Hi Dancers,

Below are the classes and workshops I'll be offering this Winter and Spring. Please note that the weekly class series now meets on Tuesdays and the workshops will be held on Thursdays and Saturdays.
I'll also be teaching workshops elsewhere including: Washington, DC, Charlotte, NC, Asheville, NC, Portland, OR, Redding, CT, Kiev, Ukraine and Lasqueti Island, BC. Details at end of email.

I look forward to dancing with you soon!
Alicia




BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE  WEEKLY CLASS SERIES:                        
CI Essentials and Principles - From the Ground Up, a Journey through the Chakras
12 -week series: February 4 - April 22
  W/ ALICIA GRAYSON 
                Tuesdays 5:45 - 7:30 PM
             Boulder Circus Center
   $228 Paid by January 28
$240  after January 28
$189 9 week partial series
$23 drop-in fee 
            

Each week we will focus on one o f the 7 major chakras as a lens through which we build basic solo and partnering skills that support contact improvisation.  Working from the ground up we expand our abilities to listen to ourselves and our partners so that the flow of life energy can move effortlessly through us as we improvise in contact. 

The following themes gleaned from the 7 major chakras will weave their way into the beginner/intermediate course:

Earth: creating and deepening a felt sense of safety, refining one's ability to listen and respond though touch, continuously sensing the ground through own and partner's body, integrating feet and legs to pelvic floor and spine.

Water: accessing the power and fluidity of the pelvis and integrating it with rest of the body as co-create with partner,  continuity of the rolling point of contact,  moving with embodied pleasure, navigating healthy boundaries, using momentum to create more ease in dancing, intentionally going off balance to create opportunities for the joy of falling and flying

Fire: moving from own center (the source of life energy) and connecting to partner's, delighting in and deepening one's solo dance while dancing with partner, exploring the organs of liver, stomach and kidneys as support for empowered dancing

Air: expanding the awareness of the lungs and breath as well as the arms and hands and their relationship to the heart, developing strategies for creating lightness in the body, allowing the spectrum of heart qualities to dance us

Sound and vibration: freeing up the neck, throat and jaw as a means to open self expression while we move,  integrating the head and torso though the pathway of the digestive tube, refining the ability to work with spherical space and inversions

Light and perception: using the physical eyes and imagination to give more depth in our perception, inviting the eyes to be the steering wheel for the spine, closing the eyes and opening to deeper levels of sensation and visualization so our inner world dances us.

Opening to the Source or the Mystery: opening oneself  to the creative unknown, navigating the head as a limb, integrating all parts of the body, mind and spirit so that the improvisation flows freely. 

We practice these skills in an environment that honors our physical, emotional and mental boundaries...and invites their expansion.  In contact improvisation we discover the magic that happens as we play with our creative minds and hearts and the physics of two (or more) bodies in motion. 


WORKSHOPS in Boulder:

Introduction to Contact Improvisation -  Beginners

Thursday, January 16
5:30 - 8:30 PM
Boulder Circus Center
$40 by January 9
$50 after January 9
With Alicia Grayson

Are you or someone you know:  Curious about CI but feel a little (or a lot) nervous about going to a jam or lab? Desiring to explore some specific CI skills that can be helpful in any CI dance? Eager to receive support in more fully embodying some of the fundamental principles of CI?  This 3 hour workshop creates a fun and safe environment for both those brand new to CI as well as those with experience who want to deepen their embodiment of the fundamentals.

This workshop will focus on introducing beginners to some of the essential principles of CI
* learn to listen to yourself while listening to your partner
* fine tune following the point of contact
* practice easeful weight sharing
* find more flow with entering and exiting dances
* play with rolling, falling and counterbalance 


The DeLIGHT of Flying - Intermediate/Advanced 
Saturday, February 8
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Boulder Circus Center
$40 by January 31
$50 after January 31
*sign up for 2 workshops with Alicia $75, 3 for $99, 4 for $120
With Alicia Grayson, assisted by Jun Akiyama 

Fear is one of the biggest factors that inhibits easeful and delightful flying. Most of us when airborne are, unconsciously, afraid of falling.  The more comfortable we get with falling the more comfortable we can be with flying.

