In all of our trainings, classes, and community work, we engage a process of unlearning the systems of oppression that live in our interpersonal relationships and within our individual bodies. Loom Ensemble training seeks to unravel body shame, and shake loose the default culture’s twisted definitions of “beauty” or “strength.” We practice unwinding conventional gender roles, the body-shame industrial complex, and extractive / dominator attitudes towards the earth, all through the embodied practice of voice and movement. From this place we can begin to make art that helps heal our world, performances that are vulnerable and human.

Since Loom’s inception, our work has been grounded in ongoing training as a part of the creative process. As a result, our Teaching Residencies are sourced in the richness of ongoing research, embodied knowledge, and experiential expertise–not some hypothetical or theoretical concept.

Click below to read class descriptions from the menu workshops we regularly teach, for college-age or above.

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Loom’s signature workshop series, combining dance, song, and physical theater. In this workshop students learn to work and move within a group, practice leading and following, and develop keen kinesthetic response. Loom creates “devised theater,” meaning performers are up on their feet creating the material themselves. Participants are guided through the process of creating their own characters, spoken lines, movement and even song.

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This class is great for both beginning and experienced dancers, and will leave you feeling creative, healthy, and inspired. Class begins with a technique based warm-up with an emphasis on strength, flexibility, and balance. Then we do a series of exercises to build specific dance skills and an ability to move freely. We’ll end by learning a contemporary phrase, practicing full-body movement and dynamic performing.

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In this class series, we will develop the basic skills of contemporary partnering and lifting. This is the baseline for creating / performing contemporary duo or trio work. We will use ideas from Contact Improvisation, Physical Theater, and Partner Acrobatics to create a blend of tech