Gaga Class with James Graham
Dec
17
4:30 PM16:30

Gaga Class with James Graham

Gaga is the movement language developed by Ohad Naharin/ Batsheva in Tel Aviv, Israel. Gaga movement classes are a guided movement experience of images, ideas, directions, and prompts. We move (however large or small) for the entire class adding layer upon layer. We will float our flesh, pull our bones, experience physical climaxes, challenge what we think are our limits, become aware of our habits and change them, and take pleasure moving and dancing in a welcoming studio. We work at our own volume, so whether you have never moved or move every day, you can connect to Gaga.

We allow no mirrors, and no observers. It would not be possible to join the class after it's started.

James Graham is a San Francisco based choreographer, performer, and teacher. James Graham Dance Theatre, presents the work of James Graham while also curating the work of others, namely in Dance Lovers, his annual show of duets on Valentine’s day weekend. James Graham Dance Theatre has recently been presented at ODC Theatre, Micadanse in Paris, France, UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Playhouse, in the Daegu International Dance Festival in South Korea, The Nourse Theatre and Davies Symphony Hall (commissioned by the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus), at the University of Calgary, Canada, Dominican University, National Queer Arts Festival, Kunst-Stoff Arts, Too Much! Festival, Movement Research at Judson Church, Joe Goode Annex, The Ohio State University, and in the Golden Gate Park National A.I.D.S. Memorial Grove.

In 2017 he received an IZZIE for “Outstanding Performance as an Ensemble” with Sebastian Grubb for their performance in JGDT’s “Homeroom.” In 2015 he received an IZZIE award for “Outstanding Achievement in Performance for an Individual” (for his Entire Season) and was nominated for an IZZIE for Outstanding Choreography (for “Guilty Survivor”).

In 2007, he first went to Israel to study Gaga, made possible by the Kathryn Karipides Scholarship in Modern Dance. Graham was chosen by Ohad Naharin (Batsheva Dance Company) to be a Certified Gaga Instructor and to take part in his pilot training program of international Gaga teachers. He has taught Gaga extensively on the West Coast, in the Midwest, as well as in France, Canada, South Korea, Germany, Sweden, Thailand, and Israel. He has been invited to teach at Oberlin College, Denison University, Kenyon College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Reed College, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Ohio State University, California State University East Bay, College of Marin, and at the SF Clown Conservatory.  He is currently on faculty at the University of California, Berkeley and Dominican University of California/LINES BFA Program; Graham also teaches open Gaga classes Tuesday evenings at the SF Conservatory of Dance.

Graham received an M.F.A. in Dance from The Ohio State University in 2010, focusing on performance, choreography, and video. He graduated from UC Berkeley in 2005 with a B.A. in Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies. He currently performs with Lisa Wymore & Sheldon Smith’s Disappearing Acts and the Joe Goode Performance Group.

 

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Belly Dance Workshop with Danielle Schoon
Dec
10
4:30 PM16:30

Belly Dance Workshop with Danielle Schoon

If you want to shake it like Shakira; if you want to explore some new muscle groups; if you want to play; if you want to learn how to appreciate Middle Eastern music; if you have done belly dance before; if you have never done belly dance... this class is for you!

This belly dance workshop will introduce participants to the basic technique and movement vocabulary of classical Egyptian and American 'Oriental' dance. We will also explore styling and musicality choices and play with some improvisation. All levels of experience are welcome. Participants will leave feeling confident enough with the form to participate in casual dancing at a Middle Eastern social event. This Workshop is welcoming to all abilities and genders.

Danielle Schoon has a Master's degree in Dance from the Department of World Arts and Cultures at UCLA and is a part-time Lecturer in the Department of Dance at The Ohio State University. As a graduate student at UCLA, Danielle studied Egyptian dance under the tutelage of Tamra Henna and Aisha Ali. When she returned to her home state, Arizona, she continued to study with Helena Vlahos and Ava Fleming. She made her performance debut in Tucson with the musical group, Zambuka, and continued to perform belly dance for ten years in the Tucson community and beyond. She taught Belly Dance for Fitness at Pima Community College for five years, a class that promoted body acceptance, community building, and physical and emotional well-being. As part of her doctoral research at the University of Arizona, Danielle traveled several times to Istanbul, Turkey, where she studied the Turkish Roma ('Gypsy') style with Reyhan Tuzsuz. She has taught multiple workshops and master classes in this style. Danielle's classes are welcoming to all abilities and genders.

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Beginner Improvisation with Russell Lepley
Nov
26
4:30 PM16:30

Beginner Improvisation with Russell Lepley

Explore and identify different parts of the body through guided improvisation with a playful and non-judgemental approach. Move through different movement qualities, create shapes and patterns, and develop tasks that require interaction with and awareness of the entire group. This workshop is welcome to absolute beginners to improvisation. Cost $20.

