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Attunement in Motion: A 4-week Introductory Fusion Dance Series with PULSE Partner Dance Collective


June 7, 2023
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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$80 – $120
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Soft Medicine Sanctuary
186 North Main Street Suite #120
Sebastopol, CA 95472 United States
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Join PULSE Partner Dance Collective for “Attunement in Motion”, a 4-week introductory course in Blues Fusion partner dancing and beyond. Led by experienced instructors Rebecca & Stem, this course is perfect for beginners looking to explore the expressive and dynamic world of partner dancing!

When: Wednesdays June 7, 14, 21, & 28; 6:30-8pm.

Where: Upstairs at Soft Medicine (the new event venue that used to be the Dhyana Center); 186 N Main St, Sebastopol, CA 95472

Cost: Sliding scale $80-$100 preregistered or $100-$120 day-of/at the door (if space allows) for the series.

Who: Anyone excited to learn and practice Fusion Partner Dancing with the PULSE Partner Dance Collective!

No prior partner dancing experience is necessary to join. All levels of dancers are welcome to explore the joy of dancing in partnership.

We invite rotation of partners in class, so everyone mingles & learns together. No need to bring a partner, though it’s welcome.

Class is progressive, so we ask that you commit to all 4 weeks in June. Week-by-week drop-ins are not appropriate here.

Why: Because the PULSE dance community is blossoming and a weekly series like this offers practice time for advancing skills and building familiarity in friendships!

What kind of dance is this?

Fusion has roots in Blues Fusion, which places emphasis on connection to the music and your partner over specific footwork or “moves”. Dancers sync in timing via pulse, soften & communicate in physical space via frame, and emerge in present, connective, improvisational partner dance form. This is a fun, expressive, engaging dance that we are excited to share!

What you might learn:

  • Lead & follow framework (not defined by gender expression, and open to switch between these roles)

  • Rhythm, pulse, & musicality

  • Spins, turns, and redirection of momentum

  • Extension & compression in toned frame

  • Nuanced responsiveness in a soft & synced embrace

  • Energetic attunement to self, partner, and humans in close proximity on the dance floor

  • Partnered techniques drawn from Lindy Hop, Blues Dance, Bachata Sensual, Contact Improv, and more



About our instructor Rebecca Berman 
Rebecca is a passionate mover who loves blending various movement modalities and sharing the experience of partnered co-creation. She believes that dance is a language that can be communicated through attunement, and she strives to offer students both technique to open physical capacities and inspiration to encourage creative & intuitive expression.
With 15+ years of experience teaching & performing Lindy Hop, Charleston, and Swing dance, Rebecca is a seasoned dance teacher and creator. She is co-founder of PULSE Partner Dance Collective in Sebastopol, CA, was the head of teaching staff of Groove Juice Swing in Rochester, NY, co-founder and artistic director of the Flower City Follies (jazz dance ladies performance troupe), and is forever a student of many movement forms including Acroyoga, Bellydance, Contact Improv, Bachata Sensual, and more.
Rebecca delights in recognizing crossover between connective movement modalities, and is so excited to see what fusion dance can create with the PULSE community this season!
About our instructor Stem Kent
Stem has been hooked on Blues Fusion partner dancing for the last decade, co-founding North Bay Fusion and now Pulse Partner Dance Collective. He sees the dance floor as a mirror for our lives, and welcomes all of our authentic humanness to awaken and express itself within the music and the partnered connection. With a background in mens work, he strives to bring awareness and attunement to dynamics of power, consent and desire that play out in the dance and he brings passion and playfulness to create a container of safety and exploration.