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Come Contra Dance with us!!!
The 1st Friday of the Month Contra Dances feature live music by a cadre of local musicians playing with Dave Ambrose as dance caller. The dance will start at 7PM with a beginner's lesson and run until 10PM. All ages are welcome. Bringing along a dance partner is not necessary as contra dancers are encouraged to dance with as many new partners as they are comfortable with. Entrance fee is a sliding scale $5-$10. And of course, you can give more to support the musicians, caller, & the beautiful dance hall. Come join the fun!
FMI contact Dave at 503-741-8412 email@example.com
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Wednesdays from 10am to 11:15am
Gentle Yoga classes are designed to maintain and build essential mobility, balance and foundational strength while honoring a variety of bodies. Gentle Yoga is slower paced and focuses on safe alignment, using props if needed to adapt the pose to your unique self. The practice is ideal for seniors, yogis returning to practice after an injury or illness, new yogis with fitness concerns or anyone interested in a softer touch in their yoga practice. The class is not aerobic and while you might breathe hard, you most likely will not work up a sweat. It is required for this class that you are able to get up and down from the floor. Please call, text or email me with questions or specific concerns. If you have an ongoing health issue please consult your doctor before attending.
FMI: firstname.lastname@example.org 503-298-0056
Dreams and dancing are for everyone, available to us all no matter who we are! YOU have the wisdom of the dream-maker & dancer inside of you for all of your life! What wants to move through you?
I hold space for, and facilitate, rather than instruct. I create a playlist in wave-pattern, beginning slow, reaching chaotic and then softly landing, patterned after Gabrielle Roth’s 5 Rhythms.
Roth describes the effects of ecstatic dance as a feeling of connectedness with others and with the dancer's own emotions. Ecstatic dance can serve as a meditation, a way of coping with stress, restoring serenity and serving as a spiritual practice.
Specific emotions associated with the five different rhythms of ecstatic dance include: flowing rhythm connecting the dancer with their own fear, the staccato rhythm with anger, chaos with sadness, lyrical with joy, and stillness with compassion.
Classes are open to all ages, genders, and levels of experience. Come alone or with a friend, wear comfortable clothes and bring an exploratory openness to creative movement. Classes are offered the third Friday of each month from 7 to 8:15pm, no registration, drop-in with a $10 suggested donation.
6pm: Fundamentals of Argentine Tango - Great for all levels & beginners, partner not required
7pm: Intermediate/Adv Tango Concepts - minimum 6-12 months consistent tango knowledge
Each class is approx 45 minutes and includes practice time.
Please note Thursday evening classes resume in January.
FMI: 971-227-4381 email@example.com
Beginning Modern Dance Fundamentals
Beginning Modern Fundamentals is designed to give someone with no dance experience a peek into the liberating experience of modern dance. The class gives you the chance to experiment with how the body interacts with gravity, the space around you, your breathe, the ground and other dancers. This class will focus on building body awareness, modern dance vocabulary, safe technique, musicality and organic movement. Organic movement is movement that feels natural and free flowing as opposed to forced, rigid or constraining. It is the use of organic movement that allows modern dance to be accessible and resonate with beginners as it builds upon our already innate movement capabilities, like walking, hopping, running, jumping, galloping, rolling, stretching, and pushing.
Intermediate/Advanced Contemporary Modern
$8 per class (or $12 for both) no reg required
Questions? Julia Gingerich 503-502-3118 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesdays 4:30-5:30pm Yin Yoga
Fridays 5-6pm Yoga Workout
My Tuesday class is slow and deep stretching, or Yin yoga, where postures are held for extended periods of time.
Fridays are influenced by acrobatics and Budokon, a form of martial arts infused yoga, and focus on building strength and balance.
All classes start with pranayama (breath work), ending with meditation and lavender oil anointment (optional). Modifications are part of every class—it’s important to me that they feel accessible. Friday students should have some experience with yoga, Sundays and Tuesdays all levels are welcome—this includes kids who are themselves interested in yoga and accompanied by a similarly inclined adult. Please bring a mat if you have one, no other props required. $10 suggested donation per class.
FMI contact: email@example.com 757-348-5314
Every Monday 7-8pm
The first half of class will be a beginning class (for all levels) designed to introduce those that have not tapped and to strengthen technique with those with tap knowledge. The second half is for intermediate students and those that want to push themselves in the beginning level. We will focus on larger tap combinations and choreography while improving technique. Tap is one of my favorite styles of dance to teach and I look forward to the fun we will have through this class!
$5 for 1/2 of class, $10 for the whole hour.
"From the earliest moments of known human history, dance accompanied ancient rituals, spiritual gatherings and social events. As a conduit of trance, spiritual force, pleasure, expression, performance and interaction, dance became infused into our nature from the earliest moments of our existence - from the moment when first African tribes covered themselves in war-paint to the to the spreading of music and dance across all four corners of the world. Without a doubt, dancing remains one of the most expressive forms of communications that we know."*
Dancing to relieve stress is a healthy alternative to drinking, smoking or comfort eating. Some people call it "high powered meditation" or trance. Whatever you call it, it's a great way to free the tension in your body, mind, & spirit while surrounded by loving, supportive community. Using movement for healing broadens our windows of tolerance, presence, patience, and emotional intelligence.
