Yoga Center Santa Cruz, 428 Front St, Santa Cruz When: Friday nights weekly Ongoing Time: 7:30 - 9:00 PM Dance Jam: A conscious space for dancing creatively to music from around the world, in an affirming, welcoming environment.
6:30 - 7:30 Warm-Up Class
and Dance Jam: We will explore how to safely and creatively connect in and out of solo, partner, and group dances while being Present with ourselves and with others. This exploration will include the lightness and play to get really curious about what the heck we're actually doing. Hopefully we'll love the exploration too much to find an answer!
$10 to $20 donation About: A special evening of dance which expands the pre-jam class part of the evening to include physical theatre improv and other movement forms as warm-ups, which naturally led to expanding the dance jam. Contact jams, as you may know, are often silent or with low-key music. Our jam offers a range of live and DJ'ed music. A conscious space for dancing creatively to music from around the world, in an affirming, welcoming environment. The scene: Dance Odyssey is a truly unique container. We have teachers come in from all over the country, as well as a rotation of local teachers, for our opening warm-up class. Our teachers draw from a variety of improv movement forms, including contact improv, expressive arts, authentic movement, butoh, axis Syllabus, theater improv, and others.
We encourage our teachers to hold a sensitive awareness for the energy of the room and cater their teaching towards the unique skill-level, comfort, and desires of whoever shows up that week. Some weeks students might be looking to learn specific contact improv technique, other weeks students might be interested in having very loose guidance to explore their own improv movement.
Students who prefer less structure are always invited to do their own warm-up during class. Each class is followed by an open dance jam, sometimes with live music, sometimes DJ'd, sometimes a silent jam. Students are invited to drop in and drop out at any time during the class and jam. I often see more Contact in our dance than I see in most freestyle dance jams, and more freestyle improv movement than I see at most Contact jams.
Our container is ever more enriched as we access a wider community of students and dancers. I enjoy giving contact dancers an opportunity to experience more freestyle movement, and freestyle dancers an opportunity to experience contact, as well as all the other improv movement forms our teachers offer.