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.
There will be three class periods per day. Each period will have one or two offerings from professional teachers. We will also have opportunities for community offerings, as well as exciting evening events, and DJ'd dances into the night!
A full schedule of programming is now available in PDF format.
Our Teachers and DJs
Please check out a selection of our confirmed 2015 teachers listed below.
We will continue to update this page as our facilitators and schedule are finalized.
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 rolluptherug, or waltzweekinvienna
Alicia Grayson has been passionately involved with dancing, teaching and performing CI for the past 26 years. She has taught CI as an adjunct faculty at several universities. She teaches CI, yoga and pilates classes in Boulder and regularly travels nationally and internationally to teach. Her long time practices of authentic movement, yoga and meditation are important influences on her dancing and teaching. She is a certified Hakomi Therapist and Perinatal Somatic Therapist. She delights in discovering new depths to CI and related disciplines and is particularly interested in the intersection of physics and expression and the mind/body relationship. tumblebones
Jamie McHugh, MA, RSMT is the creator of Somatic Expression® - Body Wisdom for Modern Minds, an integrative approach to somatic-expressive education that has been informed by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Emilie Conrad, Anna Halprin, and Thich Nhat Hanh. Jamie is adjunct faculty at Tamalpa Institute and John F Kennedy University in the Bay Area, and offers individual sessions, workshops, and trainings in the somatic-expressive arts worldwide. His workshops are known for practical knowledge, deep inquiry, empathic presence and exuberant play.
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.
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, and is on the Theater Faculty at Seattle University.
More information is available on Christian's website: Human Jazz.
Carola Marashi, MA is an author, Dance Facilitator Trainer, Writing Coach and Therapist. She co-founded Body Choir in Austin 1994, Santa Fe 2000, Houston 2003, Ashland Oregon 2007, San Francisco 2008, Medford Oregon 2009. With movement and sound she seduces the subtle, enchants the awkward and listens to hearts whisper.
Osiris Indriya is a driven and creative visionary, artist, musician, entrepreneur, marketing consultant, and community leader. He is an initiated spiritual Guide and Ritual Master (Magus Hermeticus) in the Lineage of King Salomon through The Modern Mystery School. Osiris is also an internationally known professional DJ and recording artist, producing legendary dance music events including the Oracle Gatherings, and HOTwired Seattle.
Wren LaFeet & Antje Schäfer Nomad Dance offers transformational somatic training that expands consciousness and revolutionizes the way in which people connect with one another. Coming together in 2012, our (Wren and Antje’s) journey into partnership began through our shared visions of authentic community driven by collaborative, creative endeavor, the cross-pollination of cultures and peoples, and the freedom found in embodied expression. Our signature modality, Cocréa, draws from over 15 years of dance and theater experience. We synthesize swing, blues, hip-hop, contemporary dance, physical theater training, clowning, modern spirituality, physics and dynamic rhythmic structures inspired by an eclectic world of music inviting individuals into an experience of ecstatic play, developing intimacy while holding sovereignty, and enjoying kinesthetic bliss in partnership.
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. Michal integrates studies of yoga and dance with a curiosity for movement, human behavior and a great lust for everyday life.
Jens Wazel is a certified Soul Motion teacher, and has been teaching and DJ’ing since 2006, including at the Northern California dance camp, at OneDance on Maui, in Seattle, and in the San Francisco Bay Area. 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 unique offerings of heartfelt play and soulful depth. After 20 years in Seattle, Jens is currently residing in the Bay Area, where he founded a Soul Motion teacher collective that facilitates a weekly class in Berkeley: basomo.
Bob Czimbal is known nationally and internationally for his dynamic presentations to conferences, corporations, small businesses, universities, hospitals, government agencies and schools. His career includes work as a sociologist, community planner and founder of the Cherry Grove Retreat Center. Currently he is the director of The Abundance Company.
Maggie Zadikov holds Masters degrees in Oriental Medicine and Education. As an acupuncturist, she brings a wealth of experience to the healing arts. Maggie is a passionate presenter and belly dancer.
