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BEGINNERS PROGRAM - WEEK 1

Yoga class with Michael Helland
As a practice for personal freedom and transformation, yoga makes for an excellent companion to the path walked by the dancer and lovers of dance. In this Yin & Yang class we will establish a deeper connection to the earth, developing greater stability and a sense of groundedness. We will nourish our centers of desire and discover more clearly what makes us move. We will build determination and a sense of purpose through our movements and stillnesses. We will hold and be held by loving presence in the spirit of collective care. We will become more articulate and nuanced as we share some good vibrations. We will establish greater clarity and insights into the dance of life as we connect with our bodies, minds, and beyond… Each class begins with an opening attunement to connect more deeply with the sensations of the breath as we begin to flow through traditional and innovative hatha postures and vinyasa sequences to awaken our strength, flexibility and coordination. In addition to warming up the body, we take a mindful approach to our movements and stillnesses to invite conditions for self-observation and care. Each class finishes with a period of rest to integrate the experience and feel ready to rise and shine into the day ahead.
Biography Michael Helland

Contemporary technique with Rakesh Sukesh
The intact method (technique class) is a combination of ancient and contemporary movement approach. In the beginner level class, we will focus on some of the basic forms and exercises of the ancient Indian martial art, Kalaripayattu, dynamic energy work, and yogic principles like pranayama and meditation. We will approach these methods from a dance perspective. It trains the practitioners safely and organically to become more confident, soft, relaxed, flexible, and powerful. It is training us to be quick in our movements, reflexes, and choices. We learn to isolate the physical aspect of this class from the constant calm within.
Biography Rakesh Sukesh

Workshop on touch with Vera Tussing
The material of this workshop will be drawn from what I refer to as the Tactile Cycle of my work – a series of stage performances, installation pieces, lectures & podcasts created over a decade, that focus on tactility, collectivity and consent. Within that we will work and re-work one particular performance called T-Dance.
T-Dance is a performance exploring touch and connection. How touch connects us: different types of touch, different types of connection. It springs from a desire to touch and to be touched. To explore what touch means, and how we are connected. To experience one’s ability to be affected by what one perceives. Four dancers explore empathy and physical memory, questioning the limits of the body, and the mind’s connections. Without ever leaving their seats, audience members are called to inhabit the same imaginative space as the performers in an invitation to experience empathetic, imagined touch.
Biography Vera Tussing