Being Danced is a vehicle for embodying presence and playfulness.
A movement class geared towards igniting the creative spark in humans.
A unique and innovative style of dance that creates a safe, playful, and loving space for you to release inhibitions and dare to be seen.
We work as an ensemble in silly and theatrical ways to co-create an alive response to our togetherness.
Participants will be guided through simple scores, and games that create connection, promote positivity and develop awareness training.
Gifts you will receive from this class:
To participate with life in a more authentic way.
To trust your instincts and intuition.
To find intelligence in improvisation.
Laughter and Full Permission to be yourSelf.
The container is a safe place to revel in your inner child's creative genius! An improvisational playground for collaborating in community through movement, theater, and humor.
The space is created so that each and every one of us have an opportunity to be seen and heard.
A creative outlet to give voice and movement to what is alive for you.
From this place your have deeper access to your own potency for participating with this great turning that is happening on our beloved planet.
"True play is revolutionary. While tradition conserves and preserves, play turns over a new leaf, turns things upside down, stands things on their heads. We’re urged to play around and not follow the rules, to take risks, to be spontaneous, open-ended, experimental and inventive. Play is accessible to everyone."~from James Carse's 'Finite and Infinite Games'
2nd Friday of the month
Finnish Hall (upstairs room)
1970 Chestnut Street, Berkeley
$25 ~cash, paypal, or eventbrite link:
Dedicate this magical day to play, connection, and embodied improvisation! Yeah Team!
Find an aligned gain in your energy from practices designed to deepen trust and togetherness. Come dance and co-create from the potency of spontaneity in the Flowspace Arts Temple.
This class is for you if:
~you are curious about collaboration and community
~you are looking for new ideas on how to interact with others in movement spaces.
~You are new to contact improvisation and wanting to learn the basics
~you are interested in art, comedy, drama, and improvisation.
~you are curious about letting go and allowing life lead the way.
~you would like to spend your day in a beautiful space with beautiful people.
1) Pay online to Eventbrite.
2) Paypal or cash at the door.
"In her Being Danced classes, Shannon does a fabulous job creating a safe and fun space for participants to play, relax, dance, sing, express themselves, and heal. Rather than just letting people dance on their own, Shannon leads playful dance improvisations and games much of the time. She knows when to lead playfully or seriously, when to let others lead, and when and how to defuse a potentially awkward situation that is forming in the group. She is kind to everyone, without judgment." ~Cassandra Duggan, LCSW
" Shannon will free your spirit and open your creative channels."
"Each Being Danced session is different given the tenor of Shannon's facilitation, the tempo of the gathered players, and the 'third body' wisdom that emerges moment to moment.
All experiences of Being Danced contain some magic."
"Shannon provides an inspiring, safe, and joyful container for play, in which she accepts and encourages creative ideas from all participants. The Live music that supports the group is brilliantly inspired and varied." ~Zorg Ztocouc
What stood out for me at Being Danced is the communal feeling that arose from participating in the exercises and games offered. There was a surprising and delightful creative expression evoked from the participants. I left with a feeling of deep relaxation as well as a sense of new and now easily-accessed creative potentials.
"The landscapes created were always rich and stimulating. Individual creativity and group synergy constantly weaving and dissolving patterns. The platform offered void of judgements and pretenses allowed us to tap into our own unique creativity and style and soar higher and higher till we fell into deep silence."
"Deliciously decentralized, collaborative, individualistic, yet playfully structured with purpose. It's a lot of fun simply moving around in a room with a small group of fantastic humans."
"So many of my wants and needs were met today in the best Being Danced I have been to. Shannon is masterful with creating a container that is safe and judgment free, where we can all express ourselves however it comes out of us. We danced, giggled, played, smiled, meditated, co-created and shared ourselves in this amazing art space with beautiful souls and ended with few moments of sound healing."
"Being Danced is full embodied fun, the venue is exceptional, and Shannon is delightfully masterful!" ~Yakov
"A place to ignite and celebrate the play inherent in all of us." ~ Kevin Elfman
"A magical secret playground that we co-create." ~Ellie Cyrce
"Being Danced is one of the places, if not The place I feel most at home. Sound, movement, touch, silence, creativity!" ~Cydney Grogan
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WE HAVE COME
By Jewel Mathieson
"We have come to be danced not the pretty dance not the pretty pretty, pick me, pick me dance but the claw our way back into the belly of the sacred, sensual animal dance the unhinged, unplugged, cat is out of its box dance the holding the precious moment in the palms of our hands and feet dance We have come to be danced not the jiffy booby, shake your booty for him dance but the wring the sadness from our skin dance the blow the chip off our shoulder dance the slap the apology from our posture dance We have come to be danced not the monkey see, monkey do dance one, two dance like you one two three, dance like me dance but the grave robber, tomb stalker tearing scabs & scars open dance the rub the rhythm raw against our souls dance WE have come to be danced not the nice invisible, self conscious shuffle but the matted hair flying, voodoo mama shaman shakin’ ancient bones dance the strip us from our casings, return our wings sharpen our claws & tongues dance the shed dead cells and slip into the luminous skin of love dance We have come to be danced not the hold our breath and wallow in the shallow end of the floor dance but the meeting of the trinity: the body, breath & beat dance the shout hallelujah from the top of our thighs dance the mother may I? yes you may take 10 giant leaps dance the Olly Olly Oxen Free Free Free dance the everyone can come to our heaven dance We have come to be danced where the kingdom’s collide in the cathedral of flesh to burn back into the light to unravel, to play, to fly, to pray to root in skin sanctuary We have come to be danced."