Contact Improvisation

image: Sören Wacker

image: Sören Wacker

Summer 2019

Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation
at Velocity Dance Centre, Seattle WA
July 28-Aug 4, 2019
more info

12 Day Contact Improvisation Intensive with Olivia Shaffer and Mark Young
at Leviathan Studio, Lasqueti Island BC.
May 19 - June 1, 2019
more info

Drop-in Contact Improvisation Classes
at EDAM Dance (303 East 8th Ave.)
Fridays 6:30-8pm, on hiatus until Sep 2019

Class Description

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.



Summer 2019

Early Morning Pilates
at False Creek Community Centre (1318 Cartwright St.)
Tuesdays 7:50-8:50am, starts Jan 8
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, starts Jan 9
$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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