WHEN/WHERE: Tuesdays 6-7:30pm at Indian Boundary Cultural Center fieldhouse*starting January 2nd
COST: There are sliding scale options for a 12 class pass as well as a drop in rate
WHAT: Rolling around and falling into the floor safely and seamlessly, suspending, turning with a delicious balance of control and abandon, bearing weight with our arms, being upside-down and sideways and spiraled, building intrinsic strength and support, expanding through and between and beyond shapes, finding relationship with our breath and internal sensations as people moving together in shared space and solidarity.
HOW: We arrive in ourselves and check-in with one another, acknowledging the messy imperfections of our right-this-moment existence and folding them into our warming practices. I offer themes and prompts related to the material but also in dialogue with ongoing questions (ex: how to find pelvic alignment while in motion, dancing with knee instability, fear of inversions). We will repeat exercises and combinations for multiple classes, mixing things up and adding on but also circling back to clarify and gain fluency with the necessary skills. Questions and group troubleshooting are encouraged. Celebrating each other's moments of glory is a must.
WHY: Because dancing is a sacred human right and we all deserve spaces where we can show up, try things, make mistakes, be seen, and find connection. My history with ballet/modern/jazz dance class spaces is fraught and full of masking, alternatively puffing up or shrinking down. I do my imperfect best to offer an alternative: a consistent space and time to be in our bodies and with one another, not avoiding the oppressive systems that impact our very existence but collaborating to imagine (or remember) alternatives.
This class might be a good fit if you...
- Are an experienced mover with multiple years of committed movement practice and a strong relationship with your body.
- Are seeking spaces where you can feel seen and can get to know other dancing folx.
- Crave a classroom dynamic that meets you where you are [injured, aging, fragile, frustrated] and helps you discover dancing that feels satisfying for your in-this-moment self.
- Understand your strengths and growth areas and believe you have something to offer others.
- Want to re/learn how your body works in ways that can immediately apply to your movement goals.
- Are tired of shame-based, anonymous, hierarchy-perpetuating, white supremacist dancing spaces and want to be a part of building something different.
*Indian Boundary Cultural Center fieldhouse has a complex and contentious history with iconography to match. I encourage you to read Khecari’s statement, especially the “Place” section for more information.