class offerings….

Learn Butoh:

October 6 & 20 Butoh work resumes at the Tannery, Studio A 7:30-9:15pm. Led by Trey Donovan.

Ankoku Butoh is a dance, movement and theatrical art form invented in the 1960’s by Japanese choreographers and dancer-philosophers Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno meaning “The dance of absolute darkness.” Butoh, in its inception incorporated shamanism, expressive movement, investigation of our assumptions, humor, living with nature and being in this world as human animals. Every butoh dancer spawns a new form of butoh. That notwithstanding, there are principles of approaching movement from a butoh perspective: Investigation of movement, pushing beyond perceived boundaries, building agility and flexibility, building perceptive abilities, and recognizing the presence of ourselves and others, ultimately going beyond human form.

One of my teachers, who performed in Hijikata’s company said to me once, “Everything is butoh.” Something akin to everything having a buddha nature. So we watch for the intrinsic nature in everything; in our bodies and movements, in form and formlessness, in light and shadow. Butoh stands apart from the obvious, and says, “I am here, now. Who am I?”

We will work with sensitivity, impressions, Noguchi Taiso exercises, imagination-narrative, articulation and butoh-fu (choreographic notation and journaling).
Walking toward a distant star, through a vat of honey.
Tugging a taught string, attached to each others’ third eyes.
Waiting in waves, waving at passing trains, becoming dry grass.

Experiences drawn from the Hijikata and Ohno lineages.
Solo and group work.

Location and Pre-registration here:

scale $10-20 / class : attending both classes is encouraged.

“My profession is the business of human rehabilitation, which goes today by the name of dancer… All the power of civilized morality, hand in hand with the capitalist economic system and its political institutions, is utterly opposed to using the body simply for the purpose, means, or tool of pleasure. Still more, to a production-oriented society, the aimless use of the body, which I call dance, is a deadly enemy which must be taboo.”
― Tatsumi Hijikata


The Dance Class:
Using exercises derived from studies in classical modern dance, yoga asanas, butoh, breathwork, poetry, drawing, qigong, meditation and contemplation, and other movement based practices, the aim is to bring awareness to what we are doing and who we are through our dancing body, and its creative impact on our health and happiness.  This instructed movement class is geared towards the trained and untrained dancer. An integral part to the class setting is the opportunity to be seen, to inspire and offer reflection to each others exploration to help us develop as effective artists and conscious humans. There will also be a focus on music, rhythm and flow, recorded, obscure and familiar, and occasionally guest musicians.

Improvisation in dance:

  • helps develop and refine the awareness of our own movement style
  • deepens our understanding of our anatomical and kinetic body
  • helps us learn how to interact and adapt in different environments dancing for fun and in performance
  • enhances our spatial relationship with others and the impact of those interactions
  • helps us learn how to heal physically and emotionally through movement and state of mind.


LuLa Lights Out
We relate this to dancing in your living room in your underwear, singing in the shower, the uninhibited dance breakout that releases your stresses and is simply fun.  This is a 100 minute dimly lit dance-out set to a playlist. First 40 minutes is a revolving playlist made by participants, last hour designed by Nadine.  The intention is to offer a space where you can do your own thing in a safe container, lights off so inhibitions can be lowered, and just play.  Great for the less social dancer/mover, for the trained dancer that needs some studio space to play, and for everyone who needs to shake out the stresses of life the way dance does like no other.

Event is donation based $10-15

Check out some of the playlists on SoundCloud to get an idea….
7:30p-9:30p The 418 Project, 418 Front Street, 2nd Sundays of each month  (ending circle and chocolate part of the two hours)

at The 418 Project, 418 Front Street Santa Cruz
4th Sunday of month, suggested donation $10-15

This is a two hour sensory experience that begins with a led warm-up of exercises congruent with the intentions of the Dance Class which transitions into a one hour moving meditation set to live and electronic music, the space lit by visuals, the session concluding with time to write and draw observations from the experience in the container of the closing circle. 

The emphasis is on a visual, movement and sound experience that goes intrinsically toward dance but can be any type of movement one feels inspired to do.  The intention set through the exercises offers a personal exploration and a recognition of the community presence in the room, the live performance of music and sound art supports and inspires the dance, and the space designed for safely letting go to the dance-self.  The class pulls from Butoh, modern, ritual, and improvisational dance as well as other movement exercises.  The exercises take us on a physical and creative journey through story and expression, helping us gain more physical, mental and emotional awareness, developing a deeper sense of self through movement play, supporting our presence in daily life.