Our vision for camp is to provide a broad range of opportunities for movement, exploration and growth. Our offerings will focus on Conscious Dance, Partner Dancing, and Contact Improv, as well as Expressive Arts, Inner Movement, and Community Building.
We have an amazing group of co-creators showing up this year, ready to guide us on a journey through movement, exploration, and growth. We will continue to add to this list as the process continues.
Karen Joy Fletcher, MPH, writer, professional adventurer and qigong instructor, loves sharing her passions of qigong, dance and wilderness training with people around the world. She is a personal student of ZY Qigong Grandmaster XuMingtang, has trained and traveled with him at Shaolin Monastery in China and worldwide. In addition, she has trained for years with Mick “the Barefoot Sensei” Dodge and offers unique qigong and Earthgym programs at schools, conferences and retreat centers, including Omega Institute in New York. Karen also leads Qigong & Wilderness trips in Western China and is passionate about inspiring others in joy cultivation and Nature connection.
Jessica Tartaro is a dancing psychologist. Through playful, laser sharp facilitation, she weaves together words and movement to take group participants deeper into the fire of their creative selves. Jessica specializes in intimacy, helping connection find its way to open hearts and vitalized sexual beings. She currently resides in Dallas, TX, where she teaches Contact Improvisation to the local dancing monkeys as well as heats up the dance floor herself on select Sundays. These days she is especially interested in supporting fellow women to claim our power arm in arm through women’s leadership dialogues and plans for a summit underway.
Lo Nathamundi is the founder of the Kaleidoscope Community Yoga project. Lo has over 13 years of yoga experience, and has studied many styles, including viniyoga, bikram, ashtanga, iyengar, kundalini, yin yoga, partner yoga, and acro-yoga. Besides yoga, he also has an extensive background in other dance, movement, and healing arts. He has studied shintaido, tai chi, kung fu, bagua, aikido, qi gong, and capoeira.
He has dance experience with contact improv, square dancing, contra dancing, 5 rhythms, swing, tango, modern, ballet, and rueda de casino. He is also a devoted student of thai massage and healing dance aquatic massage.
Lo speaks English, Spanish, and Swedish, and translates poetry and literature in his spare time. He brings his love of languages to students of yoga the world over.
Michael Zipkin Ever since doing the Sailor's Jig for, among others, his qvelling mother on the little stage at Alta Vista Elementary School in Bethesda, Maryland, Michael has danced his way in and out of many situations in this life. More recently, he's immersed himself in the expressive and reflective arts, studying Open Floor Movement Practice, Authentic Movement, Contact Improvisation, Action Theater and Gestalt Awareness Practice. In 2009, after many years of practice and training, he was certified to teach Soul Motion, an awareness-based dance orientation that cultivates personal expression and empathetic relations.
Tamin Totzke is a Seattle-based choreographer, dance educator and movement improviser. She has toured nationally and internationally, with notable projects including: teaching and performing with Cloud Gate Dance Theater, Taipei Dance Forum, Cambodia’s Epic Arts, BodyCartography, Kirstie Simson and Jennifer Monson. Recently she premiered a site-specific dance work in Seattle's historic Georgetown Steam Plant with her collaborator Tia Kramer through their project, study of time and motion, studytimeandmotion.com. Tamin holds an MFA in dance from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and is now pursing a Master's degree in somatic psychology. She will also be teaching at SFDI in August 2017.
Sheri Brown is a performing artist and educator. She is the Artistic Director of DAIPANbutoh Collective and the primary producer of performance art at the Tashiro Kaplan Artist Lofts, where she’s based. She has performed in a dozen cities throughout Asia, Europe, South and North America. Brown has studied with a wide range of butoh masters including Katsura Kan, Diego Piñon, and Joan Laage, as well as many stage theater artists of all ilks. Brown’s choreography draws from butoh, Noh, mathematics, metaphysics, shamanism, and earth-body imagery: a well of deconstructed and regenerative roots that energize the soul and offer a portal for transformation. Dance to open channels for good from the Source.
