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Saturdays, December 2, 9, 16
1:30-3:30 pm
Single workshop $39
(Tom will give you $10 back if it’s your first workshop with him!)
Full series $99

We find laughter spontaneously welling up as we interact authentically with others. Being fully present, in our bodies, in the now, we respond naturally to the situation at hand. We listen, we attune to the truth of the moment. Eventually, the absurdity, the funniness of it all pops the bubble of taking ourselves too seriously. We roll and rollick, gaining perspective for life and skills we take to the stage. Who knew self-discovery could be so much fun!

Students will have the opportunity to perform a short improv at Still & Moving Center’ holiday celebration called Merry & Bright on Sunday, December 17th, 5-7 pm.

Tom McNamara

Tom’s infectious sense of humor enlivens every encounter. He brings lightness and ease, allowing everyone’s natural abilities and talents to unfold in the spirit of fun. A truly gentle soul, his approach is always respectful, considerate. He creates safe space for everyone. His method emphasizes body awareness…The body never lies, as they say!

Chicago Style Improvisational Theatre is Tom’s foundation as an Actor, Improvisation Teacher and Writer. His work spans Chicago, Oahu, Maui, and New York City. Tom’s study of mind/body methods inform his improv work: include Feldenkrais, Aikido, Shiatsu, Transformational Breath, and ALBA emotional technique.

Join returning Swiss dance artist Meissoun, and our own Still & Moving instructor/performer, Willow, for a joyful Spring dance hafla! Hafla is an Arabic word meaning a party or social gathering. In the belly dance world the term hafla is an event where students, professionals, and members of the public come together for the sake of the dance.

Our dance showcase features Oriental Belly Dance, Indian Bollywood, Turkish Belly Dance, American Tribal Belly Dance, Contemporary, Vogue and more, by our hosts and special dance artists, including Murat Demirtas! A feast for the spirit – and not to be missed!

Bio:  Meissoun is Switzerland’s most internationally-known dancer and teacher for Oriental and Bollywood dance. Her experience spans over 20 years of performances, workshops and other events all over Europe and the American continent. As a dancer, Meissoun impresses with her gracefulness, expression and musicality – as a teacher with her clearly structured, well researched and good-humoured classes.

Meissoun lives in Zurich and travels around the globe to dance. MEISSOUN is an Arabic name meaning “she with the grace and the walk of a gazelle.” She started her dance education in 1990 with Layali Römer, then continued with Karin Azaria Siegrist, Nelly Mazloum, Mo Gedawwi, Raqia Hassan, Lilo von Hugo, Tania Cook, Helena Cremona and many other well respected teachers. Meissoun also studies Bharata Natyam (classical Indian dance) with Barbara Dejung as well as Indian folk dances like Bhangra and Dandiya. She has danced and taught Bollywood dance since 2000. Meissoun started performing regularly in 1994 at various events in many various styles of dance.  www.meissoun.ch


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