We’re so happy to be holding our Community Dances on Zoom. Whether in our living room or out in the forest, dance is a lifeline, health line and soul line. So is gathering with each other.
In July & August, our schedule changes somewhat. Tuesdays and Thursdays, we'll start our day at 8:45am Pacific Daylight Time with a morning movement and dance practice. Each session is one hour long. We ask you please to pre-register for each dance that you plan to attend. Click the REGISTER & JOIN button for the easy sign-up page.
On Saturday and Sunday, the Zoom Room opens at 10:00am Pacific Daylight Time. The dance will go until 11am and at the end, there will be a 15 minute time for socializing, if you choose to stay.
We’re asking a $5-$20+ payment for each dance. Your generosity is appreciated as many of our teachers’ sole support is our dances. We also realize the current crisis affects everyone differently. No one will be turned away for inability to pay. We’d rather you come no matter what.
Three consecutive Saturday mornings: Aug 22, 29, Sept 5
André and Katie Salvage
Many of us wonder if our nation’s resolve to end racism will endure. At Open Floor Dance we are committed to educating ourselves about social justice and keeping this courageous conversation in process. We recognize that we have deeper personal and professional work to do in order to recognize our own unconscious, ancestral, embodied racism. We must begin here in order to be useful in the long haul.
To this end, we are hosting a 3-part, committed series on anti-racism led by the father-daughter team of André and Katie Salvage.
Group 1: 11am Mon, Aug 17 for 6 wks; Group 2: 4pm Mon, Aug 17; Group 3: 9am Weds, Aug 19 for 6 wks
"The most personal is the most creative." - Martin Scorcese’s advice to a young director
There’s something so magical about meeting regularly with a small group of friends and/or strangers to write together. For writers and non-writers alike, it’s easier to relax into a simple rhythm: writing, sharing, and listening. What comes through us is real, surprising, messy, touching, occasionally heartbreaking, and often hilarious. Over time I begin to depend on the refuge of these brief, weekly gatherings. I know in my bones that writing awakens the mind and connects hearts. Together we’ll practice writing swiftly enough to outrun our habitual censor. I'll offer up a poem, a single word, a wild headline, a song – the doorways to falling into our own creative stream are endless. Then we start to know each other beyond our polished selves.
Ground Floor Lab is a five-day, in-depth tour of Open Floor movement practice. Two of our most seasoned teachers team up to immerse students in our dance curriculum. You’ll come away with an understanding of the core teachings and the skills to use them in your life, both on and off the dance floor. Designed for experienced dancers who intend to apply for the Open Floor Teachers Training.
Given the current health risks, and with epidemic guidelines that are unpredictably shifting around large gatherings, we feel it is best to hold the Ground Floor Lab online. Please know that we have offered a lot thought, care and consideration in this decision. At the core of it is to find a safe and sure way for you to participate and receive a high-quality experience.
The teaching team has shifted to a larger and dynamic trio who have begun to dive into creative and engaging ways of making this offering online work for you. Zoom is certainly a different experience than dancing in person and we get that. So, it might be disappointing. Initially we were disappointed also, and now feel totally engaged and committed in the creative process. We are really thinking out-of-the-box to how we have seen Zoom and online learning utilized. We are movers who turn towards the body to inform and inspire. Our goal, at the end of 5 days, is for you to feel more curious, invigorated, alive and satisfied from time and money well spent exploring on your dance journey.
The daily schedule will vary between 10 am and 8 pm California Time each day, so we can allow for flexibility to incorporate off-camera time, zoom breaks and self-care. We will send out a set schedule at least a month before the Lab.
What stays the same? • The dates are still Sept 9-13. • The price is the same. • There will be 30 hours of in-depth exploration of the Open Floor Curriculum. • We will have 6 hours of engagement per day (this does not mean you will be glued to your zoom screen for the whole 6 hours). • Even though it will be taught differently, the teaching team is committed to bringing you the full Ground Floor Lab experience. • This will fulfill the Ground Floor Lab prerequisite for OFI Teachers Training
What changes? • The lab will now be taught by three teachers: Heather Ehlers, Stacey Butcher, and Jenny Macke. • The daily schedule will vary between 10 am and 8 pm each day, so we can allow for flexibility to incorporate off-camera time, zoom breaks and self-care. • You will save money and help the environment by not driving back and forth to the venue. • You don’t need to make arrangements for travel or accommodation (unless you’d like to treat yourself to being outside your home or buddy up with other participants).
