Cocréa Partnered Dance

COCRÉA is an improvisational partner dance practice for developing
presence, opening gateways to creativity, empowering mindful leaders

and followers and generating authentic connection in relationship.

In this weekend workshop, Cocréa Founder, Wren LaFeet, and Cocréa
facilitator, Chrissy Mehnert will guide participants into an experiential
embodiment practice based in the forms of many of the world’s social
partner dance techniques, while inviting and allowing an easeful flow of
ideas to emerge through listening and responding to the moment.

November 23 & 24, 2019
12:30 – 5:30 PM

Sliding Scale
Full Weekend: $95 / $125 / $155
Day 1 Only: $45 / $60 / $80
Day 2 Only: $50 / $65 / $85

Please pay what is available to you.
For scholarship or work-trade opportunities, please contact us.

DAY 1: Introduction to Cocréa Fundamentals
We will cover all of the essentials necessary to enjoy this delightful and
growing dance practice. Wren and Chrissy have been teaching
fundamentals for a combined 10+ years and guide students in a very easy to
follow progression of skills. No matter what your learning style, you’ll have
fun and build confidence!

Techniques synthesized within this practice include contact improvisation,
blues, tango, fusion, and more! As we hone this dynamic, kinetic toolbox,
we emphasize connection, communication and presence between two
people within a community of others. Allowing intuition and feeling to
guide the partnership, their centers and frames to support it, Cocréa
celebrates our ability to embody profound joy through being in a body
moving in harmony with another body.

DAY 2: Slow, Saucy and Sacred
Content for this day will develop the movement and energetic technique
required to harness our sexual creative energy, create mutually enjoyable
dances based in presence and cultivating the pleasure of our turn on by
crafting ourselves and our space as pristine, impeccable and “leak proof”
containers.

Navigating the intimacy of close embrace with respect and honoring of
boundaries, responding with instantaneous precision and flowing
effortlessly between initiation (lead) and response (follow) will all be
addressed in depth. We’ll also dive into breath work, exploring complexity
of movement and the luscious richness available within the pause.

This workshop will place an emphasis on how we notice and move with
awareness of the saucier sensual energies as they arise within a dance, and
to hold these energies in their highest possible light. Our sexual energy is
the energy of creation; our vital life force. As such, we will be moving in the
realm of honoring the sacred in everyone with our dance, and with our
touch.

Creating a container imbued with the feeling of safety is my primary
concern so that everybody can feel comfortable and excited to be exploring
and inviting more pleasure in their dance with the Sacred Other.

Goals of Instruction
– Give you empowerment to enter into partnership confidently on any dance floor regardless of musical genre.
– Provide a context for you to connect in a positive, supportive and mutually enjoyable manner.
– Expand your movement vocabulary by guiding you through a progressive curriculum.
– Gain greater body awareness and sensitivity – both physical and emotional – to your partner.
– Practice deep listening to adjust and adapt to what is emerging between you and your partner in keeping with good consent.
– Build resilience to change.
– Grow into releasing expectations and agendas.
– Learn to invite, allow, accept and embrace what is.

Benefits
* Develop mindfulness and deeper body awareness.
* Open gateways to your creative mind.
* Exercise confidence in all your interactions.
* Learn and practice valuable consent tools for being in integrity in all your interactions.
* Nurture authentic, compassionate and intimate connections to those with whom you relate.
* Create calm in your life through engaging mirror neurons and offering your body the touch it needs without expectations, attachments or entanglements.
– Increase your intelligence through the one activity scientifically shown to activate the neuroplasticity of the brain and decrease the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s more than any other – social partner dance!

Weaving the threads of collaboration, cross-pollination, and consciousness, the practice focuses on how dance can enhance and expand relationships into a deeply connected, honest and powerful tool for personal, interpersonal and collective transformation.

Please join us for a weekend of rich development in dance and authentic relating!

~For individuals as well as couples~
~All skill levels welcome~

This will be a full weekend with two days of workshop sessions. They will build on each other, however if you’ve taken a Cocréa Foundations workshop before, or have partner dance experience, you can sign up for just Day 2.

If you don’t want to sign up for Slow, Saucy and Sacred, you can sign up for only Day 1.

No housing on-site.

Nearby accommodations available through AirB&B and local friend stays.

