When i am improvising movement i feel most alive. Creative Momentum’s sessions are inspired by the dozens of teachers with whom i (Joanne) have studied dance improvisation; their names are mentioned further below.
I have also trained in contemporary modern at the Victoria School of Contemporary Dance and Raino Dance, and studied a variety of dance styles, such as ballet, flamenco, swing and other partner dances. As well, i draw on what i have learned from practices such as expressive arts, dance-movement therapy, qi gong, taiji, mindfulness, somatic transformation and trauma-informed grounding techniques.
Here are some of the teachers who i have studied dance improvisation with in previous years, whose activities and ways of facilitating are important threads woven into the fabric of my sessions:
Dancing from the Inside Out & master classes with Margie Gillis,
Improv with Crystal Pite & Kidd Pivot dancers,
DanceAbility Method with Alito Alessi,
Workshops & classes with All Bodies Dance Project, Robert Halley, Jung-Ah Chung, Raven Spirit Dance & Dancers of Damelhamid, Sean Dorsey Dance, Krystal Cook, Julyen Hamilton, Olivia C. Davies, Arash Khakpour, Meagan O’Shea, Treena Stubel & Brandy Baybutt,
Experiential Anatomy with Jennifer Mascall,
Butoh with Jay Hirabayashi,
Gaga Movement Language with Danielle Agami,
Presence of Mind in Motion with Helen Walkley,
Dance for the Camera with Constance Cooke & Grace Salez,
Viewpoints with Ingrid Hansen & Andrew Barrett,
BrainDance with Annemarie Cabri & Lori Hamar,
Authentic Movement with Anthea Browne & Hana Kamea,
Open Floor Movement Practice with Kathy Altman,
5Rhythms with Joanne Winstanley, Soasis Sukuweh & Anne-Marie Hogya,
Faye Driscoll, Alia Swersky & others at the Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation,
and Contact Improv with Anne Cooper, Rosemary Hannon & Kelly Hobson.
Building upon 17 years of facilitating groups, the ways that i facilitate are also influenced by workshops with local organizations. I have taken trainings such as:
Creative Facilitation with Power of Hope,
Safe Harbour with the InterCultural Association,
Creating safer and more inclusive spaces for people of all genders & sexualities with the Positive Space Network,
Anti-racism Intersections with antidote,
Trauma and Resistance with the Victoria Coalition for Survivors of Torture,
Support Training with the Anti-Violence Project,
and Brain Health with the Alzheimer’s Society of BC.