Sustainability Sundays

Spring Focus on Ecological Sustainability

April 22, 2012 -
10:00am to 6:00pm

This annual, 4-series event will occur once per season.  Together, we will explore each dimension of the ecovillage model; ecological, social, economic, and spiritual/cultural sustainability.  Join us for this FREE community event; as we come together to cultivate sustainable practices, creative improvisation and demonstration of sustainable community living!


1st Sunday Music and Movement Jam

April 1, 2012 -
8:00pm to 10:00pm

Once a month the Umbrella Studio fills with a celebration of movement and music!  A live soundscape is provided by a local musican.  Bring your own instruments to join in after 10pm.

All dance levels and styles are welcome.

The musicians this week are Jake Wise and Ali Skalli.  This is a last-minute change, as Jane Wang cannot make this week.  She will play the first-Sunday jam in November.

Artist-in-Residence: Gabriel Forestieri

My time at Earthdance has come at a very special moment in my life. In which almost everything I was involved in transitioned. It left me with many questions, feelings of confusion, and healthy dose of fear. The space and time this residency has offered has allowed me to look deeply into my practice and my perspectives. Which has shown me many, many misperceptions, traps, and blocks (all of my construction). Although I am not sure how this translates into the hyper kinetic world of dance in NYC.

Gabriel Forestieri

Gabriel was born in Louisiana raised in Detroit and transplanted from San Francisco to New York City in 2004. As the Choreographer/Director of projectLIMB he is intent on connecting communities with their landscape, resources, and each other. Gabriel has taught dance at Movement Research,
Carnegie Mellon University, Hollins University, Joffrey Ballet School, The Movement Invention Project in New Jersey, and at New York University. Internationally he has taught at Dance festivals in Brazil, Italy, and Germany.

Leah Nelson

Leah Nelson has been dabbling in and investigating Contact Improvisation since stumbling upon it at Barnard College in 2000. She loves the meditative, fully present moment that Contact allows, and she continues to challenge herself (and her unsuspecting partners) to uncover something new in how she and they move. From 2008-2010 she held a Contact Jam called "Buttah & Jam" in her Brooklyn loft space . She now calls Salt Lake home and co-facilitates the Salt Lake Improv Jam there.

Michelle Dubreuil Macek

Michelle has trained in the IBF Rolando Toro School of Biodanza in South Africa where she lived for many years and has also directly trained with the founder, Rolando Toro,
in Brazil and Italy.  After facilitating in Zambia, Africa for children, adults, hospice caretakers, she moved back to the US in 2009 with her Biodancing family.

She now offers weekly classes in New York City and Maryland and monthly DAY workshops in both cities as well as occasional workshops in Miami.

Patrick Crowley

Patrick Crowley has been engaged with Contact Improvisation for 30 years. He has taught at numerous dance centers, festivals, and universities both nationally and internationally, including Yale University, Boston University, Argentina Contact Festival, Freiburg Festival, Earthdance, among many others. He has worked and performed with Nancy Stark Smith in a variety of ways, as well as with many of the founders and prominent leaders in CI including: Daniel Lepkoff, Nina Little, Andrew Harwood, Kirstie Simson, K.J. Holmes, and many others.