Earthdance is an artist-run workshop, residency, and retreat center located in the Berkshire hills of Western Massachusetts.  We provide a dynamic mix of dance, somatic, and interdisciplinary arts training, with a focus on sustainable living, social justice, and community.  Earthdance has been spearheading innovative arts programming and maintaining a beautiful facility for rental groups in the Pioneer Valley for three decades.

Don't miss this opportunity...

This summer & fall at Earthdance, engage in 2 interdisciplinary somatic festivals, 1 transnational dance immersion, and 2 Contact Improvisation workshops. Donna Mejia, Daniel Lepkoff, Tim O'Donnell, and several teachers from the International Interdisciplinary Artists Consortium (IIAC) return to Earthdance for this vibrant season of somatic programming.

Register for you or a friend by July 1st and receive the 30th Anniversary Discount!
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Discover the Feldenkrais Method

Feldenkrais said, “Good posture is the ability to move in any direction without preparation.” This workshop explores the potency of a dynamic stability and how this can improve our ability to move with both power and ease. Experiential Awareness Through Movement lessons, reflection, and dialogue will provide an environment for learning about one’s habits and discover potential for spontaneous and skillful action.

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Defy categorization

For those unafraid of breaking down categories and challenging the dividing lines between a host of movement and improvisation forms, come get your feet wet with Moving Arts Lab 2016, a non-heirarchical, festival approach to somatic exploration. Over 15 teachers from the International Interdisciplinary Artists Consortium (IIAC) will bring their curiosities and personal investigations.

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Call for submissions!
Dance Films Association (DFA) and Earthdance announce the IMAGINE Festival: Film, Technology, and the Body in Action (IMAGINE) September 29-October 1, 2017. The IMAGINE Festival (IMAGINE) explores relationships between technology and the human body in action. The festival will include a weekend of film screenings, film and technology-based workshops, dialogue sessions, and installations throughout the Earthdance grounds. The weekend will be preceded by two residencies at Earthdance to be held in the Spring and Fall of 2017. Projects from these residencies will be presented at the festival.
 
Call for submissions for these residencies is open from now until June 15, 2016!

 

Deepen into development...

Our body begins creating its form during our embryological development. As tissues and structures develop, some remain with us, some are transformed into other structures, and some fade into the background, no longer existing or recognizable as the original structure.

Come enjoy this unique opportunity to work with Body-Mind Centering® founder Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen in a weekend workshop ​​geared towards deepening into various theme​s of in utero developmen.

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Registration is open!
This year, we're reinvigorating a beloved past program of Earthdance in celebration of our 30th. The SEEDS festival gathers artists, scientists, community activists, spiritual leaders, permaculture practitioners, and more, for a ten-day festival of workshops, residencies, performances, discussions, and artistic investigations, forming a unique and vital organism. Faced with how to live on a planet in crisis, SEEDS proposes that the unique intelligence of embodiment can create new approaches for our understanding of ecology and nurturing the earth.
 

Upcoming Workshops & Trainings

May 30, 2016 - 5:00pm - June 4, 2016 - 3:00pm
Announcing the first Tamalpa immersion retreat on the East Coast!
June 4, 2016 - 10:00am - 6:00pm
Feldenkrais said, “Good posture is the ability to move in any direction without preparation.” How do our habits limit our possibilities for movement? How does this relate to ‘posture'? In...
June 23, 2016 - 5:00pm - June 26, 2016 - 5:00pm
Our body begins creating its form during our embryological development. As tissues and structures develop, some remain with us, some are transformed into other structures, and some fade into the...

Upcoming Contact Improvisation Jams

June 12, 2016 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Every 2nd Sunday of the month, our Umbrella Studio swells with improvised movement and music. A live soundscape for dancing is provided by a local musician. Dance and music dialogue together. All...
June 26, 2016 - 3:30pm - 7:00pm
Every 4th Sunday of the month, the dance floor becomes a learning lab for Contact Improvisation. Old- and new-timers discover the form together with a class that leads easefully into a jam. All...
June 28, 2016 - 5:00pm - July 4, 2016 - 3:00pm
Facilitated by Margaret Paek & Rythea Lee Summer is on high during this family-oriented Contact Improvisation Jam. Enjoy brilliant sunshine, grassy fields, fun and games, and dances of all shapes...
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