Shake it Off: A Movement Workshop for Tired Activists

Trainer: Olivia Ilano Davis, Founding Artistic Director, Spectrum in Motion Dance Theater Ensemble, Hartford. Olivia created Spectrum in Motion in 1982 as a dance education program for ages 4‐17, celebrating people of color and the American experience. She has now guided two generations of young people and is a teacher, mentor, educator, counselor, and “mom” to hundreds and hundreds of young adults.

Olivia Ilano Davis

Class Description: Tired of working around the clock for peace, justice, and social change? Weary from long meetings, long marches, long rallies, and short nights of sleep? You need to recharge! Join Miss Olivia for a time of movement, dance, gentle exercise, laughter, quiet, and renewal. Be prepared to let go of some inhibitions and fatigue. Come tired and leave rejuvenated. No dance or any kind of experience necessary. People of all ability and mobility levels welcome – there will be a place for everyone and a way for us all to move and express ourselves.

Labyrinth Through Fear: A Gift Event

Janet Aalfs
Ingrid Askew
Ingrid Askew

Trainers:

Janet Aalfs, Poet Laureate Emeritus of Northampton, Master Martial Artist and Integrative Dance Instructor, Founder and Director, Lotus Peace Arts at Valley Women’s Martial Arts; and Ingrid Askew, a theatre‐maker, cultural activist, and the Executive Director of Crossing the Waters Institute for Cultural Exchange. Ms. Askew lives in the Pioneer Valley and also in Cape Town, South Africa, where she facilitates theatre‐making projects with community activists and artists. Her most recent project is “Labyrinth Through Fear” which she developed with Janet Aalfs.

Class Description:

This workshop offers participants the opportunity to transform the energy of fear and adversity into courage and hope. Through movement meditation, free writing, storytelling, and theater activities, unknown gifts of the Labyrinth will reveal themselves. This fear I face/ is a deeper breath I take/ is the courage I share. The gift of fear, small or large, is a daily gift. Taking the risk to face fear invites and supports us to move, step by step, through a constricted space into the next level of fearlessness, confidence, and transformation. All are welcome; there are no pre‐requisites for this class, just come with an open heart.