My dance classes are built on noticing the breath and following what emerges from that listening, in every single moment that is unfolding.
There's a point in time in every class I teach when I say, "Fall into the dance. The dance that is already in the room, waiting for you to step in."
What I mean when I say that is:
Become curious about what is arising within you.
"When the birds have inhabited my body, I know I've arrived" -- Helen Turner, current student of 14 years.
The "fall into the dance" goes something like this:
You'll start by lying down on the floor, quieting the body/mind, and noticing.
At some point you might feel a
And then you're in.
You're releasing and relinquishing.
You're flying into a reality that is you and that is not you.
You're inhabiting a world that is both inside and outside of you're body — a world that is beyond the earth, but that is of the earth.
You're orbiting around a very particular sort of solar system.
You fall in and descend to the bottom -- the very deepest part -- of the beginning, the middle, and the end.
"There's nothing else like it." -- Liza Patrick, Current Student of 3 years
Anyone -- of any level or ability -- with whatever hopes and fears, is welcome to join this class.
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.
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"My soul relaxes into my own spiky weirdness here, in this space." -- Lucy Braham, current student of 2 years..
“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, Current Student of 14 years.
UPCOMING DANCE CLASSES:
Summer Session, 2018
The Anatomy of Improvisation:
May 22nd-August 30th, 10:15am-12:15pm at The Boulder Circus Center.
- More than 1 class a week = 22 classes: $528
- One class a week = 14 classes: $392.
- Little less than 1 class a week =12 classes: $360.
- Even less = 10 classes: $320.
It's a 14 week session, so I'll take a week off in there somewhere during the 15 weeks it's running.
"I feel free." -- Linda Stonerock.
Learning Dog Dance:
July 21st and August 18th, 1-4pm at The Boulder Circus Center.
Based on cultivating a similar state I work with in Dog Dance.
After I've set the frame and given everyone context in which to work, everyone drops in on their own time, following what is most important and curious to them. There is no music or prompts. The element of ensemble is more underneath...sort of humming along, present and alive, but not on the surface of the work.
Although giving sustained attention to the internality of the body has become more present in all of my classes, it is front and center of all that we are doing in these Saturday Dance Workshops.
- $70 for one workshop
- $120 for two
- $150 for three
- $160 for all four
"There is no place I would rather be." -- Paulette, Current Student of 5 years.
“I walk through the world differently because of this class.” — Nancy Ruff, 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
“There is so much joy and laugher in Joanna's class." -- Sam Teets, past student at The University of Colorado.
“I am in love with your class! The group, the pace, the structure, your ability to transition, offer perspective, and encourage us to expand. I don’t want it to end. I feel free and more in touch with my dancing body than ever.” — Avery Oatman, Past Student
“I find myself doing things unimaginable. Taking risks and growing from the experience.” Johannah Franke, 85 years old, Current student of 14 years.
"You are saving lives and shattering time." -- Audrey Maruska, Current Student, 1 year.
"You are the Richard Freeman of the dance world." -- Marcie Goldman, Fonder of Mojo Mastery, and past student of 4 years.
"It's like a radical restoration of our previous persona, dancing like this." -- Nancy Ruff.
“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
"Last night I danced. In my living room. On the floor. In that place. That dog dance space. I felt you, I felt you and knew you are and always will be in my muscle memory. I felt the bear in me, I saw the paws again and the roar. The hawk that I am also embodying. It was, magic. The kind of magic I know I can believe in because it moves the power back into my own body. Brings my childlike curiosity about my limbs back. Puts me where I need to be and reminds me that in this body all is ok, and that from here I move forward. I felt you jo. I miss you. How was the dance last Friday? I was thinking of you all and holding you close." -- Chloe Crotzer, past and also present student of many years who has moved to California.
Frequently Asked Questions:
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. I'm happy to offer you a monthly payment plan. I am unable to refund or modify that payment plan if, 1) You decide not to continue with the class you signed up for at the beginning of the session or 2) You are unable to attend all of the classes that you signed up for at the beginning of the session. If you choose to be on a payment plan, please make your monthly payments on, or close to, the 1st of each month.
Can I take more classes than I originally signed up for?
Yes, it is $34 for any classes you take beyond what you originally signed up for. The amount you owe for any extra classes you take will be calculated and communicated to you at the end of the session.
What happens if I miss a class? How do I make it up?
If you miss a class, you are welcome to come to class on a different day, or you can bring a friend (who is not currently enrolled in The Anatomy of Improvisation) to class to make up for any missed classes.
Do you carry missed classes over to the next session?
No. See above regarding options for making up missed classes.