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Dance Medicine ABQ
Contact Improvisation is a partner dance style rooted in Aikido. CI is primarily a movement-through listening practice, where traditional partner dance roles of leader and follower are blurred and constantly exchanged. This introductory class will focus on close listening, tuning into our own movement desires, while negotiating points of contact with one or more partners. We will explore social aspects of partner dance such as how to invite, initiate, and bring a close to dances, based on our moment-by-moment needs. The facilitated portion of the class will last for 45 min followed by a 45 min Contact Improv Jam. Seasoned CI dancers are welcome to join and jam during the class that is facilitated for those that are newer to the practice.
Ecstatic Dance – 3 Simple Guidelines
1. We Dance without shoes (or: We Dance Barefoot)
This allows us to connect more fully with the Ground (socks are OK)
If you have a physical condition that you need dance shoes, then OK
2. We Dance without words (or: We Dance with Body Language)
This makes it easier to be in a Meditative State
No Verbal Instruction from the Facilitators
No Talking from the Dancers
3. We Dance as We Are
No Drugs/Alcohol, No Phones, No Camera/Video, No Scents, No Expectations, No Judgements, No Shoulds, No Oughts… Just Be Yourself; With Respect for Ourselves, the Space, and One Another.