Chaya & Justis
Chaya Leia Aronson, RN BSN is committed to supporting women and men on the path of pelvic health and healing and sexual liberation through her private practice. Her primary modalities of bodywork are the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® and Holistic Pelvic Care™. Chaya has been dancing for most of her life. Chaya has been performing and teaching tribal and improvisational bellydance for eight years. Within her teaching practice, her passion is empowering women to feel and express their femininity and sensuality. Although Chaya was introduced to contact improvisation at age 19, it has only been in the last 5 years that it has become a primary focus of her dance practice. Chaya is enjoying weaving her two loves in dance together, all in the spirit of improvisation and surrender to the divine.
Justis Hatch brings over 25 years of movement study and practice to his teaching. With a deep core rooted in yoga and martial arts, his teaching stems from very traditional styles including Kripalu, Bikram and Ashtanga Yoga, Tae Kwon Do, Capoeira, Karate and Ju Jitsu. He bridges ancient and modern practices by integrating improvisation and contemporary thought into a very disciplined yet responsive style. Contact Improvisation has been his primary and most continuous fascination. Since first discovering the form at Earthdance in 1991 he has explored its edges through jamming, practicing, teaching, labbing and intensive residencies. Justis’s most current passion within the realm of contact improvisation is meeting another person at their core and trusting in this honest connection to break down the walls of judgment and prejudice.
Dancing with Eros – Guiding and Surrendering
An Exploration of Dominance and submission through Contact Improvisation
Contact Improvisation provides the playground through which we can embody the archetypal roles of Dominance and submission.
In both guiding and surrendering, we open ourselves to a state of receptivity. This allows us to soften into our intuition and trust of self and other, providing the opportunity to surrender safely, consciously and by choice, and to guide with confidence and clarity. Through exploring both dominant and submissive roles we will build trust and connection to journey deeply together through mutual care and support.
In guiding we will focus on the other, noticing our connection to our partners and discovering a fascination with our influence. We will manipulate our partner’s limbs and joints to find their core and center of gravity. By tracking their weight and momentum, we can anticipate their natural reaction and direct their movement patterns as we desire. By setting timing and providing support, we offer the opportunity to surrender.
In surrendering, we will focus on our own internal experience. We will practice allowing ourselves to be influenced and directed by our partners. By discovering states of relaxation and flow, we learn to stay connected and in a ready state. We will explore how changes in muscle tone can make us more or less available to receive our partner’s direction.
This class will include instruction in both physical techniques and states of awareness to help us dive deeply into the experience on both sides of leading and following, guiding and surrendering and dominance and submission. Everyone will get to experience both roles.