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Diving Into the Unknown with Open Hearts with Erica Kaufman

June 3 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Diving Into the Unknown with Open Hearts with Erica Kaufman

June 3, 2018 1:00-3:00 PM

Taught by Amie Davis, MFA

Join us for this one-of-a-kind workshop at Lila Yoga Studios!

Contact improvisation explores the vast potential for movement generated by two or more people, communicating spontaneously through weight, motion, and touch. Through the physical principles of touch, momentum, and weight sharing, this class explores the skills of falling, rolling, counterbalance, lifting using minimal effort, how to make oneself light when being lifted, centering and breathing techniques, and responsiveness to our partners and surroundings. Traditional dance backgrounds are not needed.

This contact improvisation workshop is devoted to:
+ Nonverbal communication
+ Attentive listening skills, experiencing ourselves and our partner in the moment as present and focused, and navigating into the mystery of a collaborative dance

Working in duets, we will explore skills to heighten awareness, explore the over-curve into flight and ability to synchronize physicality within physics.
The workshop will culminate with a jam and a final verbal sharing.

All are welcome– and no dance experience is necessary!
Attending both the class and jam are recommended, but you can choose to attend either the class or jam.

Water and comfortable clothing

No pre-registration required
Donations welcome for class and live music at the jam (recommended sliding scale contribution between $10 – $20)


Lila Yoga Studios in State College, Pennsylvania will host this contact improvisation workshop

Lila Yoga Studios
103 East Beaver Avenue
2nd Floor
State College, PA 16801

Teacher Biography

Amie Davis holds a B.A. in Dance from Slippery Rock University and an MFA in Dance from Texas Woman’s University, where she was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award. Currently, Amie is the Owner and Artistic Director at Davis Dance Center and is a Professor of Dance at Penn State University. Amie has been a performer for choreographers that are nationally and internationally recognized as professionals in the field. In 2007, Amie traveled to India to teach modern and hip-hop classes and to learn a classical form of Indian dance. In 2008, Amie attended the CI36 (Contact Improvisation’s 36th Birthday Festival) and has been practicing and teaching Contact ever since.


Date: June 3
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Venue Name: Lila Yoga Studios
Address: 103 E. Beaver Ave, 2nd Floor
State College, PA 16801 United States

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