About this Event
Friday Night FUNk is delighted to to have Jo Cobbett facilitating for us - after her years of hosting weekly classes and workshops around the city and the world! With a foundation of 5Rhythms, Soul Motion, Open Floor and more, Jo is eclectic and playful to her core.
Here are some words Jo would like to share to welcome you to the dance:
With an inner homing signal of going where the music made me move, I had to keep following the percussion, the bass, the cello, the guitar, the acapella, the magic of improv and soul from the dance floor into a series of trainings that have centered my life around dance for the past 30 years.
Each week for all this time there've been dances held, and people coming to Fumble their way Towards Ecstasy.
I invite everyone to reclaim their birthright of dancing honestly and without reservations into the full yes of aliveness.
We may visit tenderness and have a chance to let some feelings out. This is a session with attention on the beats that brought us here, primal to old school and new, but the pleasure of feeling moved from the earth and heart.
Let's get tribal, funky, expressive and creative as we meet for this unique opportunity... my first in the Pieter Space, so let's REVEL together! All ages and backgrounds are welcomed to groove, move and connect in this glorious space with room for friends and new connections.Sent from my iPhone
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About our dance:
Friday Night FUNk is an imperfect grassroots collective of diverse humans who love freeform conscious dance, each with our own take on our always funky, eclectic, bluesy vibe. Together, we co-create a safe, unconditional space to dance your way in to however you are in this moment: joyful, sorrowful, playful, ALIVE!
We have been dancing on Los Angeles’ east side since 2014, at the original Pieter Performance space, then on Zoom, and now back at the fantastic new Pieter space. Our funky, organic, eclectic musical vibe sets us apart from the electronic leanings of other conscious dance gatherings, and makes us a home both for those who want conscious dance and for those who simply want to dance in a safe connective space to juicy joyful playlists curated to bring you in to your body and soul!
Our conscious dance is grounded in somatic practices of diving deeply toward whatever is present in this moment in us. Whether it is painful or joyful, if we live it fully in movement, our hearts will open and we will become more present to ourselves, however we are. Our music supports our intention to bring you in toward yourself, as we emphasize the non-dual joy and sorrow felt in music shaped by the African diaspora.
Each DJ/facilitator brings our own individual perspective to the dance: some of us guide the dance with light facilitation designed to bring you in to your experience in this moment, while some of us let the music be the guide, always encouraging improvisational movement with no choreography other than following the needs of your own body as it is inspired by the music. This is a delicious, fun, and lively practice, but also a transformative experience.
We are: Susan, Melissa, Mari Elena, Nyah, Mary Frances, Kato, and occasional guest DJs. Our support team is Arthur, Joyce and Robert. For more info check us out on the faciltator page. Each dance will be facilitated by a different DJ or team of DJs, and each of their bios will be listed below for their month.
Come discover the delight of allowing every part of your body to move however it wants. Dance alone, or with others, fast or slow, silly or serious, sexy or shy!
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This week’s DJ/Facilitator Bio:
Guest DJ Jo Cobbett
Jo has been facilitating transformational journeys for decades starting with 5Rhythms and adding a variety of embodied explorations through her fascination. She brings diverse playful explorations with space to attune to self and enough energy to release the gunk, where you’ll find a wide range of invitations to be moved through. Her nature is towards the light, and includes meeting the entire path of experience to truly find harmony of being inside each moment. Go to her website movinground.com for more info, including hundreds of recorded sessions.
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Accessibility and Location Notes:
We will be starting with gentle music at 7pm to prepare for our 7:30pm start time. Our dances are 1 hr 45 min, with an optional sharing circle after. If you come after 7:30, the glass door to the room might be closed; just wait and one of us will let you in.
All bodies and abilities are welcome. This is, above all, a movement practice; you are welcome to move with us even if you are seated in a chair.
The space is located on the 2nd floor with one flight of stairs directly up from the entrance. Elevator access is available; if you wish to use it please email us at [email protected] a day prior to the event and we will exchange contact info so that we can come down and get you, as it is not automated and needs a code. The elevator is spacious enough for any mobility device and the 2nd floor space is free of any steps or mobility barriers. There are no automated doors in the building
There are two all-gender restrooms with three private stalls and a urinal. Each restroom has one stall accessible for mobility device users.
Free parking is available directly behind the building at 2412 Workman Street. There are two additional free city lots south of Broadway on Workman Street. There is also ample metered parking in the neighborhood.
For questions about Friday Night FUNk, email us at [email protected] or visit us on Facebook under LIQUID SOUL ECSTATIC DANCE - Friday Night FUNk.
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
Pieter Performance Space, 2701 North Broadway, Los Angeles, United States