Teaching

image: Sören Wacker

image: Sören Wacker

Contemporary, Dance Improvisation & Contact Improvisation

image: Chris Randle

image: Chris Randle

image: Sören Wacker

image: Sören Wacker

Fall 2019

Contact Improvisation Progressive
at EDAM Dance (303 East 8th Ave.)
Fridays 6:30-8pm, Sep 27 - Oct
4 classes $48, or $20/$15 drop-in

Class Description:

“Surfacing Encounters”

We will explore how we can “invite” rather than “insist” in a CI dance: the more body surface we provide the more outcomes become possible. As opposed to manhandling our partner, we explore atypical surface area to stack-on or pour-in to enjoy an effortless, consensual ride. We will sense timing and modulations of tone, when we might yield and when we might reach out into space.

Class will begin with a somatic warm-up to deepen awareness of our proprioception: sensing our body in space and the ebb and flow of muscular effort. Developmental movement principles such as yielding, head-tail connection, and push patterns will be considered to facilitate pathways that move us in and out of the floor with ease and efficiency. We will travel through space utilizing “scores of limitation” to create opportunities to unlearn habitual patterning to enrich the possibilities of our dancing.

As we begin to improvise together we will discover the innate physics in our movements, using gravity as a tool rather than a hindrance. Similarly, by learning to gently pour our weight we notice how timing can allow for effortless movements. We will consider the notion of physical empathy, exploring how we can make ourselves light and supportive in surrendering to weight flow and counterbalance.

Olivia takes a sincere approach to safety. Her classes offer an opportunity to develop CI techniques that will both foster the dancing of beginners and satisfy the hunger of more experienced practitioners.

Pilates Matwork

Fall 2019

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Early Morning Pilates
at False Creek Community Centre (1318 Cartwright St.)
Tuesdays 7:50-8:50am, begins Sep 17
**Free trial class Sep 10**
Drop in $16 or $90/6 classes (online or 604-257-8195)

Evening Pilates
at Ron Zalko Gym (1807 W 1st Ave.)
Wednesdays 7:30-8:30pm, ongoing
$10 drop-in (Cash only - mention "Olivia's guest rate" at reception)

This fun and invigorating exercise system will leave you feeling taller, leaner, and with more mental clarity. Challenging yet low-impact exercise tones muscles while improving flexibility, range of motion, and posture.

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