Mixed Ability Dance Jams » Crimson Coast Dance Society :: Nanaimo, BC
New to 2018/19, Crimson Coast Dance will be Partnering with
Nanaimo Association for Community Living
to offer Mixed Ability Dance Jams for adults with disabilities!

Monthly Dance Jams for Mixed-Ability adults in Nanaimo!

Crimson Coast Dance (CCDS) is proud to partner with Nanaimo Association for Community Living (NACL) to provide monthly movement practice opportunities for mixed-ability adults in the Mid-Island region. In fulfillment of their mission to offer creative, recreational, and physical activities for the regional community interested in dance — CCDS’s 2018/19 Season also features renewed initiatives for improved inclusivity within the organization’s annual programming. By transforming existing monthly Dance Jams into fully accessible workshops for adults of all abilities, CCDS aims to share the joyous benefits of dance with every-body of every-ability in their community!
“As a theatre, dance and movement practitioner, who has worked with all ages and all abilities flor over 40 years, I am
honoured and privileged to be a part of an organization who has brought such community enrichment to fruition”.
— Lynda Adams, CCDS President.
Mixed Ability Dance Jams take place at NACL's downtown location (#201 - 96 Cavan Street, Nanaimo), and welcome everybody on the following dates:
January 11th, 2019 | 1:30-2:30pm
February 8th, 2019 | 1:30-2:30pm
March 1st, 2019 | 1:30-2:30pm
April 26, 2019 | 1:30-2:30pm
May 17, 2019 | 1:30-2:30pm
June 7, 2019 | 1:30-2:30pm
July 12, 2019 | 1:00-2:30pm (special guests from All Bodies Dance Project will facilitate a 90 minute workshop as part of the 21st annual InFrinGinG Dance Festival!)
August 23, 2019 | 1:30-2:30pm
September 13, 2019 | 1:30-2:30pm
Remaining schedule TBD. 
Special thanks to The Hamber Foundation and The City of Nanaimo for their generous support of the program.


Community Circle Dance with Larisa Coser

SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 2018 | 3:30-5:00PM
Community Circle Dance (also known as Sacred Circle Dance) is open to everyone. Circle dancing is probably the oldest known dance formation and used to be part of community life. We want to bring this tradition back to our communities!
Dances range from uplifting to meditative and are intended to bring connection and inspiration to the dancers.
Larissa Coser will be your facilitator. She received training in her home country of Brazil, in Argentina and Canada. She has been facilitating dance circles since 2013. Be prepared to dance to music from around the world! No experience is necessary as all the dances are taught on the spot.

Improv Dance with Myriam Verzat

SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2018 | 3:30-5:30PM
Come and explore ways of listening to each other, noticing more and being creative together in a fun environment. We will practice the muscle of improvisation in dance and theatre through techniques of action theatre and contemporary dance improvisation. Actors, dancers, improvisers or performance poets are welcome, along with people with little or no experience. You will discover forms and categories of improvisation that helps create interesting and meaningful improvisations.

"I genuinely had 'fun' in Myriam's improv class!" -- Heather Sandison
Myriam Verzat is an improviser in dance and theatre, a facilitator and an environmental educator. Passionate about multi-disciplinary improvisation, she practiced many different forms of improvisation in Montreal such as action theatre, contemporary and contact dance improvisation, vocal improvisation, playback theatre, physical theatre, theatre of the oppressed, mime and Open Source Forms. With all those tools, she created her own improvisation and research group (Lindex) that developed a unique vocabulary using the body, the words and music to create meaningful and authentic improvisations. They have performed in different theatres in Montreal, and more recently at the Montreal Anarchist Festival.

In 2015, Myriam directed the show ReCONNECT featuring 7 artists in dance, theatre and music. The performance was based on Joanna Macy’s book, Active Hope: How to face the pain we’re in without going crazy. It looked at our feelings about the ecological crisis through choreographed and improvised scenes that would involve the audience's experiences and feelings.
In Nanaimo, she is eager to share her experience in improvisation, by teaching and developing performances with other artists.
To discover Myriam's improvisation universe in video (in french):

Contact Dance Introduction Workshop with Mark Young

APRIL 7 & 8, 2018 | 10:00AM-4:00PM
This workshop has become the signature of Leviathan studio. It is tried, tested and proven to work. We will play. There will be time to just dance but work is offered.
We will start with Tai Chi exercises that emphasize the spiral nature of our physiology. Everything from the DNA to the milky way is spiraling. All of our muscles are laid on bones that are shaped in spirals. The ancient Taoist masters recognized this and developed movement patterns that harness strength and ease in movement.
We will bridge from Taoist Tai Chi to Steve Paxton’s ‘Material For the Spine.’ MFS includes spiral rolls, crescent rolls and Aikido rolls. These exercises are done alone on the floor. They inform the body of unnecessary tension. They bring awareness to blind spots. They bring consciousness to our dance.
We will bridge from floor work to partner work using these rolls to find smooth pathways with a partner. Exploring the concept that ‘lifts are organic’ we will let our feet come off the floor on our terms, when we want. We will play with this gentle riding up to slide down to roll up.
Participants of past workshops have expressed surprise at how much they develop. Some participants have done this workshop up to 5 times.
Mark Young has been doing Contact Improvisation since 1997. What began as fun re-hab after a traumatic accident quickly became a serious study. He also began a serious study of Tai Chi and Vipassana meditation around the same time, these are the foundations of Contact Improvisation. He has studied C.I. with everyone who has come to the studio, many people outside of the studio, and attended numerous conferences with the originators of the form at Breitenbush Hot Springs Retreat Centre. Also, he has attended numerous Contact Improv jams at Earthdance Retreat Centre in Massachusetts over the past 15 years. In 2000 he committed all of his resources to the creation of Leviathan Studio, a dance studio committed to the study of Contact Improvisation.

Butoh with Genevieve Johnson

MARCH 11, 2018 | 3:30-5:00PM
Explore this Japanese contemporary dance form. Dance deep within images of nature and time. Explore a body encapsulating the universe, standing and walking, together and apart, a body slow in appearance, but moving deep and fast, risking capsize to find new selves.
Genevieve Johnson – choreographer and dancer Actress and dancer, Genevieve meshes dance to theatre, poetry to movements on stage. She has been performing and teaching dance and theatre since 1995. In 1999, after studying Butoh five years in Canada, she went to Japan to perfect her skills under the tutelage of Kazuo and Yoshito Ohno, Min Tanaka and the Dairakudakan group. Since then, she developed her own creative language of poetic dance in shows and workshops. In 2007, she completed a PhD on the interweaving of different artistic and cultural influences in performance. Genevieve is currently teaching Pilates at Fine Balance Studios.
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