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Awaken Sensation, Embody Pleasure

Guest teacher Aiano Nakagawa guides a two-hour sensorial exploration to awaken vitality!

Many of us, for various reasons and to varying degrees, exist in a state of numbness. In the context of patriarchal, head-centric dominant culture, being embodied is a radical act of resistance.

This 2-hour workshop aims to support participants to (re)establish their connection to their bodies, awaken sensation, and tap into the wealth of healing and transformative power that lives within us all. Through a combination of guided improvisational dance activities, somatic exercises, and other creative practices, participants explore the body as a portal to the underworld of ourselves - the place of intuition, deep knowing, and capacity for full pleasure. No dance experience necessary.

Date, Format and Cost

Date: Nov. 17th 6:00-8:00pm.

Format: In-person* and Livestream

*see our In-Person practice guidelines

Cost: $30

Equity pricing is available - please be in touch:

About Aiano Nakagawa

Aiano Nakagawa (they/she) is a mixed, big-bodied, Queer femme dance artist, writer, activist, and community educator based on occupied Ohlone Chochenyo territory (Oakland, CA). They dance, write, and teach about power, liberation, the erotic, and the body. They hold a Bachelors in Dance from Mills College and a Masters in Women, Gender, Spirituality, and Social Justice from The California Institute of Integral Studies. Their studies focused on the role of dance embodiment in our movement towards collective liberation.

After seven years of researching and teaching early childhood dance classes rooted in the exploration of consent, agency, and power, Aiano currently offers creative, and body-based workshop intensives, multi-week courses, and weekly drop-in classes for teens and adults. These offerings aim to support people in cultivating an embodied, critical, and practical understanding of power, the erotic, and the body in the hopes of moving towards a healed and liberated future.

Aiano is a founding and active member of Art for Ourselves, an online community publication by and for QTBIPOC creative communities, and Asian Babe Gang, a horizontally led dance collective in the Bay Area. They also organize and cook with East Lake United for Justice and Freedom Community Clinic.


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