Class Info

At The 418 Project, we aim to have all of our classes bring you into connection, community, and safety.

You can enjoy Community free-form movement gatherings (e.g. Ecstatic Dance, Dance Church), a wide range of Technique classes (e.g. Capoeira, Afro-Brazilian), and Everything in-between (e.g. Contact Improv Jam, Tango Milonga)

Free-Form Movement Gatherings


Ecstatic Dance

Mondays 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Saturdays 10:00am - 12:00pm
$12-$15 sliding scale
Ages 14 and up

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The dance space is sacred—it is a safe and welcoming container. Ecstatic Dance Monday night and Saturday morning is the place for dance and movement meditation. Dance however you wish, and move in the way that feels right for you. We support each individual’s range of expression, while respecting our impact on each other and the space. Daniel Mollner will spin a rich musical tapestry, and has occasional guest artists. Learn more about Daniel’s work at: danielmollner.com

5Rhythms
Embody

Tuesdays 10:45am - 12:15pm
$15 drop-in
Open to all!

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 5Rhythms is a dynamic dance movement practice created and cultivated over 40 years by Gabrielle Roth (1941-2012) and now practiced all over the world.

 Tom Truman facilitates this weekly drop-in dance class, which is open for all. With no steps to learn, or particular choreography, Tom guides the class to move with awareness and tune into the body’s sensations. We dance to the 5Rhythms structure as a way of tuning into the body and igniting it's power as an instrument of expression. This practice is not aiming for any aesthetic or result and requires no special physical fitness or previous experience. Only an intention to step out into the moment and to give shape and movement to life flowing through us! Using the dance floor as a space to move into investigation of the body's natural rhythms, discovering it's deep wisdom and giving expression to our uncensored self, natural and uninhibited in the fullness of being alive.

Read more about the practice: 5Rhythms.com
About Tom Truman: tomtrumandance.com

5Rhythms
Night Waves

Wednesdays 7:15pm - 8:45pm
$15 drop-in
Open to all!

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Tom Truman facilitates this weekly drop-in dance class, which is open for all. With no steps to learn, or particular choreography, Tom guides the class to move with awareness and tune into the body’s sensations. We dance to the 5Rhythms structure as a way of tuning into the body and igniting it's power as an instrument of expression. This practice is not aiming for any aesthetic or result and requires no special physical fitness or previous experience. Only an intention to step out into the moment and to give shape and movement to life flowing through us!

Created and cultivated over 40 years by Gabrielle Roth (1941-2012) and now all over the world. The 5Ryhthms is a practice of being in our body that invites aliveness and awareness, inspires creativity, nurtures connection and cultivates community. An exploration with and of oneself, the other, one and of the group. An opportunity to release tensions, befriend our own energies and emotions, to build capacity and confidence. Explore the dynamics in relating, in play and sharing. It’s also a space to enjoy the freedom and the simple pleasure of dancing!

Read more about the practice at 5Rhythms.com
More about Tom Truman tomtrumandance.com

Inner Rhythm

Thursdays 8:00pm - 10:00pm
$12 - $15 sliding scale
Ages 14 and up

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Inner Rhythm is an exploration of our inner landscape–alone and in community. What is it like to be in an environment that welcomes our inner chaos and ungroundedness? What is it like to be firmly rooted in your own center, true to yourself, while sharing space and interacting with others on the dance floor? What unfolds when you carry this embodied truth and freedom beyond the dance floor, and into your daily life?

Inner Rhythm is a DJ’d, lightly facilitated, free-form ecstatic dance/movement meditation experience. It is a practice of surrendering to the moment and to your body’s wisdom. It is an opportunity for allowing, feeling, and expressing all the emotional qualities and textures that make up this human experience.

Dead Dance

Fridays 8:00pm - 12:00am
$5 - $25 suggested donation
Open to all!

(see calendar for exact dates)

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Dead Dance is a free form place of expression, with a specially selected live set by the Grateful Dead. The space is decorated with tie-dye banners and people are welcome to make an offering at the altar.  The space is open to all people: families, children, & Dead Heads!

Dance Church

Sundays 9:00am - 11:15am
$10 suggested donation
Open to all!

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You are invited to dance yourself free every Sunday morning! Since 2001, Dance Church has been creating sacred and safe containers to encourage physical and emotional healing, liberate individual expression and nourish community through movement. The DJ is the minister, the music is the sermon, and YOU are the congregation. 

Soulscape

Sundays 7:30pm - 10:00pm
$12 - $15 suggested donation
Ages 14 and up

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Soulscape is a free-form movement space to express your life through movement in a non-verbal, drug free container. Guided facilitation is offered for the first 30 minutes each week to connect with yourself and purpose, and others. This space is intended and offered as an ecstatic dance space. Remove your shoes and move, or sit or roll around or stretch or lay still, do you. DJ Avatar or a guest DJ will share magical music, and with the consent of the dear divine, you will dance, and burn through your worries, fears and doubts, and find presence with what IS. Explore dance as movement meditation to explore life’s questions. You are invited to participate in this container.

Technique Classes

Capoeira

Mondays & Thursdays
5:00pm - 6:00pm
$12 drop in /
$10 class cards
Beginners and all levels welcome!

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Micah Bijlefeld has been devoted to the culture and art of capoeira since 2005, and has been teaching in Santa Cruz since 2013. He is a student of the great Mestre Acordeon, Mestra Suelly and Mestre Calango; and has been training with the United Capoeira Association and has traveled extensively working with capoeira in Brazil, West Africa, Central America and the Caribbean. Recognizing the transformative power of this dance-fight-game, he is committed to sharing the knowledge, techniques and methodologies to offer people a tool to empower and strengthen themselves through this enchanting practice. All are welcome to join and train, provided they have the heart to kick and the courage to try!