Russell, Columbus native, is returning after 11 years of working domestically and abroad as a professional dancer. He was drawn to theater and dance at an early age and left home at 17 to join Houston Ballet II. While in Houston, he had the privilege of seeing Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal perform “Minus One” by Ohad Naharin. Fascinated by a form of contemporary dance he’d not previously been exposed to, he was compelled to audition and succeeded in obtaining a position in their company. During his years in Montreal, he had the honor of working personally with internationally regarded choreographers Mats Ek, Jiri Kylian, and Ohad Naharin, among others, and was able to participate in extensive international touring. In his third year with the company, he encountered German choreographer, Stephan Thoss and, after an exciting collaboration, he was invited to join Thoss’s company in Wiesbaden, Germany. There he tested the limits of his body, dancing an extensive repetoire by Thoss, as well as, collaborations with choreographers like Johan Inger. In this period, Russell developed a profound appreciation for the practice of yoga as a means of self-care and an interest in creating healthier environments, physically and mentally, for dancers. Searching for a director with more humanity and a company that offered more range creatively, he had the fortune of being connected with Karl Alfred-Schreiner, based in Munich’s Gärtnerplatztheater. He spent the next three years exploring his range, and rediscovering his passion for theatricality with choreographers William Forsythe, Alexander Ekman, Jo Strømgren, and Erna Omarsdöttir among others. The most rewarding experience of his time in Munich, however, was meeting his husband and collaborator Filippo. Desire to build a family and to be close to home, while sharing their passion and creativity led to the creation of Flux + Flow.

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Draw a Dancer with artist Mary Jane Ward
Nov
12
4:30 PM16:30

Draw a Dancer with artist Mary Jane Ward

Learn about the techniques and methods used by the artist currently on display at Flux + Flow Gallery, Mary Jane Ward. As a demonstration, she will be sketching a dancer. Attendees will be welcome to observe and ask questions about her process as she draws live. After the demonstration, there will be a drawing workshop where participants will have the chance to draw a dancer with the aid and instruction of Mary Jane in the Flux + Flow studios.

Price Options :

$25  Demo+Workshop  / $10 Demonstration only ( 1 hour  ) / $20 Workshop only ( 3 hours )

Mary Jane Ward was born in Eugene, Oregon. She had a nine year career as a professional dancer in companies, one of which was the Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, where she met Russell Lesley (co-director of Flux + Flow). Mary Jane teaches portrait and plein air classes at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center and is a member of the Ohio Plein Air Society, She prefers to draw and paint from life and finds inspiration in the presence of her subjects. Whether sitting in a studio with a model, or fully immersing herself in a landscape, the hours spent are meditative and transformative. 

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YOGA TO FREE YOUR VOICE with Abby Dorn / KIRTAN LIVE MUSIC with Bhakti Mamas
Nov
5
5:00 PM17:00

YOGA TO FREE YOUR VOICE with Abby Dorn / KIRTAN LIVE MUSIC with Bhakti Mamas

YOGA to FREE your VOICE : This workshop will invite you to release tension and judgement and explore your unique voice through the yoga practice. We will practice postures and breathing to open and relax the whole body, connect to the core, and release tension in the shoulders, neck, and face. The practice will end with some mantra chanting and meditation. No singing or yoga experience required!

After the Yoga snacks and beverages will be available while waiting for the Kirtan to start.

KIRTAN LIVE MUSIC with Bhakti Mamas : Yoga teachers Abby Dorn and Holly Moretti began singing sacred music as the Bhakti Mamas in 2009. Bhakti Yoga/Kirtan is a group practice of devotional/inspirational singing. The Bhakti Mamas lead a participatory blend of Mantra Meditation and more traditional spiritual selections that relax and uplift. Their style is Folk/New Age with a full instrumental sound and beautiful vocal harmonies. 

Abby Dorn :

Abby Dorn has been teaching yoga fulltime for the past 14 years. She completed 500 hour certification with BeYoga/Ishta Yoga in New York City in 2002. In 2003, she completed a prenatalyoga training with Carrie Parker Gastelu, and in 2004 she became certified to teach Itsy Bitsy Yoga TM for babies and toddlers.  Abby believes there is a yoga practice for everyone, and she specializes in adapting the practice to the needs of the student(s). She loves working with all ages, levels of experience and physical abilities, and regularly teaches prenatal, yoga for babies, toddlers and kids, beginners, yoga for cancer, chair yoga, and slow flow. Abby’s approach is a blend of hatha and vinyasayoga and is inspired by the needs of each unique class. She simultaneously nurtures and challenges her students with a steady, mindful, breath led practice that incorporates detailed alignment instruction, flowing sequences and many options for personal adaptation.

