Class Description: "Entering & Escaping"
This class investigates the skills of navigating a jam space. How do we Enter a dance? We will actively try multiple strategies for beginning dances with each other. We'll warm up our attention to grazing, textures of touch, energetic attunement and accidental joining. Escaping could mean setting a boundary, it could be leaving a dance. We'll practice saying yes and no through movement, prioritizing our personal desires and safety needs within our contact connections. We'll integrate these skills through a mixer of short dances leading into a jam.
Taja Will is a dance maker and educator based in Minneapolis. Her work is grounded in somatic practices, structures of performative improvisation and contact. Will has recently been a guest teacher and adjunct faculty at several institutions locally and throughout the United States. She has presented workshops at Earthdance Creative Living, Moving Arts Lab, Sierra Contact Festival, wcciJam, Dance New England, Zenon Dance School, the Peaceable Barn, and the Lion's Jaw Festival among others. Will also works in healing justice and as an advocate for artists especially serving as a liaison for artists in experimental forms, people of color and the LGBTQ communities.