Bob and Maggie have authored and self-published: The F.I.T.ness Game: Everybody Plays...Everybody Wins, Vitamin T: A Guide to Healthy Touch, The Stress Survival Kit: 52 Stress Management Tools, The Birthday Appreciation Kit: 30 Days of Celebration and Kindred Spirits: The Quest for Love and Friendship 2012
Bob and Maggie have been friends, lovers and mates since 1982. They are committed to love as a spiritual path.
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)
Over the past decade, James Schaberg has trained and performed in a dozen styles of social dance and creative movement. In 2011 he began teaching Zipper, a method of improvisational partner dance initiated from a shared core. Along with his partner Maia, James coauthored the Zipper Dance book and has taught workshops across North America. He lives in Bellingham where he offers classes, teacher trainings, and dances with his family!
Saffire Bouchelion is a 1st Degree Black Belt Nia instructor who has been passionately practicing Nia for 20 years. He is also a professional performer and musician who has been featured on over 46 CD's, and has opened for several international acts, including Cheryl Crow, Crash Test Dummies, The Paul Winter Consort, and Barenaked Ladies. His embodiment and transmission of music and rhythm stir profound transformation in his students. Saffire co-founded two experimental dance companies in 1986 and 1989, and has performed with Danelle Hellander Dance Company and Mergence Dance Theater. For seven years he was co-director of the Ecstatic Choir, five at Naropa University where he was also a musical accompanist for dance and movement classes, and taught drumming classes for the continuing education program. He has taught Nia, Embodying Rhythm and Dance into Being workshops throughout the US, Europe, Mexico and Bali for the past 12 years. His greatest joy is helping to Embody the world, one Community at a time!
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 timhartnett for more information!
Karen Joy 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 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 retreat centers, including Omega Institute in New York. Karen leads Qigong & Wilderness treks in Western China. She is also the innovator of Qi Dancing, founder of a monthly family dance jam and enjoys leading the Women of Wisdom QiDances. qidancing
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.
Karina Brossmann has been singing in choirs, jazz groups and bands for over fifteen years, holds a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in theatre and original works and is also a certified yoga instructor, teaching at multiple locations around the Seattle area. In college she sang for two years in the band Annabell Lee, where she wrote Baby Blue and Two Eyes. She is currently completing her first original album which is planned to be released in October.
"As a vocal coach and teacher, nothing satisfies me more than watching my students 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.
Michael Zipkin discovered himself in movement 15 years ago at SF’s Barefoot Boogie and the Berkeley Dance Jam. With the enthusiasm of the reborn he joined the Dance Jam organizing group, and, before he knew it, was working with NCDC to help put together summer (and winter) dance camps. In 2004, he met Vinn Arjuna Marti, designer of Soul Motion. Many, many workshops, trainings and teachings followed, and in 2010 he was certified to teach this life-affirming conscious dance practice. A three-year weekly class, half-day and daylong workshops, traveling to teach from Nevada City, CA to NCDC Summer Dance Camp (this will be my fifth year teaching there) fed and nourished. And since September, 2013, he has been honored to be one of four Soul Motion teachers that alternate facilitating a rich and potent Saturday morning class in Berkeley.
We are Noé Khalfa and Karina Brossmann, both yoga teachers and coaches (life and vocal). We became interested in teaching partners yoga about six months into our relationship when we began to play around more with yoga and dance together. We actually met at a contact improvisation dance and have had a deep body to body connection since before we began our relationship. The debut of our first partners yoga class was in September of 2014. We had around twenty couples jam packed into the studio and had so much fun! Since that time we've learned a lot about working together as well as holding a fun, deep and explorational space for partners whether they be love mates, friends or family.
Peter Kane has been facilitating breathwork full time for 35 years. He was one of the early pioneers of breathwork and was one of the Original Certified Rebirthers (15 master teachers). Peter has been training breathworkers and teaching relationship workshops internationally for over 35 years. At age 21 was the director of Theta House the first rebirthing center from 1979-81, a trainer for the Loving Relationships Training from 1981-1990, and is the creator of Relationship Transformations, Freeing Ourselves Workshop, Creating Intimacy Workshop, and The One-Month Breathwork School.
