The Dance Complex. Cambridge, MA. (617) 547-9363
536 Mass Ave.
Cambridge, MA

Single &/or weekend Workshops / On-going Workshops


Updated: Monday, January 16, 2017

Single &/or weekend Workshops
January - 2017

All Women’s Contact Improvisation Workshop with Shura Baryshnikov and Sarah Konner

Intimacy, Tone, and Freedom

Saturday, January 28, 2017

9:30-4:00pm Studio #1

9:30am space opens for warm-ups
10:00am-1:00pm, morning session
1:00-1:30pm, lunch
1:30-3:30pm, afternoon
3:30pm, closing circle
4:00pm -- out of the space

$85.00 for General and/or at the door; $75.00 for BDA/Students/Seniors/military


Join us for a day of dancing with other women! All levels of experience are welcome.

Given this current political time, creating spaces for and/ or held by women feels valuable on many levels. We are interested in creating more spaces for women to practice contact improvisation with one another. This may be of interest to you because you want a safer space to practice/ learn this form; because you more often dance with men; because your dances with women seem too careful and you wonder why; or because your most fun dances are with women and you want more!

We have noticed that male-female duets tend to be most common in CI jams (even though this is a non-gendered form with no lead or follow). We aim to question that and focus our attention on dancing with other women. In this mixed-level workshop, we will offer contact improvisation skills of falling, flying, and moving with ease into unknown trajectories, while also investigating what is unique to dancing with women. We are interested in the technical (also, social/ emotional) challenges associated with having full spectrum CI dances together. We will be present together, offer ourselves the opportunity to find exhilaration and intimacy, and open to what arises.

*trans friendly

Instructor Bios:

Shura Baryshnikov is an interdisciplinary dance and theatre artist and a co-founder of Doppelgänger Dance Collective. Theatrically, Shura has designed movement for and performed with companies such at Trinity Rep of Providence and Bridge Rep of Boston. As a freelance dancer, Shura has collaborated with artists such as Lorraine Chapman the Company, Betsy Miller Dance Projects, ali kenner brodsky & co., Heidi Henderson, Lostwax Multimedia Dance, Festival Ballet Providence, Dancing Legacy, and setGO Performance, among others. Shura is a somatic movement educator who began teaching Contact Improvisation in 2011. She instructs at Brown University and has also taught at MIT, Dean College, Rhode Island College, and Connecticut College. Shura is a member of Actors' Equity Association.

Sarah Konner is a dance artist, improviser and somatic movement educator. Sarah's work has been presented at Judson Church, Dance New Amsterdam, Triskelion Arts, Berkshire Fringe Festival, A.W.A.R.D. Show! Philadelphia, the Kennedy Center, and the Detroit Institute of Arts. She has had the pleasure of collaborating with wonderful people including ChavasseDance&Performance, Shura Baryshnikov, Megan Kendzior, Alex| Xan: The Median Movement, Headlong Dance Theater, setGo Performance, and a continuing, hopefully lifelong, collaboration with Austin Selden. Sarah has been practicing and teaching Contact Improvisation throughout the country for ten years. She holds a BFA in Dance and a BS in Environmental Science from the University of Michigan, and has training in Yoga, Pilates, and Body-Mind Centering®.

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Mirage Dance Class / Sexy Hip Hop Dance
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On-going Workshops
begins in January 2017


Need a choreographic kick in the pants? Look no further! Present your work for the fifth annual Boston National Choreography Month (NACHMO) performance series! Over 50 local choreographers have presented new or significantly reworked pieces over the last four years, and this year we are excited to rekindle the spirit of our first performances. With simple lighting, intimate audiences and new spaces, this year will highlight our community's dedication to choreographic exploration and engagement with our audiences. Celebrating the Dance Complex's 25 years of dance making, participating choreographers will have the opportunity to rehearse in front of audiences at several scheduled performance weekends at the in addition to presenting in our annual dedicated performances the evening of January 29th. Contact with any questions.

Link to Application here

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Beginner Flamenco Workshop

Add little moments of happiness to your daily routines dancing Flamenco with Laura Sánchez!

Sundays: January 8, 22, & 29, February 5, 19, & 26, March 5 & 12

10:30am to 11:30am

Studio #7

Reserve your spot at:

This class is perfect for anyone to enjoy dancing Flamenco. This is an 8-week workshop and each week has specific technique focus allowing students to learn the fundamentals of Flamenco in a friendly and supportive environment. No flamenco experience is required.

This class will also give you the skills you need to join the Flamenco Choreography and Sevillanas Workshop to be prepared for the final Showcase in May.

More details, email:

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Dance for a Cause, 8-week workshop!
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