I like calling my workshops playshops. We all got into dancing because it’s fun, yes?
This is the best expression of who I am in this world as a dancer, facilitator and person. It’s incredibly difficult to set up, promote and keep running. With support from some amazing people, I have organized about 15 in San Francisco and New York, but none yet in Boulder.
The idea is simple: have 10 friendly advanced dancers spend a day welcoming 10 new dancers. Dancing with them. Offering feedback. All while I hold space, create community. We share meals, we stick around afterwards and dance. It transformed me. It will transform you too.
Next one: None planned yet. I’ll either gather up the old crew in SF, or build a new group of friendly advanced dancers in Boulder/Denver.
Energetics of Dance
A collaboration with Anna-Lisa, this delves into the world of subtle energy. Turns out this is an incredible short cut for great dancing.
(Blues) Dance Anatomy Workshop
This can be a four-week series or a four-hour workshop. I’ve been excited to teach it for a long time, and when I finally did in Boulder, it got rave reviews. Over my 15 years of dancing, I’ve offered and received lots of body mechanics advice. This is my edit, the best four hours of that advice, organized by body area.
Arms: (My) priority list for arms, The Pinkie, wings not claws, what to do with those pesky shoulders. If time: elasticity in pull-pull connections.
Legs: Support and non-support legs, why wobbling your knees works, accented landing. If time: walking, especially flight and swing.
Core: Lower abs crunch as the foundation of literally every movement, foot-L3-T6-head line, rhomboids and lats.
Head and Relationships: Kelp/helium balloon neck/head for followers, importance of neck/head. Various cross-body connections to feel into.
Authentic Relating Through Movement and More
A work in progress still.
I’m happy to work with the local organizer to custom-design something for a particular scene.
For example, Adin hired me to teach a 3-hour workshop in Ft. Collins on Feb-5. I started off by sending him some class descriptions and asking him what he wants me to teach.
blues dancers. Our scene seems to need help with connection in
positions other than close embrace, creating dynamics in their dancing
(especially when it comes to using lows too and not just highs) and
musicality. Does that give you enough to work with?
And by lows, do you mean more grounded, or lower energy?
have a lot of leads who don’t even have a low energy mode. That sounds
great. If you could email me description asap that would be great.
I’ll be making an event page on the website with preregistration
options. Would love to get it all done before tomorrow afternoon
Open Embrace (Blues) Dance