tuning, turning, traversing
Oct
26
1:00 PM13:00

tuning, turning, traversing

In this 3-hour workshop open to all bodies and levels of movement/dance familiarity, we will engage a series of practices that invite participants to surrender to the below, beneath, behind, and within of sensation, movement, and psyche, opening possibilities of interconnection with others and our surroundings. Through structured resting, guided awareness practice into subtle/imaginary bodily experience, open-ended and focused movement work, and care-ful and response-able sharing (through language and physical contact), we will engage curiously in the terrain between comfort/discomfort, courage/fear, certainty/uncertainty, self/other, outside/inside, and rest/action. Wear comfortable clothing that doesn't restrict movement and bring a something to write with/on.

To register or ask questions: hjvanderkolk(at)gmail(dot)com

Sliding scale $15-50.

Randon Harvest Market and Community Center, Craryville, NY

https://www.randomharvestmarket.com/calendar/2019/10/26/tuning-turning-traversing

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Nov
9
3:00 PM15:00

Cultivating Connection: a workshop for cis-gendered men

Cultivating Connection in Body, Mind and Heart

A workshop for cis-gendered* men overcoming the limits of masculinity

*cis gendered is a term for people whose gender identity matches the sex that they were assigned at birth

In this introductory workshop, open to all cis gendered men, I will offer a series of practices that will support participants in the process of undoing the limiting beliefs about themselves, their bodies, and other people's bodies, which they have inevitably internalized to some degree as male assigned people in a patriarchal culture. These beliefs not only perpetuate an inequitable society and rape culture, but also limit men's enjoyment of life and their potential for real trust and intimacy with others. 

We will approach this work through resting, writing, self-reflection, talking, movement, and non-sexual touch informed by mindfulness practice, conscious communication, dance and performance art, and the Internal Family Systems. No one will be forced to do any exercises they feel too uncomfortable with, though getting curious about what makes you uncomfortable is strongly encouraged.

This workshop may be perfect for you if you:

  1. Are curious about the unconscious ways being male assigned under patriarchy shapes how you feel and what you do

  2. Are in a stuck/unfulfilling/discouraging place around sex and/or dating/intimacy

  3. Struggle with not being able to express or even know how you feel

  4. Are seeking more ease and intimacy (not necessarily sexual) with other men in your life

  5. Have received feedback from women in your life that they don't feel safe or seen around you

  6. Want to dismantle the ways in which popular media and pornography has shaped what you desire and how you orient to sex

  7. Desire more joy and play from your physical and emotional life

  8. Want to show up as a feminist ally to non-male people starting with examining your own conditioning as a male person

  9. Feel isolated

I come to this work as a:

Dance and movement educator for 20 years

Former sex worker, offering sessions in Transformational Domination (2015-2019)

Life-long dancer, performer and artist

Certified yoga instructor since 2001

Dedicated Insight (mindfulness) Meditation practitioner since 2008

Level 1 trained Internal Family Systems counselor beginning in 2016

Party organizer since 2014


I am dedicated to a life of enjoyment and intimacy with myself, others and my surroundings, to curiously investigating the wild experience of having a body and a consciousness and to supporting others to do the same in creative and nourishing ways. I have taught diverse populations and performed internationally and am currently pursing a PhD in Art focused on creative body-based practices towards more livable futures.

I am assigned female at birth, but through my explorations (personally and professionally) in dance, movement, performance, healing, and sex/sex work I have come to understand myself as fluid in terms of gender. I am also attracted to and love a wide range of people and bodies, and have explored sexually in a variety of ways. This gives me unique insight into limited constructions of gender and violating and isolating power dynamics.  

At Heartspace Yoga Center, Troy, NY

Sliding scale $15-50

Email for more information: hjvanderkolk(at)gmail(dot)com




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extended rdk practice
Jun
16
1:00 PM13:00

extended rdk practice

radial diamond kinetics at Random Harvest Market in Craryville, NY!

Part non-denominational community ritual, part introspective/meditation practice, part body positive workout, part dance improvisation laboratory,  radial diamond kinetics is a multi-dimensional body/heart/mind practice. We move within to connect with and listen to ourselves—to subconscious, intuitive, dream-scape intelligence—and move out to witness and move with one another, building non-verbal communication, trust, and cooperation potentialities.

This particular iteration of rdk will focus on stillness, waiting, listening, and deep rest as essential activities in the process of uncovering one’s capacity to respond spontaneously and collaboratively to self, other, and surroundings. Our time together will include a simple, sweaty work out focused on clarity, coordination, endurance, and restoration, as well as approaches to touch, collaboration and improvisation that invite us to weave our somatic/body enjoyment, intelligence, and exploration together with our social, political, and spiritual selves and community.

