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Nicole Jacobs (FULL)— Floor, Fall, Fly: Acrobatics in Motion

Oct. 9th to 13th, 2023 – 10:00 am to 12:30 pm (Mon.-Fri.)
Full week rate : $55
Drop-in class rate : $20 – Only on Monday and/or Tuesday (available one month prior)
Language of instruction : English and French
Questions can also be asked in : English and French
Open to artists of all disciplines

This workshop is offered in collaboration with the Regroupement québécois de la danse. 



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This workshop will explore acrobatic movement in contemporary dance with a focus on our relationship to the spine, the floor, and the space. We will work “from the ground up” progressing from rolling and crawling to falling and flying. There will be an emphasis on undulations of the spine and how to use this to propel us through space and transition safely and efficiently into and out of the floor. The proposed movement patterns and sequencing will offer participants a chance to discover a full-body awareness and coordination, encouraging the release of unnecessary tension. The class will progress energetically from slow and mellow to high energy and explosive, all while preserving softness and availability within the body.

In this class, we will be moving from start to finish. We will warm up slowly and build towards dynamic, acrobatic sequences. It is not necessary to have a background in acrobatics, as all movements can be adapted to the individual mover. It recommended that participants have an existing movement or dance based practice. Music will be use at both soft and loud volumes. There may be some opportunities to work with partners in contact, but these exercises can be adapted as solo work.

Member of Curve Lake First Nation and Montréal based artist, Nicole Jacobs trained in ballet, jazz, tap, acrobatics, and musical theatre prior to graduating from Concordia University with a BFA in contemporary dance. Nicole is an experienced contact improvisation dancer and facilitator, having studied the dance form intensely through travelling, teaching, and assisting in the organization of contact festivals in India, Thailand, and Portugal. Nicole has shared her acrodance workshops at studios and programs across Québec including Espace Ouvert, BIGBANG, École Nationale de Danse du Canada, Extravadanse, and Collège Sainte Anne. Nicole’s current research is focused on the meeting points between contemporary dance, floorwork, and acrobatics. Her work focuses on creating a continuity and fluidity between movement and tricks. She is interested in the merging of disciplines and drawing from her training in theatre and circus arts to create work that is experiential and poetic in nature.