All of my workshops are focused on deepening the understanding of ourselves, our relationships, and life through the lense of Contact Improvisation. CI is a martial art, an awareness training, and an improvisational movement form that guides its participants to gain somatic intelligence and deep listening skills while having a ton of Fun!
CI is a partner dance form with no gender roles and is based upon the principles of physical touch, momentum, and sharing our weight with another. We follow the language of sensation to investigate and develop a truthful relationship with being present and attuned to yourself and your enviornment.
In my workshops you will learn fundamental skills for navigating this potent art sport while having your touch needs met in a safe and potent container.
Workshops will focus on the fundamentals of Contact Improvisation:
*Floor work—Knowing how to create safety and strength in the body through spirals and rolls.
*Understanding the architecture of the body and how to safely hold and support weight.
*Working with the natural laws of physics to safely support the momentum, and risk taking in
*Learning to modulate your body’s tone, density, texture, levity, extension, and flavor to enhance the dynamic range in your duets.
*Exploring being off balance, off the vertical axis, and off your rocker! Lol!
*Getting clear on how to initiate movement from your eyes, top of head, tail, finger tips, and toes.
*Allowing your core and periphery to become friends and work together to develop greater listening skills.
These workshops will leave you feeling massaged, met, touched, curious, contemplative, and energized
Hawaii Eco Retreat
Tensegrity=Tension + Integrity
In this Contact Improvisation dayshop we will dive into and develop our innerstanding of Tensegrity. A sequence of solo and duet practices to dedicate our time to an upgraded knowing of being EMBODIED in our CORE. From this place we share our center with others through the ‘rolling point of contact’....the quintessential practice of Contact Improvisation.
Early bird: $70
subject line: Sept CI
@ Hawaii Eco Retreat
Momentum: Fall steadily and readily
This month-long committed group is focused on deepening our comfort level in the act of Falling. Momentum and falling are prerequisites to a satisfying contact improvisation duet. A sequence of solo, duet and group practices to upgrade our capacity to maintain relaxation while falling.
From here we are able to trust in the sensation of falling, of MOMENTUM and launch into a new awareness of the delightful practice of Contact Improvisation.
Early Bird: $175
(before Oct 15)
subject line: Nov CI
A Bit About Me
Shannon Sahaja is an embodiment alchemist with 2 decades of teaching and performing in the improvisational arts. Graduating Magna Cum Laude from one of the top dance conservatories in the country, Shannon went on the developed a skill set as a movement arts teacher that will knock your socks off. She has a unique ability to create safety for her students while spicing things up with humor and spontaneity.
As the Creative Director of Ecstatic Dance Oakland since 2015, Shannon witnessed how Ecstatic Dance brought Contact Improvisation to a massive amount of dancers new to the art form. Yet she felt frustrated that the true technique and practice of CI became watered down, and misinterpreted.
Shannon is committed to building a firm foundation for those wanting and willing to learn this martial art, dance, sport as a way of life.
Shannon studied extensively with many of the most influential practitioners of CI: Nancy Stark Smith, Chris Aiken, Andrew Harwood, Karen Nelson, Ray Chung, Kristie Simpson, Scott Wells, and Kathleen Hermesdorf.