Something to Offer? Please take a moment to read the Teacher or DJ cover letter for more detailed information on applying to be a facilitator at camp. Then use the Teacher or DJ application to provide us with your details. You will need to click File->Download As->Microsoft Word in order to edit the doc on your computer. Then email us the completed application by March 31st.
Our Teachers - 2014
(NOTE: We will release info on 2015 as soon as its available.)
There will be three class periods per day. Each period will have one or two offerings from professional teachers. We will also have exciting evening events, and DJ'd dances each night! Check out our current schedule - updated whenever we make changes!
Gina Salá is a vocalist, composer, chanter and teacher with a repertoire spanning 23 languages. Her performance credits include Cirque du Soleil, the United Nations, and more. With warmth, humor and devotion, she offers voice training, mantra, stories and sound tantra in classes, cds, skype sessions, kirtans, and retreats, including an annual "River of Sound" tour to India and Mexico Sound Wellness Tour.
Christian Swenson is a performing artist based in Seattle where he facilitates the weekly Contact Improvisation Jam along with occasional vocal improv jams. 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.
More information is available on Christian's website: Human Jazz.
Wren LaFeet Nomad Dance offers transformational somatic training that expands consciousness and revolutionizes the way in which people connect with one another. The practice we teach, Cocréa, draws from over 15 years of dance and theater experience. We synthesize ideas from swing, blues, hip-hop, contemporary dance, physical theater training, clowning, spirituality, physics and dynamic rhythmic structures inspired by eclectic music inviting individuals into an experience of ecstatic play, developing intimacy while holding sovereignty and enjoying kinesthetic bliss in partnership. Our work has taken us to Costa Rica, Edmonton, Alberta and around the US as far south as Houston and as far north as Juneau. We're thrilled to be crafting a new evolution of conscious dance with you! … and you and you and you… ;)
For more info, check out Nomad Dance.
James Schaberg facilitates Zipper Dance workshops and teacher trainings across North America. Having trained and performed in more than a dozen styles of social and performance dance, James brings a wealth of experiences to his workshops and the Zipper Dance book he co-authored with his wife Maia. Through balanced co-leadership, the Zipper method empowers social dancers to improvise dynamic movement with a partner. Discover new ways to listen, trust, and communicate kinesthetically. Zipper Dance brings two sides together into a balanced union that moves as one to any music. Experiencing a shared center in the present moment allows partner dancing to spontaneously unfold with freedom and opportunity.
More information about Zipper Dance.
Aletia Alvarez is the co-founder of Madrona Mindbody Institute in Port Townsend, WA, a thriving sanctuary for Conscious Dance and Living in the Pacific Northwest. She is a cultivator of connection and brings a diverse and varied background to her Soul Motion™ practice. As a Certified Soul Motion Teacher, years as an organizational consultant and non-profit leader, her spark for creative movement has catalyzed dynamic personal and professional changes—allowing for the emergence of SoulFul Dance. SoulFul Dance provides a transformative "foot" bridge between interior life and the conscious understanding of self and relationship to community.
Visit Madrona Mind Body!
Tim Anderson has attended Dance New England Dance Camp 20 times where he's taught breathwork, men's work, high school kids and/or sociocracy for eighteen years, and served on the board for six. He will help keep the camp process moving, facilitating circle dance, flocking, partnering, meetings, governance, men's work, breathwork and whatever along the way.
Visit Even Deeper for more!
Liam Bowler "I came to the world of movement by way of my own injuries, and decided to stop treating my body like a machine and find out what was really going on inside. That’s the home ground for the bodywork and movement training I do now. I love helping people get to know their bodies more fully from the inside out—whether in contact improv dance, somatic awareness exercises or CrossFit—and turn that knowing into action. I like playing more than training, and dancing and climbing more than most things. I live in Seattle and you can know more about me and my work here: Dynamic Alignment Bodywork."
Sheri Brown *BUHOP-POP-RITYO: butoh-hip-hop-pop-culture-ritual-yoga integration inspiration seeking catalystic coexistence of dance, science, culture, evolution and peace, harmony in loving existence. Those who believe this mission is achievable, let's open those healing currents in the hidden architecture of the universe, infinitely contained in the body dance. Explore this question and more with your body, mind, and spirit expanding across dimensions of butoh, action theater, body ritual movement, mime, and another old-new form: chakra strings.
To find out more about Sheri, visit her website!
Bruce Carloye has been dancing since 1996 and creating dances since 1998 - including Flying Turtle, Changing Room, and Body of Movement in Seattle. He is also a guest facilitator and consultant for Houston’s Dance Evolution. A lover of depth in dance, Bruce brings a wide range of mind/body/dance modalities to his practice, including Butoh, Gurdjieff Movements, Contact Improv, Gabrielle Roth’s 5 Rhythms ®, and especially the primary source for Body of Movement: Pablo Bobbio’s Silent Language of the Body.
See his website for more information.
