Great Instability Leads to Exhilarating Mobility

Great Instability Leads to Exhilarating Mobility
Posted by on Sep 3, 2013

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

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Mortality and Teaching

Mortality and Teaching
Posted by on Aug 22, 2013

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

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Embers in the Heart

Embers in the Heart
Posted by on Aug 8, 2013

Any time we risk really hearing someone, letting who they truly are   dance against the intimate core of our being, what we give that person
is the gift of themselves. When the space in us is an invitation,
we find things around us answering by coming alive. It is in the nature
of things that a beautiful opening inspires us to find something
of equal beauty to put within it.

— “The Creative Imperative” Charles Johnston

An old African proverb says, “When one flower opens, dozens open.”

There is a moment during a class when everything changes.

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It Helps To Let Go…

It Helps To Let Go…
Posted by on Aug 5, 2013

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

The Geography of a Dance Studio

The Geography of a Dance Studio
Posted by on Aug 4, 2013

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

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Dream Pools

Dream Pools
Posted by on Aug 3, 2013

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

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