Planning has begun for this year’s Global Underscore practice…here’s an update!

Nancy Stark Smith and Mike Vargas will be hosting/facilitating one site of the 2012 Global Underscore as part of the Somatics and Technology Conference taking place at the University of Chichester, in Chichester, UK, on Saturday, June 23, 2:30–6:30 pm (UK time) and we are basing the timing of the rest of our global practices around this. Underscore NYC will be practicing at Eden’s Expressway simultaneously from 9:30am-1:30pm EST. Mark your calendars, start reserving space, and let us know you’re thinking about it by emailing Jesse in NYC at

Here is a sweet description:
The Underscore is a framework for practicing and researching dance improvisation that Nancy has been developing since 1990 based on her work with Contact Improvisation. It is a long jamming/CI/improvisation score that guides dancers through a series of “changing states”—from solo relaxation and sensitizing to gravity and support, through group circulation and interaction, to contact improvisation engagements, then opening out to full group improvisation, and back to rest and reflection.

For the past 11 years, a Global Underscore has been occurring near the summer solstice. Conceived and organized by French dancer Claire Filmon for 10 years, the Global Underscore Solstice is an annual event during which dancers at many sites around the world practice the Underscore simultaneously.

We hope you’ll join Nancy, Mike and the other Underscores happening around the globe on June 23!
Special thanks to Brandin Steffensen for Global Underscore 2012’s image above.  Beautiful!