If you are a seasoned rdk practitioner, this will be a great opportunity to go more into the subtleties of the practice and to dive a bit deeper into applications for the work outside of the studio. If you are new to rdk this will be a great introduction and overview. No dance experience necessary and the practice can be adapted to many bodies and abilities.

Wear comfortable clothing (probably not skirts, belts, or clothing that restricts your movement).

Sliding scale $15-50, email hjvanderkolk-at-gmail-dot-com to register

More at: https://www.randomharvestmarket.com/calendar/2019/5/19/radial-diamond-kinetics

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morning workout
Jan
14
to Apr 22

morning workout

  • Oakwood Community Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

morning workout!

Mondays 8-9am

awareness, alignment, stretching, strengthening, cardio, coordination, and so much sweaty fun

morning workout is open to all regardless of dance experience and can be adapted for many bodies and abilities

$5-10 suggested donation (cash or Venmo: @Hana-vanderKolk)

Oakwood Community Center, Troy, NY

Many teachers and colleagues work informs radial diamond kinetics. I do my best to acknowledge my biggest influences in every class, though there are so many and some of the threads are not entirely traceable, so it does not always happen entirely. My background is in North American and European experimental dance and performance art, but this lineage is laced with complex dynamics of hybridization, influence, and appropriation from Eastern contemplative and movement practices, West African dance forms, Black American social dance, and European folk dance/ritual, among others. I do my best to name the complex histories of movement & meditation forms and practices being learned, borrowed, hybridized, and appropriated under white supremacy, while acknowledging the impossibility of entirely pulling apart the influences and arriving at some kind of pure and moral movement of the body or state of being. My intention with rdk is to offer participants a multifaceted body/mind/heart/community practice that invites them into an expanded relationship with themselves and other bodies, rather than to learn or master a particular form or be able to claim expertise of any kind.

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evening practice Troy
Jan
10
to Mar 21

evening practice Troy

Two rdk evening practices left this season!

Thursdays, March 14 & 21

6:45-9pm

Part non-denominational community ritual, part introspective/meditation practice, part body positive workout, part dance improvisation laboratory,  radial diamond kinetics is a multi-dimensional body/heart/mind practice. We move within to connect with and listen to ourselves—to subconscious, intuitive, dream-scape intelligence—and move out to witness and move with one another, building non-verbal communication, trust, and cooperation potentialities. The trajectory of our time together includes a good, sweaty work out (encompassing kinesthetic awareness, stretching, strengthening, and cardio), as well as various approaches to weaving our somatic/body enjoyment, intelligence, and exploration together with our social, political, and spiritual selves and community. No dance experience necessary and the practice can be adapted to many bodies and abilities.

Wear comfortable clothing and sneakers. Bring a blanket or yoga mat for floor work.

$5-20 suggested donation (cash or Venmo: @Hana-vanderKolk)

Oakwood Community Center, Troy, NY

Many teachers and colleagues work informs radial diamond kinetics. I do my best to acknowledge my biggest influences in every class, though there are so many and some of the threads are not entirely traceable, so it does not always happen entirely. My background is in North American and European experimental dance and performance art, but this lineage is laced with complex dynamics of hybridization, influence, and appropriation from Eastern contemplative and movement practices, West African dance forms, Black American social dance, and European folk dance/ritual, among others. I do my best to name the complex histories of movement & meditation forms and practices being learned, borrowed, hybridized, and appropriated under white supremacy, while acknowledging the impossibility of entirely pulling apart the influences and arriving at some kind of pure and moral movement of the body or state of being. My intention with rdk is to offer participants a multifaceted body/mind/heart/community practice that invites them into an expanded relationship with themselves and other bodies, rather than to learn or master a particular form or be able to claim expertise of any kind.

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de-mapping part 2
Aug
26
1:00 PM13:00

de-mapping part 2

Making geographical maps can be a useful way to orient and understand our surroundings. But mapping can also be a limiting, partial, and even inaccurate practice, one that has historically been used to draw false boundaries in deeply unjust and dividing ways. Likewise, the maps of our bodies are crucial for understanding our physiology and identifying and healing illness. But maps of the body typically do not include the felt sense of our bodies, the way the imagination lives in and enlivens the body, can in fact be born out of the body, the way stories, traumas, and intuition is housed in the body. 

de-mapping part 2 will be a 6-hour outdoor laboratory consisting of group and solo practices for examining/re-examining the maps we hold in our minds and bodies, including explorations of ancestral lines and stories, and a series of guided movement & awareness practices done outdoors that will allow us to be, observe, and move, awakening sensory wisdom and disorienting/re-orienting ourselves on/with land and in the body. 

