Moving Meditation Drop-in Classes with Ilana Silverstein

Ilana Faye Silverstein has performed with Daniel Burkholder/The Playground, Dance Box Theater, Lotta Lundgren, Christine Stone Martin and other independent artists in the D.C. area. In addition, her work has been presented by the Philly Fringe Festival, Gaia in Washington DC and The Source Festival. If you’re interested in taking class with Ilana, she currently teaches Moving Meditation drop-in classes Sundays 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Joy of Motion Dance Center Atlas. Moving Meditation is a course based on Contemplative Dance Practice developed by Barbara Dilley. Learn more about the class from Ilana:

The goal of the class is to suspend self-consciousness, self-doubt and abusive training of the body. I will introduce a simple structure and we will all go for it together. We will settle into our bodies and check in with our thoughts in the moment. And then, we will play. I have found those who meditate enjoy this invitation to take the mindfulness practice into motion. And those who dance, appreciate the direction of a few minutes of stillness.

The class is based on Contemplative Dance Practice, a combination of sitting meditation, personal warm-up and group improvisation. I have been teaching the practice for 10 years, sporadically. What would it be like if more of us in DC were familiar with it and started practicing together regularly?

This post is a revised version of a story posted to Joy of Motion Dance Center’s Dance is for Everyone blog.

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