DISCO RIOT classes are by donation ($10 suggested) because we believe that class should be affordable and accessible in order to enhance working artists’ ability to take class and continue training. We offer classes with rotating teachers to promote a culture of sharing, exploration, diversity, expanding perspectives, and community. Class is a place of personal growth, community building, curiosity, skill-building, and play. We learn from one another. We grow together. Join us!
For building access reasons, RSVP for class is required. Space is limited, so be sure to sign up in advance!
Drop In, Spiral Out
Advanced Contemporary Modern
Teachers: Odessa Uno, Aisha Reddick
Open Level Contemporary Modern
Teachers: Alyssa Rose, Chelsea Zeffiro
Drop In, Spiral Out
Advanced Contemporary Modern
Teachers: Lauren Christie, Marty Dorado
Pop-Up Classes & Workshops!
with Guest Teachers
Open Level Improvisation, 4th Sunday of the month
Teachers: Alyssa Rose, Zaquia Mahler Salinas
Check out the drop down menus below for detailed class descriptions and rotation schedule.
January / March / May: Odessa Uno
February / April / June: Aisha Reddick
January / March / May: Marty Dorado
February / April / June: Lauren Christie
Aisha: This class was built on the foundations of release and modern techniques, floorwork exploration, improvisation practices and having fun! Finding efficiency in the pathways of the body to bring awareness to the connections of body+mind+soul+space make for a perfect Monday morning blues remedy! It’s suggested that the limbs are covered for this class — long sleeves, pants, knee pads and socks.
Odessa: This class prioritizes finding a personal rhythm and movement vocabulary rooted in individual self-expression, groove, and a deep sense of connection to music.
Lauren: My class will progress from a floor warmup to standing exercises to phrasework that moves through the space and in/out of the floor. We will explore groundedness and buoyancy, stability and freedom, momentum and control. I am interested in flow, transitions, suspension, breath, and efficient use of energy. My aim is to foster a non-judgmental class culture, to allow space for individuality, and to encourage open awareness within the space.
Marty: A mixed class of dance and basic fitness elements designed for sharpening the body and the mind. We’ll explore exercise and movement patterns in longer sequences for a full body warm up, and grounding in some floorwork and inversions. Followed by traveling exercises focusing on flowing in and out from the ground, exploring and activating efficiency and intention in the body and mind. We’ll finish with a cumulative contemporary phrase focused on speed and directional changes. Alternative movements and various suggestions will be offered throughout class.
Alyssa:This class is an open invitation to practice and explore somatic movement. We will prioritize personal needs/access and listening, while moving through both set and improvisational exercises created to deepen our awareness and strengthen our understanding of how movement can be supportive to our steadiness and health.
Chelsea: Rooted in Release Technique, this contemporary dance class utilizes visualization and progressions to engage and specify body pathways — moving fluidly through floorwork and phrasework.
a class for every body
The fourth Sunday of the month is always Movement Enthusiast – an open level improvisation practice grounded in creative movement, exploration and playful community. Movement Enthusiast is an improvisation-based movement practice that incorporates concepts and practices from dance, yoga, somatics and other modalities to facilitate a community space of physical and creative exploration, mindful movement, and playfulness.
January – March: 1/7, 1/21, 2/4, 2/18, 3/3, 3/17
Can we enter the vastness of not knowing? Wait and listen for the body’s inner leadings to rise and flow, sink and rest, or burst into being? The practice of Authentic Movement invites us to be present with our full and deepest selves, it offers an entry into seeing clearly through cultivating one’s inner witness. This profound discipline, involving inner-initiated movement, with eyes closed in the receptive presence of a witness connects us to the inner wisdom of the body.
In this 6 session offering we will deepen our exploration of the elements of Authentic Movement: how to connect with one’s authentic movement, moving and being moved, seeing and being seen, and the roles of mover and witness, both inner and outer. We will continue to embody conscious use of language and use various forms of practice such as dyads, the breathing circle, and the long circle.
This series is open to all. If you are new to Authentic Movement you must come to the first session or connect with Jane for an introduction to the practice.
To learn more about Authentic Movement, here’s a wonderful introductory article by Daphne Lowell, and a link to Light, a beautiful film centering Janet Adler, a key developer of the Discipline of Authentic Movement.
Questions? Contact Jane firstname.lastname@example.org
Fee / Sliding Scale NOTAFLOF (No One Turned Away For Lack Of Funds)
$100 – $200 for the series, $20-$40/session drop in rate for those with prior Authentic Movement Experience – RSVP Required.
About Jane Blount
I am holistic bodyworker, dance artist/educator, Qi gong teacher, an embodied anatomy geek with an HHP in Integrative Somatics from the International School of Professional Bodywork (IPSB), and founder of Art Of Massage: Holistic Bodywork. I was introduced to Authentic Movement in 1993 and have been practicing this form more deeply since 2007 when I co-founded a San Diego Authentic Movement Peer Group. In addition to my deep engagement with Authentic Movement, I had an extensive career in dance working in the companies of Jean Isaacs, Nancy McCaleb, John Malashock, Elisa Monte, and Danny Buraczeski among others. I was a co-founder of Lower Left Performance Collective, and have taught and performed contact improvisation, postmodern and contemporary dance throughout San Diego, the Midwest, and NYC. I find deep, quiet joy in sharing the practice of Authentic Movement.