9pm-10pm Class 10pm-1am Dance w/ LIVE Music SLIDING SCALE* $10-16 Class + Dance $6-10 Dance only *Please pay what you can to support the artists and teachers! The Nectar Fusion Project is a six-part monthly event series created as an experimental incubator for fusion partner dance. The project supports creative collaboration among artists, teachers, dancers, and the organizer to push our creative edges, test new concepts, and strengthen community. All who participate are invited to play! The intention of this space is to provide: *a welcoming environment that feels safe and judgement-free *a gateway into the partner dance world *a nexus where people with and without partner dance experience can come together as equals *a dance floor where ALL can expand the creativity of their dancing & find a new layer of depth and authenticity in their connections Each event includes an ALL LEVELS class that covers an array of concepts that support improving dance connection and skills, and you as a whole, and three hours of dancing featuring a cutting-edge LIVE musical act tailoring soundscapes and rhythms to facilitate the most dynamic partner dance experience. ~This month's class theme *Connection to the Music* w/ Wren LaFeet Wren draws on 16 years of dance experience and training in a broad range of dance forms to fine-tune your ear to the many layers of sound in this ALL LEVELS musicality class with a special hip-hop twist *No partner necessary *No partner dance experience necessary www.nomaddance.com ~Fusion DJ set by Ryan Johnson of InFusion InFusion is a Blues/Fusion Dance held EVERY THURSDAY!! Be sure to check it out. Dance With Joy Studios 7981 SE 17th Ave, Portland https://www.facebook.com/groups/732633803444422/ ~LIVE Artist: Lisa Vazquez Lisa Vazquez aka VazKez is a one woman electro-soul hip hop act that incorporates her fierce percussive skills and silky layered melodies. She has been playing music since she was 15, and is a producer, singer/songwriter, drummer, MC, live looper and passionate performer. Influenced by artists such as Andres Segovia, Nina Simone, Erykah Badu, Stevie Wonder, Jurassic 5 and Tribe Called Quest, she blends genres while staying close to her true love for hip hop. She is making her debut on the partner dance floor at Nectar with songs from her self-produced and -written album that she is releasing this Spring! http://www.lisavazquez.com/ ~Creator/Producer: Antje Martina Schaefer Fascinated by how individuals connect and communities form, Antje of strives to melt divisions by dancing the edge into discovery with curiosity and joy as a cross-pollinator and visionary cultural architect. She welcomes any and all questions and feedback to continue to make this a positive experience for an evolving community. www.connexusdance.com ~Musical Director: Milo Walker-Hayden aka Mr.Moo Mr. Moo is the nom-de-plume of local Portland producer Milo Walker-Hayden. Having cut his teeth for the past four years playing for fusion dancers and alt. events, he’s turning his focus on bringing in new, live electronic acts for Nectar Fusion. *** We invite all participants to co-create a container that supports a fully embodied experience by keeping the space Substance-Free, Device-Free and keeping non-essential conversations Off the dance floor. *** Bring your own Reusable Bottle or Cup for water! *** This is a NO SHOES* venue, please only socks or dance foot slippies in the space!! *unless you have an injury or physical condition that requires special footwear, you can wear non-outside shoes or put socks over shoes that have been outside. Thank you!! The Connexus Dance Collective believes that stronger communities form where life is celebrated in music and dance with one another. We see dance as a language with the power to bridge interpersonal and cultural divisions. Our dance events promote authentic connection, respectful relations, and movement education.