This workshop will begin with supporting new and effortless pathways to the ground.  Once we have had a solid deftness with falling we will find our way into the air with an ease and fearlessness that allows the body to experience flight with relaxation and delight.

Specifically you will:
*Discover and practice specific techniques for navigating the descent to the floor from any level
*Learn new tools for creating lightness and ease in your ability to fly
*Experience how to dance undern eath the flyer so your body loves being the "under-dancer"
*Explore how the momentum of falling creates the opportunity for delicious flying
*Receive individual feedback to support more choice and creativity in your dancing


Limbs to Core in Spherical Space - Intermediate/Advanced 
Thursday, February 27
5:30 - 8:30 PM
Boulder Circus Center
$40 by February 20
$50 after February 20
*sign up for 2 workshops with Alicia $75, 3 for $99, 4 for $120
With Alicia Grayson, assisted by Jun Akiyama

In this workshop we will explore the integration of center to periphery to support our contact improvisational choices in spherical space. This is one of my all time favorite themes for help ing me get into my dancing body!

Specifically you will:
*Cultivate greater differentiation and expression of each limb and their connection to the core
*Experience how agility in your joints supports more easeful full-body movements when dancing with your partners
*Develop greater awareness of your back body and back space
*Expand your ability to be comfortable upside down
*Increase your capacity for disorientation while dancing in spherical space with your partners


Active Witnessing
The Art of Authentic Movement in Contact - All Levels
Saturday, March 15
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Boulder Circus Center
$40 by March 7
$50 after March 7
*sign up for 2 workshops with Alicia $75, 3 for $99, 4 for $120
With Alicia Grayson 

In this workshop we create a safe container to explore the practice of authentic movement with a mover, active and sitting witness. Working in trios we will discover the powerful learnings that come from each of the three roles.
*as a mover with eyes closed we deepen our ability to follow our own authentic impulses  inspired by sensation, imagery, emotion or story. We have the opportunity to experience staying true to our own inner impulses and journey while being relational with an active witness who is supporting us.
*as a sitting witness we learn to cultivate our own ability to non-judgmentally witness other while simultaneously witnessing our own inner process
*as an active witness we learn to stay true to our own impulses while actively supporting the mover's process with or without touch 
*after each movement segment we will use our words to bring more consciousness to our movement and witnessing experience

No experience in authentic movement or contact improvisation are necessary for this workshop. However, experience and a willingness for deep embodied listening and comfort with touch are helpful. 



Harnessing Momentum - Intermediate/Advanced 
Thursday, March 27
5:30 - 8:30 PM
Boulder Circus Center
$40 by March 20
$50 after March 20
*sign up for 2 workshops with Alicia $75, 3 for $99, 4 for $120
With Alicia Grayson, assisted by Joanna Rotkin

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. I love momentum!

Specifically you will:
*experience dancing in a perpetual state of falling
*become more comfortable with disorientation as you allow your body 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


The Satisfaction Cycle - Intermediate/Advanced  
Thursday, April 17
5:30 - 8:30 PM
Boulder Circus Center
$40 by April 10
$50 after April 10
*sign up for 2 workshops with Alicia $75, 3 for $99, 4 for $120
With Alicia Grayson, assisted by Joanna Rotkin

This workshop will explore how consciously embodying the developmental actions of yield, push, reach, take hold and pull can expan d our choices and pleasure in dancing contact improvisation (and life). This workshop will help us experience true satisfaction as we embody the fluid cycling of all the developmental actions while dancing in contact.

Specifically you will:
*Experiment with the developmental actions both in solo and in contact 
*Identify which of the developmental actions (yield, push, reach, take hold and pull) you feel more/less comfortable with and expand your range
*Discover how being able to cycle fluidly through all the phases gives you more freedom in your movement
*Experience how satisfying dancing can be when you embody the yield that underlies all the other phases of the satisfaction cycle


WORKSHOPS Elsewhere:


Washington, DC
January 25 & 26
Contact Leslie Zucker


Charlotte, NC    UNCC
January 28 - 31 & Feb 3
Contact EE Bacos  eebalcos@uncc.edu

Asheville, NC
February 1 & 2
Contact: Michael Hurd:    shephurd@gmail.com


Portland, OR  (Portland CI Regional Jam)
February 14 - 17
Contact: Christine Maxwell:   agoatistodance@gmail.com


