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 are currently accepting applications for summer camp 2017 and will begin the selection process next month. Please invite your favorite Teachers, DJs, and Facilitators by asking them to fill out this application!!! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/B9NYD9H
In the mean time, feel free to browse our facilitators from 2016 to get a taste of what we co-create at Dance Camp.
Loretta and David are a dynamic duo supporting soulful, community-based growth and celebration! Together, these playful magic makers combine a wide range of skills and years of professional experience in dance, performance, fitness, coaching, live music, DJing, and spiritual practices. Through movement workshops and community engagement, they facilitate personal evolution and empowerment on *and* off the dance floor, helping others achieve greater freedom, personal empowerment, and expression. One of their latest projects includes Sense, a workshop series covering a wide range of topics and modalities, exploring the integration of mind, body and soul. David also owns and runs a dance company that helps clients overcome having “two left feet” and Loretta shares her movement and empowerment work on Facebook under “Empowered Bodies”
Carey French is a joyful dancer, a curious learner, and a grounded and passionate facilitator. She has been learning and teaching about consent for the past three years as the effects of it have been reverberating powerfully through her life. She aims to support individuals and communities in practicing tools for safer, authentic connection and pleasure.
Karen Nelson (USA) is a dance improvisation artist, meditation practitioner, community activist and learner. She brings over 35 years of embodiment practices developed through the lenses of Contact Improvisation, Material for the Spine, Tuning Scores, Contemplative Dance Practice and Embodied Life. She co-founded DanceAbility, Breitenbush Jam, Diverse Dance Research Retreat and the performance group Image Lab.
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 is a facilitator, mediator, family therapist, dancer and musician. He is author of the book Consensus-Oriented Decision Making (New Society Publishers, 2011). Tim is on the faculty of the graduate psychology program at JFK University. Tim also writes songs and performs with his band Just Love. He is one of the core organizers of the Northern California Summer Dance Camp, as well as a past organizer of the California Contact Improv Jam at Harbin and co-founder of the Community Dance Jam in Santa Cruz. Please visit Tim's website http://timhartnett.com for more information.
Suzana Marjanovic is an artist, DJ & Movement Facilitator. She has been immersed in movement & ceremony for over 9 years, and music & art for over 20 years. In addition to her personal exploration of movement on dance floors and in forests and deserts around the globe, Suzana spent a year in the work-study program at The Moving Center School in Northern California immersed in 5 Rhythms dance workshops led by a global faculty before completing her Dancing Freedom facilitator certification in 2011. Suzana is also trained as a Wilderness Rites of Passage guide with The School of Lost Borders.
Katherine Cook is a dancer, teacher, and mathematician living and working in Seattle WA. She has been teaching, performing, studying, and collaborating in dance improvisation practices and research throughout the northwest and beyond, working with people of all levels of dance backgrounds, in a deep and sustained relationship with the rigor, complexity, and creativity of improvisation.
Katherine's interests incorporate her love of improvisation, awareness and somatic practices, mathematics, and the natural world. She focuses her work at the intersection of the body, the mind, and the environment, and prefers questions to statements, curiosity to answers. Her teaching and performance celebrate the physical body, spontaneity, and generosity in the present.
Ethan Clarkmoore has been facilitating blindfolded movement since 2006 after experiencing Karl Frost’s 2 hour blindfolded theater experience called Axolotl. He holds semiregular public events 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 occassional live music sets from local artists who sonically guide the collective movement flow.
Bernice Raabis "I love to dance and I love people…. more than anything I love helping people find their love of dance, watching them use its power to open up to their
full Divine potential.”
A lifetime dancer Bernice’s passion is to awaken the dancer in others. She believes that the body has the potential to unlock ones own inner world and that inside lives our passion and ultimately the path to Divine truth. From performance artist to conscious dance facilitator Bernice has sat at the feet of masters in the ecstatic dance and movement therapy world and carries their lineage while bringing her own distinct flavor to the work. You can be assured to both cry and laugh while working with her… hopefully all at once. Come as you are... no dance experience necessary… everyone is a dancer.
Melinda West Harrison In her 21st year of leading WilderDance Retreats in the Rocky Mountains above 11K feet, Melinda's work is based on Tamalpa Life/Art principles and practices with lifetime mentor Anna Halprin. Including RSVP Cycles, Site Specific Scores in Nature, Daily Movement Rituals and the art of Participatory Performance Scores, she works to bring forth a creative interaction between the human body, its motion & imaginations, and the natural environment using various art mediums: drawing, journaling, and movement in nature to listen for personal myths and explore universal metaphors.
Cyrus Khambatta "The lives of ordinary people are extraordinary. Each and every day people engage in incremental heroics, tragedy, valiance and exhilaration. These are real life experiences that go unnoticed. So I try to notice them by peering into them with questions. This is what my work is fundamentally about. I believe it is our human emotion, compassion and empathy that softens us long enough to see beyond the immediate."
James Schaberg has been sharing with the world his love for co-creative partner dance for over ten years. He co-facilitates the Mobi Dance Collective in Bellingham, WA where he bases his dance instruction.
