2018 Intensive Teachers

Lorina Manzanita

      Lorina Manzanita MA, SEP has been professionally helping people get comfortable in their own skins since 1998. She is a Somatic Sex and Relationship Coach, certified Somatic Experiencing© Trauma Resolution Practitioner, writer and teacher. She's offered a number...

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Alyssa Lynes

Alyssa Lynes brings her knowledge of Community development in Touch&Play (since 2012) and CI communities (since 2010), Contact Improvisation and movement pedagogy, Contemporary & partner dance forms, Nonviolent Communication, Education (MSed + bilingual education) & Mentor teaching, and her work and study of The Life Coaching Teachings of Maria Nemeth from the Academy of Coaching Excellence.

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Yasin (Ya-Ya) Fairley

Ya-Ya is a Black/Trans/Queer Performance Artist, Dance-Maker and Curator of Images. They recently received their MFA in Dance from The University of Utah. They also have a BA in Dance/Cultural Anthropology/Queer Studies from Bates College (ME). Their work grapples with notions of pain, pleasure and violence in relation to the dancing body in various social climates. Race, Gender and Sexuality are huge tenets of Ya-Ya’s questionings inside of dance and performance.

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Maybel Ovalles (Venezuela/USA)

I’m a Latin-American queer woman, transdisciplinary artist. I worship state-changing experiences that urge me to live veraciously. Basing my work in body intelligence; I combine arts, human development practices, ancestral and systemic focus, magic, the mystic and kink to gestate experiences that outline our impact as creators of our own lives, and to put awareness on the dynamics that binds us.

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Sasha Lasdon & Janine Taylor

Sasha Lasdon thrives on curiosity and learning. They have been teaching CI for 7 years, dancing for 18 and work as a Somatic Sex Educator, gynecological TA and circus performer. Janine Taylor is a curious monkey who pays her bills as a bodyworker and spends the rest of her time doing contact improvisation (6 yrs), authentic movement (5 yrs), co-counseling (5 yrs), hosting snuggle parties in her home (4 yrs), and spent the decade prior to those activities as an active participant and assistant in the Human Awareness Institute and practicing vipassana meditation.

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