Redding, CT
March 7 - 9 
Contact: Jovanina Pagano: jova_p@yahoo.com


Kiev, Ukraine (Kiev Festival of Contact Improvisation)
May 1 - 8


Laqueti Island, BC
July 13 - 19

http://leviathan.lasqueti.ca



REGISTRATION  for all Boulder Classes & Workshops:            

ALICIA GRAYSON
             303 653 3969   aliciaggrayson@ gmail.com
cash, check or paypal
Mail check to:  Alicia Grayson   155 Cumberland Gap Rd  Nederland, CO 80466

Class & Refund Policies:
http://www.tumblebones.com/Tumblebones/Policies.html


PRIVATE LESSONS:
 W/ ALICIA GRAYSON 
     By Appointment

For all dancers who benefit from individualized attention.  Whether you are a beginner or have years of experience learning one-on-one with an experienced teacher devoted to your development can open doors you didn't know were there.  Alicia helps you uncover unconscious limitations and helps facilitate greater ease and range in your movement and expression.  This is a unique opportunity to dive into the form, go at your own pace, focus on details and blossom with individualized attention.  
Come with a friend for a semi-private lesson at the same price.
 
$80 for private or semi-private lesson. (if sign up for 5 sessions, $75 each)

Alicia Grayson has been passionately involved with dancing, te aching and performing CI for the past 25 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. Her long time practices of authentic movement, yoga and meditation are important influences on her dancing and teaching. She is a graduate of the Hakomi Method of Experiential Psychotherapy and  Body Mind Somanautics, an advanced training in somatic attachment, group process and anatomy re-patterning.  She delights in exploring and discovering new depths to contact improvisation and is particularly interested int he intersection of physics and expression and the mind/body relationship. 





PRIVATE LESSONS:
 W/ ALICIA GRAYSON 
     By Appointment

For all dancers who benefit from individualized attention.  Whether you are a beginner or have years of experience learning one-on-one with an experienced teacher devoted to your development can open doors you didn't know were there.  Alicia helps you uncover unconscious limitations and helps facilitate greater ease and range in your movement and expression.  This is a unique opportunity to dive into the form, go at your own pace, focus on details and blossom with individualized attention.  
Come with a friend for a semi-private lesson at the same price.
 
$80 for private or semi-private lesson. (if sign up for 5 sessions, $75 each)

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 U.S. to teach. Her long time practices of authentic movement, yoga and meditation are important influences on her dancing and teaching. She is also a graduate of the Hakomi Method of Experiential Psychotherapy and Bodymind Somanautics, and advanced training in somatic attachment, group process and anatomy re-patterning. As a registered psychotherapist she works with clients in somatic psychotherapy and movement education. She continues to delight in exploring and discovering new depths in contact improvisation and related disciplines and is particularly interested in the intersection of physics and expression and the mind/body relationship. www.tumblebones.com

 

 

Local teachers classes or workshops:

Bruce Cohen-
occasional beginner/intermediate classes
303-440-4838 bruce@boulder.net

     Bruce Cohen met Contact Improv in Boulder in 1981, and fell in love. Since then he has studied with dozens of teachers and danced with thousands of partners, and his relationship with the form has been burnished by decades. In both his dance and his teaching he is interested in liquidity of body, quiet of mind, and the backspace of unseen possibilities. We allow the body to listen and to move, with less authority given to the mind.
      The skills involved in Contact Improvisation divide into two sets. There are those of quieting the mind and listening with the body, and there are also techniques of movement. Here we will play with bodies listening to each other and moving in response to the partner, and to the third presence of the dance itself. We allow ourselves to perceive the always-present possibilities that work gracefully with our current level of skill, without the need for some other level of skill.
      His workshops are aimed at the new or newer dancer, with something to offer to the experienced. There will be plenty of contact, in a safe and playful container.

 

Alicia Grayson 303 / 653-3969 aliciaggrayson@gmail.com
Alicia Grayson has been passionately involved with dancing, teaching and performing CI for the past 23 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 of both Bodymind 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 in the intersection of physics and expression and the mind/body relationship. 

Adwoa Lemieux   adwoa@nmci.com
classes through Naropa and University of Colorado

Morgan Stanfield morganstanfield@yahoo.com
Often teaches at Sunday lab