KW Dance Commons

Mark your calendar!  Here is the Winter 2016 schedule and descriptions for dance classes and jams:

FRIENDS OF THE FLOW
Improvised Movement Lab
with Live Music
by Todd Scheidel, Jay Carnahan and Joel Brubacher:
On Cello, Voice, Accordian, Piano, Percussion & Looper
Hosted by Tanya Williams
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Alternating Tuesdays 7:30-9:30 PM
Doors open at 7:15 PM

Jan 26
Feb 9, 23
Mar 8, 22
April 5, 19
May 3

@ Church of the Good Shepherd, 116 Queen St N, Kitchener (near Centre in the Square and the Kitchener library)

In these sessions, we are exploring conscious improvisation.  We will spend part of our time in open jamming and part of the time exploring ways we can open our awareness, sense of curiosity and play, and tune ourselves to the whole of what is happening in the group moving in space and time, investigating the question:
How might we create the conditions for energies to flow through a system in a way that gives rise to collaboration and innovation?

WHAT GENERALLY HAPPENS?

  • Arrive ready to begin warming up at 7:30 PM.  In this way, together, musicians and movers alike, we create the field of attention to what is happening.
  • This is followed by an opening circle to name our intentions.
  • There is some structured exploration of improvisation investigating ways to generate awareness, co-intelligence, responsiveness, clarity, collaboration and innovation.
  • This often leads into some open dancing time called jamming.

Bring your water bottle and beginner’s mind.  Wear comfortable clothing with layers you can shed as you warm up, and your bare feet.  Yoga, sweatpants, or dance clothes with no buckles or zippers work well.   Some people like to wear kneepads for extra comfort.

No previous experience necessary.   All abilities welcome.

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DANCE WITH
Contact Improvisation Class Series (& Jamming)
Facilitated by Tanya Williams & Tim Spronk
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9 Week Series from March 3 to April 28
Thursdays 7:30-9:30 PM
Doors open at 7:15 PM
 
Church of the Good Shepherd, 116 Queen St N, Kitchener
(near Centre in the Square and the Kitchener library)
 
EARLY BIRD PRICE: $125 by Feb 29th, 2016
BRING SOMEONE NEW and you both pay only $110 each
REGULAR PRICE: $135
 
Contact improvisation is a whole-body practice in the art of collaboration. It involves following what makes sense for you while exploring gravity, momentum, & whatever is happening in the moment, including the physical & energetic contact with your dance partners. At times playful, at times meditative, dancers may share a shifting centre of gravity that can take them into a dynamic dance of lifts and rolls, or into a subtle movement conversation.
 
In these classes we will:
 
* Release tension and become present
* Awaken our senses, noticing the shifting of our attention
* Transform how we see relationship: from transaction to co-creation
* Practice “enlightened selfishness”: grow our capacity to care for ourselves while being in the dance with others
Increase our awareness of our centre of gravity
* Practice caring for ourselves by going to the floor safely and with ease
* Learn to use the natural forces of gravity and momentum to create effortlessness and flow in the dance
* Learn to use the physics of the moment to create safe and easeful lifts
* Offer practical tools for great dances
* Increase our capacity for play and connection
* Create suppleness and strength in the body
* Have fun!
 
Bring your water bottle and beginner’s mind. Wear comfortable clothing with layers you can shed as you warm up, and your bare feet. Yoga, sweatpants, or dance clothes with no buckles or zippers work well. Some people like to wear kneepads for extra comfort.
 
No previous experience necessary. All abilities welcome.
 
This class series is designed to both introduce newcomers to the fundamentals of contact improvisation and to expand and deepen the practice of veteran dancers.
 
EARLY BIRD PRICE: $125 by Feb 29th, 2016
BRING SOMEONE NEW and you both pay only $110 each
REGULAR PRICE: $135
 
If you have questions or want to register or reserve your spot, send a deposit of $25 or the full fee via INTERAC TRANSFER to friendsofthefloor AT gmail.com or drop off a CHEQUE to 47 Noecker St, Waterloo. (on corner of Peppler St)
 
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TANYA WILLIAMS is a context artist with a passion for dancing with complex systems… in community, on the land, and in the body. She has been facilitating contact improvisation for 15 years, along with physical theatre, ensemble improvisation, and authentic movement. She studied Alexander Technique movement education for many years and enjoys developing new ways to draw on all these forms to enrich contact improvisation. In a recent collaboration with Aaron Brandes, she integrated the wisdom of Structural Integration bodywork with Contact Improvisation, empowering people to create a mutually healing and enlivening dance practice. She is founder of the Ontario Regional Contact Jam, Friends of the Floor Dance-Theatre and The Living Room Context 24/7 learning community exploring what it means to embody a systems understanding and an experience of flow in everyday life. Most recently, she has been interested in how to create the conditions that nurture awareness of shifts in attention, sensation, perception, meaning-making, impulse and choice, and that grow response-ability and delight at our learning edges, emerging self-authorship and co-intelligence in “the dance”.
 