Placing deeply embodied practice alongside information gathering and sharing, we will even go so far as to ask: If we spend time outdoors listening, experimenting, developing embodied intimacy with our surroundings, might we "hear" something about the histories, states of being, practices, and entities/bodies that have been made invisible, made non-existent in favor of others? Can we discover lines of communication dampened by certainty, density and speed?

No dance, meditation, or performance experience necessary. We will build on de-mapping part one (which took place in July), but you do not new participants are also welcome. 

Wear comfortable clothing/protection for being outdoors and intimate with the elements for 4 hours (we'll spend the first 2 hours indoors). Bring a notebook, pen, bug repellent, sunscreen, and water. 

$10-40 sliding scale

To reserve your spot please Venmo @Hana-vanderKolk or PayPal hjvanderkolk (at) gmail (dot) com

You will receive the location (in Troy) upon registration 

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State/s, Body, Treasure 2
Jun
21
to Aug 2

State/s, Body, Treasure 2

In this 6-week class series we’ll explore a number of practices for accessing and playing in/with the intelligence of the body. We’ll approach this work both as individual bodies, and as a community body/intersection of bodies & energies. 

Relaxation, touch, focus, awareness, alignment, duration, disorientation, repetition, dream states, non-verbal communication, emptiness/nothingness, ritual and rhythmic entrainment will be threaded throughout our process. We’ll engage in both open-ended containers for exploration (practices that include interpretation/improvisation) and more choreographically specified work (practices in which I give you set actions to experiment inside of). 

This class will retain some of that fun-loving, sweaty vibe of my ongoing class radial diamond kinetics, while going deeper into the state-based, improvisatory, and physical/energetic alignment elements of my work, with a consistent and dedicated group over a 6-week period. 

No dance/performance experience necessary and the class can be adapted for many bodies/abilities. 

Oakwood Community Center, Troy

NO CLASS JULY 5

SLIDING SCALE $50-120

To reserve your spot please Venmo @Hana-vanderKolk or PayPal hjvanderkolk (at) gmail (dot) com

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radial diamond kinetics/the sweat HUDSON, NY
May
23
to Nov 21

radial diamond kinetics/the sweat HUDSON, NY

radial diamond kinetics returns to Sadhana in Hudson, NY

Wednesdays July 18, August 22, and 3rd Wednesdays of the month going forward

7:30-9:15pm

Sweat, tone, play on our own and as a group, and dismantle habits and hatred through a multidimensional body/mind/heart practice. With awareness and alignment practices, strengthening and stretching, and a good old sweaty work out, radial diamond kinetics/the sweat is open to all regardless of dance experience and can be adapted for many bodies and abilities.

Sliding scale $10-20/class (pay in cash at the time of the class or Venmo Hana-vanderKolk

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State/s, Body, Treasure
Mar
15
to Apr 19

State/s, Body, Treasure

  • Oakwood Community Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

State/s, Body, Treasure
6 Thursdays, 7-9pm
March 15-April 19

Oakwood Community Center, Troy, NY

Sliding scale $50-120 for 6 weeks

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL WITH A WAITING LIST. STAY TUNED FOR OTHER UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

In this 6-week class series we’ll explore a number of practices for accessing and playing in/with the intelligence of the body. We’ll approach this work both as individual bodies, and as a community body/intersection of bodies & energies. 

Relaxation, touch, focus, awareness, alignment, duration, disorientation, repetition, dream states, non-verbal communication, emptiness/nothingness, ritual and rhythmic entrainment will be threaded throughout our process. We’ll engage in both open-ended containers for exploration (practices that include interpretation/improvisation) and more choreographically specified work (practices in which I give you set actions to experiment inside of). 

This class will retain some of that fun-loving, sweaty vibe of my ongoing class radial diamond kinetics, while going deeper into the state-based, improvisatory, and physical/energetic alignment elements of my work, with a consistent and dedicated group over a 6-week period. 

No dance/performance experience necessary and the class can be adapted for many bodies/abilities. 

Resources:

On Body Weather: http://bodyweather.blogspot.com/2009/03/min-tanaka.html

Indigenous tribes of NY State: http://www.native-languages.org/york.htm

Fannie Sosa: Cosmic Ass https://vimeo.com/123000371 (twerking)

Authentic Movement: http://authenticmovementcommunity.org/about

Dharmagiri, site for my meditation teachers Kitissaro and Thanissara: http://www.dharmagiri.org

Dream work: http://schoolofimages.com, http://www.malakline.com/saphire/

 

 

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