[PhiladelphiaDANCE.org Listserv] Improvisational dance opportunities this weekend

Loren Groenendaal lorengroenendaal at gmail.com
Wed May 15 14:53:36 EDT 2019

Hello Philadelphia area movers,

I invite you to two improvisational dance opportunities this weekend.
If haven't had a Talk Through, you need one to participate. Please be aware
that I am NOT currently planning on offering a talk through at the usual
time just before the Underscore Practice.

Happy dancing,

WHERE: Mascher Space Cooperative, 155 Cecil B. Moore Ave. Philadelphia, PA
WHEN: Saturday, May 18, 2019 2:00-5:00pm Underscore Practice
ADMISSION: $5-$15 sliding scale, No advance tickets. Pay at event (cash,
check, or paypal)

WHO: Any mover who has had an Underscore talk through may participate. If
you've had a Talk Through, you can come at 2:00 just for the practice.

The exact time and place for the May Talk Through has not been set. I could
offer a Talk Through on the evening of Thursday 5/16 after 6pm in either
west or south philly, so be in touch with your interest by emailing
LorenTeachesMovement at gmail.com ASAP or by 5:30pm on Thursday 5/16 at the
very latest to arrange a talk through time and place.

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.

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.

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." (

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.

WHAT: Loren Groenendaal will be teaching Contact Improvisation
WHEN: This Sunday 5/19 1-3 pm
WHERE: Headlong Studios, 1170 S. Broad St. (near Broad/Federal SEPTA stop)
ADMISSION: $10 drop-in

Class Description:
These classes will focus on inspiration from nature imagery, particularly
the elements of water and trees, separately and together. These natural
elements will inform our practice of fundamental and esoteric skills and
principles of contact improvisation. Water will support our abilities in
free flow in space, to connect to each other, and to follow gravity in
unexpected directions (not just down). Trees will help us find grounding,
structure, and strength to support ourselves and others. Trees, water, and
the inter-relationships between water and trees will both inspire us to be
more collaborative and responsive partners, while also maintaining
integrity of self. Loren is currently exploring this subject matter in her
creative work and has for many years, and has rich research to share.
Additionally, this work will support kinesthetic listening, weight sharing,
grace with the unexpected, extending into more dynamic dancing without over
extending one's self. This class is appropriate for both beginners and more
advanced dancers. There will be guided explorations and some time for open

Teacher/Facilitator Bio:
Loren Groenendaal is a Philadelphia-based dance artist and educator,
specializing in contact improvisation (CI), contemporary modern dance,
Balinese dance, the Laban/Bartenieff Movement System (LBMS), creative and
STEAM visual arts and dance. Loren has been dancing CI for 19 years and
teaching CI since 2009 to adults in the communities of Philadelphia,
Boston, and Baltimore as well as a guest at Arcadia University, Juniata
College, Towson University, UNC Greensboro. She has been improvising her
entire life, but her formal studies in CI began at Oberlin College with Ann
Cooper Albright. She holds an MFA in Choreography from the UNCG, where she
continued her CI studies with John Gamble. She has studied intensively with
Nancy Stark Smith, deepening her knowledge of CI, The Underscore, and
States of Grace. Loren is a Certified Movement Analyst from the
Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, which informs her practice
of teaching CI with understanding the macro principles of the form and
micro coordinations for successful movement. Loren is the artistic director
of Vervet Dance; the work is steeped in contact improvisation and inspired
by nature. In Philadelphia, she has also danced with Gamelan Semara
Santi, The Naked Stark, From the Earth Dance Project, Graffito Works, Curt
Haworth, and Lacy James. She is a founding member of the Thursday CI Jam,
monthly Underscore, Mascher Space Cooperative, and the Impermanent Society
of Philadelphia.

If you have QUESTIONS about either this Sunday's class or the Underscore
Practice, please email
LorenTeachesMovement at gmail.com or LorenGroenendaal at gmail.com.

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