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do you ever feel unsatisfied with dance connection? unsure what your partner wants, likes, and prefers? move softer, find your power, connect more.. but how? do you know what is too much? do you know how to truly listen to your partner’s body? do all dances start to feel the same? how do you know what’s really happening in a partnership? where’s the magic? how do you feel and interpret the language of your partner? how do you drop in with someone and make room for anything to happen? how do you let the music travel through you? How do muscles and bones speak to one another? what is momentum, grounding, and tone? how do we find posture? how can every dance become a burst of creative exploration, and a closer movement towards the other, WITHOUT sacificing clarity or communication?
this is a partner dance class unlike anything you’ve seen. we will be dancing to modern music, and exploring topics like touch, rhythm, feeling, embodied consent, and how to lead and follow anything without tension, force or coercion. Expect spacious timing, no forced partner rotations, touch explorations, and an embodied perspective.
feel your bones,
locate the ground,
resting in yourself,
and find freer
open to all.
Integration is the essential biological act. To live is to integrate. To see the possibility for growth and change is to feel it happen. As we ultimately trust this process, we come into alignment with the organic realities of our existence. We become in some sense more deeply embodied, and more resilient in the face of overwhelm. What people refer to as ‘healing’ is the lived-through and experiential process of this changing development.
This class is subtle, slow, gentle, and quiet. It’s not a place to “release” your past. It’s a place to be with yourself, and work towards building an adequate container for your experiences.
The Outsides class relates the internal sensation work that we’ve done throughout the week to the environment around us. We consider how our posture, movement, structure is affected by everything around us, and how we continue to affect the world as well. We might work on visualizations of things like physics, air pressure, momentum, the role of senses such as vision, taste, smell, etc.
This is a time to focus outwards and consider how we relate to our environment.
Jonathan shares his thoughts with candor.
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The structure class offers an experiential look at the interface of body and consciousness. We examine a piece of our anatomy through feeling, touch, and awareness, and we notice how imagery, proprioception, emotion, community, and intent all effect the outcome of our movement.
By making manifest this clear connection between body and mind, not simply discussing it as a phenomenon, we are enabled to embody ourselves more deeply. Common effects of this process include better movement quality, clearer artistic expression, decreased tension, and increased awareness and resilience in the face of pain.
We explore the body to see not just what it’s made of, or what anatomy books teach us, but how we feel our own structure. How often do you take the time to really listen to the messages from your knee joint, collarbone, or the heart and lungs? One can feel far more than they may at first realize, and moving into this feeling — really just being in the body — is one of the most powerful things we can do for ourselves.
Come to learn, explore, and feel your body in a community of people interested in the same.
The Insides class is a time to delve into topics beyond immediate considerations of structure, posture, or movement. We tune into parts of the body that are little acknowledged to have consciously-willed movement — organs, blood flow, glands, lymph, brain activity, and more.
While these topics may seem esoteric, you will quickly realize that the multitude of sensations and aspects of consciousness have incredible effects of our bodies and minds.
Tune in and get weird.
Jonathan has been studying movement dynamics and neurological reprogramming for many years. His study has included work by Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen (Body-Mind Centering), Brenda Russell (Dancemode), Mary Abrams (Moving Body Resources), Eric Franklin (Franklin Method), Zhenzan Dao (MogaDao), Victor Van Kooten (Victor & Angela), Irene Dowd, Andre Bernard, Rumi, Hafez, and more. He is passionate about the power of embodiment, and seeks to hold classes that are simultaneously powerful, non-authoritative, and effective for all levels of movers. Expect gentle clarity, and plenty of room to experience your own mind and body.
Posture is how we organize the body in our resting and moving positions.
This class will take you through various perspectives in your own body in order to experience better posture. Better posture means that we can absorb and produce force more efficiently, breathe better, and even change the way we are seen in community.
While most approaches to posture are static cue-based: “Drop your shoulders! Head up!” etc., we are not looking at hard and fast rules. Good posture means nothing should be held — there should be no excess tension. To find a state with decreased tension, we specifically explore the relationships of various body parts. How do your feet and pelvis affect your posture? Your eyes? Your mental image of yourself?
This class is full of experiments and ideas that you can take into all part of your life, whether working, driving, eating, and being in community.