Jan 29: Harnessing Momentum Workshop

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Workshop: 5:30-8:00pm
Location: Boulder Circus Center (4747 26th St, Boulder CO)
Taught by Alicia Grayson and J. Akiyama

In this workshop we will explore how using momentum supports surprise, releases us from planning and opens us to the wonder of spontaneity in the dance.

We will experience how dancing with momentum allows our bodies to collaborate with the forces of gravity so our dancing is free and graceful.

Specifically you will:

  • experience dancing in a perpetual state of falling
  • become more comfortable with disorientation as we allow our bodies to move in spherical space
  • refine awareness of structural alignment so weight can travel efficiently and easily through the bones
  • learn to harness momentum to create optimal conditions for easeful flight
  • receive individual feedback to support more ease and spontaneity in your dancing

This workshop is open to dancers with intermediate/advanced contact improvisation skills.

Cost: $35 if paid before January 15, $40 after January 15.

Mail check to: Alicia Grayson, 155 Cumberland Gap Rd  Nederland, CO 80466 or  paypal: aliciaggrayson@gmail.com.

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Alicia Grayson has been passionately involved with dancing, teaching and performing CI for the past 24 years. She has taught contact improvisation as an adjunct faculty at George Washington University, University of Denver, Naropa University and Shenandoah University. She teaches CI, yoga and pilates classes in Boulder and regularly travels to Europe and around the US to teach at festivals and workshops. Her long time practices of authentic movement, yoga and meditation are important influences on her dancing and teaching. Currently, she is a student in both Body Mind Somanautics, a somatic psychology and living anatomy training program and the comprehensive training in the Hakomi Method of Experiential Psychotherapy. She delights in exploring and discovering new depths to the form and is particularly interested int he intersection of physics and expression and the mind/body relationship. 

J. Akiyama's Contact Improvisation teachers include Alicia Grayson, Gretchen Spiro, and Steve Homsher as well as Nancy Stark Smith, Chris Aiken, Angie Hauser, Ray Chung, Jörg Hassmann, Scott Wells, Mirva Mäkinen, Cyrus Khambatta, and Benno Voorham. His additional research into CI includes participation at CI Ground Research at Earthdance, the Moab Research Retreat, the Freiburg CI Festival in Germany, and ECITE (European CI Teachers Exchange) in Spain. He has been actively studying and teaching the Japanese martial art of aikido for over 18 years, and other interests include the Feldenkrais Method of somatic education and Playback improvisational theatre.