photo courtesy of Lucy Mahler.

Underscore Facilitators

Lucy Mahler, BFA, LMT, has been practicing and teaching Contact Improvisation (CI), Authentic Movement (AM) and Skinner Releasing Technique (SRT) in NYC, the US, and abroad since the late seventies; they are at the heart of her life as a dancer and artist. She is a certified AM and SRT teacher, licensed massage therapist, as well as an internationally renowned muralist. Most recently, this past year, she has taught in Ecuador's 1st International Contact Festival, and has collaborated and performed -Texture Duet, with Bradley Teal Elis at the Rotunda Gallery in NYC - and a group CI piece with Kiori Kawai and her light Installation at the Maritime Museum in Kingston, NY. Currently she is helping to organize the first Encuento/Festival de CI in Havana, "CONTACT CUBA" April 2018.

Ilona Bito holds a BA and MS Ed. from Sarah Lawrence College. She currently teaches with Movement Research Dancemakers in the Schools, Abrons Arts Center, WMAAC, and Common Ground Summer Camp. She has performed with Kathy Westwater, The Commons Choir, the A.O.M.C, and as an organizer of Occupy Dance. Bito's current solo process investigates improvisation in public spaces to uncover the radical social context of the dancing body. Her group process is practicing play.

Chisa Hidaka, MD, directs the Dolphin Dance Project (www.dolphin-dance.org) in which, together with partner Ben Harley, she brings together wild dolphins and trained human dancers to co-create underwater dances in the open ocean, and to present the dances on film. Her approach to improvising with wild dolphins stems from her 25+ practice of Contact Improvisation (CI), which she has studied with many wonderful teachers, including Nancy Stark Smith. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors and the CI Committee of Earthdance, where she has curated and co-facilitated several CI Jam events. A graduate of Barnard College and the Weill Medical College of Cornell University, she currently teaches anatomy in the Barnard Dance Department through a course developed based on her training in dance improvisation and experience in orthopedics research. In Dolphin Dance Project and in practicing the Underscore, Chisa is interested in exploring how our understanding and experience of being in community is expressed and informed by the compositional elements that arise as dancers improvise together.

Tamar Kipnis, MS, NCPsyA, BC-DMT is a Licensed Board Certified Dance Movement Therapist and a Licensed Psychoanalyst in Private Practice, NYC. Tamar has been studying Contact Improvisation, Authentic Movement, Tai Chi, Anatomical Dance and Yoga. Tamar performed with Dean Street FOO Butoh dance group in NYC 2007-2012 and has been facilitating Authentic Movement workshops in various venues nationally and internationally.

Elise Knudson has created about thirty works, which have been presented around NYC, in Canada and Mexico. She holds an MFA in Dance from Hollins University and has worked with Koosil-ja/DanceKumiko, Risa Jaroslow, Luke Gutgsell and other wonderful people. Elise recently set a dance on Manhattanville College students and taught Theory and Practice of Improvisation at Yale University.

Charles Mosey has been practicing, researching, facilitating, and teaching Contact Improvisation for over 20 years. In that time, he has had the opportunity to work in depth with Daniel Lepkoff and Nancy Stark Smith.

Nicole Touzien is a mover, educator, administrator and advocate. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance from Texas Woman’s University and is also an experienced Assisted Thai Yoga practitioner. She currently serves Brooklyn-based dance education nonprofit, Dancewave, as Director of Education and NYC Dance Week as Studio Relations Director. Nicole has also served Dancing Classrooms NYC and Dance New Amsterdam, been on faculty for the Maricopa County Community College District, a Guest Artist in New York and South Korea, and has performed across the US, Mexico, and Northern Ireland. She is currently working with Dance to the People on a collaborative performance project asking questions about place, belonging, and home.

Upcoming Classes & Events


Past Classes & Events

The Underscore

September 08, 2019
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The Underscore

August 25, 2019
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The Underscore

Jul 14, 2019
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Global Underscore 2019

June 22, 2019
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The Underscore

Oct 14, 2019
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The Underscore

September 09, 2018
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Global Solstice Underscore

June 23, 2018
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The Underscore

, 2018
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The Underscore

, 2018
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The Underscore

Feb 12, 2017
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The Underscore

Aug 14, 2017
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