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Wednesday, August 7 • 10:00am - 5:00pm
Learning Journey: Seven Senses Stroll, and Following the Follower with Tango and Improvisation

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Part One begins with a Seven Senses Stroll; a tour of you, set in New York City. We visit places that personify aspects of New York, for each of your five senses: Taste, Smell, Touch, Hearing, and Sight. But did you know you have unlimited senses? Along the way, we’ll explore what other senses are important to our special AIN group, e.g. a sense of play, intuition, freedom, confidence, safety, intimacy, strength, etc. Each person chooses two, and we improvisationally explore those en route between our locations. New York is a city in constant creativity. Discover New York like artists. Experience your peak senses piqued!
Part Two: With our senses fine tuned and warmed up we’ll segue into a different kind of “senses-making”. Viola Spolin coined the phrase “follow the follower” to describe the moment in a mirror when neither partner knows who is leading, and it seems, magically, to lead itself.  Basic tango is simply two people walking together. One is the “leader,” one “follows.” A world-class tango instructor will teach two simple tango walks. We will walk as pairs and have the experience of trading lead/follow roles. Periodically, we will ask some process questions. The focus of the workshop is not to learn dance steps, but to try to understand our experience of leading, following, and partnering, when we look through a different lens than usual. We will explore our ability to remain open to the partner, even when things don’t go “as expected.” Can lead/follow work refine our ability to become better improvisors and trainers? These, and other questions will be explored in a group debriefing at the end.


Barbara Ann Michaels

Barbara Ann Michaels is a performance artist who creates humorous participatory artworks that foster deep human connection — via people feeling seen, heard, and celebrated. She is a “jester of the peace”, and also trains facilitators on the universal rules of body language and humor, in both corporate and community settings. As an artist, she has appeared at The Miami Project with Claudine Maidique Gallery, New York Clown Theatre Fest, 20th chashama gala, GlassHouse ArtLifeLab... Read More →

Terry Sommer

Terry Sommer performed for 8 1/2 years in Chicago City Limits. She logged 1500 performances, and co-created about 40 corporate industrial shows. She is currently directs the Morchand Center at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, using a type of applied improvisation in medical education. She also teaches improv to medical students... Read More →

Wednesday August 7, 2019 10:00am - 5:00pm EDT
Manhattan, NY

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