Community Arts & Education

The CCPA is committed to providing educational activities for all ages and incomes.  Past activities have included  dance classes, drum classes, physical fitness classes, Danceability, classes in the circus arts, music lessons, summer camps for young musicians, backstage sound and lighting classes, volunteer orientations, food and craft shows, public forums, roundtable debates and much more.  If you are interested in having an on-going class, workshop or special event here, please contact booking@wowhall.org

The WOW Hall currently has ongoing dance events, with Dance Empowered occurring three times per week and Coalessence twice a week, unless there's a show..

Dance Empowered with Cynthia Healey

            The WOW Hall’s popular dance and fitness experience, Dance Empowered, meets at the WOW Hall Saturday morning 9:00- 10:00 am and Monday and Wednesday evenings 5:30 – 7:00 pm (when there aren't concerts).  Cost is $8/class or $60 for a ten-class punch card.

Dance Empowered is a group dance experience led by Cynthia Valentine Healey.  Women and men of all ages, dance experience and fitness levels gather for this extraordinary experience wherein dancers are led through accessible dance choreography to music from all over the world.  

From the novice to the seasoned dancer, all belong here. Dancers are encouraged to join the choreography with a "you do you" mentality bringing their own flair and feeling to the moves.  The music and the movements are powerful, emotive, sexy, explosive and inspiring.

Cynthia has selected each song carefully to be evocative and get the group to FEEL into the movements in lieu of executing each step “perfectly”.  People often report experiencing incredible emotional and cathartic experiences.  Cynthia encourages a “don’t hold back” policy and dancers regularly jump on stage to join her in leading the choreography.

Each song in the large and growing repertoire of the class has its own unique choreography inspired from diverse dance styles and Cynthia’s varied dance training background.  While the class ranges in intensity, dancers are encouraged to take breaks and pace themselves in whatever way feels right for them.

The mission of Dance Empowered is to create an inclusive, community-oriented dance experience for the purpose of mutual uplifting, movement of stagnant energy and stress, and fearless engagement in emotional expression through dance.  Dance ability is NOT a requirement.

Cynthia’s full throttle approach to each and every class sets an electrifying tone that keeps the class celebratory and full of exhilaration.  Each class and the remarkable (and huge!) community of dancers who come are heart-forward and the experience is designed to inspire freedom and radical self-acceptance and EMPOWERMENT.  People are encouraged to bring water, wear sneakers with low tread on the soles, and be prepared to sweat and smile your face off.

 

 

Coalessence: Community Ecstatic Dance

 

••• Coalessence Dance •••

Unique Musical journeys & Improvisational Dancing with an attitude of gratitude

  • Is solo, partner, group and contact improv dance friendly. 
  • Supports diversity, equity & inclusion and is open to constructive feedback and participation in helping us craft a container inspiring to all. 
  • Is a facilitated container where all attendees are invited to co-create a consent-based atmosphere where sensitivity and respect in all interactions is practiced continuously.
  • Is all ages. Children are welcome to participate in the dance and the community is encouraged to support their integration. Elders are honored.

In Addition…

  • We invite curious, capable, sensitive, expressive, caring human creatures to come and explore what and who you are, ranging widely through phases of creative movement and stillness.

    Compassionately witnessing, holding space, drawing, and writing are welcome and appreciated. 

     Welcome...

••• The Somatic ••• Offered free by Hartspace Project is a space in time intended to support, inspire and refine our dance, to share with each other our observations, experiences, creativity, and ways of learning. This time also serves to tune the environment for the upcoming Coalessence Dance.

••• Altar work-trade for the dances •••

If you're interested in work trading for any Coalessence Dance, you can earn 2 free dances for 1 shift. Please check out our Signup Genius Page to learn more & to sign up. 

••• Consent and Wristbands •••

   We humbly ask that everyone continuously cultivate an atmosphere of consent, where our awareness of others' experiences inform how we practice our dance, and how we make our ways through the world. This means getting clear verbal or non-verbal yes's or no's from those we approach. If "yes", we are always sensitive to changes and endings. If "no", we acknowledge the clarity with grace and appreciation.

   We offer Red, Yellow & Green wristbands at the door for those wishing to clearly, visually indicate level of interest in interacting. Wearing them is not required but please do if so inspired.

   More in the opening circles on how we work creatively and collaboratively to create a dance experience expressing respect and overall awesomeness towards all; please be present and participatory.



••• Please visit our website for more info and our calendar, and on facebook •••

TUESDAY Evenings 

Doors open 5:00, Somatic Lab 5:15, Music 6:00 - 8:30

SUNDAY Mornings 

Doors open 10:00, Somatic Lab 10:15, Music 11:00 - 1:30

Sliding Scale Exchange 

  • $10 Supporting - $15 Sustaining - $20 Evolving 
  • ½ price for: Teens, Students w/current enrollment card, Oregon Trail card holders.
  • Accompanied youth under 12 are Free. 
  • 10% of proceeds go to supporting arts education in the Eugene area. 
  • Please no photography or video without prior consent