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2017 Interfusion Festival

5 Rhythms Dance

5 Rhythms Dance

Dancing the 5 Rhythms is a practice - a dynamic way to both work out and meditate in the same breath. The practice of the 5 rhythms is said by Gabrielle Roth to put the body in motion in order to still the mind. The 5 rhythms (in order) are flowing, staccato, chaos, lyrical, and stillness. This dance is a creative, free-form movement practice that increases awareness.  It is a safe space where we can explore ourselves: bodies, emotions, minds, and hearts.

Acro Yoga

Acroyoga

Acro Yoga is a dynamic partner practice that blends the wisdom of yoga, the dynamic power of acrobatics, and the loving kindness of healing arts. These three lineages form the foundation of a partner practice that cultivates trust, playfulness, and community. Acro Yoga as a practice that is available for every body, age, and ability.

Bachata

Bachata

Bachata is a style of social dance from the Dominican Republic which is now danced all over the world. Both the music and the dance have been influenced by Cuban Bolero, the Merengue (also of Dominican Republic origin), Salsa and Cumbia. Most of the styling in this dance is from ballroom dance, and show moves like dips are commonly used.  The more sensual interpretation of the dance is often expressed with more circular movements and body waves, except when the music has stronger beats, when the dance uses isolations and dips.  

Belly Dancing

Belly Dancing 

Belly dance is primarily a torso-driven dance, with an emphasis on articulations of the hips. Unlike many Western dance forms, the focus of the dance is on relaxed, natural isolations of the torso muscles, rather than on movements of the limbs through space. Although some of these isolations appear superficially similar to the isolations used in jazz ballet, they are sometimes driven differently and have a different feeling or emphasis.  Many belly dancing moves involve isolations, which improves flexibility of the torso.  New belly dancers often report a positive change in their relationship with the body and spirit. 

Contact Improv

Contact Improv

Contact Improv (CI) dance is physical collaborative play. In contrast to other partner dances, CI is organized around mutual following of points of contact, instead of being based on formal patterns. In CI, partners mutually follow shifting points of contact, discovering ways to coordinate with each other and themselves through these points. The movement possibilities are vast, yet recognizable movement tendencies emerge. Learning to find what works by mutually following the emerging dance, rather than by trying to control it, is the essence of the practice.

Dance Acrobatics

Dance Acrobatics

Dance Acrobatics (i.e. Acro dance) is a style of dance that combines dance technique with precision acrobatic elements. It is a popular dance style in contemporary circus productions such as those by Cirque du Soleil. The acrobatic movements and acts of balance performed in an acro dance are referred to as tricks. A variety of tricks are commonly performed in acro dance, varying widely in complexity and the skills required to perform them.  Acro dance tricks may be applied to a variety of different genres of partner social dancing including salsa, swing, bachata and tango.  

Improv Comedy

 

Improv Comedy 

Improv Comedy is a form of live theatre play in which the plot, characters and dialogue of a game, scene or story are made up in the moment.  Improv-based games help you gain skills in communicating authentically and on-the-spot in high-stakes situations. Turn those moments of having to go “off-script” into moments you shine with playfulness, grounding and presence.   

Kizomba

Kizomba

Kizomba is an beautiful and sensual dance, besides explosive and contagious, which conquered the world in recent years as a catchy melody and a dance which seduces our souls. Kizomba is for many of the Latin dancers a breath of fresh air, bringing something new and exciting, and perfect for anyone who wants to enter the world of dance due to its softness and easy basic steps, allowing any novice to gradually evolve to more complex steps, and more importantly allowing a beginner to enjoy the pleasure of social dancing much earlier than any other type of dance in pairs.

Laughter Yoga

Laughter Yoga

Laughter Yoga helps to change your mood within minutes by releasing certain chemicals from your brain cells called endorphins. Laughter Yoga is combination of deep breathing exercises from yoga and laughter exercises, which oxygenates our body and brain, making us feel more healthy and energetic. We initiate laughter as a body exercise in a group and with eye contact and childlike playfulness. It soon turns into real and contagious laughter for a playful and sacred shared experience. 

Mambo

Mambo

Mambo, also referred to as Salsa On 2, is originally a Cuban musical form and dance style. The word mambo ("conversation with the gods") is the name of a priestess in Haitian Voodoo, derived from the language of the African slaves who were imported into the Caribbean. The fusion of swing and Cuban music produced this fascinating Mambo rhythm and in turn created a new sensational dance.   Unlike other styles of salsa, Mambo or Salsa On 2 is danced on the second beat of the music ("on 2"), and the follower steps forward on the first measure of the music, not the leader.  Mambo emphasizes harmony with the percussive instruments in salsa music, such as the congas, timbales, and clave, since many or all of those instruments often mark the second beat in the music. 

Meditation

Meditation

Meditation is commonly described as a training of mental attention that awakens us beyond the conditioned mind and habitual thinking, and reveals the nature of reality.  Through the ancient practice of Meditation one is able to gain a higher state of awareness of the self and our relationship with the world occurring around us.  It is a tool to enhance our natural ability to be more fully alive and present for the richness of each moment of our lives.  

Mindfulness

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is based on intentionally maintaining heightened awareness of internal experiences and the reality occurring around us, non-judgmentally and compassionately.  It is shifting away from automatic states where we are distracted and dwelling on the past or future.  Instead, it is opening our mind to observe and accept reality in a more inclusive and authentic way.  It is intrinsically flowing with daily activities and interactions with heightened connection to the present moment.

