Liberation - dancing with our future self - Friday, February 23rd at 7:30pm
Dance your heart open at Friday Night FUNk LIVE with Brett (DJ Deep Breath) at Pieter Performance Space!
2701 North Broadway LA 90031
Join us for a special evening re-introducing Brett to our community with his musical journey inspired by Liberation: Dancing with our Future Self. This playlist will have you exploring your deepest desires, values, and inspirations for liberation...
What are you committed to in this lifetime?
What vision of yourself drives you forward with love?
Join us to embody that version of you through dance - and bring the future into the now!
Whether you are a long-term dancer with us, or discovering us for the first time, come bathe in our unique version of conscious dance - always musically funky, always deep, always welcoming.
We will be dancing at the beautiful new Pieter Performance space on the last Friday of every month, with a suggested donation of $15 to cover the rent. No one turned away for lack of funds. This dance is a labor of love: our DJ community donates their time and it is our commitment to make the joy of moving in juicy community available to all.
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About our dance:
Friday Night FUNk is an imperfect grassroots collective of diverse humans who love freeform conscious dance, each with our own take on our always funky, eclectic, bluesy vibe. Together, we co-create a safe, unconditional space to dance your way in to however you are in this moment: joyful, sorrowful, playful, ALIVE!
We have been dancing on Los Angeles’ east side since 2014, at the original Pieter Performance space, then on Zoom, and now back at the fantastic new Pieter space. Our funky, organic, eclectic musical vibe sets us apart from the electronic leanings of other conscious dance gatherings, and makes us a home both for those who want conscious dance and for those who simply want to dance in a safe connective space to juicy joyful playlists curated to bring you in to your body and soul!
Our conscious dance is grounded in somatic practices of diving deeply toward whatever is present in this moment in us. Whether it is painful or joyful, if we live it fully in movement, our hearts will open and we will become more present to ourselves, however we are. Our music supports our intention to bring you in toward yourself, as we emphasize the non-dual joy and sorrow felt in music shaped by the African diaspora.
Each DJ/facilitator brings our own individual perspective to the dance: some of us guide the dance with light facilitation designed to bring you in to your experience in this moment, while some of us let the music be the guide, always encouraging improvisational movement with no choreography other than following the needs of your own body as it is inspired by the music. This is a delicious, fun, and lively practice, but also a transformative experience.
We are: Susan, Melissa, Nyah, Mary Frances, Kato, and occasional guest DJs. Our support team is Arthur, Joyce and Robert. For more info check us out on the facilitator page. Each dance will be facilitated by a different DJ or team of DJs, and each of their bios will be listed below for their month.
Come discover the delight of allowing every part of your body to move however it wants. Dance alone, or with others, fast or slow, silly or serious, sexy or shy!
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This week’s DJ/Facilitator Bio:
Guest DJ Brett Fleisher
Brett joined the Friday Night Funk Collective in 2019 and started to bring his knowledge of the body and movement onto the dance floor. He has fallen in love with this sweet community of body-shakers and is delighted to return as a DJ post pandemic.
A life long pursuer of the expressive arts and authentic expression, Brett has traveled down many paths; as an actor, writer, musician, filmmaker, youth mentor, reiki practitioner, tea ceremonialist and dance facilitator. After many years of feeling out of balance physically, emotionally and mentally, Brett discovered the power of somatic release and began to heal through old traumas that were causing him lifelong pain and discomfort. He instantly resonated with this approach to integrating the mind, body, and emotions and began studying the techniques of PyschoNueroEnergetics with his beloved teachers Catalina Ureta and Judith Johnson.
He founded The Yummy Heart in the fall of 2018 and has been guiding people back into their bodies ever since.
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Accessibility and Location Notes:
We will be starting with gentle music at 7pm to prepare for our 7:30pm start time. Our dances are 1 hr 30 min, with an optional sharing circle after. If you come after 7:30, the glass door to the room might be closed; just wait and one of us will let you in.
All bodies and abilities are welcome. This is, above all, a movement practice; you are welcome to move with us even if you are seated in a chair.
The space is located on the 2nd floor with one flight of stairs directly up from the entrance. Elevator access is available; if you wish to use it please email us at FNFdanceLA@gmail.com a day prior to the event and we will exchange contact info so that we can come down and get you, as it is not automated and needs a code. The elevator is spacious enough for any mobility device and the 2nd floor space is free of any steps or mobility barriers. There are no automated doors in the building.
There are two all-gender restrooms with three private stalls and a urinal. Each restroom has one stall accessible for mobility device users.
Free parking is available directly behind the building at 2412 Workman Street. There are two additional free city lots south of Broadway on Workman Street. There is also ample metered parking in the neighborhood.