Laurence Cole has been leading easily learned songs, chants and rounds for various gatherings, festivals, rituals, etc., for many years, and is known for transforming any group of folks, of whatever level of confidence or experience, into a powerhouse of gorgeous sound and soulful connection. He is also a long time practitioner of T'ai Chi, (over 45 years,) and a lover of improvised movement and song flowing from the ground up through our feet into full embodiment of a co-created, ecstatic expression of beauty that awakens us to our birthright of joyous inter-being, with each other and the whole living world.
For more information, visit LaurenceCole.com.
Karen Fletcher MPH, cultural anthropologist, writer 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 with him at Shaolin Monastery in China and traveled with him worldwide. She is also a student of Dr. Zhao Fuxue, one of China’s top certified Chinese Medicine doctors in medical massage and herbs, and serves as his interpreter when in the U.S. In addition, she has trained for years with Mick “the Barefoot Sensei” Dodge and offers unique qigong and earth-based movement programs at various retreat centers, including Omega Institute in New York. Karen leads Qigong & Wilderness treks in Western China, and recently returned from another adventure and study in China. She is also the innovator of Qi Dancing, founder of a monthly family dance jam and enjoys leading the Women of Wisdom QiDances.
For more information, please visit her website at www.qidancing.com/.
Maureen Momo Freehill MFA is Founder and Artistic Director of Butopia Retreat Center; offering nature-based retreats, performances, films & intuitive somatic wellness sessions on Whidbey Island. Deeply inspired by her 5 years with Butoh founder Kazuo Ohno and his life of "dancing freely by not thinking, only soul," she created The Present Movement™ Mentorships and DailyDance Practice.
She LOVES relaxing into the true nature of being human with dance integrally woven into the fabric for everyBody, every day, every place!
Leif Hansen is founder of Spark Interaction, is a nationally recognized group facilitator, trainer & teacher. His workshops have been featured on NBC’s Today Show, PBS & the LA Times. Leif is known for using highly engaging, playful and innovative processes, primarily from the field of Applied Improvisation, to accelerate personal growth, catalyze communities and transform organizations. Leif's personal mission is to help people creatively express their core passions in ways that make this world a more loving, magical and fun place to be. His current retreat series, “Lila: Divine Play”, focused on helping people playfully connect to the ‘Divine', has been receiving rave reviews.
Carola Marashi M.A. is Co-Founder of Body Choir Community. She has owned and operated Ecstatic Dances in Austin, Sante Fe, Houston, Ashland, San Francisco, and Medford. She's the author of Sensual Eating and Sacred Dance, and Sacred Dance Card Deck with original art. Her passion is drawing out Spontaneous Combustion of Awe-thenticity with movement and sound.
Conjuring compassionate wisdom and sharp intuition, her Ministry penetrates the wall between verbal and non-verbal communication. She is facilitating Body Choir and DJing. Find out more about Carola and her work at her Heart Whisperer website!
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 teaches classes in communication and personal growth in Santa Cruz and leads facilitation trainings for intentional communities throughout the US. He has led men’s groups for twenty years and taught group process 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 for more information!
Sandy Pendleton Gather with spiritually minded sisters in the sanctity of sacred circle, free from the gaze of patriarchy. Together we will dive into our innate body-wisdom, exploring deep receptivity, sensate awareness, devotion, harnessing of power and the living breathing Goddess. This slow moving devotional practice cultivates subtle-body awareness of Shakti, the life-force flowing throughout the body, weaving together the energies of the Womb, Heart and Third-Eye. The Tantric Dance of Feminine Power is a devotional meditation originated by Vajra Ma and is the core lineage practice of her mystery school, Woman Mysteries of the Ancient Future Sisterhood.
For more information, visit Sacred Sister Circles.
Established in 2012, the Port Townsend Movement Collective invites professional, and "recreational" dancers into a profound practice. Inspired by Jane Hawley’s Movement Fundamentals curriculum at Luther College, we use a simple, elegant framework to explore principles of alignment, function, range, efficiency, vocabulary and intention. Musician, Aimee Ringle, dances with us in a soundscape of instruments from drum and didgeridoo to mandolin, guitar and flute. Join us this week in a personal practice, collective inquiry, and creative hothouse! The more you do it, the richer it gets…You may feel you’ve just participated in some of the most soulful, playful and authentic expressive art around!
Facebook: Creative Movement/Collective Inquiry.
Scot Robinson tribal weaver, organizer and wild, whimsical guide of Turtle Dance will invite us into the open and eclectic Turtle mosaic. Click here for information about upcoming Turtle dances!
Songweavers began as a divine collaboration of 3 friends...Laurence Cole, Aimee Ringle and Aimee Kelley, while producing Laurence's first album of songs for community singing, called "This Fire”. The group has since facilitated at events such as "Singing Alive" and toured the west coast getting groups of strangers and friends alike to lift their voices together making music and magic! We come to Dance Camp Northwest to help build that sense of connection and harmony with each other and the whole living world…inviting the songs of our common spirit to rise up and inspire us through beauty...And have a whole bundle of fun doing it!
