Deep Listening: Contact Improv & Non-violent Communication

Using tools from Marshall Rosenberg’s Non-violent Communication as a common language we’ll explore our underlying observations, feelings & needs, and practice asking for what we truly desire in the dance. In this safe and sacred container we’ll also use Tantra inspired exercises integrating stillness, breath, slow-motion, eye-contact and energetic awareness to explore being more deeply present and empathetic with our dance partners.


Moti Zemelman, MFA, began practicing Contact Improv 28 years ago. Over the past 20 years he has taught and performed across USA, Canada, Central America, Mexico, Europe and Israel. In 2008-09 he taught as Professor of Dance at the Instituto Naciónal de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. Over the last 10 years in his desire to integrate communication and intimacy skills in his life and teaching he has studied Non-violent Communication, Tantra, Butoh, and Byron Katie’s “The Work”. Moti has been a teacher and a board member at Earthdance Retreat Center.  As a musician Moti plays vocal-electronic music for Contact Jams and in 2007 released his debut CD, Doorwaves. He also designs and moderates the international Contact Improv resource website