Teachers, DJ’s & Music

This is a collaborative event, so that means that you’ll be co-creating the workshop options right along with us. We'll include open offerings time where the community has a chance to say what they’d like to learn and you can share your gifts and skills with the group. If there's something you'd like to share with the group, please come with supplies or whatever you need to share your gifts. It doesn't have to be dance-related!

Teachers

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Wren Lafeet

CoCreator - Cocréa


Wren teaches and DJs internationally, enlivening communities with his signature partner dance modality, Cocréa. He is a celebrated TEDx speaker and ardent proponent of pioneering a new renaissance through co-created movement and consensual touch. Dancing professionally off and on since 1999, teaching since 2008, and partner dancing virtually since he was in the womb, Wren's work is deeply influenced by nature, relationship, mindfulness and messing up. Cocréa is Wren's and his cocreation partner, Antje's, reimagining of Fusion partner dance into a somatic awareness practice and form of social permaculture. Learn more from his article in the published book, "ReInhabiting the Village", and website, www.dancecocrea.com
Eloquent, articulate and talented, …spreading the consciousness of connection through the lens of partnered dance far and wide.

– Mark Metz, Creator/Editor of Conscious Dancer Magazine

Ari Levitt

Roll Up the Rug


An incredibly versatile dancer & world-class instructor, Ari is well-known for his fun, energetic, and delightful classes that can't help but inspire students with a love and passion for dance. He has been teaching and performing nationally, and internationally for over 25 years; is the co-founder and director of "Waltz Week in Vienna", "New Zealand Dance Adventure", “Heart Soul Fusion", “Harrison Hot Springs Dance & Spa Retreat”, & "Mexico Dance Retreat"; and is one of this country's leading innovators and instructors in the areas of “fusion” ballroom, Latin, swing, blues, waltz, night club 2-step, and more.

When not dancing, Ari is a physician on faculty at Singularity University's prestigious "Exponential Medicine", and is a pioneer in the burgeoning field of "Experiential Wellness Medicine" which, among other things, uses dance movement, technique, & connection as a modality for diagnosing and treating patients, and as a greater rubric for motivating healthy behavior & finding balance and joy in life.
Visit his website at: Rolluptherug.com
I've taken private lessons and classes from quite a few teachers, and I learned more from Ari about connection and partner dancing in one hour at the Bistro than I did in a hundred hours with the studios...

-- P.K. (Seattle, WA) Aug 2010

Carey French

Embodied Consent


Carey French is a joyful dancer, a curious learner, and a grounded and passionate facilitator. She chews hard on the word ‘integrity.’ She has been learning and teaching about consent for the past three years as the effects of it have been reverberating powerfully through her life. She aims to support individuals and communities in practicing tools for safe authentic connection and pleasure! She thinks boundaries are sexy.
Check her out at: www.embodiedconsent.com/

Christina Gonzalez

Latin Fusion


Christina has danced Salsa basically since she could walk. With a partner or on her own, if the music was playing, she had to move. In college she discovered blues, started taking classes, and that opened the door to the world of partner dancing! An Argentine Tango intensive led her to co-founding a club for Tango where she taught beginner lessons and choreographed a group performance. Nowadays, she has a broad background of dance styles and performs, teaches, and hosts events in Seattle. Dancing for her is all about feeling the music in her body and letting it move her.

Stephen Harvey

Moving with Lifts


I’m Stephen Harvey also known as Wonder. I started learning hip hop at the age 9. I am a self taught improvisational mover for 17 years. I also had the influence of sport to help in my physical capabilities and agility. The four years of wrestling being most prominent. In 2011 I began social dancing and taking technique classes. One class that stands out is a partnering class where we played and explored moving in partnership with another. Now I have been teaching fusion and contact improvisation (CI) for two years.

Paco

Dips - Executing complex dips safely on the social dance floor


From Opera Houses to underneath freeways, to beaches, cliffsides, theaters, and abandoned train tunnels, Paco has danced in them all. Bringing a classical sensibility to contemporary dances, he strives to push dancers to experiment and realize the near limitless possibilities of partner dancing. Paco had taught and DJ'd in Seattle, Portland, and Denver, as well as performed for the Seattle Opera, 5th Avenue Theater and various dance companies throughout the Pacific Northwest. He is excited to be spreading his love of Fusion dance into the wilderness of his new home on the Olympic Peninsula!

Atoro

Immersive Connection / Bypassing Thought


Atoro, born and raised in Northern California, is a passionate and soulful dancer and teacher. Before discovering Zouk while still in its infancy in the US, Atoro was a trained teacher of Latin and Ballroom. After that chance encounter he dedicated himself utterly to the forms of Zouk and after several years of study began teaching in DC. Over his 8-year career as a Zouk teacher he has taught, DJ’d, and performed at Zouk and Latin congresses throughout the US and internationally. He founded and co-founded the Zouk dance tribes in DC and Atlanta respectively - both of which have grown into beautiful and thriving communities of which he is very proud.

Atoro’s personal dance style is a form of NeoZouk centered within deep and honest connection, as well as the present-moment improvisation and breaking of patterns that come from being entirely in the moment. His area of particular expertise is the internal form of lead and follow called Suwai and the corresponding flow-state achieved through silent mind and deep body listening. His teaching emphasizes going beyond the repetition of patterns, to understanding the flow and soul of the movements. He is currently based in Atlanta and teaches with his wonderful partner, Firefly.


Musicians

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Adam Knight & Beloved Orion


Adam Knight is a duo of singer/songwriter Adam Kightlinger and musician producer (aka Beloved Orion) Justin Bjur. They were childhood elementary school mates in Southern Oregon and reconnected in Northern California 15 years later, When Justin was looking into going to a wilderness awareness school that Adam was attending. Justin later decided to go to school full time for music at Berklee online and commit 100% to being an artist and producer. Adam Kightlinger was at the time recording an album with a funk/soul band. During that time they were getting together often to explore making music together. They quickly realized that their musical chemistry was strong and fluid. After a year of working together they were ready and to start releasing music under Adam Knight.

DJ's


CONFIRMED DJ'S:


• Paco
• Stephen Harvey
• Cliff Clive
• Sarah Henderson
• Wren Lafeet
• Ari Levitt
• Cody Dwyer
• Sarah Peller
• Justin Bjur