Welcome to Newburgh Open Movement,
where people of all walks of life come together
for playful dancing and mindful movement.
Last Saturdays of the Month, February – December 2017
**NO EVENT IN APRIL – OPHRA WILL BE TEACHING & PERFORMING IN ECUADOR**
1:00 – 2:00 PM ~ Workshop with Ophra Wolf
2:00 – 4:00 PM ~ Open Jam featuring live music
Safe Harbors Lobby at the Ritz
107 Broadway, Newburgh, NY
$5 – $10 suggested donation for the jam, $15 for the workshop
*NO ONE WILL BE TURNED AWAY FOR LACK OF FUNDS*
Open to all ages, creeds, abilities, colors, shapes and sizes.
The first hour of the event is a guided warm-up and movement awareness workshop led by Ophra Wolf of Force & Flow, followed by free and open time and space for you to move or observe as you please starting at 2 PM and featuring live music with monthly guest musicians.
Kids of all ages are welcome to the jam portion with adult supervision, the workshop at the start is suitable for adults and teenagers.
Movement and dance improvisation is about moving from the inside, in a way that feels good and organic to your body, and an Open Movement jam is a setting in which everyone is an equal part of co-creating the dance of the room.
You can come dance your heart out, and you can also just come to stretch quietly, listen, observe, draw and just enjoy the energy and focus of a room full of moving bodies. You can dance alone and you can dance with others, even your stillness is part of the dance that we’ll be co-creating.
It’s about tuning in – to your own body, to the space around you, and to the people you’re sharing it with.
The only requirement is willingness to look, listen and contribute your awareness – because it’s your awareness that’s making it all come to life.
Before or after the jam, stick around for a number of other great events as part of NewburghLastSaturdays.
We’re supported by our local businesses and community members like yourself – please consider making a contribution, the best one of all is showing up and telling your friends! If you’re interested in learning about partnering with us as a business, please message us.
Your donation helps to keep it going!
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Still not sure what an Open Movement Jam is all about?
An Open Movement Jam is simply a space where you can move however you please in the company of others. You can bring whatever movement practice you already have – yoga, hula hoop, tai chi – or you can invent you own freestyle dance form. You can even take a nap.
Nervous about having to dance? You don’t. You can watch, listen, draw – as long as you are staying aware of yours and others’ presence in the room. It’s about tuning in – to your own body, to the space around you, and to the people you’re sharing it with. The only requirement is willingness to look, listen and contribute your awareness – because it’s your awareness that’s making it all come to life.
If you do feel like dancing, there will be no moves to learn or rhythm to keep up with other than your own. Dance Improvisation is about moving from the inside, in a way that feels good and organic to your body. There is always the possibility that what feels good is to sit and watch and listen, that’s your dance. Regardless, you are an equal part of co-creating the dance of the room, simply by being there and contributing your awareness.
When you sponsor our season, you help make sure that the community has a place to come together to move and play and cultivate connection. It also guarantees that we can pay all the artists and cover basic expenses. Our initial Spring Season was funded by a generous grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, which allowed us to bring incredible music and facilitation and keep the event open to all. We’ll be asking for a donation at the door, but we’ll never turn anyone away for lack of funds and your sponsorship helps guarantee we can keep it going!
Thank You to our business sponsors, whose financial and in-kind support are kick-starting this event back up!
Innate Chiropractic, Safe Harbors on the Hudson, Raghaus, and Force and Flow