Creative Arts Therapist / Canadian Certified Counsellor / Registered Clinical Counsellor
There is no talking once you enter the dance floor. Verbal sounds are okay!
This is a drug and alcohol free space.
Respect yourself and each other. Be mindful of other people's personal boundaries. Do not give unwelcome attention or contact to others. Everyone's comfort to being approached and touched is different. Many people prefer to dance in their own space, and others share their space with another.
If you want to engage in a dance with someone, use sensitivity: Check to see if they are open to sharing their space with you. Try mirroring their movements, offer them a hand, make eye contact, and see or feel how they respond. If someone does not want to dance, do not take it personally. Same goes in reverse: If you would rather not dance with someone, or are ending a dance with someone, simply acknowledge them kindly and move back into your own space.
If you do not want to dance with someone who approaches you, place your hands together in a prayer position at your heart and bow out. Please practice not taking it personally when an invitation to dance is a "no thank-you" or when someone consciously completes a dance with you.
This dance space does not tolerate unwelcome approaches, sexual or otherwise. If you disrespect others in this way you will be asked to leave the dance space.
Contact improv dancing is welcome in the space. The wall, the floor and other dancers can inspire a deep movement meditation practice to explore movement, gravity and connection.
Allow each other the space to move freely. If you are dancing energetically or chaotically please keep your eyes open to respect the safety of yourself and others.
Please suspend judgements of self and other.
All ages, sexes and genders welcome.
No prior experience needed.
Wear clothes that you feel comfortable moving in.
Bring a water bottle. Things heat up as the dance lasts for 1 hour!
Optional Invitation: bring something to put on the community alter that represents an individual intention you're bringing to your dance.
Participation- All who enter agree to participate. The opening and closing circles are important to the cohesion of the group. We encourage you to arrive on time and stay until the end whenever possible. If you choose to witness, practice taking in the whole room and everyone in it without staring, judging, or creating stories. Try to stay present in your own body even if you are not moving. Stillness is a part of the dance. As a witness you are not just a passive observer, but a part of the experience.
Let Jade know if you need assistance at any time during the dance.
There will be a variety of music played from different genres. The music follows a slow, medium, fast and cool down pattern.