Mission: These classes are for all people. You might be in a partner dance scene, into contact improvisation, or ecstatic dance. You might like to groove out at a bar or just be weird on your own. You might rock out with your sweetie in the living room, or you might take every class you can find. The only requirement of this class is that you be somewhat (not even very) comfortable dancing. We focus on movement patterns, how to feel ourselves, and how to connect with others.
Because we acknowledge the integration of mind and body, we must learn that this means an intimate dive into our consciousness. How are we presenting? Are we confident? Honest? Trusting? Honoring? Listening?
This class can be considered radical in the sense that I am always looking to hold space for natural emergence. We explore every option to become better dancing, better communicating, better loving, more ethical and respectful members of the human community. We practice this ideal on the dance floor — with every dance we have. We model for one another. We learn and grow together. We give ourselves space and time to begin.
We welcome all people, body types, genders and expressions. We welcome all beliefs, explorations, and communications. We do this because we believe this is how the world should be. We seek to empower beings in their myriad ways of existence.
Take a 45 Minute Lesson Online for Free: Quantum Frame: How to Dance your Frame in any Partner Dance, filmed with Yelizaveta Nersesova.
Location: 232 SE Oak St. Portland, Oregon. Suite 404
Cost: This class is offered free of charge, and money will not be actively solicited in class. Please consider your role in the economy and pay what feels right for you. We do have bills, you know. Suggested range is between $0-45, and no, I will not tell you anything else.
Payments accepted in cash, all credit cards, & cryptocurrencies (*guide below)
Entrance: After entering the front glass door, walk down the hallway past all the suites. The hall will jog right, and there you find a stairwell. Go to the fourth floor, and we are in studio 404 (first of the right.) Alternately, watch this video.
If the front door is locked, call Jonathan at 503-351-8468. He can’t publicly post the door code.
Jonathan is an incredible teacher. I’m a very analytical, logical thinker, and dance is definitely outside my comfort zone. As a complete beginner, I’ve tried several intro classes around Portland in various styles, but Jonathan’s is on a different level. Those other classes were going through specific steps and names of spins when I couldn’t even identify the beats in some of the songs. They taught me moves, whereas Jonathan taught me how to move. I learned more from him in an hour than all those other classes combined. I’d recommend him without question for learning how to dance. But on top of that, he’s amazingly effective at teaching how to really feel your body and how to confidently and visibly express who you want to be. And he’s able to explain all that in precise, helpful language that makes sense to my analytical mind. I’d recommend him to anyone looking to get more in touch with their bodies or to express themselves and move with confidence. Michael C.
Jonathan Janis is one of those rare movement teachers who might actually be close to being fully embodied. His class on connecting to my L5/S1 joint can only be described as revolutionary. After years of dance training that told me to tuck my pelvis forward and engage my core, effectively freezing my low back from doing the kind of movement it naturally wants to, his guidance and visualization techniques left me permanently changed; a process I continue in months later. In the few sessions I’ve had with Jonathan I’ve experienced a liberation of my body’s mobility that 16 years of dancing has never witnessed. His ability to access and free anatomy demonstrates a learned and intuitive intelligence that is sorely needed in the embodiment world. Wren LaFeet, Creator of Cocréa, TEDx Speaker
I learned a lot about dancing, but also how my body works… how to move from your core, how to effortlessly move around, and understand that energy… Kevin C.
I learned to tango with Jonathan. Jonathan taught me that I could dance, and at 72 years old I wasn’t sure I could…” Marilyn H.
Jonathan is one of the most knowledgeable people I’ve ever met, with how the body works… Chris E.
His way of teaching is more holistic, and it’s about listening to your body. With visualizations, you are more aware of how your movements are caused by the actions of the muscles and body parts. Paolo P.
Jonathan is a unique person and very interesting to work and dance with. I think part of that is because he understands how the body works. He is good with not only the dance moves, but he can put together anatomy and physiology. He’s a great teacher. John H.
You combined practical examples from the skeleton and vivid images in a way that appealed to both a curious scientist and a playful child…You created a safe space for emotions and experiences. Your acknowledgement that people have many experiences and your explicit permission for each of us to take care of ourselves made it clear that emotions were valid and safe… Your language encouraged freedom and play! My nerve endings are excited and my spine felt invited and inspired to be curious and joyfully buoyant. Emily P.
The future is in cryptocurrency. I know you probably don’t believe me, and that’s ok.
If you want to explore, first register for Coinbase, with this link. Once you put in your address and credit card, you can purchase and send currencies very easily. But make sure you do every step right. If you send your money to the wrong place, there is not a do-overs, support number, or anyone to call.
How to use Coinbase on the iPhone to purchase, and send cryptocurrency to another person:
2) Complete that sale
3) Now you will find the purchased currency under the “Accounts” tab. This is a “wallet.” It has its own unique identifier code, and people can send you money with it.
4) Click the wallet, and you will see a screen with a small arrow in the upper right hand corner. This is how you send currency to another “wallet.”
5) Enter the amount you want to send on this screen. It will show you a conversion to USD:
6) Enter the EXACT ADDRESS for the outgoing “wallet.” The below numbers represent my “wallet” or account number. Each currency needs a specific account number. If you send Ethereum to a Bitcoin address, it vanishes into thin air, so don’t do that.. There are no redos. Get it right, or lose your money. Got it? Cool. Welcome to the new economics.
The below numbers represent my accounts. You will send any outgoing funds to these account numbers, or alternately to the scannable QR codes below.
BitCoin Wallet Address: 3BEQYo6ef5GveggLxhPVY8tMHKHTvvf5ZY
Ethereum Wallet Address: 0xc8b6697e9E7bF71e6D01bB9D94255bd1b170B76b
LiteCoin Wallet Address: LNVCjBFsG9Z2rmFp3RfgRMCgrAHGXpsY5G
Instead of typing, you can scan the QR code and send it to me on your smart phone. DON’T GET THEM WRONG.
BitCoin QR address:
Ethereum QR address:
LiteCoin QR Address: