[PhiladelphiaDANCE.org Listserv] Underscore is Saturday, April 28

Loren Groenendaal lorengroenendaal at gmail.com
Thu Apr 26 15:27:56 EDT 2018

Hello Philadelphia dancers,

You are invited to participate in the Underscore. This practice was
developed by contact improviser Nancy Stark Smith and is designed to be a
focused but open jam to nurture contact duets and other improvised
compositions. If you have not done it before, please come to the Talk
through at 11:30 to learn how to participate in this practice. The actual
practice is predominately non verbal, so the talk through sets up the

I hope you will join us for this wonderful practice. There is more
information below, but you can also read more about it below or email me
with questions.


*Underscore <https://www.facebook.com/events/214762982410886/> *
Saturday, April 28, 2018
*Underscore Talk Through*= 11:30am-12:30pm at Steap and Grind,
<http://www.steapandgrind.com/>1619 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
If you haven't had a Talk Through before or you want a refresher, come to
this meeting to be oriented to how to do the Underscore Practice
RSVPs are helpful, but not required this month

*Underscore Practice*= 1-4pm at Mascher Space Cooperative
<http://www.mascherdance.org/>, 155 Cecil B. Moore. Philadelphia, PA 19122
Space opens by 12:50pm. Ring the bell to get in.
Facilitated by Loren Groenendaal

More info/ Invite your friends: https://www.facebook.

This is NOT a come and go jam. Plan on committing to the whole session.
Built into this long duration, there is time for preparation and recovery.

As this is a long jam without coming and going, it is highly recommended to
bring SNACKS for yourself and ideally some to share with the group in the
Harvest and Thanksgiving time at the end.

It is recommended to bring a JOURNAL and PEN for reflection during the
score or learning the score in the talk through.

The Underscore Practice is a simple and beautiful structure for a focused
jam-like practice developed by Nancy Stark Smith. The structure is a
precise, but open platform for investigation of contact improvisation and
solo and group improvised composition. The score is an organic
developmental nonverbal sequence that provides focus to the dancing
community and opens up possibilities for movement, awareness, connection,
and various physical/mental states. We commit to participating in the
entire score.

The Underscore Talk Through outlines the structure of the Underscore Practice,
so that participants are all practicing together and nonverbally. The talk
through also provides a common language and glyphs (symbols) to use when
reflecting on our practice in the concluding Thanksgiving and Harvest. If
you have not participated in an Underscore talk through before, you should
attend. The talk through introduces you to the structure of the jam, so we
can nonverbally follow the dancing journey together.

Nancy Stark Smith, who originated the practice, describes it this way:
"The Underscore is a vehicle for incorporating Contact Improvisation into a
broader arena of improvisational dance practice; for developing greater
ease dancing in spherical space—alone and with others; and for integrating
kinesthetic and compositional concerns while improvising. It allows for a
full spectrum of energetic and physical expressions, embodying a range of
forms and changing states. Its practice is familiar yet unpredictable." (

QUESTIONS: Email LorenTeachesMovement at gmail.com or LorenGroenendaal@

*Loren Groenendaal*
MFA in Choreography
BA in Dance and Visual Arts
Certified Movement Analyst
Freelance Teaching Artist as Loren Teaches Movement
Founding Artistic Director of Vervet Dance <http://www.vervetdance.org/>
Founding Member, Curator of Impermanent Society of Philadelphia
Founding Member, Board Member, Artist in Residence of Mascher Space
Cooperative <http://mascherdance.com/>

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<https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/fiscal/profile?id=8174#about_project> to
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