Do you want to dance a “STOP and Thank You” dance with me? Not Sure?
What about if I told you, that it’s all about Consent?
Yes! Our Wednesday Decal filled the room with their own unique dance moves using Contact Improv. These simple moves allowed students to explore and understand the diversity behind touch bubble boundaries. Now, touch bubble boundaries are an individual’s comfort level when touched anywhere on their bodies. The students either went into the activity knowing their boundaries while other learned in the process. Also, was completely fine to change your boundaries depending on activity or position. That is what Consent is all about.
Individual who didn’t want to be touched still were able to dance albeit differently. Contact Improv deals with the ability of communicating verbally and nonverbally our capacity to say our enthusiastic consent to our partner. For the first dance, all nonverbal communication was through our body either following the direction of our partner or vanishing at any moment. The act to follow was an indication of “Yes” while the vanishing was a “No.” Judging by your own boundaries, each student was able to communicate nonverbally with their partner the choice they had decided. How the approach was made by the giver depended on the receiver’s communication of their touch bubble boundaries.
Moreover, the dance continued with three different variations than the beginning. This time the dance moved to the floor. There was the “applying pressure”, the “tabletop”, and the “eye contact” acts. For starters, the “applying pressure” was done by the receiver sitting on the floor from where the giver would come from behind and apply pressure to the receivers back or shoulder until indicated to STOP. Once the giver had said “STOP”, they would then thank their partner for indicating their boundary verbally. Once the giver was through with the exercise and removed themselves, the receiver would thank them back. The second dance had the same mini script however the placement of the receiver was on their hands and knees this time around. The final dance was the most intimate of all for both the giver and receiver. The giver was to approach the receiver while maintaining eye contact until they heard the word “STOP”. This dance was a non-touch approach of course yet each team felt that eye contact made the dance more intimate.
So, would you like to dance the “STOP and Thank You” dance with me? The students enjoyed communicating with their partners and learning about a new dance that many had never heard of before. Contact Improv has a new favor and it called Consent. Join the dance and see what you learn from it. The moves are guaranteed to make you explore the world of an Enthusiastic Consent.
Meet us at the dance floor.