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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

We create spaces for students to refine their creative voices in a supportive and challenging environment in response to the social and environmental issues of our times.

ACTIVATING INSTINCTS:  Improvisation and Composition
ACTIVATING INSTINCTS: Improvisation and Composition

Improvisation is a skill cultivated to partner with each moment with a receptive and instinctual body. This class focuses on challenging physical investigations that break open our ability to listen to the mythical inner world, the environment and each other. Participants explore ways to enter states of transformative action through breath, directives, awareness and clarity of purpose to embody a more vibrant performance presence.

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MOVEMENT MYTHOLOGY: Contemporary Technique
MOVEMENT MYTHOLOGY: Contemporary Technique

The body is an instrument that may be fine-tuned to access one's movement voice and sensitize kinesthetic perception. Dances arise from the stories that are held in our bodies; collective memories, experiences and inner states of being. Technique helps us to know ourselves and, at the same time, challenge those perspectives, creating paths towards unexplored potential. This comprehensive training includes work on the floor, self-acupressure, and challenging yet adaptable movement sequences.

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VOICES FOR CHANGE: Creative Process
VOICES FOR CHANGE: Creative Process

This course invites students to excavate their creative voices through interdisciplinary exploration. Participants are exposed to different approaches to the creative process and are encouraged to reclaim, discover or deepen their voice through research, self-reflection, and constructive feedback. This course draws on the teacher's experience directing 20 original group and duet works and as collaborators with renowned companies.

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APAPACHO: Self-Acupressure for Resilience
APAPACHO: Self-Acupressure for Resilience

"Apapacho" is a Nahuatl word (from Rodrigo's homeland of Mexico) that means to soothe the soul. In this online workshop series, you will learn how to use your hands, breath, and gentle movement to cultivate a listening practice of self-care during times of change. You will learn eight potent points in your body that bring emotional balance when held, alchemize pain into wisdom and expand consciousness.

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IMAGINATION IN MOTION: Dance For Children
IMAGINATION IN MOTION: Dance For Children

Imagination in Motion is a course that supports children in their natural ability to play, imagine and dance together with music from around the world while building social skills, empathy and creative empowerment.

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DANCE MONKS founded and curated Ook'ot International Dance Festival in the Yucatan, Mexico in January, 2020. The 8-day intensive focuses on rigorous training and creative experimentation for dedicated students and professionals within a supportive community of high-caliber international artists.

PAST GUEST TEACHERS:

Dr. Yanique Hume (Jamaica) Dances of Orixas

Mijail Rojas (Cuba) Survival Skills for the Stage

Erika Suarez (Xalapa) Contemporary Flamenco

Rodrigo Esteva (Mexico City) Site-Specific Performance

Mirah Kllc Moriarty (US/Slavic) Improvisation & Dance Making

Don Damaso Rivas (Mayan Elder) Expert on Mayan Architecture

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