Classes

SUNDAY
9:30am – 11:00am – Sunday Morning Dance
with Meshi Chavez & Winky Wheeler
$15 – $10 sliding scale, cash or check
The first thirty minutes of our time together is dedicated to solo exploration. After a brief silence our focus begins to shift. We expand our sense of self and begin to engage in the space around and beyond our bodies. This includes the four walls, the objects and the other dances happening now. We activate the so called ‘empty space’ between us. We engage through this active space and access the sense of The Mystery that is alive there. By nurturing it we deepen our connections. Here on the edge the known and unknown world the possibilities arise. We slip through time and space into a dance that unites us. http://www.ecstaticdancers.com/

11:30am – 1:00pm – Limon Modern Technique
with Shaun Keylock
$12 drop in / $100 ten class card
Based in the Humphrey-Limón tradition, this series of technique classes designed for the intermediate to advanced dancer will provide students with an organic approach to the principles of fall and recovery with an emphasis on the expressive qualities of movement.

Each class will begin with a meditative floor warm-up emphasizing the breath as a tool for movement initiation and phrasing. Coming to a standing position, the warm-up will continue the use of the breath by working the legs and torso against the pull of gravity in centered and off-centered movements. We will end each class by traveling through the space changing directions, levels, and timings. Finding the strength to go beyond our physical centers, this class will prepare us to experience more freedom and daring in our dancing. https://www.facebook.com/events/1431839916830671/

Every 3rd Sunday – 4:30pm – 6:30pm – Book Club (make, dance, talk)
with Ruth Nelson
The low cost of studio rental (around $20- $30 total) will be split evenly by all participants  – NO ONE is turned away for lack of funds.

Book Club is a monthly meeting opportunity open to all who are interested in dance making and cultivating a community around seeing, discussing and/or making dance. Each month there will be a given prompt to get your mind moving. Use the prompt however it may aid you in your creative process. Then we meet, show, and give feedback.

Even if you have nothing to show this time you are welcome to participate! The more the merrier. The low cost of studio rental (around $20-30 total) will be split evenly by all participants (no one is turned away for lack of funds). Book Club is meant to be all inclusive, a chance to share and see current work by local artists, oh yes… and to talk about it. This is a safe space to offer and receive critical feedback.
https://www.facebook.com/events/175186836240494/

MONDAY
9:30am – 11:00am – Dance with Tere Mathern
Drop-in $15; 5​-class card for $65 (good through December)
In this class, we will be researching and working on finding freedom in movement with focus and clarity, building body space awareness while maintaining inner sensation,  feeling presence in all limbs as we move and finding soft joints as well as length in our bones.
teremathern@gmail.com

4:00pm – 5:00pm – K-2nd Grade Creative Dance Class
$165/11 weeks – Starting September 19th, 2016
Exhale after school! Wiggle your elbows, stretch your legs, and spin with your nose. Roll on the floor in a new way, swing your body through the space, leap high in the air. Explore movement concepts while building dance skills and developing creativity. Creative dance is an art form that everyone can enjoy! Parents/care-givers are invited on the last day of class. REGISTER: http://www.dragonflychildrensdance.com/

5:00pm – 6:00pm – 3rd -6th Grade Creative Dance Class
$165/11 weeks – Starting September 19th, 2016
Ready for a creative challenge? Get those gears churning because this class is full of discovery! Dancers will explore movement concepts and create their own dance compositions. All while building modern dance technique to support creativity. When inspiration strikes…be ready! Parents/care-givers are invited to a showing on the last day of class. *If there is middle school interest I would be happy to open a middle school class. REGISTER: http://www.dragonflychildrensdance.com/

6:30pm – 9:30pm – Taiko
with Michelle Fujii & Toru Watanabe of UNIT SOUZOU
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Taiko Roots – BEG (must take one intro to taiko class for entry)
7:40 pm – 8:40 pm Drills & Skills – INT & ADV
8:45 pm – 9:30 pm Performance & Songs – ADV unlimited monthly only
Learn more at http://www.unitsouzou.com/

TUESDAY
9:30am – 10:30pm – Pre-School Creative Dance Class (3 – 5 years old)
$155/11 weeks – Starting September 20th, 2016
Jump, hop, and skip in this developmentally inspired class for young children.  Create, play, and dance as children move body parts, move across space, move to music, move to tell stories, and move just for fun!  We hope to see your preschooler here! Parents/care-givers are welcome to dance with us for the first class and are invited on the last class.
REGISTER: http://www.dragonflychildrensdance.com/

