Cocréa Fusion Partner Dance Workshop

We are thrilled to return to Ashland! This will be a foundational to beginning level workshop for those interested in learning Blues, the emerging style of Fusion, and how to dance with others as a conscious practice for life.
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All welcome to lead and/or follow!

The Haven
Ashland, OR

Saturday, 5pm-9pm
Sunday, 12pm-4pm

Early Bird (before March 5th): $80
Regular Price: $95

Please pre-register so we know how many people to plan for. Thank you!

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Cocréa DCNW
Connection: The Butter Zone
The corner stone of any partner dance is a solid and supple connection between two people. This class dials in the ideas of frame and tone and endows dancers the presence and awareness required to adjust in real time, finding the perfect connection with each new partner.

Conversational Dance: Freedom from Convention
We all want to be heard, but it’s hard when both people are talking! The art of listening is one of the subtlest and most challenging, especially when you’ve got something burning to say. We’ll focus on giving and taking space in both lead and follow roles to the purpose of creating a fluid give and take in which both people are listening AND responding in real time. REALLY FUN especially to faster music! 🙂

Borrowing techniques from Aikido, Qigong, and Suzuki, this class is all about harnessing your own center in order to show up fully. We approach partnering from the conviction that to be an effective co-creator, you’ve got to master yourself first. If interdependence is the goal, self-confidence and trust are the tools to get there.

Name It, Frame It, Change It
Sometimes you don’t want to say anything, and those are sometimes the exact moments when ya have to. This is a communication class designed to give dancers the experience of clearly stating when something is happening that is making them uncomfortable, and giving them tools to change the situation without alienating their dance partners. Bringing in Authentic and Compassionate Relating practices, and reflective listening, this is next generation dance instruction synthesizing spoken and unspoken language.

Owning Your Liquid Self: Blues in a Fusion Context
We have the capacity to move in incredibly fluid ways with all these limbs of ours. Using the Blues vernacular, this class teaches the juicy qualities of blues with different musical contexts and helps dancers craft smooth, elegant, and unified dances.

Physics for Dancers
Tension. Compression. Momentum. What does it all mean?! And more importantly, how can you harness these forces of nature to make your dancing more dynamic and exciting? This class will explore the metaphor of dancers as planets orbiting, accessing movement by looking at vectors; bring more juicy, elastic connection into your dancing and discover how to use rotational force to create a perpetual flow of easeful and delightful play.

Fusion Musicality: Isolating Elements
Dancing the layers within a song is one of the unique facets of fusion that makes it so fun. We’ll learn to identify different rhythmic patterns within one song from both percussive and melodic sources and how to communicate fluid transitions and sudden changes between them safely and artfully.