Join us for this once monthly (if it goes well, there could be more!) Sunday morning sweat. We will begin with a light vinyasa yoga warm-up (optional) and flow naturally into free-form movement & dance. This is a space of non-judgement to assist you in letting go of shame, fear, and judgement about yourself and others. Dance skills not required! Just let the music move your body in any way it wants to move. Allow yourself release from the structures and stories that bind. Bend your own rules and unstick your old patterns. Get out of the box the world puts you in. Cultivate bliss and renewal while shaking your booty in community with fellow conscious dancers!
- Movement of any kind (you wanna jump up and down and wave your arms like a lunatic? - this is your place.)
- Emotions (cry, laugh, frown - it's all ok here.)
- Consent (Do Not touch another human w/ out it or you will be thrown out. No exceptions.)
- Acceptance, understanding, kindness, & sweating.
- Resting when your body needs it.
- Staying hydrated.
What's not ok:
- Invading others space or touching w/out consent.
- Alcohol or drugs of any kind.
- Talking on the dance floor (Wanna talk? Go outside please.)
- Shoes (No shoes that can be or are worn on the street can be worn on the dance floor.)
- Heavy perfumes
$10 at the door. Recommended to wear loose fitting, free-flowing, light clothing you can sweat in. Typically these events are not geared toward kids. That said, they are welcome if they are mature enough to dance unattended and follow the rules above. Here's a great article about general etiquette that may be helpful if you've never attended an event like this:
* taken from: http://www.dancefacts.net/dance-history/history-of-dance/
Thursdays from 5:30- 6:30 p.m.
Improvisational Tribal Style (ITS) belly dance is a combination-based form of fusion belly dance. It relies on shared vocabulary of movements with cues for communication. The group of dancers take turns leading with the cues to create unrehearsed impromptu dances to any music.
$10 suggested donation- no registration required. Wear comfortable clothes
FMI: 406-598-2378 firstname.lastname@example.org
Come dance with us every Wednesday!
6pm to 7:15pm, Belly Dance Basics: This is where you'll want to start- we'll focus on technique, accents, drills, layering, safe posture, rhythms, core strengthening,, and movements such as turns, traveling steps, shimmies, undulations, taxims, omis and more. This class will also include basic work with veils, Zills and sword technique. $10 drop-in fee (5 class punch cards for $40 also offered)
7:15pm to 8pm, Belly Dance Choreography: This is where you get to put all of those moves together- we'll learn a new routine on a quarterly basis. Dedicated attendance and Belly Dance Basics required, opportunities to perform will present themselves but performing is, optional. Class fee is a donation.
All genders, ages and levels are welcome in both classes. Coin belts, Zills, music and veils provided. No registration required- just come in comfortable clothing and with an open heart! Contact: email@example.com or 503-791-5657 www.jessamyngrace.com
This wise women gathering is a sanctuary for the feminine, where we meet from that beautiful place in our hearts, with like-minded conscious women, and those that identify as female. It is a practice of embodied spirituality with movement, sound, breathwork, inquiry, meditation, connection, and respectful touch. It is a place for you to be celebrated, seen, and deeply nourished-all of you are welcome here in this community of sisterhood. Together, we create a safe container to dive into practices that bring us face-to-face with our essence and open us to the insights to our wholeness. The circle will include Nourishment, Expansion & Connection:
*ritual to connect you with The Sacred (consciousness, God, Goddess, Allah, Mama Earth, Nature, higher SELF- whatever is your path), others, and to yourself
*movement to embody, de-stress, and access other ways of knowing and being
*respectful touch to sooth, nourish, and practice the art of giving and receiving
*meditation to develop discernment and wisdom
*sharing to integrate your experience and support one another
*honoring where ever you may be in the moment
*journaling...and you can't have a circle without some chocolate
This is for females, and/or those that identify as female. Appropriate for those 18 and over. Wear comfortable clothing, and bring a journal and something to write with. This is up two flights of stairs, and unfortunately, there is no elevator for those that may need one. $10-$20 suggested donation, though no one will be turned away.
Classes are the 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month, 5 - 6pm
Contact Improvisation is a partner dance form based on the physical principles of touch, momentum, shared weight, and most quintessentially - following a shared point of contact. This dance practice explores the skills of falling, rolling, counterbalance, lifting using minimal effort, how to make ourselves light when being lifted, centering and breathing techniques, and responsiveness to our partners and surroundings. All levels welcome! Wear soft comfortable clothing and bringing water is recommended. $5 to $10 sliding scale.
FMI: (775) 790-5245 Zgivesgoodhugs@gmail.com