"If you can move, you can dance" – Zimbabwean Proverb
There is a tendency to
think that one needs to be a certain age, body shape and have years of
training to dance - this simply is not the case! Dancing is one
of the most natural and simple forms of expression and can relieve
stress, free the spirit and boost your confidence.
Below are details & videos about the two movement & dance sessions that we currently offer:
Contact Improvisation & Dance of Life
Regular Workshops, Jams & Underscores
facilitated by Richard Parker & Guest Teachers Please see our Events Diary for details of our next open drop in community session.
“Contact improvisation (CI) is a dance technique in which points of physical contact provide the starting point for an exploration in movement improvisation.” Usually danced in pairs, CI is about trust, awareness, presence and committing to the moment in a continuously unfolding dance that can be playful, sensitive, quiet or energetic. Giving and taking weight, rolling, suspending, falling and flying are all possible ingredients in this spontaneous dance that allows us to connect more fully with ourselves and each other.
Exploring fundamental movements and somatic principles within Contact Improvisation. Progressing through a series of facilitated solo, partner and group exercises that enable participants to learn and deepen their experience of Contact Improvisation. Includes warming up, body awareness practices and experiential learning of fundamental structures, techniques and pathways.
Dedicated to a freer exploration of dance and contact improvisation, with a guided warm up to help you arrive.
An improvisational dance score that incorporates Contact Improvisation, developed by Nancy Stark Smith, allowing for freedom and expression within a supportive framework.
Richard Parker was first introduced to Contact Improvisation in Paris 2006. Since then, he has extensively explored this form with many inspiring teachers from around the world. In recent years he has set up Hampshire Contact Improvisation, a community space for people to regularly meet and explore this dance form. His focus is on developing a practice of movement that is energetic whilst being easy and kind on the body. Using a grounded and relaxed approach he enjoys sharing his understanding of the principle movements within CI as a way into a deep and real connection within ourselves.
A dance workshop that explores authentic, natural and expressive movement inspired by music, life and feeling.
Facilitated through a series of fundamental, expressive and supportive movement exercises we learn to trust and be guided by our own natural movement, integrate our intention and feelings with our body, and connect with a sense of wholeness, well-being and expression within our dance.
In this workshop there are no right or wrong movements and anything is possible from a gentle sway to an energetic expression.
Please see our Events Diary for details of our next open drop in community session.
Please use our Online Booking Enquiry Form for more information about booking a Dance of Life Workshop for your event. Alternatively call us on 02380554445 / 07769901615
*About Jo: Jo has spent the last 20 years working within the corporate sector; however since 2000 she became very interested in finding new find ways to bring innovation, creativity and heart into her work. This therefore inspired her to become a certified Life Coach and NLP Master Practitioner, both of which she uses for personal and organisational development within her work. Alongside this, she fell in love with African drumming and enjoys combining the authentic earthy rhythms with natural movement and dance, which is now a regular feature at activearts drum circles. When Jo finally discovered Biodanza she was blown away by the truly amazing and powerful experience it had on her and in more recent years has trained to be a Biodanza facilitator to share these experiences with others. Her passion is facilitating growth, new possibilities and creating harmonious, holistic life experience for herself and those around her.