Michael Suzerris started Yogalife with the intention of creating a place for healing and transformation through yoga. He recognized the amazing potential of yoga as a path for healing after experiencing a life-altering spinal injury in 1978. He spent many years recovering and rehabilitating on his own. In those years Michael cultivated a therapeutic physical and mental practice through an intuitive process that was, in its essence, yoga. Michael teaches everything from gentle to advanced classes, and offers something for everyone in his all-level classes.
Michael also runs Om Culture, one of the places in Seattle where dance and our community evolve.
Liz Temple inspires people to Just Keep Dancing. She has over 10,000 hours of on the dance floor with dozens of 5Rhythms and Soul Motion teachers from around the world. Liz was initiated on the Teaching Path by Gabrielle Roth in 2004 and was certified in 2008. Liz has helped birth and grow the dance community in her home town, Olympia WA, by helping to create Waves Studio in 2002. She continues to teach and dance in her community and internationally. Liz’s teachings are steeped in compassion, edgy humor, and humility as tools to turn our suffering into art. Liz brings to the dance floor deep integrity and commitment towards improving the quality of life for all beings. She brings with her a background in shamanic healing and a legacy of spiritual leadership.
Jens Wazel is a certified Soul Motion teacher, and has been teaching and DJing since 2006, including at the Northern California Dance Collective dance camp. Soul Motion is a form of conscious dance that accesses and embodies authentic presence. Jens has studied with the designer of Soul Motion, Vinn Marti, since 2004. He has also worked with Anna Halprin, Susan Harper, Nancy Stark Smith, Michael Molin-Skelton, and many other great teachers. In addition to dance, Jens also has 15+ years of training, performance, and teaching experience in clown, movement theater, improvisation, and dance theater. He is combining all these elements into a unique offering of heartfelt play and soulful depth.
Find out more about Jens and his classes at Bay Area Soul Motion.
Mary Anderson has made amazing, cathartic, deep movement happen twice a week, for years now, and has inspired many of the Northwest's dances. "Ecstatic Dance is a place for people to authentically and safely express themselves. It is a space free of judgment and instruction. It is a place to feel, move and heal, so that we can manifest our true selves." Mary Anderson will brew up one of her signature dance mixes, and Sherry will be present to share it and facilitate a fabulous dance!
Check out Ecstatic Dance for info about regular dances in Seattle.
Erik Blender is a gentle and natural group facilitator who brings rooms and communities together and helps dancers drop deep into their own healing and the healing us all. Erik is a regular Ecstatic Dance DJ & Facilitator at Sacred Circle Ecstatic Dance in Portland, OR. He also created Orcas Ecstatic Dance on Orcas Island, WA, a weekly dance he facilitated for 2 years straight while living on the island. Erik has returned to Oregon, but Orcas Ecstatic continues. Erik blends the sacred and ecstatic with a focus on heart-opening dance & song journeys that blend communal singing, mantra grooves, and funky beats.
For more info, check out his website.
Liam Bowler (See description above)
Sam Eliasen DJ, Music Teacher, and Camp Musician.
Sam is a skilled multi-instrumentalist and bandleader. He'll be working with musicians who can play with DJs and DJ's who can play with musicians, weaving musical ritual into camp, bridging techno and live music, helping the music respond to the feeling space of the dancers in co-creative process.
Bruce Horowitz‘s DJ odyssey began in 1996 on the dusty dance floors of the famous party island of Ibiza. Since then his eclectic trance-dance yumminess has blessed gatherings big and small around the world. He once played a 15-hour set on the beach at the pyramids of Tulum, Mexico. Stateside, he co-facilitates The Purple Church, an ecstatic dance in Bellingham, WA that has been running continuously for almost 40 years. Bruce’s mixes bliss both body and soul and deliver big beats that drive you out of your mind. In other words: prepare to vamoose when DJ Spruce cuts loose!
For more info, see https://www.facebook.com/purplechurchdance.
Jila Ji facilitates a weekly dance on Orcas Island, holds Cacao Ceremony with song and dance in the Northwest, and dj's/facilitates at Synthesis dance in Seattle about every 6 weeks. She loves creating the dance journey... with twists and turns, ups and downs, visiting lots of different cultures and traditions, and providing a soundscape that holds the possibility of laughing, crying, going inwards and outwards, getting grimey and sexy and just keeping us on our toes.
Wren LaFeet (See description above)
Carola Marashi (See description above)
Franklin Markowitz has been an ecstatic dance facilitator in Seattle and Portland for over 20 years. In addition to workshops on Conscious Language and a Chakra Balancing meditation, he has created three dance modalities with specific purposes: Euphoria: A Dance Odyssey, Morphic Field: A Dance Of Creation, and Immersion: Devotion In Dance.
Visit his website for more information.
Shawn McDonald DJ Shawn spins world, old school, recent – something for everyone – to move the body and emotions: joy, sorrow, anger, silliness, sultry. Lots of sultry. All in the name of fun. Bring an extra shirt or two, ‘cus you’ll soak through a few.
James Schaberg (See description above)
Jens Wazel (See description above)