TIM SPRONK has been dancing for 25 years. He started training at the School of Alberta Ballet in Edmonton, Alberta. After completing a B.F.A. at York he joined the Newton Moraes company and had since worked for a variety of independent choreographers and companies. He was a founding member of the Chimera Project and danced with Kaeja d’Dance for eight years. Currently a member of the Arabesque dance company and orchestra, Tim has most recently appeared at the Canada Dance Festival with CORPUS. Aside from dancing, Tim works as personal trainer and is an instructor for Join the Dance Canada, a charity that brings ballroom dance to young people in the GTA.
Tim has actively practiced Contact Improvisation for 20 years, and he is eager to share his knowledge of strength training, dance partnering and internal martial arts to help fellow students expand their skills for safe, dynamic play in Contact Dance.
 
FRIENDS OF THE FLOOR DANCE-THEATRE is an evolving ecosystem of dancers, actors and context artists investigating and improvising: What creates the cultural conditions for co-intelligence, collaboration and flow toward creating the world we deeply want?
 
The happens through growing a trust in the wisdom of the body-mind-in-process, primarily through the practice of movement, sound and contact improvisation.
 
FEE: ***PAY WHAT MAKES DEEP SENSE***
My goal is to nurture and co-create a vibrant contact improvisation community as a common resource for everyone…
 
No one will be turned away for financial reasons, AND this common resource depends on our energy and support to continue.
 
If we look through a sacred economics lens, we might ask… What do I value and want to experience more of in the world? How might I be a resource to this common resource? What is the current situation for myself and the whole? When I tune into my body, what makes deep sense to me here?
 
Some possible ways we can bring our energies to the KW Dance Commons other than $:
 
-spread the word/poster/Facebook/tell your friends! Who might love this?
-get involved in nurturing the practice and the community
-support the organization, hosting of events, facilitation, teachers, musicians
-support the infrastructure of website, calendar, FB pages, etc.
-PARTICIPATE in classes, jams, demonstrations, video documentation
-come up with more ideas…
AND if $ is more abundant for you than time or other energy, then, by all means, add resilience to the dance commons that way!

 

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Anticipation as anti-participation & resistance disguised as hope.

My parents are away and I made the trek to hang out with my Nanna for 5 days who lives next door to them and needs someone around now.
 
The last time I stayed in Kingston I had my heart and mind blown open as I walked along the shores of Lake Ontario.
 
Again, I set out for a walk along the edge of that great body of water. I felt the tugging of hopeful anticipation that I would find myself again in a state of ecstatic bliss.
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I reached the lake and it felt kind of… usual. A semi-cloudy winter day, kind of… grey. In fact, I actually felt kind of irritated by the experience of tension in my body from being around Nanna’s patterns of “helpful control” and micro-management. My stomach was upset, probably from something my Nanna had put in my food, because she wasn’t listening to me, I thought.
 
I didn’t want to be having these thoughts and feelings about my Nanna. I realized that I was grasping onto the hope or anticipation that Lake Ontario would transport me back to my previously enlightened experience and out of my currently encumbered experience.
 
It wasn’t working at all.
 
I decided to just be with it. The irritation, the judgmental thoughts, the upset tummy, the general sense of dissatisfaction and blah. As I let go of the need to be more or different than what I was, I felt a soft loving of my self experiencing all this. Even a loving of the discomfort. Paradoxically, I sensed how I wasn’t all that. I felt a deep sense of calm and quiet amusement, and even delight as I picked my way over the rocks.
 
At this point, my friend Keith joined me by phone and I told him what I have just told you. Keith shared my delight, and it reverberated in the space between us, magnifying.
 
I felt incredibly present. The open space that a few minutes before was just being a lake and a sky, now made me stop and look long and deep into its expansive reflective eye.
 
In that space, I remembered seeing myself anticipating my Nanna would say this or do that. Sometimes I was right and sometimes I was not. Either way, my body would tense up with the anticipation. It had been exhausting! Walking around with my trigger cocked and ready, no doubt she felt it. Our energy-bodies locked in battle, stress and fear.
 
And in that space, I noticed that I noticed, and I could choose.
 
I would choose love.
 
I breathed a smile and let that go too. I returned to the somatic logic of my body making its way along the icy shore. Lots of pauses, patience and small steps on the slippery stones.
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