Hilyard Community Center



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Friday, October 2, 2015 at 2:45pm through Friday, December 18, 2015 at 4:15pm
2:45pm through Friday, December 18 at 4:15pm
Weekly Friday afternoon Jams in a large, light-filled studio with a great wood floor. The first half hour, from 2:45 - 3:15pm, will be a guided Warm-Up or mini-class, with various experienced teachers of Contact Improvisation and other forms of dance/body awareness. The hour from 3:15 - 4:15pm will be open Contact Improvisation Jamming. The Warm-Up will start right on time at 2:45 and end punctually. Cost is $5 - $12 sliding scale, regardless of whether you arrive in time for the Warm-Up or not. Facilitators of the half-hour beginning will include Shannon Mockli (Univ. of Oregon Dance Department professor), Bonnie Simoa (Lane Community College lead dance faculty), Paul Deering, Sara Zolbrod, Alito Alessi, etc. Contact Improvisation is a dance form of communicating, experiencing, and relating through physical contact. A space with no music (or occasional live, improvised music) makes room for deep listening and dancing that can range from tiny and simple to athletic and complex, depending on the experience levels and internal rhythms of each dancer, duet, or group. People with a wide range of abilities, disabilities, and movement and experience backgrounds can explore the movement possibilities that exist between them. (The facility is totally accessible, i.e. wheelchair-friendly.) Skills that may be covered in the half-hour Facilitated Warm-Up section could include, as departure points into contact improvisation: - sharing weight along a spectrum of little weight-sharing to more, - working efficiently with gravity including safe falling, - rolling, - moving with momentum with a partner, - balancing awareness of self with listening to partners and the whole space, - waking up the instincts and intuition for improvising, and - deep tuning to one's sensations and the micro-dance of balance required in standing/being vertical as a departure point for moving into partner dancing. http://www.facebook.com/events/1625900057653249/