Welcome to the 2017 Spring Dance New England Weekend

To register online click here.

For a printable registration form that can be mailed in click here.

Friday March 17th 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

St. John’s Episcopal Church
74 Pleasant St. • Arlington, MA

Dance 8:00-11:00pm

8-9:30pm Live Music & Movement Stan Strickland

9:45-11pm DJ Maitri

Saturday March 18th

St. John’s Episcopal Church
74 Pleasant St. • Arlington, MA

Registration and Opening Circle 10:45-11:00

Classes 11am-6:15pm

(for class descriptions and instructor bios scroll to the bottom of the page)

Class Period 1 11:00-12:00 

Parish Hall: Tonya—Heart Fire

Class Period 2 12:15-1:15 

Parish Hall: Journey Dance®—Awaken Your Heart

Outdoors/Offsite:Biking the Minuteman Trail—TBA

Class Period 3 1:30-2:30 

Parish Hall: Hooping—Angie

Outdoors/Offsite:Walking Tour of Arlington—Beth

Class Period 4 2:45-3:45 

Parish Hall: Margaux—The 5 Rhythms & Authentic Relating (Heart Waves)

Memorial Hall: Que—Integrated East West Massage/Body/Energy Work For Dancers

Class Period 5 4:00-5:00 

Parish Hall: Johara—Belly Dancing for Everyone

Memorial Hall: Leslie—Paging the Dance

Class Period 6 5:15-6:15

Parish Hall: Alice—Nia with an African Twist

Memorial Hall: Bill Kennedy—Foot Reflexology

DNE Dinner & Meeting 6:15-7:45

Dance 8-11pm

8-9:30pm Rose

9:45-11pm Dave & Hrana

Saturday Class Descriptions
and Instructor Bios

Title Description Instructor Bio
Heart Fire


Play and explore with movement and mark making. When we approach art and dance from a curious place, we get to discover movements, images, and colors that have meaning for us. Ease into the day by going inward and then expanding to connections with your fellow explorers. All drawing and movement experience levels welcome. Tonya White is an Expressive Arts Therapist utilizing many forms of art to guide others to play, explore, and connect. Expressive Arts Therapy involves visual art, movement, acting, writing, music and more. Tonya works at Massachusetts College of Art and Design and NESCA providing individual and group Expressive Arts Therapy.
Journey Dance
—Awaken Your Heart
Join me for an empowering journey of connection, community, play, and high-vibration fun. Get out of your mind and into your body to reconnect with your passionate heart, your playfulness and your joyous state of well-being. This intentional flow uses guided imagery, freestyle movement exploration, shamanic rituals, and evocative music to lead you towards a state of embodiment, aliveness and bliss.

EVERYONE WELCOME! No dance experience necessary. Bring your willingness to
play, explore, and be open to joyful connection—with yourself and others.

Suzy Spivey is a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist and has been teaching JourneyDance classes and workshops since 2006. She serves as Seasonal Staff at the Omega Institute and is a Certified Journey Dance, Kripalu Yoga Dance, and Shake Your Soul teacher. She is also a Certified Life Coach , specializing in guiding people through transition to transformation. Visit www.suzyspivey.com for more information.
Biking the
Minuteman Trail
Equipment needed: Your bicycle and accompanying gear Steve Robbins
Intro to Hoop Dance

