The Sky Inside
Form emerges as each individual within the ensemble follows what is most pleasing, intriguing, and meaningful to them.
With that ground rule in place and practice, we ask:
Where and what is the boundary between one’s internal world and one’s external world?
Between mind and body?
Between imagination and body?
Between bodies…all bodies?
What is the shape of that boundary?
When is it necessary? When is it not?
How do we engage, connect, and create when the boundaries disappear and all we are left with is the body, dancing with other bodies?
When and how do stereotypes and expectations of who gets to take up space and be seen in our world, break open? In the world of dance, but also in the world outside of dance.
I invite you to enter into the dance space with curiosity and kindness. Loads and loads, so that we — as a collective — may expand our capacity to encounter, and then experience that moment when boundaries dissolve, and one's internal experience becomes indistinguishable from one's external experience.
I invite you to to meet yourself and others exactly as you are, with no expectations of what will happen during our time together.
For it is here, at the threshold, that anything is possible.
Anyone of any level or ability, with whatever hopes and fears, is welcome to join this class.
"When the birds have inhabited my body, I know that I have arrived" -- Helen Turner, current student of 14 years.
Classes are small.
This means you have the space to dance at your own pace and in your own way:
You are seen for who they are.
“There’s nothing else like it.” — Liza Patrick, Student of 4 years.
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"My soul relaxes into my own spiky weirdness here, in this space." -- Lucy Braham, current student of 2 years..
Current and Upcoming Dance Classes
Learning Dog Dance:
Based on cultivating a state similar to the one I work toward in my on-going performance of Dog Dance, these Saturday workshops, like the regular dance sessions that I offer weekly, are built on noticing the breath and following what emerges from that listening, in every single moment that is unfolding.
Oct 20th, Nov 3rd, and December 15th from 1-4pm at The Boulder Circus Center.
Come to one, two, or three.
It’s $70 for one, $120 for 2, or $150 for all 3.
“In Joanna’s class, I feel free.” — Linda Stonerock, current student of 15 years.
Breath First. Then Sensation. Finally, Form:
The current Fall/Winter Weekly Dance Session is underway and I’m not taking any new students at this time.
However, the Winter/Spring Weekly DanceSession starts in January, 2019, and new students are welcome to join then (more info about that coming soon).
“Save the Date” for 3 upcoming weekend workshops that offer the opportunity for deep and sustained attention toward your dancing over the course of several days:
January 4th-6th, March 1st-3rd, and May 3rd-5th, 2019
“There is no place I would rather be”. — Paulette, current student of 5 years.
"it is the deepest permission” — Nancy Ruff.
"You are saving lives and shattering time." -- Audrey Maruska, Current Student, 1 year.
“I was deciding between seeing the Dali Lama or coming to class. I choose class!" "Me too!" -- Simone Key and Suzy Shea, both current students of 6 and 2 years.
“All I can say is thank YOU for providing this space and for being you. The one who attracts open, inquisitive, and kind individuals to this class...allowing us all to explore, feel and grow through dancing together.” Johannah Franke, student since 2003, recently turned 85.
“You have a certain magical ability to create an open place for everyone who comes to class to be who they are and bring whatever they can to the process of discovery of truth and beauty through dance. It’s an amazing, heart-opening process, and it’s certainly changed my life.” Linda Stonerock, student since 2003, recently turned 65.
"I want to unfold.
I don’t want to stay folded anywhere,
because where I am folded, there I am untrue. -- Rainer Maria Rilke
Thank you for holding the space in which I could unfold…safely, quietly, loudly, in my own time. I miss you (all) so much. peace, Margaret Harris".
"I find this resistance. And then hunger. And then...comfort. I walk differently in the world because of this class." -- Nancy Ruff
"My hands were my strongest organs today. Almost like an inner ear...listening so deeply." -- Arrow Zimmerman, current student of 10 years.
Frequently Asked Questions about Dance Classes:
What is your refund policy?
It is important to me that this class provides you with freedom and magic in your dancing. This means you must show up. I know that if you continually show up, you will access parts of yourself that you didn’t know were there. If you show up to all of the classes you signed up for, and still don’t get value from your experience, then l will refund you 100% of your class fee, no questions asked.
Do you accept Payment Plans?
Yes. If you choose to be on a payment plan, please make 4 payments of $80 the first week of each month for a total of $320.
NOTE: I do not refund or modify payment plans if you don't end up attending the full session.
What happens if I miss a class? How do I make it up?
The first two weeks of September (Sept 4th-13th, 4 classes total) are designated as: bonus classes if you come to all 12 classes you sign up for; make-up classes if you miss a few classes during the session. You can come on either Tuesday or Thursday each week.
Do you carry missed classes over to the next session?
No. Please plan on attending the classes you sign-up for between September 18th-December 20th of 2018.