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  • Location: Lobby at the Ritz Theater

Join us in co-creating this beautiful space on the last Saturday’s of the month, where diversity, and relaxed, mindful playfulness reign. We promise an extraordinary and inspiring way to bring in the New Year, with more freedom of movement and creative possibilities!

December 30th Newburgh Open Movement!

Music, Art and Raffle

2:00 – 3:00 PM
Movement Workshop with Ophra Wolf

3:00 – 5:00 PM
Open Jam featuring
Live Music with Andy Rinehart
& Craig Chin (errant.space)

Safe Harbors Lobby at the Ritz
107 Broadway, Newburgh, NY

Open to all ages, creeds, abilities, colors, shapes and sizes.

Join us on the Last Saturdays of the month as we co-create time and space for people of all walks of life to come together and enjoy three hours playful dancing, deep listening and mindful movement.

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.

Your donation helps to keep it going!

$5 – $10 suggested donation for the jam, $15 for the workshop
*NO ONE WILL BE TURNED AWAY FOR LACK OF FUNDS*

You can warm up your body and mind and support our wonderful sponsor, Safe Harbors Lobby at the Ritz, by attending a pilates class with Angela from APG Pilates from 11 AM to 12 noon also at the Ritz. Proceeds go to The Ritz theater!

Sponsored by Raghaus and Force and Flow

We’re thrilled to announce that Newburgh Open Movement was awarded a Community Arts Grant from the Orange County New York Arts Council for 2017, which will help us to cover 6 months of musician stipend. Many thanks to the OCAC for their support!
We still have lots to cover to guarantee a year full of great events and we’re relying on business support and your donations to make it happen. Donate now!

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.

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.

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