Added benefits of having the Ground Floor Lab on Zoom: • You will be building a network and having rewarding interconnections with participants from a wider geographical area. • You will have the opportunity to learn from three different Open Floor Teachers who are seasoned professionals with a vast amount of experience. • You will be practicing fluidity in an everchanging world. In other words, how do we learn to make it work – even if it is not our preference – and turn towards presence with “what is”? This is an embodied practiced skill that we work with in Open Floor. • You will work with the embodied resources of the Open Floor curriculum while actually dancing in your home. We teach towards “As on the dance floor, so in life” (Kathy Altman, Open Floor Founder). This is an opportunity for this concept to really be explored, in an intimate way, close to home.
“The only one who truly knows me is my tailor. He takes my measurements every time I see him.” …. Victor Hugo
In this weekly class, we will take our own measurements and bear witness to the changing landscape inside and outside ourselves. We’ll look for the places that are tight and where we are loose, where we feel fixed in familiar positions and where we feel more fluid – physically, emotionally, in our thoughts and actions.
Although this is a drop in class where anyone is welcome, we will be building upon a sequential theme each week. This will be an online community of practice; devoted movers taking time to inquire into the nature of how we move in this uncharted world. Dancing, verbal inquiry and sitting meditation will be the lenses we use.
I am very excited to offer something both my homies and folks from the other side of the pond can be part of. I hope you will join me.
Thursdays - Starts September 10, 2020 for 11 weeks 4pm-5:30pm PDT Price per class: $15-25 (No one will be turned away for lack of funds)
$15-25 per class. (No one will be turned away for lack of funds)
“Only paradox comes anywhere near to comprehending the fullness of life.” - C.G. Jung
In a world that appears more polarized by the minute, we are wise to study the nature of paradox.
Paradox is inherent in everything. We expand our chest, our back contracts. We move towards one choice, we move away from another. We face the outside world each day, yet live inside our own internal world view at the same time. We have become accustomed to these daily contradictions.
What if we mined the practice of staying open when more than one thing is true at the same time? What if we used paradox to fuel creative possibilities?
Ancient Chinese wisdom reminds us that everything in life contains the seed of its apparent opposite. Herein lies the gift that all great masters point us towards: include apparent opposites in our mind and heart, attach to neither and embrace both. This is the path to freedom and union, both on and off the dance floor.
Our tools will include Open Floor dance practice, meditation, and verbal inquiry as points of integration. It takes courageous awareness to embrace our humanity and divinity. This workshop will help us hold our feet to our own fire; to be exactly who we are and know ourselves to be more than we can imagine.
Standing up is not a one-time event – it takes fortitude. In relationships, at work, in conversation, with our own habits, we are called to stand up again and again, in matters big and small. Often we have to stand alone. And anyone who has been in a long term relationship (parent, friend, child, partner) knows the power of learning the right moment to “stand down” when conflicts arise. So how do we embody this necessary practice? In this weekend workshop we will mine the innate wisdom of our bodies to investigate:
- Who do we stand behind, beside? - Where are we afraid to stand up? - What won’t we stand for anymore? - How do we stand our ground when the ground is shaking?
Let’s ask the questions together and listen for the answers.
Pre-requisites: 12 hours of instructed conscious dance practice – e.g. Open Floor, 5Rhythms, Soul Motion, Movement Medicine, etc.
For more information and to register:
Saryo Van Lakerveld. Phone: +31 6 481 52 072 Email:
In Good Faith
June 11-13, 2021
with Kathy Altman & Lori Saltzman
When fear is in the driver's seat and hopelessness howls, faith still abides, calling us from seemingly nowhere. Declaring darkness temporary, it builds bridges out of rubble. Crossing takes courage, the ability to tolerate new territory, but the results are more than we can imagine. In this weekend of Open Floor Movement, we will broaden our capacity to enter the unknown. With each step on the dance floor, amongst witnesses who are not afraid of our missteps, we will cultivate this essential tool for rudderless times. We will practice a faith that heals--for ourselves, each other, and a world in need.
The handrails for this journey will be dance, sitting meditation, verbal and written inquiry. Mired or mighty, who you are is enough. What waits...is eager to be found.