Connection in Motion
Partner Dance, Contact Improv and Embodied Relationship
This day-long workshop is all about learning how to dance in partnership. Wren and Odessa bring their decades-deep experience in contact improv and partner dance to this connection-based learning space. Deep listening, relational intelligence building and energetic attunement skills will be emphasized. We’ll use techniques from an array of dance styles as a vehicle for exploring subtle energies, and having a blissfully good time moving together.
Cocréa was originally imagined as a bridging modality for dancers from social partner dance circles and ecstatic/”conscious” dance circles to meet on any dance floor and experience nourishing connection. It has grown into an intentional, holistic modality that empowers the individual to grow resilient within community and society and liberate expression within relationship, nurturing authentic connection and right relationship, and honor and relate well with our environment. It is about exploring our connection to that inexplicable sense that we are part of a much bigger whole through this miraculous vessel of our bodies.
Wren LaFeet brings 23+ years of physical exploration and experience in the performing and somatic arts to his facilitation. Tools he envisions offering into this space include Suzuki physical theater, Viewpoints, Contact Improvisation, Blues Fusion, mindful movement practices for generating collective intelligence and a new emergent synthesis he is calling, Ecstatic Access.
Odessa weaves wisdom streams of 3+ decades of dance and movement, 10 years of energy healing and bodywork experience, and a masters-level education in somatic psychology. Her tool box includes polyvagal theory, attachment theory, nervous system regulation, somatic resourcing, contact improvisation, modern dance (release technique, bartenieff), and trauma- informed and inclusive facilitation practices.
In this workshop you will learn:
- Fundamentals of both partner dance and contact improv
- How to deepen your embodied listening
- The non-verbal cues of consent
- Expanded awareness of your own desires and boundaries in a dance (and in life)
- How to invite and co-create a dance that is joyful, nourishing and juicy!
- Expanded musicality and movement vocabulary
No partner necessary. All experience levels welcome.
Night time DJ TBA.
DATE AND TIME
Saturday, February 18th
Workshop: 1pm – 5pm
(Dinner break 5-7pm)
Warmup/Connection Space: 7-8
DJ Dance: 8-10pm
$95 / $125 / $155 advance purchase
$115 / $145 / $175 at the door
Dance only: $20-30 in advance, $30-$40 at the door
WHAT TO BRING
Water bottle, snacks, change of clothes if you want/need, socks
Creatington, Los Angeles, CA (Downtown LA)
Exact Address given at Registration