Recently some of the organizers of my “advanced” workshops have turned away students for not having enough of the fundamentals of C.I. to join the group.
In Barcelona this past July the organizers and I asked two people to not continue because we didn’t feel
Boundaries and Trust
…it is important that awake people be awake, or
a breaking line may discourage them back to
The dance teaches us that instability leads to mobility. And great instability leads to exhilarating mobility.
When a partner and I fall off balance together, when we each give up custody of our centers, we trust the
A major resource when I work with a group is the act of summoning the past by conjuring what I’ve learned from my past teachers and dance partners. There is something alchemical in the act of
As in falling asleep, it helps to let go…
As in taking a bowel movement, it helps to let go…
As in lovemaking, it helps to let go…
It’s the same with teaching contact improvisation – it helps to let go…
I teach in a converted colonial convent that was completed in 1765. This building houses the National School of Fine Arts in San Miguel, Mexico. The dance studio has vaulted ceilings, large windows looking out into a
(Luckily, not mortal)
- Not speaking loudly enough for everyone to hear.
- Complaining about not having enough time.
- Saying, “This can’t be put into words”.
- Codifying the material.
- Not accepting their own authority.
- Having too much enthusiasm, and too little substance.
- Not taking care of their own needs and boundaries.
- Pushing too hard on a student who is in stasis.
- Shaming a student in front of the class.
- Letting their own process of inquiry die.
I’ve sometimes imagined that there is a student union somewhere that sends one challenging student to each workshop – the one that when you say “find a partner,” everyone flees that person. Because they are often the last one left they frequently end up partnering with the teacher. Advice? What strategies do you have with these individuals?
The Northern California Contact Jam at Harbin Hot Springs is five days of being in a beautiful locale with wonderful people with dancing as the main activity day and night.
During these events we regularly hold “dream pools” where we sit in a circle and the participants put in their dreams and desires for the jam and for their lives in