March 1, 2019

​​Contact and Improvisation 
Tuesdays through August 7th, 
6-8PM. The Dark Side Studio. Kensington Market.
$20. Info and Registration:

These classes will weave between physical skills for partnered improvisation, exercises to increase awareness of sensation and spatial relation, tools for solo, partnered and group dances, compositional practices, and more.I will offer exercises and tools seeking to increase inter-depent dances - exercising agency, choice, and discovery in a context of listening. 

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March 1, 2019

Saturday, September 8 & Sunday, September 9

Guelph, Ontario
10am-noon: Qigong with Claire Turner Reid
1pm-3pm: Axis Syllabus with Daniel Bear Davis

Join us in Guelph for a weekend of Qigong and Axis Syllabus classes exploring the dynamic potential of the spiral. Morning Qigong classes will cultivate sensitivity to the transformation of forces - between receptive and propulsive, expansive and yielding, strength and softness. Afternoon Axis Syllabus classes will engage anatomical clues, seeking to collaborate with the body’s design to grow our physical possibilities while learning and respecting our structural limitations. These complimentary practices offer diverse insights into the intelligence of the spiral for restorative and dynamic applications.
All are welcome.

Full Workshop: $100
Only Axis Syllabus:$60
Only Qigong: $60
Single Class Drop-in: $35
e-transfer registrations and questions:

Guelph Youth Dance Studio
42 Quebec St. 3rd...

March 1, 2019

July 16-25, 2018

For two weeks, join Daniel Bear Davis at Dancemakers and The Dark Side Studio for unlimited classes in Axis Syllabus, Contact Improvisation, and Interdisciplinary Composition. Make it a personal intensive or drop-in for a few classes. Class descriptions and bio are below the schedule. All classes are all level.

$75 Unlimited (Up to 22 Hours!)

$20 Drop-In

Registration and questions: email

Monday July 16 
10-12, Axis Syllabus, DanceMakers Studio 314: Baker
8-10pm, Performance Collage, DanceMakers Studio 314: Baker

Tuesday July 17 
10-12, Axis Syllabus, DanceMakers, 314: Baker
6-8pm, Contact and Improvisation, The Dark Side Studio

Wednesday July 18 
10-12, Axis Syllabus, DanceMakers, 314: Baker

Thursday July 19 
10-12, In/Authentic Movement, DanceMakers, 314: Baker

Monday July 23 
10-12, Axis Syllabus, DanceMakers, 314: Baker Studio
8-10pm Vestuary Adventures in Movement,...

November 28, 2018

​​Super|Cute|aneous Fascia|nistas 
Friday December 7th, 10-4 (with a lunch break)
With Daniel Bear Davis and Nuria Bowart

The sub-cutaneous fascia is a continuous sheet of connective tissue directly under the skin. What about the super-cutaneous fascia? What about the Super|Cute|aneous FasciaNistas?!

In this exploratory workshop we will use interaction with various qualities and arrangements of fabric to ask how the connective networks outside of our skin change our movement choices and possibilities. Taking exploration of fascia as our starting point, we will explode open the costume box, microscope into the embryological, and expand out into the environment to query how the qualities of what surrounds us change the way we move and live in our bodies. The class will combine solo work, partner work, and group work in a playful research laboratory.

Early Bird: Before November 28th: $75
After November 28th: $90
register through PayPal to

November 8, 2018

I'm excited to dance with you!

I'm excited about the classes and collaborations I've set up while I'm in the Bay Area. I'm collaborating with some of my favorite humans while I'm there! I hope you can join us. I'm also available for one-on-one movement coaching.

Click here for a newsletter with all the workshop information.

Here's the summary.

  • Co-Kinesis: Dynamic Partnering and The Docking Zones with Sebastian Grubb. Nov 28 & 30. 10-1.

  • Super Cute(aneous) Fascia Nistas with Nuria Bowart. Dec 7. 10-4.

  • Axis Monday and Friday Guest Teaching for Bronwyn Ayla and Sarah Day. November 19 & 23. 10-11:30.

