Photo by: Dalton Johnson | Pictured with: Kristen Greco
Class Description: "Wildance"
Wildance is an experiential, wilderness based, dance performance project. It is the expression of my life's dream to integrate my two passions: dance and wilderness.
Wildance creates an intersection of dance, wilderness/nature and human relationship. Through dance/contact improvisation, mindfulness practice, and immersion in nature we connect with the elements and each other, experiencing, expressing and sharing the depth and beauty of that collective connection through dance.
In Wildance, the sensitivity and listening skills we use to dance responsively with other humans expands to include a connection and collaboration with the nature, the landscape and the wild world around us.
Anna Landauer: "My love affair with dance began as an eleven year old attending summer camp for the first time. Cazadero Music and Arts Camp. I met dance with drums and bells of afro-samba deep in the redwood forest and it lit me up. I’ve been dancing ever since. My dance training covers the map from classical ballet to 30 years of Contact Improvisation and most recently an infatuation with hip hop.
In 1987, a friend introduced me to this thing called Contact Improvisation. I signed up for a class at the 8th Street Studio taught by Catherine Duncan and Robert Funk. 32 years ago. Some memorable and favorite teachers since then include Gretchen Spiro, Keith Hennessy, Nancy Stark Smith, Martin Keough, Karl Frost, Amii Legendre, Angie Hauser and Chris Aiken. I also delight in other styles of improvisation and have studied extensively with Action Theater based teacher Mary Grace Lentz and attended an intensive with Ruth Zaporah.
I have been teaching, facilitating and leading groups for 30 years(holy crap!). I hold a BA in Outdoor Education and Transformational Art with a minor in Social Environmental Issues from Prescott College. I have led wilderness and cultural expeditions as an instructor and guide for organizations such as Outward Bound, REI Outdoor School, Global Routes, Balanced Rock and the Yosemite Mountaineering School.
My current professional gig is an eclectic mix of modalities including acupuncture, bodywork and yoga. I have a private practice in Oakland and in Santa Cruz.
My 20 year bodywork practice is based in Asian modalities and is highly influenced by my experience as a dancer and improviser. In 2003 I graduated from Five Branches University with a Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and expanded my practice to include acupuncture and herbal medicine.
My yoga practice and teaching experience provides another essential layer to my movement story and has been a part of my life since childhood. I began teaching in 1998.
A passionate dancer, outdoor athlete, and lover of all things wild, I am committed to spreading the spirit of adventure and exploration. My intention is to nurture and support embodied, passionate living through immersion in nature, dance/movement, creativity, and mindfulness practices.