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Introduction to Tango with Eric Mehl
Nov
4
4:30 PM16:30

Introduction to Tango with Eric Mehl

This is an exploration of the most  iconic partner dance that uses sequences which emphasize core connection, elasticity, and intention.  This dance constantly engages the balance between partners where no one person has ascendancy.  We will explore weight changes and body shifts while maintaining your own balance along with a partner.  We will touch elements such as being grounded and fulfilling full movement between a count has a basis in other dance forms.  You will be doing everything in tandem while being sensitive to a partners’ balance, size, weight and capacity.  This dance gives pause to think that at every moment you are viably connected to another person while moving within a choreography.  This is a new way to reinterpret dancing skills, and for both novice and advanced dancers can share the ability for learning and dancing as partners.

Please wear either jazz shoes, jazz sneakers or anything that allows ease in pivoting.

The cost is $20 for one person and $30 if you bring a partner ( couple discount not available online ) Please feel free to contact us to sign in as a couple or for any other clarification. 

Eric Mehl has been a Columbus, Ohio resident since 1955.  He graduated with a degree in Ceramics and has a master's in education. Eric started dancing at age 52.  After trying different partner dances, he participated in a Tango workshop and found an instant connection with it both physically and mentally.   He has continually danced it since then and finds it to be a livelong learning process. 

"It is something that adds vibrancy and dimension to my life.  Every day I learn something new about the dance, myself and the people who I dance with".

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Yin Yoga with Andy King
Oct
22
4:15 PM16:15

Yin Yoga with Andy King

Yin Yoga is the practice of holding specific yoga postures to apply gentle stress to connective tissues and joints in order to increase circulation and ease of movement through the main nexuses of the body. This passive approach to familiar yoga postures is the perfect compliment to active use of the body, allowing slow and safe release for the hips, lower back, and shoulders. You will leave this workshop with a basic understanding of Yin Yoga and a handful of tools you can use to safely practice on your own. This practice is appropriate for all levels of student.  

Andy has been a yoga practitioner since 1998 and completed his 200 hour training in the style of Baptiste Power Yoga at Balanced Yoga Studios in Columbus, Ohio. His Vinyasa classes offer a grounding, challenging, and straightforward approach to body and breath awareness. When not in the studio he can usually be found taking every opportunity to get his hands dirty designing gardens, growing food, and studying native plants.

 

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Intermediate/Advance Contemporary Workshop with Mathilde Gilhet
Sep
17
5:30 PM17:30

Intermediate/Advance Contemporary Workshop with Mathilde Gilhet

Mathilde's workshops emphasize Contemporary Dance technique development and improvisation. The technical aspects focus on floor work and develop awareness of our relationship to the floor in all movement levels. The practice studies organic movement, variations in movement qualities and dynamics in our dance, and their impact on the body. Mathilde's approach to floor work investigates the mechanical processes within the body as a means to discover smooth transitions to and from the floor. These engaging sessions will also focus on developing individuals approach to moving and performing confidently. All phrases and exercises delivered have a variety of alternate moves for different levels and individuals movement styles.

 

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Beginner Contemporary Workshop with Mathilde Gilhet
Sep
17
4:30 PM16:30

Beginner Contemporary Workshop with Mathilde Gilhet

Mathilde's workshops emphasize Contemporary Dance improvisation, full-body fluidity, dynamic movement and artistic expression. The practice studies organic movement, variations in movement qualities and dynamics in our dance, and their impact on the body. All phrases and exercises delivered have a variety of alternate moves for different levels and individuals movement styles.

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Contemporary Floor Work with Mathilde Gilhet
Sep
8
7:00 PM19:00

Contemporary Floor Work with Mathilde Gilhet

Mathilde's workshops emphasize Contemporary Dance technique development and improvisation. The technical aspects focus on floor work and develop awareness of our relationship to the floor in all movement levels. The practice studies organic movement, variations in movement qualities and dynamics in our dance, and their impact on the body. Mathilde's approach to floor work investigates the mechanical processes within the body as a means to discover smooth transitions to and from the floor. These engaging sessions will also focus on developing individuals approach to moving and performing confidently. All phrases and exercises delivered have a variety of alternate moves for different levels and individuals movement styles.