Learn the basics and beyond! We will explore fundamental components to hooping on and off the body. Class is designed for new hoopers and experienced beginners. If you have never hula hooped in your life, we’ll set you up with the proper tools to get started. Experienced beginners will received variations to familiar movements and tricks plus tips on how to drill and improve your technique. Hoop dance is a movement form that incorporates technique, flow and creative exploration of a traditional circus prop. Come join us — expect to be challenged and have tons of fun! y.t. of Boston Hoop Troop
y.t., “yours twirly,” began her hoop dance journey on a camping trip in a bout of sleep deprivation in 2009. In 2010 she joined the Boston Hoop Troop and began teaching in the Greater Boston area to a new generation of hula hoop lovers. When not hooping, y.t. is a professional project manager, piano teacher and a proud member of a local bicycle nerd-gang.
Walking Tour
of Arlington
Beth Cullen
The 5 Rhythms &
Authentic  Relating
( Heart Waves)
The 5 Rhythms is an ecstatic moving meditation practice. It is a practice that Gabrielle Roth brought forward in the 1960s and because of this practice, a movement revolution began. It’s a practice of being fully in the body and yet be able to soar. It is a practice where we let go of the social chatter and the chatter of our mind and return to the heartbeat of our feet where knowledge of our ancient truths arise.
Like The 5 Rhythms, Authentic Relating  Games are filled with offerings that welcome us to explore our ancient and present day truths in a fun, supportive and non judgmental environment.
Margaux Skalecki Medicine Dancer. BFA in Dance , MA in Performance and Healing Education is one of two teachers who lovingly brought The 5 Rhythms, ecstatic movement practice of Gabrielle Roth’s to MA in the 1990s. Margaux’s medicine bag is filled as a certified shamanic practitioner, as a 500 ERegistered child and adult yoga teacher , as a commissioned healer of the Spiritulist Churches, as a Reiki Master, medium, animal communicator,  choreographer and song writer.
One of Margaux ‘s  paths in this life time is to create spaces for children and adults to find their bliss while dancing on their edges, jumping into the unknown and jumping fully back into their bodies.
Www. Margauxskalecki.com
Integrated East West Massage / Body/Energy Work For Dancers

A focus on dancer ailments and injuries, this course focuses on physical and spiritual /energetics both in pairs and self treatment using muscle manipulation, acupressure and Qi Therapy / like Reiki with dietary recommendations of healing herbs right from your market and yoga poses. Enrique (Henry ) Oliveras, LMT, is a Buddhist/Taoist with a background in Asian and western Medicine, he holds 5 STAR Ratings with two mobile massage companies, works with the Hyatt hotel and holds his own practice in Arlington Ma that offers Therapy, dance, stretch in the Chinese and also Indian styles working on a “Yoga Certification ” with Daniel Orlansky after years of private practice, martial arts, spiritual counseling, meditation and western fitness in office and off location.
Bellydance for Everyone

Discover this earthy and sensual dance from the Middle East and beyond. Learn slow serpentine snake-arms, body-waves, Belly-rolls, and figure eights along with fast and fiery hip-locks and shimmies. Wear comfortable clothing and bring any variety of scarf for the hips.

Equipment needed: any variety of scarf for the hips

Johara has been a leading performer, instructor, choreographer, and percussionist since 1995. She is certified in Hatha & Vinyasa yoga and has trained in multiple dance styles. As the director of Snake Dance Theater Company she has performed her innovative blend of traditional (Egyptian,Turkish) and fusion belly dance in Turkey, Greece, Brazil and across the US. She’s produced over 15 theatrical shows. Currently, Johara teaches at the New England Movement Arts and the Dance Complex where she has been a faculty member since 1993.
Paging The Dance

Through a series of guided free-writing exercises, this workshop will provide the opportunity to explore–and share– what dancing has meant to us throughout our lives. A veteran writer and teacher, and a recipient of an NEA, Leslie Lawrence recently published her first book,
The Death of Fred Astaire and Other Essays From A Life Outside the Lines (SUNY Press). Finding the DNE community has been one of the great blessings of her life.
Nia with African Twist

Nia blends the best of movement forms — consciously guiding in your body’s way through dance, martial arts and healing arts including yoga
to provide a full body mind emotion and spiritual experience.(This class is an all level fun movement experience set to great music and can include children over 8 years old …)
Alice Heller’s focus for 2017 is on Nia, early movement education and African dance. She has been working with children and adults for over 20 years. Starting with the classic dance genres, she moved into African dance and then martial arts and Nia.

Besides African dance and drumming, Alice’s studies moved her to work with children in preschools and private class settings. She has taught jazz, creative movement, hip hop, improvisational dance and gymnastics and more recently internal martial arts and Nia (she is a Blue Belt).

