Taught by: Andrea Juhan

July 7-9, 2017

Fri: 8:30–10pm Sat: 9:30am–12:45pm, 3:30pm–6:45pm Sun: 10am-noon


There are shortcuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them. -- Vicki Baum

Joy is our birthright.  We are designed to experience pleasure, and will often go to great lengths to achieve it.  However, have you ever noticed how easy it is to drift to the one negative comment in a sea of positive responses? To dwell on one doubt in the face of overwhelming support? Yes, we are designed to experience pleasure but our survival has been dependent on perceiving and predicting the dangers in our world. Our brains have what neuropsychologist call a “negativity bias”.

For this reason, it is of paramount importance that we practice embodying the full spectrum of human joy. We must teach ourselves happiness again and again to counter balance evolutions survival directive  

In Open Floor Movement practice we investigate the emotion of embodied joy thru a continuum from primary simple delight to complex expressions of happiness to transcendent joy; the kinds of joy that transcend one’s own personal gain, like generosity compassion, peace, exultation and benevolence.

Dancing is the perfect medium and our dancing companions the perfect motivation for developing our capacity to tolerate the ‘big hits’ of rapture or ecstasy, and noticing – and nurturing – the quieter forms of joy, such as presence, health, connection, belonging, kindness, ease, and well-being.

All of these particular qualities of joy have had and can have imprints with in our being. We can strengthen these neural pathways – we can dance ourselves in to being happier more easy going people – at least more of the time.


Body Language, Relationship

Experience Level

Beginners and Advanced Dancers Welcome


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