Mathilde Gilhet, was born in France and began her studies in 2004 at the Ecole du Centre Chorégraphique National Carolyn Carlson in France. In 2007 she joined the Ballet Junior de Genève where she had the opportunity to work with Alexander Ekman, Itzik Galili, Stijn Celis, Patrick Delcroix, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Lucinda Childs, Thierry Malandain, Andonis Foniadakis, Guilherme Botelho, Gilles Jobin, Yuval Pick, Ken Ossola, Nina Vallon (Forsythe Company), Company 7273, among others. Between 2008 and 2010 she worked regularly with Alias ompany in Switzerland. In September 2010, she joined the Quorum Ballet in Lisbon, Portugal, where she worked with Daniel Cardoso, Itzik Galili, Donald Bird, Gonçalo Lobato, Antonio Cabrita, Pedro Dias, Jácome Filipe, Elson Ferreira and Inês Godinho, etc..

Filippo and Mathilde go way back! They met in France while studying dance and shared their first professional experience together at Ballet Junior of Geneva. Since then they have maintained an intimate friendship and are excited to share creatively once again at Flux + Flow.

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iRest® Yoga Nidra Workshop with Stella Cornett
Aug
11
6:00 PM18:00

iRest® Yoga Nidra Workshop with Stella Cornett

Join Stella Cornett for a relaxing evening to help restore peace and well-being to the body and mind. Yoga Nidra is an ancient form of meditation that supports physical, mental and spiritual healing. iRest® (integrative restoration) Yoga Nidra is a modern variation that helps to heal stress, anxiety, depression, pain and symptoms of PTSD. In this workshop, you will learn self-care skills that can help you feel at ease during the meditation and in your daily life. We will focus on developing the inner resource, which is a safe haven within you that you can always return to when you need to rest, restore and feel at ease.

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Butoh With Michael J. Morris
Jul
14
7:15 PM19:15

Butoh With Michael J. Morris

This two-hour workshop will provide an introduction to butoh, a postmodern approach to movement that originated primarily in the work of Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno in Japan in the 1950s. No previous dance experience is necessary. Anyone interested in exploring their bodies through movement improvisation are welcome—beginners and advanced practitioners alike. Synthesized in the aftermath of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, butoh is now practiced around the globe and has developed through many strategies for generating movement. My approach to butoh cultivates shifting meditative experiences of the body as a mode of becoming. Through a series of layered improvisations, we will explore various states of awareness, duration, and deterritorialization as we engage our bodies as a range of images and other forms of materiality. In this process, we surrender certainty of what a body means or what it might become; we experiment with the potential of the body in relation to others and task-based scores, opening to possibilities for how else we might experience ourselves. In this sense, butoh provides a context in which to investigate the relationship of the body to the world; to explore what can emerge out of states of complexity, crisis, or impossibility; and to practice staying open to what might not be known.

Michael J. Morris is a choreographer, performer, writer, and Visiting Assistant Professor at Denison University where they teach in the Department of Dance, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Queer Studies. Their work focuses on co-creating meaningful shared experiences with other people and destabilizing normative categories through which bodies are made to live. Michael holds a PhD in Dance Studies from The Ohio State University where their research focused on theorizing ecosexualities in performance. They have presented their research at national and international conferences including the Congress on Research in Dance and the Society of Dance History Scholars; Performance Studies International; Queer Places, Practices & Lives; The Meanings and Makings of Queer Dance; Staging Sustainability: Arts Community Culture Environment; the Ecosex Symposium II; and Environmentalism Outside the Box: An Ecosex Symposium. Their writing has been published in The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Theater, TDR: The Drama Review, Choreographic Practices, Dance Chronicle, and the European Journal of Ecopsychology. Michael has served as dramaturge for Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project and Maree ReMalia | merrygogo. From 2011-2015, Michael taught Queer Yoga sponsored by Queer Behavior throughout Columbus. Michael has been practicing butoh since 2005. They first encountered butoh at the American College Dance Festival with Tammy Metz Starr, then went on to study with Yoshito Ohno at the Kazuo Ohno Studio in Yokohama, Japan. They have also practiced butoh with teachers including Yuko Kaseki, Marianne Kim, and Lani Weissbach.

Website: http://michaeljmorris.weebly.com

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Yamuna® Body Rolling With Renie Viola
Jul
14
6:00 PM18:00

Yamuna® Body Rolling With Renie Viola

Yamuna® Body Rolling is a movement re-education system that teaches you to correct unhealthy movement patterns in your body. By learning anatomy-specific routines with specially-designed balls, YBR® teaches you how to realign your bones and massage your muscles and fascia. The ball acts as a hands-on practitioner by dislodging tension, restoring range of motion, and increasing flexibility. YBR® is appropriate for all physical ability levels. 

Renie Viola received her BFA in modern dance from the Ohio State University in 2004, and completed her YBR® certification in New York City in 2008. In 2015 she completed the Pilates Reformer 1 training by Balanced Body. Renie has worked as a professional dancer and movement educator in New York City, Houston, and currently, in beautiful Columbus. 

http://www.renieviola.com/?page_id=74

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