Special Events — conferences, festivals, regional jams and workshops

Events are listed in chronological order. For historical interest, see also the list of past events.

11 MAY 2015
18 Dec 2015
University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX USA

Body Shift, Austin-based mixed-ability dance group, is excited to announce that we will be hosting world renowned dancer and choreographer, Alito Alessi, to present his teacher training certification program in Austin, TX. This is the first time in 10 years that the training will be offered in the US. In this four week program, Alessi will present an experiential training in the principals and philosophy of DanceAbility. The training will be conducted in two ten-day sessions – May 10-22 and December 7-18, 2015 – on the University of Texas at Austin campus. May 10th will be orientation so that classes can begin the morning of the 11th. We will meet Monday through Friday 10am-5pm with weekends free and occasional evening jams. Participants must attend both sessions. Please visit www.danceability.com/teacher.php for more specific details about the training. Go to www.bodyshift.org for registration and application form.

Total cost is $1800 with early bird discount of $100 if registered before February 28th

CONTACT: Celia Hughes, 1-866-489-8412, , http://www.bodyshift.org
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28 NOV 2015
26 Dec 2015
La fée Nadou, Affénadou , France

3 days to check in what happened in the past year and to develop new visions through the dance. CI, authentic movement and different other tools.


and a Christmas Jam on December 25th, open to everybody


CONTACT: Manuela Blanchard, +33 7 81 21 93 54 , , http://www.lafeenadou.com/stages
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4 DEC 2015
6 Dec 2015
4050 NE Broadway St, Portland, OR 97232 USA

an antidote to the holi-daze

A weekend to steep yourself in love, gratitude, and dance!

A retreat in the middle of the holiday season to find the depths of our thanks-giving & to share in the beauty of the season as a community.

Dancing for days at a time allows you to find new possibilities, following the rhythms of your body in movement and connection.

Step into an oasis of dance.

There will be movement scores to inspire, ritual to ground us, catered lunches to nourish, music to delight, & lots of open dancing time!

Friday, December 4 – Sunday, December 6, 2015
Hosted By: Jacqueline Rubinstein, Director of SomaSpace

Times: Friday 7:00pm -10:00pm (door open at 6:30pm) |
Saturday 10:00am -11:00pm | Sunday 10:00am – 8:00pm

To Register: www.SomaSpace.us/events.html
*Space is limited to 35 registrants, so please register early!

For More Info: Contact@SomaSpace.us | 971-258-1885
www.SomaSpace.us | 4050 NE Broadway St, Portland, OR

Cost: Early Bird Special (until Nov. 23)~$78*
Regular Cost~$92*
*both prices includes a vegetarian lunch on Saturday & Sunday

CONTACT: Jacqueline Rubinstein, 9712581885, , http://www.SomaSpace.us/events.html
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26 DEC 2015
1 Jan 2016
Paris , France

Hello everyone, friends from nearby and the others far away !

The Paris Contact Improvisation Gathering 2016 offers a whole new format for even more dance and meetings! Come and spend the holidays with us in motion.

Our event will take place in two stages:

From 26 to 28 December 2015: the CI. Parisian Training!

- An intensive contact improvisation weekend given by teachers from Paris and abroad :
From Paris : Céline Auclair, Asaf Bachrach, Matthieu Godeau, Cléo Laigret, Gerry Quévreux ; From abroad : Otto Akanen (Finland), Sabine Sonnenschein (Austria), Tara Brandel (UK) ! (and other teachers to come!)
+ somatic practice sessions proposed by Julen Arévalo Aranzabal (Basque country), Aurélie Galibourg (to be confirmed), Stéphane François (Barcelona) and Kerenn’or Pézard !
+ Shared practices (musicians and dancers!) in the early afternoon.
+ Jams every evening!

From 28 December to 1 January 2016: New Year’s jam!

5 days of jam in the studio Keller! Open space all day and every evening into the night.
New year eve : a festive dance space.

And of course you can start 2016 moving on the 1st of January!

The event takes place in two studios (in short walking distance) in the 11th district of Paris, Studio Keller primarily, and Studio Philippe Genty.

prices : (Does not include housing or food)

CI. Training (from 26/12 to 28/12 ): 80 euros
Jam: (28/12 night 1/1 night) : 50 euros
CI. Training + Jam: 110 euros

More info:


Registration : please visit http://goo.gl/forms/ZmR6Ezlw3j to register from 1st october 2015
Please don’t register via email nor facebook!

for more informations send us an email at parisnewyearjam@gmail.com

Book early as places are limited!

Accomodations for non-Parisians :
We set up a system for connecting people who can accommodate and those who need to be accommodated,. You will get upon registration.

We look forward to seeing you in December,

the team

CI. Training (from 26/12 to 28/12 ): 80 euros
Jam: (28/12 night 1/1 night) : 50 euros
CI. Training + Jam: 110 euros

CONTACT: Gerry QUEVREUX, https://www.facebook.com/events/610050745774929/
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27 DEC 2015
30 Dec 2015
Prisma Zentrum, Klösterlistutz 18, Bern, Bern 3013, Switzerland

Fluid Bodies in Motion structure – unity – flow
“Fluid Bodies in Motion” is a delightfully flowing movement quality with clarity and depth in touch as well as a light, playful weight exchange. This is where we will immerse in the subtleties of Contact Improvisation and in addition to exploring amazing phenomena, we will also spend a lot of time dancing.
Nowadays, the fact that the human body consists mainly of water is well known. Nevertheless only taking this image to describe flowing movement qualities is not enough. In fact it’s the unbelievably smart organization and structuring of all our body liquids and their various textures that is needed to create (or: that makes) the miracle of the human body. They enable us to dance smoothly through different levels, to take weight with hardly any effort and finding ourselves having encounters with others that move us not only on a physical level. Fascia with its liquid property plays a major role in the interplay of the different body systems, both for perception and movement coordination.
Experiencing fluid structures and profiting from the knowledge transmitted during the workshop will increase our capacity to perceive our body in motion tremendously and therefore will lead us towards an intense and devoted way of communication with our partners. Its base is deep listening, autonomy and the freedom to influence the dance actively. Permeability on the levels of body, mind and soul will become perceptible and together we will create a joyful, safe and nourishing space for movement and encounter that offers both relaxation and liveliness.
Open to participants with experience in CI.

CHF 400.- / CHF 360.- with early registration

CONTACT: Adrian Russi, +41796008780, , http://www.adrianrussi.com
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