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Evening Social

The Evening Social is the time in The JIM Intensive where we explore social applications of dance.  This time in the schedule includes the non-verbal conversations of contact improvisation, the energy of the dance club, the roots of traditional social dances and an evening of voicing from the body workshops.   All classes are open to a range of level and ability and we ask you read the descriptions below to find which of the conversations you’d like to join.


The Underscore
Mondays, 7:45 – 9:30
June 26 – Led by Julia Rae Antonick & Jonathan Meyer
July 3 – Led by Chrissy Martin
July 10 – Led by Rob Welcher
Level: Open
The Underscore is a long-form dance improvisation structure developed by Nancy Stark Smith. It has been evolving since 1990 and is practiced all over the globe. The form includes contact improvisation and allows for a full spectrum of energetic and physical states progressing from rest to active dancing and back to rest and reflection. The 20+ phases of the score—each with a name and a graphic symbol—create a general map for the dancers.  Each Underscore is unique, will have live accompaniment and is open to all movers.


dance club
Tuesdays, 8:00 – 9:30
Led by Erin Kilmurray
Level: Experienced
This class is for experienced movers to activate dancing as a mindful individual practice and a catalyst for creating community.  We will play, sweat, try, fail, locomote, and get physical together as we explore the nature of our movement and its relationship to music and joy.  Class includes a warm-up, improvisation and phrase work that highlight effort, athleticism and musicality while checking in and checking out of our own specific foundational techniques.



Step Touch
Wednesdays, 7:30 – 9:30
Step Touch traces the roots of social dance forms.  It celebrates the act of dance as societal exchange and empowers the individual in the group while honoring the culture in which the form arose.   Each class will have guided instruction and will include both solo and group dancing.  No partner or prior experience with the form is needed.

June 28: African
Details TBA

July 5: Swing 
Led by Chelsea Dvorchak

Level: Open
Swing dance has its roots in African movement fundamentals and evolved from ballroom styles as they were adapted to the evolution of jazz music. The swing portion of the Step Touch series will focus on social dancing, partnered and solo movement, from the 1920s and 30s. We will embrace movement through connecting with partners, the floor, the music and our own bodies. Swing and jazz allow freedom- freedom to move how you feel and hear the music within you, and to find the joy that lies therein.

July 13: Salsa
Victor Alexander
Level: Open





Voice from the Body Workshops
Thursdays, 8:00 – 9:30
Led by Elaine Lemieux & Sara Zalek
Level: Open
These workshops dwell on the discovery of the transformative body by combining vocal and movement exercises. Participants are encouraged to find joy through the voice that might come from hidden parts of the body; to embody and vocalize things like objects, animals, textures, and states; and discover possibilities in the effort of moving from one to another. We attempt to move from deeply internal impulses and to find places where the voice might emerge from, and what form that vocalization might take.