to everyone who came to see our Show, "Lost & Found in ColLaboration" Sunday November 1st!
The "staged laboratory" presentation that was developed over the past 2 months of over 20 laboratories was filled with unusual combinations of genres, styles and forms. There were standard as well as unexpected moments including Chinese recitation of the I Ching performed to love flute music, Hindu sacred chants that flooded the theatre with sacred sound, graceful and strong YogaFlow, dance performed to live drums and flute, a firey Bird of Paradise juxtaposed with the slow gentle healing women in muted soft tones, magical fabric movement, a theatrical recitation, and incredible slide projection with real-time video overlays by video photographic artist Enoch Chan. Our finale brought performers and audience to their feet--to the beat as partially everyone attending were on stage "Dancing the Crowd," a tune created by our co- director/co-producer Tony Bernardi.
Keep your eyes open for future Joy of Collaboration events and opportunities - we want you to Collaborate with us in the future!
Michelle Ava, M.A. | Dancer, Choreographer, Educator
Breathe deeply… feel the dance. Move from stillness… become the dance. Taste the rhythm… be the dance. Open the heart… we are the dance. -Michelle Ava
An innovative dance educator, performer, choreographer, bodywork therapist, and spiritual teacher with over three decades of experience, Michelle Ava inspires people to recognize their potential through dance, yoga, and personal expression. She approaches movement as a healing art, a way to embrace possibilities through the fusion of mind, body, and spirit. With a vision of creating “dance for everyone,” she founded Joy of Motion Dance Center in 1976. She is a vital force in DC’s dance and holistic community and teaches and presents her work both locally and nationally. In addition to her long-term, ongoing classes and specialized workshops at Joy of Motion, Michelle teaches at a variety of venues throughout the DC region. She has also been featured as a guest artist with her work in transformational dance at venues including the Omega Institute in New York and the Maharishi International University in Iowa. Learn more about Michelle >>
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OPEN CALL for stories, memories, and photos. Michelle AVA is currently writing her memoirs on her work in the DC dance community and her time as founder of Joy of Motion studios. Submit your stories for consideration by email MichelleAVAdance@gmail.com and be a part of AVAdance history!
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