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!
Terry Teaters, PhDc, is a founder of Sweat Your Prayers and Body Choir of Austin, Texas, as well as Ecstatic dance in Santa Fe and Seattle. He studied with Gabrielle Roth. He is also a psychodrama director, psychotherapist, and artist. Terry has produced and facilitate dozens of psychodrama and dance workshops around the country. Currently he is finishing up a PhD dissertation about ecstatic dance.
Mia Pem is a graduate of University of Colorado Boulder Theater and Dance Dept., Mass College of Art Interrelated Media Studio and Harvard Summer Dance. She studied many disciplines of movement awareness from Naropa University, Osho’s Ashram, Gabrielle Roth, Authentic Movement, Shiva Rae and Qoya with Rochele Schieck. She has taught modern, bellydance, improv, yoga, and Qoya. She has performed many original works and created interactive movement environments in Boulder, Austin, and Boston. Her passion now is to facilitate dances that heal, unlock passions, connect to the divine and inspire.
Tim Anderson is trained in ministry, psychotherapy and systemic family therapy. He designs and leads large and small groups. He started his political activism at 13, worked in Zaire, a Jungian treatment center for violent schizophrenics, two progressive churches, as a therapist, the Executive Director of New Hampshire Peace Action, a dance teacher and a workshop, retreat and camp designer and facilitator. He’s finishing a book on sexuality, relationships and lovoution. He started, owned and gave away DCNW. He designs systems for progressives to organize and self-govern a permanent, nonviolent, loving mass movement, Next Step Together.
Virginia Carhart brings over 20 years experience in sacred dance, ritual and improv to facilitate experiences that are both structured and open, personal and collaborative, appropriate for beginners and the experienced creative mover alike. She has studied outdoor modern dance with Nancy Nichols and others at the Noyes School of Rhythm in the woods of Connecticut, 5Rythms with Christine Havens in Seattle, and has taken classes with Gabrielle Roth, Jonathan Horan, and countless other teachers of movement, dance and ritual. She is the founder of The Dances of Devotion, a yearlong study for women in Seattle to explore the Divine Feminine through free dance and music; culminating in 12 choreographed group works. A visual artist, and deeply intuitive dancer who is immersed in eclectic urban Shamanism, Virginia offers flexible movement opportunities to move with Nature on your own personal rhythm.
Christina Lagasse is a sweet, warm ray of sunshine that values living an authentic and full life. She is the founder of ChakraDEVA and the cocreator and cofacilitator for the ChakraDEVA Soulshop. This is where her altruistic nature and love for guiding others on their journey, encourage her fellow humans to experience going deeper into seeing their own light and loving themselves more. As well as educating her students on creating and maintaining a healthy spiritual energy. Christi teaches Chakradance and is extremely passionate about sharing this all that are ready. With intense training on the chakra system and parts of the Jungian Theory, she strives to encourage others to live an authentic and bright life. She is committed to being a lifelong student of life, love and spreading her sunshine.
Katherine Cook is a dancer and teacher living in Seattle WA. She facilitates the Seattle Underscore, has worked with artists such as Nancy Stark-Smith, Karen Nelson, and Cyrus Khambatta, and has taught and performed at CI festivals around the US. She approaches dance with honed rigor and a delicious, full-bodied sense of play.
Bruce Horowitz is a multi-talented, sensitive co-creator who creates permaculture paradises as a landscaper, edible art as a chef and caterer, and aural ecstasies as a DJ. He is the musical director and resident DJ of the Purple Church, an ecstatic dance that has been running continuously in Bellingham, Washington for 40 years, and the papa of the most awesome 9 year old boy on the planet.
Bee Bantug Being and Becoming are two fundamental forces that drive the many facets of Bee's creative life and spirit, coupled with an instinctive desire to provide experiences that allow mindful awareness and re-connection with oneself, each other, and with all that is.