Anto Ferrante has developed his own style of yoga to bring balance and union to the physical, emotional and mental states by blending viniyoga, qigong, kundalini yoga, pranayama and meditation. He has been practicing viniyoga over the past 18 years and has been teaching yoga in Seattle Public Schools and privately for the past five years. He has been a passionate ecstatic and contact improvisation dancer for the past seven years and flamenco/classical guitar player for the past two years. His goal is to awaken awareness and bring balance to others, and help them to find and express their full potentials. In his day job, he is an Associate Professor, at the University of Washington, Seattle in Aeronautics & Astronautics, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate students to shoot for the stars and launch their careers in the scientific field of computational fluid dynamics and turbulence.
Stu Phillips has been avidly teaching/performing contact improv dance for decades around the world, sensitively bringing applicable concepts openly to all
Loretta Laurin, also known as Draegan Waterdancer, hails from Vancouver, BC and has a diverse set of life and dance influences. They have a background in social activism, and have been teaching movement (dance, fitness, pilates, yoga, etc) for 8 years. Her dance influences include fusion partner dance, contact improv, bellydance, and contemporary dance. They also work for Hollyhock, a non-profit holistic learning center on Cortes Island. In addition to dance, she loves clowning, theatre, and the juicy space where art meets activism.
Ethan Clarkmoore has facilitated Wombology blindfolded dance events since 2006. A dance ritual that allows participants to explore the somatic language of dance through contact improv while blindfolded getting playful and co-creating collective consciousness while using tools to safely navigate our boundaries and cultivate a deeper awareness of trust with ourselves and others. He holds semiregular public events for adults at Yogalife Greenlake 1st Saturdays as well as private events in Seattle and has shared this with Portland and Oakland. The music sets are soft and ambient to dancey with occasional live music sets from local artists who sonically guide the collective movement flow.
He also has 8 years of experience working with and teaching children of all ages and has facilitated fun and playful blindfolded activities for the Dancecamp kids for the last two years.
Jon Elizondo has danced free form style dance for over a decade, has spent the last 13 years facilitating at Ecstatic Dance Seattle and the last 4+ years of leading his own dance, Free Form Dance Dance, with his partner Grace. A former teacher of young children for more than 25 years, he holds an accepting, playful and grounded leadership that is exceptional. One of his favorite teachers says “You Gotta Dance Your Own Dance!”
Ari Levitt, MD is well-known for his fun, energetic, and delightful classes that can't help but inspire students with a love and passion for dance. He has been teaching and performing nationally, and internationally for over 25 years; is the co-founder and director of “Heart Sound Fusion, ”Waltz Week in Vienna" & “Mexico Dance Retreat"; and is one of this country's leading innovators and instructors in the areas of cross-step waltz, as well as "fusion" blues, waltz, swing, & night club 2-step. When not dancing, Ari is a physician on faculty at Singularity University's prestigious "Future Med", and is a pioneer in the burgeoning field of "Experiential Wellness Medicine" which, among other things, uses dance movement, technique, & connection as a modality for diagnosing and treating patients. You can learn more about Ari at www.rolluptherug.com, www.heartsoundfusion.com, or www.waltzweekinvienna.com
Michal Lahav began her love affair with contact improv in 1998. Since then she has explored it across the globe, in national parks, her living room, and perhaps yours too. She has taught numerous workshops locally as well as at dance festivals, including SFDI, West Coast Contact Festival and at institutes, including Seattle University, Louis and Clark College, and SANCA Circus Arts school. She also organizes the annual Orcas Island Jam coming up on it's 10th year. Michal integrates studies of yoga and dance with a curiosity for movement, human behavior and a great lust for everyday life.
Radha Newsom It started as a child-- I climbed ropes, flipped off swings, and in my early twenties, went off to circus school to become a professional acrobat. 8 years later of acrobatic, partner acrobatic , trapeze training and performance, and 3 knee surgeries later, I had to stop the crazy fun stuff, and find a way to still play and move. Enter acroyoga. 3 years as a coach for adult professional programs and kid's camp director at the New England Center for Circus Arts as well as 9 years as therapeutic sports massage therapist.
Christine Tasseff has been facilitating movement as spiritual practice, artistic resource and psychological narrative for nearly 30 years. Her work draws on a number of disciplines, and has deep roots in the 5Rhythms (tm) movement work of Gabrielle Roth, to whom she apprenticed from 1986-2012.