FACILITATORS

CHRISSY MEHNERT
Chrissy can’t remember when it began, but dance came as naturally as
breathing to her body. From a young age she studied dance primarily in the
form of solo movement for performance and competition. Her first dance
company saw her through many early professional opportunities, and her
love of choreography took her to organize Pulse Dance Project, NYU’s first
student-produced dance performance group. Eventually, she found that in
many ways, her professional training was limiting her growth by under-
valuing the uniqueness of all bodies. This awakening led her to the yoga
studio. Her first and most honest class startled her with its resonance,
springing her awakened life forward into opening after opening.

She trained in the summer of 2009 with Yoga to The People, dove right into
teaching 10+ classes a week and gaining the YTTP studios in Berkeley and
San Francisco a foothold. Until 2013, she was a prominent teacher for YTTP,
when she moved out to the Northern California foothills. At the first night
of Foothills Fusion Dance in 2015, Chrissy committed to a new dance form.
Partner dance intimidated, allured and in time deeply transformed
Chrissy’s being. No other practice has contributed so much to her unfolding
as mindful partner dance. Now, her offerings are weaving through the
overlapping layers of yoga and dance, inspiring each of her teachings with
the other.

USHA ROSE
Usha Rose is a Somatic Sex, Intimacy, and Relationship Coach, Workshop
Facilitator, Dance and Yoga Teacher, and Licensed Massage Therapist. She is
trained in the Somatica™ Method of Sex and Relationship Coaching and is a
graduate of the International School of Temple Arts Practitioner Training.
She also spent three years studying closely with Sonika Tinker and
Christian Pederson in the LoveWorks Relationship Training Mastery
Program, including two years in the Assistant and Leadership Program.

She is the co-founder of Foothills Fusion Dance, a weekly, social dance in
Grass Valley, CA and co-founder of Convergence, an annual Ecstatic and
Fusion dance mini-festival in Northern California. She is also the
Production Manager and Facilitator for Cocréa, a mindful partner dance
company that produces transformational dance retreats and workshops
around the globe.

Usha discovered the conscious dance community in 2010 when she started
attending Ecstatic Dance Oakland. Since then she has studied SoulMotion™
with Vinn Marti and Zuza Engler, completed the JourneyDance™ Teacher
Training with Toni Bergins and continues to be inspired by the many
teachings of Contact Improv and 5Rhythms™.

She took her first partner dance class (Salsa) in 2005, although she was first
introduced to partner dancing as a young child in her living room with her
grandmother who was an avid Lindy Hop dancer. It was around 2010 when
Usha discovered Blues dancing, and soon thereafter fell in love with Fusion
dancing. She has studied several other partner dance forms including Salsa,
Tango, Swing and Zouk, to name a few. In addition to teaching locally, she
has taught dance at several events around the country including Enchanted
Forest Gathering, Jumpsuit Family Gathering and Northern California
Dance Camp.

WREN LAFEET
A dancer in the Fusion social partner dance movement since it began,
Wren’s dancing largely defines fusion as an emergent aesthetic dance form.
Fueled by his curiosity in spirituality, the body, global community, the
natural world and relationships, and guided by his devotion to love and the
idea of the Beloved, partner dance has served as the vehicle for his inquiry
and understanding. He has inspired the formation of multiple fusion dance
communities on the west coast of North America, and teaches partner
dance internationally as a practice for mindful, authentic living, enlivening
communities with his signature modality, Cocréa. His facilitation
encourages individuals to create themselves as safer spaces for the
embodiment of the full range of human expression. Promoting dance as
medicine, spirituality and salve for our modern ailments of disconnection
and alienation, his practice insists we trust our bodies with the music and
our partner to catalyze elevating our whole being into higher vibrational
states.

Working with the holographic overview of humanity provided by the Gene
Keys and combining its contemplative practice with his own somatic
exploration and intuitive listening through the body, as well as his study of
human conflict through theater, Wren empowers individuals and
communities to dance with joy, helps free insights locked in the body,
coaches people to more easily access their sensuality and even on
privileged occasion supports the healing of chronic disease. Wren’s goal is
to support people into right relationship with the moment; to listen and
respond appropriately to what is being called for in service to the highest
possible good. He holds a BA in Drama and Dance from the University of
Washington, is an author in the published work, “Reinhabiting the Village,”
a TEDx speaker and your muse for all things somatic.










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