us to be with what is present in our bodies and in the space, and to express ourselves through movement on a ground of safety. CDP is 20 minutes sitting meditation, 20 minutes personal warm up, 20 minutes open score. 

Neige Christenson has enjoyed over 30 years of exploring, teaching and performing Contact Improvisation, supported and enriched by the practice of Authentic Movement and Contemplative Dance Practice. Improvisational movement is her presence-practice, and she’s found it to be an invaluable preparation for meeting the unknown with flexible strength, especially right now.

10/15

Paul’s Session: This will be a guided movement session that is made for a body that is transitioning from dream rest unconsciousness to physical take-on-day coherence. I'll be using my voice combined with your invention to honor a body that is just waking up into a new day's skeleton, needing to pass from softening to warming, and remembering the larger scope of the challenging world we're living in. I'll be happy to share these 3 or 4 easy exercises/prompts with you as we create a little morning movement ritual together. 

Paul Singh has been dancing for a long time. He has a degree from a university in dance. He has danced professionally on concert stages for many choreographers in many venues in many countries. He also believes in contact improvisation deeply and so has sought out skill and connection until becoming a good teacher, a better advocate, and a great student again. He invests in the simultaneity of his desire to know and unknow so that he can empathize with every given moment. It’s not easy, but it’s where he wants to be.  

10/22

Contemplative Dance Practice (CDP) is a participatory movement and meditation practice that explores embodied awareness.  Created in the 1970’s by Barbara Dilley (Grand Union, Naropa Univer- sity), Contemplative Dance Practice is now practiced internationally.   This simple three-part form creates the perfect environment for us to be with what is present in our bodies and in the space, and to express ourselves through movement on a ground of safety. CDP is 20 minutes sitting meditation, 20 minutes personal warm up, 20 minutes open score. 

Taja Will (pronouns Taja/they) is a queer, disabled, Latinx artist homebased on the stolen and occupied land of the Dakota, Wahpekute and Anishinabewaki territories. Taja is a long time practitioner of improvisation, contact improvisation and somatic movement modalities. They value the work of improvisational practice as a tool for nervous system awareness, personal resilience, and community care. 

10/29

TENSHO KATA meditation, movement and breathing. 

James Arana: My martial arts practice began in the South Bronx in the 1970s as I was trying to find peace and calm in a hyper-violent environment. I chose to pursue USA Goju Karate. Goju focuses on “hard and soft movements.” I practice this form to remind myself that we all encompass the full spectrum of hard to soft, and that developing mastery of Self within this spectrum can be one path towards liberation. My practice always begins with sitting, breathing, stretching and moving.  I will be sharing TENSHO KATA meditation movement and breathing. I’m a fourth-degree black belt.

photo: Anna Maynard