From Ground to Sky: A ten-day contact improvisation intensive, July 19–28 | First Half, July 19-22 | Second Half, July 24-28

From Ground to Sky
with Alicia Grayson and Jonathan Lilly

This ten-day intensive is an exploration of contact improvisation that weaves technique and skills together with creativity and expression. Dancing near the shores of Lake Champlain, our work will be influenced and inspired by the beauty of the natural environment.

Two instructors will teach daily classes exploring parallel themes in contact improvisation. Jonathan's series, “Movement Mechanics and Awareness”, will provide a container for a systematic investigation of essential sensing and movement pathways informed by classical contact improv exercises, somatic practices, and martial arts.

Alicia's series, “A Journey through the Chakras”, will explore the chakras and the associated elements as a base for the positive transformative potential of contact improvisation, incorporating skill-based work with psycho-spiritual and nature-based investigations. Nightly open jam sessions will provide the time and space to further explore, digest, create, and play.

This intensive is intended for people who are wanting a focused investigation into the practice of contact improvisation, and who are committed to developing their physical skills as well as expanding their artistic and human expression. Dancers of all levels are welcome.

It is possible to register for the entire intensive, or for only the first half (July 19--22) or second half (July 24--28).

Alicia Grayson has been passionately involved with dancing, teaching, and performing contact improvisation for the past 30 years, and regularly travels nationally and internationally to teach. Jonathan Lilly came to contact improvisation in 2013, and brings twenty-five years of experience training in and teaching the martial art of aikido, a direct ancestor of this dance form.

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Jonathan came to contact improvisation in 2013, after twenty years of training in aikido, a martial art that can be said to be a direct ancestor of this dance form. His movement and teaching styles are deeply informed by his experience with the Feldenkrais method of somatic education, as well as by a daily meditation practice in the Tibetian Buddhist tradition. In addition to thousands of hours of experience teaching aikido, he has taught workshops or classes in contact improvisation at a half-dozen locations in the US and Canada. In his day job, he studies ocean physics.


July 19–28, 2019


$600–$700 sliding scale + optional $225 meal plan | First half $275-325 + optional $85 meal plan | Second half $375-425 + optional $115 meal plan


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Published May 13, 2019