There is so much more to the festival dance floor than music and dancing! It’s a potent alchemy of energy, connection, communication, and personal process that can elevate participants toward blissful connection to self and others . . . or toward deep challenge, isolation, and even trauma. How can we support each other’s positive, ecstatic experiences? How can we connect more freely with each other? How can we more successfully navigate nonverbal communication and boundaries? How can we apply an understanding of energy fields to the way we relate? Learn these skills and more, and expand your own expressiveness, connect more fully with the community around you, and move more gracefully with the potent energies that await you on the dance floor!

David Yates is a dancer, teacher, multi-instrumentalist, and performing artist with unquenchable curiosity and a passion for the heartfelt, soulful, and deep. A performer and teacher since 1998, with experience ranging from lindy hop to Butoh, circus arts to contact improv, his teaching is deep and diverse. He performs music as Breathwood (http://facebook.com/breathwoodmusic) and performs with the world fusion collective Naad (http://naad.bandcamp.com). Most recently, he has been exploring the relationships between movement, meditation, sound healing, and social interaction in a range of workshops that support a more holistic approach to embodiment and being.Notable experiences includes dancing with the Vancouver Opera in Madama Butterfly, being suspended from the ceiling of Rogers Arena as a drummer for an International Airline Convention opening ceremony, stilt walking on the pilot of Blink and in Witches of East End, and teaching and/or performing at festivals such as Dance Camp Northwest, Blessed Coast, Heart of Tantra Festival, Northwest Blues Recess, Starbelly Jam, and Luminosity.