6:00pm – 7:15pm – Inclusive Arts Vibes
with Kathy Coleman
Inclusive Arts Vibe is a program of the Disability Art and Culture Project. Dancers perform at an annual Spring (May) Disability Pride Art and Culture Festival.
www.dacphome.org

7:30pm – 9:00pm – Capoiera
with Pedro Cruz
Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that dynamically blends an array of kicks, sweeps and acrobatics by setting them to traditional Brazilian rhythms and songs. It is simultaneously a martial art, a dance, a game, and a ritual. Having survived since its inception by African slaves who were brought to Brazil hundreds of years ago, Capoeira flourished in Bahia, Brazil during the early 20th century and continues to thrive and evolve today in the 21st century. Students are not only educated in methods of attack and evasion but also become familiar with the music, customs, philosophy and language of Capoeira. The result being not only a total body workout but immersion in a 100% Brazilian art form.
www.oregoncapoeiraraca.com/

WEDNESDAY
7:00pm – 10:00pm  -Argentine Tango Classes
with Robert Hauk
Robert’s teaching emphasizes the communication between partners that is at the heart of traditional close embrace tango. Tango is an improvised dance and in order to dance well dancers need to be able to ‘hear’ through their body. This requires attention to the foundations of good posture and movement that has benefits beyond the dance floor. http://roberthauktango.com/

THURSDAY
9:30 – 11:30 am – Int/Adv. Contemporary Dance Technique
with Linda K. Johnson
$15 drop-in; 5/$65; 10/$110
Ongoing, Drop-ins Welcome. Always inclusive of the range of things that interest me – somatic traditions, improvisational forms, performative tones, and technical nuances – class will be a full, vigorous, and provocative mash-up of traditions and experiments. It is for experienced dancers. lkjdance@earthlink.net

6:00 – 7:30 pm – Fat -centric Modern Ballet Class
with Heather Nichelle
Sliding Scale: $5- $15. People of all sizes and bodies are welcome.
Classes are open to all levels, with a focus on beginners.
MISSION STATEMENT: We are a fat-positive space. We recognize that each of us has our own physical challenges and abilities, and we agree to keep a neutral approach and refrain from negative criticism of our bodies to keep this a welcoming space for all. All dancers are encouraged to find and ask for adaptations so that movement feels safe, comfortable and honoring of our bodies. Our focus will be on dance technique, strength, balance, joyful movement, connecting with our bodies, honoring our unique abilities and challenges with self-compassion, and creative expression. info@zaftigdance.com.

6:30pm – 7:30pm – Belly Dance with Cassiopeia Bellydance
Regular pricing $15 drop in, 5 class card $60; Student/55+ $12 drop in, 5 class card $50
Looking for something to do after work? Come take my intermediate belly dance class! Never taken my class before? Try a class for free. I’ve been teaching in the portland/vancouver area for over 12yrs. Good times await! Be prepared to be challenged.
http://cassiopeiabellydance.weebly.com/

Every Other Week (Starting Sept. 8th) – 7:45pm – 9:45pm – PDX Puppet Collective Lab
We encourage participants to kick in a few bucks to help us pay for the space $3-$5.
We would never turn you away for lack of funds so don’t let that be a reason for not participating.
PDX Puppet Collective is a group of Puppeteers that meet twice a month for two hours to practice their skills in puppetry. Remember to be barefoot, wear socks or soft sole dance shoes that have never walked outdoors.
pdxpuppetcollective@gmail.com

SATURDAY
11:30am – 12:45pm- Intro To South Indian Classical Dance
with Subashini Ganesan
Ongoing, Drop-ins Welcome
$18 Drop-In | $65 (Month-long fees)
Ever been curious about Bharathanatyam – one of the Classical dance forms from India? Come discover the beauty, challenges, and athletic rigor of this story-telling dance form that incorporates facial and hand gestures with rhythmic footwork. This intro class explores basic adavu (basic steps) posture, alignment, and stamina. (Suitable for complete beginners). subashinig@gmail.com

11:30pm – 1:30pm – Belly Dance with Cassiopeia Bellydance
Regular pricing $15 drop in, 5 class card $60; Student/55+ $12 drop in, 5 class card $50
Advanced Bellydance. Ongoing – Join at any time. Please bring zills, veil and cane to class. I’ve been teaching in the Portland/Vancouver area for over 12yrs. Good times await! Be prepared to be challenged.
http://cassiopeiabellydance.weebly.com/