Afro-Brazilian Dance

Mondays 6:00pm – 7:25pm
$15 drop-in
WITH live drumming!
Beginners and all levels welcome!

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Dandha’s Afro Brazilian Dance classes are an invitation to explore the rich world of Afro-Brazilian Dance traditions with a gifted and dedicated teacher. Her classes focus on folkloric and Orixa-inspired dance, Samba-Afro, and samba reggae, and other Brazilian dance styles and feature live drumming. Everyone will find challenge and inspiration in her dancing and teaching. All levels and all backgrounds welcome.

Contact Improv
Class Series

Tuesdays 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Price varies (see below)
You must sign up and pay for the whole series.

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Flight School 101
May 21 - June 25
Open to all levels
$98 ($93 early registration)

Register now!

"Flying" is one of Contact Improv's greatest joys. Lifting and being lifted, floating with the support of a partner, a sudden rise and fall in the dynamic exchange of weight. An impulsive leap and a creative catch or deflection...all these things are available to us if we are willing to take a few risks AND learn some basics principles. In this way (along with some effective verbal and non-verbal communication techniques) we are able to increase safety, heighten enjoyment, and expand our sense of possibility.

You must sign up and pay for the whole series. You must be able to attend at least 4 of the 6 classes.
Register now and save some bucks. 

Aerial & Bungee Moon Dancing

Wednesdays 5:15pm - 6:15pm
$15 drop-in
Beginners and all levels welcome!

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Who says gravity is limiting? Spend the afternoon with Lisa and climb, invert, dance, bounce, leap, orbit, spin, and fly like you are on the moon! When you Bungee Moon Dance, you will wear a climbing harness attached to bungees and the ceiling. The bungees give you levity and buoyancy, as if you were dancing in the lower gravity of the moon. The endless possibilities allow you to move solo or in contact improvisation. Depending on students’ interests, the time is divided between aerial dance on fabric and hammocks. This will develop core strength and awareness of moving in the air.

Brazilian Samba Dance

Thursdays 6:00pm - 7:30pm
$12 - $15 sliding scale
Beginners and all levels welcome!

 

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Samba is high energy dancing with an expression of vivaciousness and sensuality. This class includes a warm up of body conditioning and basic techniques followed by building of choreography accompanied by live drums. Classes mostly include Samba No Pé (Rio style Samba) and Samba Reggae (Samba mixed with Reggae). Various styles may also be incorporated such as Samba de Roda (Samba community circle) and Orixa (Dance of the Elements of Nature). All levels are welcomed and encouraged to join.

Everything In-between

Family Movement Jam

Tuesdays 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Families of all ages welcome!

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Dates for next class series
May 14 - June 11

5 Weeks: $90 per family
Early Registration by May 13th: $74 per family
Drop in Fee: $18 - $25 per family
Family Movement Jam is a Contact Improv Inspired time to play with your home tribe—
facilitated by Jolyn Hope. Half skills discovery class and half free dancing, the explorations we make together will increase spacial awareness, build cooperative communication and broaden our movement vocabulary! This gives us quality time to listen and cultivate our connections to each other in a non-verbal way.

Jolyn Hope has been practicing Contact Improvisation since 1992 and enjoys using her dance training to support families to strengthen their ties through movement and embodied expression. Her expert assistant is her 5-year-old son, who has been raised dancing and enjoys tearing up the dance floor.

To register early at a discount please pay via PayPal: jolynarisman@mac.com.

Contact Improv Jam

Tuesdays 7:30pm - 10:00pm
$12 - $15 sliding scale
Beginners and all levels welcome!

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Contact improvisation (CI) is a creative dance form emerging from physical contact between partners. The Contact Jam offers a space for participants to move in tandem with one another through a Contact Improv lens. The practice transcends the boundaries between gymnastics, martial arts, meditation, and dance. In doing contact, dancers and their partners directly experience the dynamic physical forces that affect all movement: mass, momentum, inertia, and friction. The multidimensional nature—physical, emotional, and spiritual—of the point of contact allows the dancers to engage in nonverbal communication in a concrete manner, and on several levels. A monthly schedule of warm-up facilitators, soundscape artists, or theme exploration to be posted at the beginning of each month.

Want to take a technique class? Check out Daniel Mollner's Contact Improv Series

Pathways: Essentials of Ecstatic Dance

Wednesdays 10:30am - 12:00pm
Six week series intervals
$90 series/$20 drop-in
Open to all!

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Dates for next class series
May 22 - June 26

Pathways is a facilitated ecstatic dance "class" exploring the essentials of freeform movement. Facilitated by Daniel Mollner, this six class series is a powerful, playful opportunity to grow and expand as a mover! Each class will have a balance of music, dancing, and instruction. Daniel will demo each activity and then hold you in the process of exploration. The learning process will be occasionally supported by group shares, dyads, and question/answer sessions.

Learn more about Daniel’s work at: danielmollner.com

The Art of Improvisation

Fridays 10:00am - 11:30am
$5 Drop-in
Welcome to movers with improvisation experience

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Dancers with improvisation experience are welcome to join us as we explore structures that lead to embodied present-time movement, freedom of expression and dynamic compositions. Participants are encouraged to clarify and expand sources of creative expression. Although it may sound counter-intuitive, the more structure we have, the more freedom we have to create. The Art of Improvisation sessions are facilitated by several experienced members of the group.

Tango

4th & 5th Saturdays
8:00pm - 12:00am
$20 for Class & Milonga
$12 for Milonga only
Beginners and all levels welcome!

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Join us! Even if you’re new to tango, come watch.  No partners required.  Leather sole shoes are best.

Great Music – Great Floor – Great Food – and best of all… Great Community.