Inner World, Outer Expression, Systems, Skills and States in CI

An All Level Contact Improvisation Workshop in Asheville NC
Jan 17-18
Dancing is most satisfying when there is congruence between our inner world (psyche, energy, state) and its changing nature and the outer expression of that through dancing.  As humans we have the capacity to experience a vast range of states. In this workshop we will explore different body systems and how they support different states and skills and effect the experience we have of ourselves, our partners and our dancing. Working with different systems we will discover more gateways to listening and possibilities for connection/expression with ourselves and our partners in contact improvisation. 
Systems we will investigate include: skeletal, fluids, visceral, skin, heart/circulatory and respiratory. We all have favorite systems from which we live in and dance from. This workshop will open up more choices in ourselves, our movement and our dancing with our partners. More choice means more freedom to express our full range of humanness in our dancing.
Alicia Grayson will be the primary teacher and EE Balcos will be offering some of his genius each day.
Alicia Grayson has been passionately involved with dancing, teaching and performing CI for the past 26 years. She has taught contact improvisation as an adjunct faculty at George Washington University, University of Denver, Naropa University and Shenandoah University. She teaches CI, yoga and pilates classes in Boulder and regularly travels both nationally and internationally to teach. Her long time practices of authentic movement, yoga and meditation are important influences on her dancing and teaching. As a registered psychotherapist and certified Hakomi therapist she works with clients in somatic psychotherapy and movement education. She delights in exploring and discovering new depths to contact improvisation and related disciplines and is particularly interested in the intersection of physics and expression and the mind/body relationship.
E.E. Balcos began studying with modern dance pioneer Hanya Holm and practicing Contact Improvisation at the Colorado College in 1982. He has been a professional dancer and choreographer for nearly 30 years performing and presenting work throughout the U.S., Italy, Uzbekistan, and the Philippines. E.E. practices energy healing and has been studying principles of Body-Mind Centering since the 80’s. He is Associate Professor of Dance at UNC Charlotte teaching Modern technique, Choreography, Improvisation, and Contact Improvisation.

Check out Alicia’s bio on the Tumblebones website – in fact, while you’re there, check out Tumblebones – a fascinating vibrant, contact labbing group that has been dancing/exploring/teaching/performing for many years.  Cool!

Sliding scale $75-$135 for the whole weekend.
Students ($75) – Professionals ($135).
$50-80 for Saturday only.
Saturday Jan 17th: Noon-7pm. JCC: (Jewish Community Center) 236 Charlotte St 28801
Saturday night – house party gathering – location will be announced at the workshop.
Sunday Jan 18th: 10-6pm. Asheville Ballroom & Dance Center 991 Sweeten Creek Rd, Asheville, NC 28803.
Accommodations can be arranged for out-of-towners with advance notice. For housing requests, please email Kelly: kelly.stracener at gmail dot com.
We don’t need rsvp’s but feel free to drop us a line to let us know you’re coming and/or look for the Facebook event page on the Asheville Contact Improv group page.
For general info, email Michael at ashevillejam at gmail dot com.
Please spread the word!