Nia classes integrate dance, martial arts and the healing arts including yoga. Alice brings all modalities to her class making them unique and accessible – internally as well as externally.

Foot Reflexology

We’ll create a space for giving, receiving and learning the techniques of foot massage to fellow dancers. Emphasis will be on healing through loving touch. Join us for the pleasure intimacy and joy of learning how to release tension and restore body balance. Beginners especially welcome. Bill Kennedy has taught yoga, massage, reflexology, and meditation for many years. Starting off as one of two pioneering teachers in the early days of yoga at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education with Patricia Walden, he then directed and hosted his own national TV series called Success without Stress reaching tens of millions of people including a demonstration of acupuncture. He has held numerous retreats which all started with Partner Reflexology. His regular Reflexology classes in pregnancy yoga at MIT Medical Department and at CCAE were evaluated as the most popular of all his teaching. He has a PhD in Physics and is a former Research Fellow in Mind Body Medicine at Harvard Medical School. A Reike Master, and trained in Reconnection Healing Energy technique he believes the whole basis of healing is achieved through the loving acceptance of one Soul Friend for another.

Sunday March 19th 

Explore classes in the greater Boston area 

Arlington: Arlington Center, 369 Massachusetts Ave.

11:30-1:30pm Contact: Contact Improvisation Jam $9 drop-in

1:45-3:45pm The Shakti Wave Women Gathering Margaux $15 

6:45-7:45pm Sole to Soul African Dance with Wyoma $15

Cambridge: Dance Complex, 536 Mass Ave. Central Square

1:30-3:30pm—Nectar (Dance) Adults $10-15, Age 6-12 $5-7, Under 6 free

Sunday Descriptions

CONTACT, or Contact Improvisation dance, was originally developed by dance artist Steve Paxton in the 1970’s. Dancers share body weight while in motion, often moving in and out of physical contact while rolling, spiraling, counter-balancing, lifting and falling. Contact is not only playful, pleasurable and fun, it is a forum for discovering who we are beneath our skins. It fine tunes your senses, waking up your ability to listen and respond to each moment. Contact is practiced around the world by people of all ages, bodies and abilities, and is offered at the Center as a weekly jam with revolving leader

The Shakti Wave Women Gathering: Sisters, sisters we have gathered and Marched throughout the world. Now it is time to go deeper, dream bigger and take action. The 5 Rhythms and a shamanic journey will be our catalysts to enter the depths of our birth right as wise women. It is time to reclaim what we already know. $15 Pre-registration suggested visit PAYPAL link on http://margauxskalecki.com

SOLE TO SOUL! African Dance (Wyoma) is an exhilarating dance workout that promotes a deeper connection with self….while having a blast! The dance styles and music are African/Latin/World/Pop. The focus is energizing cardiovascular, along with full body strength and toning exercises, plus yoga stretches to cool down. The choreography is fun, easy to follow..and funky – an incredible workout that will nourish body and soul. Come breakthrough to the Bliss!
Sole To Soul is great for all fitness levels – please wear comfortable clothing and aerobic shoes. For registration please contact wyoma@wyomadance.com

Nectar is a talk-free dance inspired by conscious and ecstatic dance. It is a space to enjoy and explore embodiment, physical expression, and the body’s wisdom. After an unguided warm-up period, the Facilitator-DJ leads a brief opening circle on a theme or guided practice, followed by a playlist of music—beginning spacious and mellow, gaining intensity, and arriving back into stillness. Participants are welcome to move, dance, and be still as their bodies desire. Nectar closes with a sharing circle in which participants are welcome to speak about their experiences in the dance.

Nectar is offered primarily for adults. Children are welcome with adult accompaniment provided they can follow the talk-free and intentional structure and be mindful of their impact on others in the space. Kids under 6 can come for free, and ages 6-12 for half price ($5-7). $10-15 for adults. Please pay upon entry. 1:30-3:30pm at the Dance Complex 536 Mass Ave.in Central Square Cambridge. 1st and 3rd Sundays monthly between September and May.