DJ ShadowDancer has been making and playing music since he was 12. He attended Berklee College of Music as a bass player, majoring in Composition and Arranging. He toured for many years in rock and jazz bands. In recent years, ShadowDancer has shifted his focus to DJ work. Driven by a love of transnational music, he incorporates music from all cultures around the globe to create unique and compelling mixes of dance music for all occasions. He has played at Burning Man Festival, Beloved Festival, ErosFest Northwest, NFNC Summer Camp, Sacred Circle and Mindful Meltdown dances and at countless LoveTribe events. A skilled facilitator, ShadowDancer loves to work with his audience to establish a conscious intention for every event, turning an ordinary dance experience into an extraordinary opportunity for growth, communion and self-discovery.
Sarah Peller is a resident of beautiful Port Townsend, a graphic designer, illustrator, cyclist and dancer. Sarah is a lover of music who's spent countless hours in front of her stereo making mix tapes when she was a teen. In the past few years, she's created musical compilations for many events around town. She's also hosted and DJed the Fusion Dances & Ecstatic Dances in Port Townsend for over a year.
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. The music selected informs and moves the body from an emotional and/or physical space, rather than being tailored to the mind’s ear.
David Yates is a multi-instrumentalist, dancer, teacher, and performing artist with unquenchable curiosity and a passion for the heartfelt, soulful, and deep. A performer and teacher since 1998, with experience ranging from lindy hop to Butoh to blues, circus arts to contact improv, his teaching is deep and diverse. Co-director of Night and Day Dance, he also performs music as Breathwood and performs with the world fusion collective Naad. Most recently, he has been exploring the relationships between movement, meditation, sound healing, and social interaction in a range of workshops that support a more holistic approach to embodiment and being.
Loretta Laurin is a Holistic Embodiment Facilitator whose goal is to empower people in their bodies in order to empower them in all aspects of their lives. The perfect balance of grounded depth and ridiculous play, her classes and workshops offer a magical, unique fusion experience that will challenge and uplift. Loretta is certified in Bellyfit (Sage, Flow, Warrior), Yoga (Kids, Prenatal, Vinyasa, Yin), Pilates (Mat, Advanced Standing), The Groove, Radiant Women's Circles, Applied Human Nutrition, and more. In addition to teaching fitness classes around the Lower Mainland, she is a community event organizer, personal trainer, and intuitive life coach. She is also a founder of the social enterprise Shift Delivery Co-op.
Mamady "Tambou” Mansaré III, 4th generation Master Flute player from Guinea West Africa is known across Africa and around the world for his extraordinarily beautiful musicianship and artistry. In addition to being a world class dancer, singer, and acrobat for Les Ballets Africains, the most renowned and prestigious performance company in all of West Africa, he holds the noble position of principal flute player in this revered company.
Mamady’s heritage, his time spent in the untouched traditions of central and eastern Guinea, and his many years of participating in the top performance companies in Guinea, has allowed him to become a fine costume and instrument designer. His profound and intimate understanding of history of West Africa’s music, dance and culture make him one of the most sought after instrument makers, costume designers artists and teachers in Guinea.
Sarah Lee first discovered West African Dance in 1993. She was
hooked immediately, and spent the next decade studying with dozens of well-known instructors from various parts of West Africa. In 2004, Sarah Lee’s passion for this art form took her to Senegal and then Guinea West Africa on a dance intensive with her primary instructor: Master Dancer Youssouf Koumbassa.
She has since returned to Guinea eleven more times to dance and learn from some of the best West African dancers and instructors in the world. Sarah Lee has fallen completely in love with the people, the culture and the music and dance of Guinea West Africa. She is now living in Seattle, powerfully committed to sharing her love and knowledge of this amazing culture, building a bridge between these two very different cultures. She teaches weekly classes in the community, as well in the dance department at the University of Washington.
A true healer in the best sense of the word, her infectious enthusiasm, playfulness and generosity of spirit, make her the perfect ambassador for the West African traditions that she shares from her heart.
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.