Partner-Yoga

Partner-Yoga

Partner yoga is the art of using each other’s body weight and breath to open and warm the body. This is a way for us to use a partner’s strength or body weight to open our bodies in new ways. In all of these practices gravity and loving touch help us to let go of fear and pain. As we learn to listen deeply we can use our power in a sustainable way.  This practice includes therapeutic flying as an inverted aerial massage. The base supports the flyer with their legs as the flyer hangs passively. The base uses gravity, stretching and sensitive touch to open the flyer's upper body. When the flyer comes down they do massage on the base's warmed-up legs. The session is complete when both partners have given and received, based and flown, inhaled and exhaled.

Pole Dance

Pole Dance

Pole dance is a form of performing art that combines dance and acrobatics centered on a vertical pole.  It has been practiced in Asia since the Middle Ages.  This art form has recently regained popularity as a form of fitness and mainstream entertainment, practiced by many enthusiasts in dedicated dance studios.

Qigong

Qigong

The word Qigong (Chi Kung) is made up of two Chinese words. Qi is pronounced chee and is usually translated to mean the life force or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe. The gentle, rhythmic movements of Qigong reduce stress, build stamina, increase vitality, and enhance the immune system. Qigong practice involve a posture (whether moving or stationary), breathing techniques, and mental focus.  Some practices increase the Qi; others circulate it, use it to cleanse and heal the body, store it, or emit Qi to help heal others. 

Salsa

Salsa

Salsa dancing mixes African and European dance influences through the music and dance fusions that are the roots of Salsa. Salsa is normally a lead & follow (freestyle) partner dance, although there are other recognized forms.  Salsa On 1 tends to be more flashy than the South American forms, with many twists, turns, and even acrobatic aerial moves similar to the Lindy Hop.  Often Salsa On 1 is done faster than some other Latin dances, with whirling partner moves, with some sensual moments that are influenced by Argentine Tango and Rumba.

Samba

Samba 

Samba is a lively, rhythmical dance of Afro Brazilian origin in 2/4 time danced to Samba music whose origins include the Maxixe. Samba is a dance authentic to black/African people in Brazil who brought much of their music and dance culture into Latin America with, them upon arrival into many Latin American countries.

Tango

Tango

Tango is a vibrant and playful dance between two people. It has very rich potential for expression, improvisation and connection and is danced in both modern and traditional styles. It is often described as a passionate dance, because of the close connection partners can have and the character of the music. At the heart of tango (Argentine tango) is the desire to listen to, understand and converse with the person you're dancing with, through this unique language of dance. In tango there is a 'leader' and a 'follower'. Through the embrace, the leader offers invitations to the follower for where and how to step. The follower decides in what way they will accept the leader's invitations. Both leader and follower try to maintain harmony and connection through the embrace, and with the music, and so the dance is born.

Tantra

Tantra

Tantra is a Sanskrit word that means woven together. Tantra meditation practitioners use sexual union as a metaphor for weaving together the physical and the spiritual: weaving man to woman, and humanity to the divine.  Join us in making time for yourself, to awaken, explore and inspire the sacred within.

Thai Massage

Thai Massage

Thai massage is more energizing and rigorous than more classic forms of massage.  Thai massage is also called Thai yoga massage, because the therapist uses his or her hands, knees, legs, and feet to move you into a series of yoga-like stretches. Many people say Thai massage is like doing yoga without any work.  Thai massage stimulates the acupressure points in relation to the concept of energy lines in order to provide relief, to stretch and loosen tightened muscles, to release tension and relieve joints. Thai massage leaves you feeling relaxed and energized.  Thai massage uses the technique of blocking and releasing the blood flow by applying sustained pressure for around 30 seconds to the areas where legs and arms meet the torso. This is a real circulation booster. When the pressure is released, you suddenly feel a rush of heat as blood floods back along your limbs.

West Coast Swing

West Coast Swing

West Coast Swing (WCS) is a partner dance with roots in Lindy Hop. It is characterized by a distinctive elastic look that results from its basic extension-compression technique of partner connection, and is danced primarily in a slotted area on the dance floor. The dance allows for both partners to improvise steps while dancing together, putting West Coast Swing in a short list of dances that put a premium on improvisation.

Viewpoints Improv

Viewpoints Improv

Viewpoints is a dance technique that provides a vocabulary for thinking about and acting upon movement and gesture. Originally developed in the 1970s by choreographer Mary Overlie as a method of movement improvisation, the Viewpoints theory was adapted for stage acting by directors Anne Bogart and Tina Landau. Overlie's Six Viewpoints (space, story, time, emotion, movement, and shape) are considered to be a logical way to examine, analyze and create dances, while Bogart's Viewpoints are considered practical in creating staging with actors.  Through movement activities relating to each Viewpoint, one may investigate how to be present, to evaluate options, and to make choices during dance improvisation.

Visualization

Visualization

Visualization is the cognitive process of purposefully generating visual mental imagery, with eyes open or closed, simulating or recreating visual perception, in order to maintain, inspect, and transform those images.  It often involves consequently observing associated emotions or feelings, with intent to experience a subsequent beneficial physiological, psychological, or social effect, such as expediting the healing of wounds to the body, minimizing physical pain or alleviating psychological pain including anxiety, sadness, and low mood, improving self-esteem or self-confidence, and enhancing the capacity to cope when interacting with others. 

Zouk

Zouk

Zouk can be danced to a variety of music and a variety of moods, making it a versatile dance to know.  Zouk has a characteristic wave-like movement, elongated steps and striking hair movements by the lady. The movements are a rhythmic side-to-side and a rippling forward and back wave-like motion. Body rolls are reminiscent of the Samba, while hip grinds are reminiscent of the Lambada.  Zouk can be danced in open or close embrace or hold.