Experience a Contact Improv Meets Ecstatic Dance Workshop with Jeffery Nash Followed by Live Ecstatic Dance Set With DJ Phoenix Germano
Be moved with Amplified HQ Sound, Indoors, on a Sprung Floor in West LA
Masons Lodge Near Downtown Culver City.
Culver City Foshay Lodge № 467, F.& A.M.
9635 Venice Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232
7:30pm – Doors Open
7:40-7:50 – Contact/Ecstatic Dance Guidelines
7:50 – 8:30 – Contact Meets Ecstatic Dance Workshop
8:30 – 10:00 – Ecstatic Dance
10:00 – 10:15 Closing Circle
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Come FLOW with the ELEMENTS within yourself and within each of us at this Alcohol free, family friendly event starting Dec 9th with:
Contact Improv Facilitated by Jeffery Nash, Co-Organizer of
Contact Improv LA
A 30+ year Contact Improv practitioner, Jeffrey has collaborated, toured, and performed with the Carol Solomon Dance Company in the mid-90s. He explores and teaches the relationship between dance, movement and healing through the form known as “Contact Improv” and currently co-organizes the Santa Monica Contact Improv Jam with Jen Hong. As a healing artist, Jeffrey has worked with dancers from The New York City Ballet and Alvin Ailey Dance Company as well as various other professional performing artists. As he continues his research, he teaches and works with clients across the US and Europe.
Live Ecstatic Dance Set by DJ Phoenix Germano
Phoenix Germano is an Entrepreneur, Mindfulness Teacher, Movement Facilitator, Transformative Event Producer, DJ, Peer Support Specialist and Co-Founder of TribaLights. He brings an extraordinary empathy with the human need for holistic growth from his own history of overcoming mental health issues. Phoenix has been DJing for Ecstatic Dances since 2013. His Journey began after having an ecstatic emotional release with breath and movement “accidentally” during a 2 month of Solitary Confinement sentence. After being released Phoenix was lead to discovering Ecstatic Dance which began a spiritual journey which gave birth to TribaLights.
What is Contact Improvisation?
Contact Improv is a form of modern dance that emphasizes physical contact and improvisation between partners. The style is characterized by its focus on exploring movement through physical touch, weight, and balance. Dancers use their bodies to respond to each other, often lifting, supporting, and moving each other in unexpected ways. The aim is to create a shared movement experience that is both spontaneous and physically rich.
In Contact Improvisation, dancers work together to create movement that is based on their immediate physical sensations and responses to each other. This allows for a great deal of creative freedom and encourages risk-taking and exploration. The style places a strong emphasis on trust, playfulness, and sensitivity to physical sensations, and the dancers are encouraged to be mindful of their own bodies and the bodies of their partners. Contact Improvisation has been described as a dance of intimacy, where dancers share a unique physical experience with one another.
What to Wear?
Dress comfortably in clothing that allows a free range of movement. It’s probably better to have clothing without buckles, buttons, or large zippers, as they can be uncomfortable to roll over while dancing. It’s usually better to have clothing that covers the legs since you may be on your knees on occasion. Don’t worry about footwear; barefoot is generally the best option. (Although sometimes people have been known to dance in socks or dance shoes, socks can be slippery and dance shoes can accidentally squash toes, so you should be careful if you wear either.) I typically wear sweat pants, a T-shirt, and a long-sleeve T-shirt over that while warming up.
Avoid large dangly pieces of jewelry; they can get caught on or under something, which can be awkward and/or dangerous. If you need to tie your hair back, I recommend doing so with something soft — a scrunchy or rubber band instead of a hair clip. Expect to sweat a fair bit, so you may want to bring a change of clothes. Contacters often wear Chinese kneepads, which are thinner than typical kneepads and allow more range of movement. However, you should be able to get through your first jam without any (and some long-time dancers don’t wear them at all). If you want to be super-prepared, you can order kneepads through the
– Richard Kim, Writer of Blog at Contact Quarterly
What to Bring?
Water, an Open Mind and an Open Heart. 🙂
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