Music and Dance Circle is the name of the meetup group of the Open Music Circle which meets in Manhattan. It is a gathering place for acoustic improv musicians, vocalists, dancers and others; an opportunity for all to explore and create together.
The Open Music Circle has met regularly since 2004, joining Meetup in 2010 . Musicians, singers and dancers of all backgrounds and traditions and others are invited to explore new territory, expand their skills, and deepen their performance abilities. The Circle meets in two locations.
MUSIC AND DANCE CIRCLE: We meet usually once a month on the first or third Saturday of each month, from 7 - 9 PM, at the New York Insight Meditation Center, 28 West 27th Street, 10th Floor, buzzer #27. The Manhattan Circle is facilitated by Philip Foster. Please be on time. We meet in the lobby and go upstairs together, and once inside kindly remove your shoes and coats in the entryway and enter the main space in silence.
BROOKLYN CIRCLE: The Open Music circle also meets from time to time on Ocean Avenue in Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Circle is facilitated by Cori Barger.The Brooklyn Circles are announced through Facebook and by email, and not on Meetup. for the Brooklyn Circle , please join the Open Music Circle (Brooklyn) on Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All acoustic musicians, vocalists, and dancers are welcome. We have no musical or other agenda and no director.
Each gathering is an exploration and an adventure. We start in silence, someone begins, then paying attention to each other, we each play, vocalize or move as we each feel appropriate, and finally we end with silence. Dancers and musicians interact with and respond freely to each other. The structure is simple, but its takes us to a deep place. It is somewhat similiar to Authentic Movement. Now and then we may try exercises to improve our skills.
Some participants have discovered useful things about themselves or their playing, singing, or dancing at MUSIC AND DANCE whereas others have found their experience to be similar to those had in a therapeutic or a spiritual practice. It's always a great opportunity to give your right brain free reign. Most anything can happen. We usually have fun, and occasionally something miraculous occurs.
Please be on time as we may not be able to hear the buzzer if you arrive late. A $15 contribution is required when you RSVP for each meetup. The monies collected help to pay for Meetup fees, rent, replace old or add new instruments, and pay for advertising.