Saffire Bouchelion is a 1st Degree Black Belt Nia instructor who has been passionately practicing Nia for 18 years. He is also a professional performer and musician. His embodiment and transmission of music and rhythm stir profound transformation in his students. He has taught Drumming, Embodying Rhythm and Dance into Being workshops throughout the US, Europe, Mexico and Bali for the past 13 years. And this past December Saffire published a children's book called The Groove Goblin which has been selling well on Amazon. So, be it through Teaching classes/Workshops, Performance, DJing, Poetry, or simply Being, Saffire's greatest joy is helping to Embody the world, one Community at a time! Lets all pulse together....back to the One!
Tim Hartnett, PhD hails from Santa Cruz. He teaches graduate psychology at JFKU; sings with his band, Just Love; co-organizes the Northern California Dance Collective; hosts an NVC Family Camp; is the author of "Consensus-Oriented Decision-Making; and is a veteran contact improv dancer. Tim's unifying principle is helping people build connection and community through art and heartful communication.
James Schaberg has been sharing with the world his love for co-creative partner dance for over ten years. He travels across North America participating in dance performances and facilitating social dance workshops.
Cyrus Khambatta founded Khambatta Dance Company while attending New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he received his BFA studying dance and theater. His contact improvisation/partnering inspired works have been presented internationally by his own dance company and others. He has been honored with California's Damen New Choreography award, was selected for the National Dance Project Dance Development Initiative and nominated for the prestigious Albert awards. He has taught throughout Europe, Asia, Russia, Latin America and the US. He has taught CI and other improvisation techniques to all levels and received a profound joy passing on his 25+ years of experience with other lovers of dance.
Franklin Markowitz has been a facilitator of ecstatic dance for over 16 years and has developed three dances tying my two day workshop titled "Dancing In The Morphic Field" together. These dances are sequenced to facilitate entry into a healing state. "Euphoria: A Dance Odyssey" creates a journey into self awareness, followed by "The Morphic Field: A Dance Of Creation" affording entry into the wisdom of the fact that we create our reality,and finally "Immersion: Devotion In Dance" in which we offer thanks, prayers and gratitude for all the gifts in our lives.
Christian Swenson is a performing artist based in Seattle where he facilitates the weekly Contact Improvisation Jam. He has been dancing CI since 1981. He also has an extensive background in dance, mime and voice and is known for his pioneering work in a form he calls "Human Jazz", a global fusion of dancing/singing/acting. His work as a solo performer and teacher has taken him throughout North America, Asia and Europe. Christian has been recipient of several fellowships, is on the Theater Faculty at Seattle University.
Nate Summers, M.Ac. has been teaching internal martial arts, qigong, and natural movement for over 20 years. He has a background in Chinese medicine, has served as faculty at the Asian Institute of Medical Studies, the Desert Institute of Healing Arts, and the Wilderness Awareness School. He has been the Natural animal Movement instructor at WAS for over a decade.
Lisa Wells: yoga and dance instructor, water protector. She owns and manages Live Well Studio. A long time contact improv and ecstatic dancer she is a certified Danceability instructor, Yoga Therapist and Yoga Teacher Trainer. Her performance collective is the Body Habitat Project, currently manifesting through gardening and political activism. A former PhD geologist, she tunes herself and her work to the cycles of life and the planet. Whether in yoga, dance, performance art, politics or science, she is interested in humans remanifesting into a niche that resonates and supports all life on the planet.
Tina Taylor met Contact Improv in 1979 with Jeannie Christopherson, one of Steve Paxton's original dancers - it was love at first crush. A lifelong teacher, now the fusion of Ecstatic and CI - "Constatic Fusion" - is how she's Catching Bliss...
Maureen Momo Freehill, MFA is Founder/Artistic Director of Butopia Retreat Center; offering nature- based retreats, performances & intuitive somatic wellness training on Whidbey Island, WA (butopia). She's also faculty and board member of non-profit NatureMoves (naturemoves) dedicated to nurturing embodied creative intimacy between humans and the natural world.
With over 30 years experience as an improvisational performer, educator, director and coach she's recognized internationally for innovative fusing of eastern & western modalities with nature while viewing performance as a vehicle for personal, cultural & global wholeness.
Her PresentMovement and MomoButoh practices in the lineage of Kazuo Ohno are studied across the globe including regular appearances at major Dance and Music Festivals and Universities. (presentmovement)
In her private consulting and LifeArt Navigation and Embodiment practice, Momo guides groups and individuals with the exquisite systems of Gene Keys and Human Design. (embodygenius)