  • The FUNdamentals of Contact Improvisation for All Levels - Before The Jam Class Dec 6. 6:45-8:15. Jam after.

  • Pre-Ecstatic Dance Contact Improv Classes. Nov. 21 Oakland. 7-8pm.

November 8, 2018

with Daniel Bear Davis and Sebastian Grubb
November 28 & 30, Weds & Friday, 10am - 1pm

In this workshop we will use the concept of “Docking Zones" to detail partnering options from beginning to advanced. The DZs are areas of the body that can be utilized to offer dynamic and versatile support in weight sharing scenarios to create a new “joint” with another body. We will use them to facilitate lifts and flight with reduced effort. How do we create a response-able system to deal with incoming force and transform it into possibility? How do we maintain integrity in the joints between humans to elongate a kinetic chain and conserve energy?

[Previous experience with the Axis Syllabus or experience with lifts is recommended for participation.]

Daniel and Sebastian are both certified Axis Syllabus Teachers with many years of experience in Contact Improvisation, bodywork, fitness training, and dance performance. This will be a fun, accessible, and at times athl...

August 9, 2018

Moving Arts Lab 

August 23 - 26
3 days of interdisciplinary performance workshops + Dialogue Session with IIAC members + Faculty Performance

Come investigate and experience the ways that movement, sound, image, and performance can inform human culture. With multiple workshops each day, teaching artists from the International Interdisciplinary Artists Consortium (IIAC) and participants from around the world create an embodied dialogue at the intersection of modalities - voice, improvisation, site-specific performance, physical theater, and more. Open to all levels and backgrounds.

I will be leading Vestuary Adventures in Movement and Performance Collage.

For descriptions of these and all other workshops, go here.

Facilitated by Peter Sciscioli, with:

  • Deborah Black (Brooklyn, NY)

  • Cândida Borges (Rio de Janiero, Brazil / New York) 

  • Lacina Coulibaly (Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso / New York)

  • Daniel Bear Davis (Toronto, Canada) 


May 1, 2018

Nomadic College Returns to Earthdance!
June 9 - 28.

Registration is Open!!!

Three Weeks of Intensive Study of the Axis Syllabus in the beautiful foothills of the Berkshires!

The Nomadic College(NC) provides a methodically designed curriculum and focused environment for the study and practice of the Axis Syllabus. The Axis Syllabus is a trans-disciplinary research and training platform concerned with the practice, study and teaching of bio-mechanics as they apply to a body in motion and the art of dancing. The NC provides an intensive context for movement artists, health professionals and researchers to replenish, investigate old and new patterns and to acquire skills for sustaining and inspiring their paths in the moving and healing arts.

I will be teaching Decide Bend during Week 2 and Super|Cute|Aneous Fascia|Nistas in Week 3!

Check out the amazing roster of teachers here:

March 24, 2018

Simpleton's Thaw will be presented at the Cameron Arts Museum as part of the

Sarus Festival for Site Specific and Experimental Art

Wilmington, North Carolina. 

Saturday, March 24, 2:30


One body navigating information overload in an age of sensationalist media saturation - with clowning, butoh, trauma theory... and polar bears! This interactive interdisciplinary solo takes influences of butoh, clowning, and contemporary dance to explore the collective freeze response. From lectures on traumatic activation to a twerking tutorial.

February 4, 2018

Intro to Axis Syllabus for Dancers and Movers 

taught by Daniel Bear Davis

The Axis Syllabus offers a groundswell of relevant and specific information into healthy movement habits for moving humans living in a dynamic world. In this dance workshop, we will look at details of our own anatomy, refined over thousands of years of evolution, to gain clues about how to move in collaboration with our own fascinating design. Through specific inquiry, observation, and practice, we seek to increase our kinetic capacities while reducing the risk of injury and repetitive strain. Through a combination of choreographed motifs and focused improvisations, we will build tools for dynamic alignment, resilience, and informed choice. 

Classes are open to all levels. There will be a range of adaptations to proposed movement motifs so learning can be supported for beginners and seasoned dancers simultaneously. Collaboration with the underlying patterns of our design will benefit a...

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