Rowdy & Tender Partner Dancing

Rowdy & Tender

Partner Dancing


• March 21, 2015

($80 per person at the door — pre-registration discount to $60 each, or $120 per couple)

This workshop explores human resonance through improvised partner dance.

Primal Improv is a new dance modality that combines the exuberant intensity of wrestling, the joyous attunement of Contact Improv, and the tender communion of Tantra.  Primal Improv is spontaneously bursting out onto the floors Ecstatic Dance venues everywhere. Come see for yourself how much fun cooperative rough-housing can be!

Practice playful co-creation of connection, with each person listening and responding to the impulses of the moment rather than practicing the “dance steps” of more traditional forms of Lead/Follow.

This workshop is equally appropriate for experienced partner dancers as well as beginners who want to better understand how to move with another.

No partner necessary to participate in the workshop. We will be switching partners frequently so that you can experience lots of different bodies and energies.

This workshop explores the phenomenon of resonance with others.  Human beings are “hyper-social” animals, and we have deep brain circuitry that enables us to directly feel into another person, and to have them receive our deep presence. We create a safe container in which every part of our mammal nature becomes an opportunity for interpersonal resonance…the wild, fierce parts and the fragile, tender parts. Everything about you, your glory and your shame, can be danced, accepted, expressed and loved in our shared vulnerable yearning for intimate human connection. Come play well with others!

In this workshop we will practice how to:

 • Stand up for yourself while staying connected with another

• Create trust that your partner is there for you

• Letting your impulses guide your next step, together

• Cooperate with intensity

This workshop will be held at Wildcat Studio, 2547 8th St. Berkeley CA 94710 from 12:00-5:30pm

When paid at the door the workshop fee is $80 per person ($160 per couple). The fee is discounted to $60 each ($120 per couple)  when paid in advance through the Brown Paper Tickets link on this page.  Work trade arrangements are also possible for fee reduction so that no one that wants to attend should hold themselves back.


What should I wear? Anything that you would wear for a movement event such as Ecstatic Dance, 5 Rhythms, or a yoga class or the gym would be fine. Nothing pokey like sharp belt buckles or dangly like earrings or necklaces. If you have kneepads, bring them because you will have more options going to the ground when wearing them.

What should I bring with me? There is no convenient water fountain, so bring at least one water bottle, two would actually be easier. Also, because we expend a lot of energy, you will want to bring some finger food snacks such as fruit, nuts, juice, energy bars, or other light, sustaining foods.

Do my physical limitations prevent me from participating? Get in touch with Coach Basin directly if you would like to consult about any personal conditions that you are concerned may be limiting. You are also specifically instructed to modify any exercise so as to make it safe for you.

Where is Wildcat Studio? In Berkeley at the corner of Dwight and 8th.  If you are unfamiliar with the venue, allow a few extra minutes to find the studio. It is in the Sawtooth Building with scores of other workshops and studios, and is in the same “bay” as Ecstatic Dance Berkeley in Studio 12 and Eighth Street Studio, toward the back of the bay on the right.

Rowdy & Tender Partner Dancing

• March 21, 2015

($80 per person at the door — pre-registration discount to $60 each, or $120 per couple)

“When I saw the two of you performing I burst into tears as soon as you started and sobbed for the rest of your dance.  You were not just a couple showing off some dance moves that they had learned, you were partners deeply connected and expressing that intimacy in attuned movement.” –Brad D.

“When I witness the two of you dancing it inspires me to believe again that such a relationship is possible. You make manifest in this world a type of energy that seems almost too ideal to actually exist.” –JeanMarie W.

“Your Partner Dance workshop was a type of ‘research and development program’ for my husband and I.  We practiced non-verbal communication that helped us to feel how deeply we really do care about one another. I want to practice some of these things again. See you on a dance floor soon!” –Irene J.