My Confession About Leading Warm Ups

My Confession About Leading Warm Ups
Posted by on Feb 17, 2016

What Is The ‘Purpose’ of Contact Improvistion?

What Is The ‘Purpose’ of Contact Improvistion?
Posted by on Dec 14, 2015

Two Monks are Walking in the Woods…

Two Monks are Walking in the Woods…
Posted by on Apr 9, 2015

What are the Qualities of an Advanced Contact Improvisation Dancer? Part one

What are the Qualities of an Advanced Contact Improvisation Dancer? Part one
Posted by on Sep 15, 2013

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

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101 Ways to Say No to Contact Improvisation

101 Ways to Say No to Contact Improvisation
Posted by on Sep 7, 2013

 

Boundaries and Trust
…it is important that awake people be awake, or
a breaking line may discourage them back to

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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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