The Maine Center for Taijiquan and Qigong  

500 Forest Avenue, Portland, Maine

500 Forest Avenue is located next to the Mobil gas station on Forest Avenue. The entrance door is accessed from the parking lot which is BEHIND THE BUILDING (in other words, the entrance to the studio is accessed at the back of the building and not on Forest Ave).  After 5:00 p.m. the entire parking lot is available. There is additional parking on Noyes St., Freeman St. and Forest Ave.



at The Maine Center for Taijiquan and Qigong (see below for directions)

6 session series, Begins Monday, March 4

$90-130 sliding scale

March 4, 11, 18, 25 April 1, 8


 Bring customized attention to how and what you want to develop in your dance when partnering with others.

These classes integrate Body-Mind Centering® principles and somatic awareness with the study of improvisational dance, helping you to find authentic and integrated movement from the inside out.  

In this special series we will focus on the movement and relational issues unique to dancing with others, whether in contact improv or other improvised partner and group dancing where we are actively relating, interacting or playing with one another.

Together we will explore the dynamics of:  

  • safety;
  • the ground and space as our supportive partners to our people-partnering;
  • articulation and support;
  • self(-and-other) expression;
  • shared embodiment;
  • and more, depending upon what emerges in our process together

The last part of each class includes opportunity for integration of what we have explored in class by dancing to a music set.

Embody multiple levels of your being with grace and ease, bringing fuller presence to your dancing life and your daily life.  

All levels are welcome: from bare beginner to sophisticated mover these approaches to dance are simple and yet deep, with broad application to all kinds of movement (and music!).  Come prepared to explore, play, enliven, and boogie!  (Please note: You don't need to have a partner to come to this class--we partner with everyone)

Body-Mind Centering® is a registered trademark and BMC is a service mark of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, used with permission


Dancing in Vagus:  Autonomic Awareness for Your Moving Life

Our autonomic nervous system functions beneath thought and deeply informs how we experience ourselves, others, and the world.  How can we engage more fully with this aspect of our being?  How can we bring this awareness into our dance? How might that change our dance?

The word vagus in the workshop title refers to the ventral vagal nerve, a key player in our social engagement system.  When we ‘dance in vagus’ as a practice we deepen our embodied sense of safety, connection and community in relationship.

In this workshop we will: 

  • "Map" the multiple expressions of the autonomic nervous system in both our dance lives and our daily lives.
  • Explore moving between engaged activity and restful states of being
  • Develop ways of resourcing ourselves—when we sense or fear danger, or when we shut down or feel immobilized or stuck.
  • Activate our social engagement system in movement and dance for safety, support, and play

Saturday morning (9:30-12:30) will offer an experiential approach to Polyvagal Theory. Once you’ve embodied it, you’ve got it!

Saturday afternoon (1:30-6, with 1/2 hour break somewhere in there) we will lab our embodied understanding, applying it to our own dance and to dancing in community. 

This day-long workshop is a rich opportunity for deepening your connection with yourself as well as with others and within our larger community. Please join me!

Comments from students about Deb's workshops:

"The experiences in dance and creative movement that Deb offers in her classes sparked a much deeper sense of connection and exploration through my body and physical/spiritual energy. Deb's ability to individually support each dancer through this work opened me to a transforming adventure!"    

"I took Deb's class because I felt that I was repeating myself too much when I danced, as though my movement vocabulary were limited and unimaginative.  Deb's class was like a course in the root words of the vocabulary of movement.  A whole new world of movement, expression and awareness were opened to me through her facilitation.  Her teaching is marked by enthusiasm, curiosity and a celebration of the possibilities our bodies possess."

"Dancing in Deb's classes has been a wonderful release of conditioned patterns of movement. Finding new ways to express and move has physical and psychological implications that have reverberated in my everyday life allowing me to to feel and express more freedom, spontaneity and joy.  Deb's warm, open,  and lighthearted approach easily creates a safe and creative space in which to explore movement.  She is a gifted teacher who can easily guide and articulate the experience to the class while also allowing for spontaneous response to the present moment.  I love taking the class after a long work week to help let go of the constraints of the work week."

"I so much enjoy Deb's classes. With Deb's insight and playfulness we delve deeply into different aspects of dance and how our bodies express can themselves through dance. Her classes truly enhance my dance."