Sarah Peller is experienced in 5rhythms and soul-motion and trained as a Dancing Freedom Facilitator. She has organized and held many ecstatic, Dancing Freedom and fusion partner dances in Port Townsend in the last few years. Jesse Olson has been partner dancing for 15 years with a background in latin dance, and the past few years, focusing on blues/fusion and ecstatic, as well as producing many workshops and dances. For 13 of those years, Jesse has taught many classes of various levels both latin and blues/fusion. Jesse and Sarah have been recently teaching together recently in Port Townsend, offering workshops, series and classes. They love sharing the freedom of fusion and focusing on empowering dancers, and creating inclusive, safe spaces. They are excited about bringing the blues/fusion and conscious-dance worlds together.
Mia E. Pem is a graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder/Theater and Dance, Mass College of Art/ Interrelated Media Studio, and Harvard Summer Dance. She has studied and participated in many disciplines of movement awareness with influences from Naropa University, Osho's Ashram, ecstatic dance communities, Deborah Hay, Gabrielle Roth, Shiva Rae, Dr. Deb Kern and Rochelle Schieck. Mia has taught modern, belly dance, yoga and Qoya and currently facilitates ecstatic dance in Austin, Texas as Ecstatic Soul Sessions. Mia's passion is to facilitate dances that heal, connect to the divine and inspire.
Jessica Tartaro, PhD is a dancing psychologist and skilled facilitator. She has brought her magic to ecstatic dance communities in Phoenix, Oakland, Austin and Houston. She now resides in Dallas, where she maintains a private psychotherapy, intimacy coaching and dance education practice. Jessica has studied contact improvisation on both coasts as well as in Austin, and teaches the psychology of healthy relationships through the principles of contact improvisation.
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 "Waltz Week in Vienna" & "The New Zealand Dance Adventure"; 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, or www.waltzweekinvienna.com
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.
Noam Paco Gaster has been moving and sounding for approximately 46 years. They have extensively studied intuitive improvisation with Stu Phillips, physical theater with Ruth Zaporah, and dance with a wide variety of teachers, including Karen Nelson and Nancy Stark Smith. They received a dance studies major at the University of Washington, researching intersections of disability and performance. As the artistic director of Bee Hear Now Productions, they have co-created diverse participatory adventures in multiple geographies throughout North and South America. They love co-creating spaces that accentuate access to liberating expression and authentically inclusionary connection.
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)
Karina Brossmann has been singing in choirs, jazz groups and bands for over fifteen years. She sang for two years in the band Annabell Lee, where she wrote Baby Blue and Two Eyes. She recently completed her first solo album of all original music called "Love Unbroken." She holds a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in theatre and original works. She is also a certified yoga instructor and teaches at multiple locations around Seattle. When she's not teaching, you can find her dancing at OM CULTURE.
"My voice workshops are designed to unleash your voice from its cage and let it express itself organically. I like to begin with the body: freeing up the body with spontaneous improvised movement, brings you out of your head and into the present moment. If we have to scream, shout, cry, and moan to break free, we will! As a teacher, nothing satisfies me more than watching a group of people step into the vulnerable unknown, move their bodies without abandon, and express sound--in all its forms and colorations--from their hearts. I believe that anyone can sing, anyone can dance, and as we become more honest in our own expression, we inspire the ones around us to do the same."
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.
Scot Robinson is the facilitator and DJ of Flying Turtle Dance, which has been providing Seattle free form dancers with a seedbed for healing, personal expression and community building since 2003. Turtle Dance is known for the rich, dense atmosphere of its tribal journeys, and for the sensitivity and wide-ranging artistry of its music. Turtle's mission is to bring people together in exploration of their somatic truth and power, while forging a village of gypsy scouts, seeking fresh social intelligence for a more loving world.
Anthea Browne is a West Coast dance and yoga teacher, movement instigator and writer who shares her passion for movement locally and internationally. Anthea’s focus is on creating fluid, easeful movement through connection and counterbalance. She is certified by Acroyoga Montreal, and specializes in teaching fundamentals of both Acroyoga and CI, making them accessible to the scaredest beginners. Her work is informed by the Developmental Movement Patterns, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Thomas Meyers’ Anatomy Trains, Somatics, Tensegrity and Vijnana Yoga. Anthea has danced in waterfalls, bookstores and on scaffolding. She loves sharing her joy of seeing the world upside down.
Nala Walla, MS, NTP Nutrition | Somatics | Performance is a performer, wellness educator and homesteader known for her creative crosspollination between the arts and ecology. She holds a masters degree in Ecosomatics, and is founding member of the BCollective: an umbrella organization dedicated to the evolution of sustainable culture through the embodied arts. Nala performs with award-winning Kindie Band The Harmonica Pocket and maintains a private practice as a Nutritional Therapist and Coach. More information, including published writing, is available at BWellNow.org, BCollective.org & HarmonicaPocket.com
Michael Zipkin Practicing 5Rhythms, Open Floor, Authentic Movement, Body Tales, Theater, Soul Motion (I certified to teach in 2010) has, finally, after 15+ years, convinced me that the body knows what it knows. Let's listen, and follow, together.
Noé Khalfa is a die-hard dancer, meditator, yoga practitioner and truth seeker (when he is not being lazy). For work he teaches Buddhist inspired vinyasa yoga and coaches entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs to get started on their passion and learn how to grow it/them into a business. As you can probably tell, he love blending inner and outer worlds, feelings and facts, psychology and practicality, mind and matter.
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Come say hi!"