The 2014 winter intensive was a fantastic experience! Thank you to all of the master teachers and participants who made the journey to Eureka.  Please keep in touch about upcoming intensives.


January 10-March 6, 2014 


Training 6 days a week in dance and performance fundamentals. 

We will immerse ourselves in regular practice and daily training for the duration of the intensive with special focus on contact improvisation, improvisation, and the relationships between internal experience and engagement with the world.  Weekly classes in contact improvisation, improvisation, physical theater, composition, butoh, yoga, and aerial dance/conditioning/circus arts will be offered, along with special classes in choreography, technique, and experimental practices.  Participants will have the opportunity to share their own skills and to develop and present new work.  Our time will be highlighted by intensive workshops with master teachers.  This is a unique opportunity to train and develop one's abilities as a dancer and artist. 

This intensive will take place in Eureka, California.

Facilitated by Leslie Castellano, with assistance by Anson Smith.

 Cost $1100-1300, sliding scale, for the entire intensive.

There are a limited number of spaces available in individual workshops. (Cost is $200-240, sliding scale, for individual workshops, except for Mark’s, which is $150-190).

Deposits due by December 7 (extended!!!). After that there will be a slight rate increase of $75 to the sliding scale rate for the intensive

For more information, please contact Leslie Castellano at 707-616-3104 or

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*Fees do not include food or lodging but we will help find friendly, cheap sublets (approx $350 or less/month).

*We will take turns cooking for one another on an approximately 3 week rotation.



With guest teachers:

Diego Pinon: January 24-26

butoh dance, ritual

 Sara Shelton Mann: January 28-31

director, energetic applications, states and systems

 Mark Growden: February 7-9

voice, sound composition

 Keith Hennessy: February 13-16

performance sparked by social realities, practices that span from the intimate to the spectacular

 Karl Frost: February 18-21

contact improvisation and investigation of experience


Although our weekly schedule will vary somewhat, a typical week will look like this:

Monday:      day off

Tuesday:     9-10 warm up/conditioning

                   10-1 training

                   1-3 individual time/lunch

                   3-6 contact improvisation

Wednesday:  9-10 warm up

                    10-4 training (with a lunch break) 

                    4:30-6 beginning aerial dance (optional)  

                     6:30-10 contact improv class and jam

Thursday:      3-9 pm training, with a dinner break

Friday:           3-9 pm training, with a dinner break

Saturday:       9-10 yoga

                     10-5 training, with a lunch break

Sunday:         9-10 conditioning

                     10-5 training, with a lunch break