Winter Jam (f.k.a. New Year's Jam) 2019-20

Facilitated by Jovanina Pagano & Scotty Hardwig

December 27, 2019 - 5:00pm to January 1, 2020 - 3:00pm

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Earthdance’s annual Winter Jam centers around the theme of darkness and light. One of Earthdance's biggest events of the year, the Winter Jam averages 180–200 people and fills every nook and cranny of Earthdance’s rooms and studios, bringing an intimacy and warmth to the sharing of Contact Improvisation (CI). With long patches of morning sun, luxurious warm-ups, lounging, packed saunas, fun in the snow, bonfires, and performances, the Winter Jam is particularly geared toward anyone looking to connect deeply with self and other through the extremes of Winter.

The Winter Jam 2019–20 is an exploration of: "Bodies, Made of Time."

This season we’ll bring people together for a week of timeshaping, crafting the synchronous and asynchronous. Together, we’ll awaken physical and sonic attunement, proximity, and states of change: past, present and future existing together at the intersection of old and new. We’ll spark the spaces with thermal flow and deep stillness, marking the shift of seasons and the momentum of a new decade.

Why is the name different this year? Find out here.

Meet the facilitators below!

Please note: The Winter Jam is predominately an adult jam and does not offer specific spaces or activities for young people.

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

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.

Our housing options for the Winter Jam 2019–20 are full! Please email Sam to be put on the waitlist:
Limited camping and commuting spots are still available. We are currently limiting people to one single day per person.

Tuition, Room & Board 
(prices shown include meals and dormitory-style lodging)
Full Jam 
$490 Sustainer Rate
$440 Full Rate
$390 Subsidized Rate

Single Day
$90 Sustainer Rate
$80 Full Rate
$70 Subsidized Rate
(Single Days do not and cannot accomodate overnight lodging) 
Reminder: New Year's Eve Celebration is open ONLY to those attending the Full Jam or the Single Day . Thank you for respecting the container of this very special Jam.

See our Work Study Opportunities >>

Housing Options
Commuting: $15 off/night
Camping: $10 off/night 
(for brave snow people!)

Nine Mountain Retreats Housing (the retreat center next door to Earthdance)
Nine Mountain shared-room space (5–8 roommates): $40/night on top of the jam commuter rate for a shared room.
Nine Mountain lodging includes bedding, towels, and hot tub usage.
If you would like to request a room at Nine Mountain, please reach Sam at Thank you!

Earthdance Dorm
Dorm Small Rooms (no private dorm rooms available)
If you are interested in reserving one of the smaller dorm rooms for a group of 3–6ppl ($150 extra), or for a single spot in a smaller room ($50 extra) please email

Local Bed & Breakfast Options
49 Mountain St (our neighbors Joan & Eric)
Garden House Upon a Hill (our neighbor Levi)
Singing Bridge Performing Arts Lodge (in West Cummington, right over the hill)
Brookwood B&B (in Cummington, one town over)
Upland Meadows Farm (in Cummington, one town over)

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 Wednesday, January 1. 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

Jovanina Pagano began her explorations in dance and movement as a competitive gymnast and subsequently as a gymnastics coach. She studied classical music performance in college and spent many years as a professional violist in New York City, during which time she continued her movement studies through the dedicated practice of Contact Improvisation, Afro-Haitian dance, Body-Mind Centering, and Iyengar Yoga. In 2002, Jovanina founded Bared Soles, a dance company dedicated to the creation of dance events and workshops for enthusiastic dancers of all ages and abilities. She has shared her love of dance and yoga with New York City public and private schools, St. John the Divine, Heifetz International Music Institute, Jackson Hole Dancer’s Workshop, Key West Dance Company, Omega Teen Camp, and the NYC City-Wide Youth Opera. Currently, Jovanina works with adolescents as a clinical social worker, teaches yoga weekly, and co-produces the dance workshop series at the Peaceable Barn Dance Center in Redding, CT.




Scotty Hardwig is a dance and digital media artist, choreographer, improviser, and teacher originally from southwest Virginia. His research practice stems from the confluence of digital technology, cyberculture, and the moving body. He received his MFA in Dance from the University of Utah, has served as a faculty member at the University of Utah and Middlebury College, and is currently an Assistant Professor in Movement, Performance and Integrated Media at Virginia Tech, where he is creating and producing performances at the intersection of technology and the body.








Photo credits: (top) Aurore Biry