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Location: Central Social Hall, Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, AB, Canada
On Tuesday, January 17, 2023, we have a guest instructor teaching a one hour Contact for Social Dancers workshop at our Social Tuesdays: SBK Latin Dance Night.
Contact improvisation is a form that emerged from the rebellious 1960s in New York City as a way to find a shared and democratic social partner dance form. It can be done as a very relaxed somatic method or as a high energy acrobatic sport. The basics of contact improvisation require relaxing and finding one's centre of gravity and using it to spontaneously move through space with another person or persons. As a technique, it has something to teach any dancer about self-awareness and trust. One of the hallmarks of contact improvisation is that your size or gender has no relevance to the role that you play in the dance, so partnerships are always unfixed in terms of who leads.
Gerry Morita (BA, MFA) is an Edmonton-based dancer, choreographer, instructor and Artistic Director of Mile Zero Dance. She has been studying and working with contact improvisation for twenty-five years, studying with several of the form's originators directly. Her work involves finding fluid and natural ways to open the body's receptiveness, martial arts techniques, and using the dancers' originality. She has received the Edmonton Artist Trust Fund, and was noted as one of Alberta's 25 most influential artists by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.
You do not need a partner for this workshop. The workshop will be friendly to all ages/levels with something for everyone. We recommend wearing comfortable clothing you can easily move in and flat soled shoes or sneakers for the workshop component.
After the workshop we will have a Salsa, Bachata, and Kizomba (SBK) afterparty. Join us for a fun dance night at this beautiful venue! 💃🏼🌮🕺
Tuesday, January 17, 2023
Central Social Hall
10909 Jasper Ave, Edmonton, AB
Meet & Greet - Happy Hour Specials Extended
• 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Bachata Workshop (Open-Level) - Irina & Kevin
• 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Salsa & Kizomba Beginner Lessons - Irina & Kevin
• 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Contact for Social Dancers Workshop - Gerry
• 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Salsa/Bachata/Kizomba Social Dancing
• 9:30 pm to midnight
Cover for the Social Tuesdays event is $5 early bird (advance purchase via eventbrite) or $10 at the door (cash only, paid at the bar), which includes both the dance lesson/workshop and social dancing.
We encourage attendees to support the venue through food/drink purchases to ensure the night remains viable. Drinks can be ordered all night, food must be ordered by 10:45 pm.
Happy Hour Specials: