Shel Wagner Rasch has been fascinated by Contact Improv for over 30 years as a dancer, performer, producer, and teacher; and sharing CI with other people is one of her favorite things to do! She currently teaches Contact Improv at UCLA and is a co-coordinator of the weekly Eastside Lab Jam in Pasadena, Ca as well as a recurring teacher at the Santa Monica and Long Beach Jams. Shel co-taught the 2016 SFDI (Seattle Festival of Dance Improv) Contact Intensive with Stephanie Nugent, and was the featured teacher at the 2015 Portland Regional Jam and at the 2014 Detroit (mini GLACIER) Jam. She has enjoyed teaching and dancing at many past WCCIJs and is very happy to be back! Shel has a private Somatic Therapies practice as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, incorporating the Alexander Technique, Bodynamics, and intuitional movement. www.shelrasch.com
ESSENTIAL CI – Fundamentals Intensive
For beginning and advanced dancers who would like to immerse in a hearty exploration of the formational concepts of Contact Improv. Holding an overarching theme of Connecting to Self, Ground and Other, we will give curiosity the lead as we explore some core CI principals: Connection, Flow, Supporting/Giving Weight, Taking care of Ourselves, Tickling our Comfort Zones, Indulging our inner Tricksters, and Having the Dances we Want to Have.