Moti Zemelman, MFA, began practicing Contact Improv 28 years ago in 1988. Over the past 21 years he has taught and performed across USA, Canada, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Europe and Israel. In 2008-09 he taught as Dance Professor at the Instituto Naciónal de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. Moti has been both a teacher and a board member at Earthdance Retreat Center in Plainfield, MA. He was an original member of  Wire Monkey Dance Company (Holyoke, MA, USA) and is a featured dancer in Sanford Lewis' soon to be released documentary film about CI "An Intimate Dance." As a musician Moti plays vocal-electronic music for Contact Jams and in 2007 released his debut CD, Doorwaves.  He also designs and moderates the international Contact Improv resource website

Moti's respected and beloved teachers in the various movement arts have included: Nancy Stark Smith, Andrew Harwood, Ruth Zaporah, Danny Lepkoff, Felice Wolfzahn, Fred Donaldson, Vera Orlock, Martin Keogh, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Ricardo Puccetti, Daniel Trenner, Keith Hennessy, Alito Alessi, Sue Morrison, and many more...

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1993 -95 - M.F.A. Virginia Commonwealth University
1987 -92 - B.F.A. Indiana University
1988 - Hebrew University, Jerusalem
1985 -87 - Art Institute of Chicago

2012-2016 Green River Yoga Studio, Greenfield, MA
1998-2016 Dance New England - CampPoland Springs, ME 
2008-2009 Centro Investigacion Coreografica (INBA - Bellas Artes), Mexico City, Mexico
2004-2005 Northampton Center for the Arts, Northampton, MA
2002-2005 Moving Heart Studio, Leiden, The Netherlands
2001, 2005 Studio 848, San Francisco, CA "Before the Jam" series
2001-2004 Simon's Rock College of Bard, Great Barrington, MA
2004 Green River Yoga Studio, Greenfield, MA
2004 Branford Hall Institute, Springfield MA"Dance for Massage Therapists"
1995-2002 Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY- artist in residence/Dance Core Faculty
1999-2002 Karuna Yoga Center, Northampton, MA
1998-2001 The Art Bank, Shelburne Falls, MA "Mask Theater" & "Mural Painting"
2001 Kripalu Yoga Center, Lenox, MA, "Contact Improv"
2000 Bay Path College, Longmeadow, MA, Creative Movement for kids
2000 Journey Camp, Deerfield, MA, Co-director of Arts Camp for kids 6-11

2016 Riverflow Yoga Studio, Manchester, NH
CORE Dance Company - Workshop & Masterclasses, Atlanta, GA
Goddess Garden Week long Retreat, Cahuita, Costa Rica
2016 University of Costa Rica - Dance Department, San Jose
2015 Avante Dance 
Studio,Portland, Maine
2015 Dovercourt House Studios, Toronto, Canada
2015 Unifier Festival, Classes - Tolland, MA
2015 Ancient Healing Arts Yoga Studio - Workshop, Lebanon, NH
CORE Dance Company - Workshop & Masterclasses, Atlanta, GA
Goddess Garden Week long Retreat, Cahuita, Costa Rica
2014 CORE Dance Studio - Workshop & Masterclasses, Atlanta, GA
2014 Massachusetts Dance Festival, Amherst, MA
Main Street Yoga Studio, Madison, WI
2014 OuterSpace Studio, Chicago, IL
2014 Watertown Arts Center, Watertown, MA
2014 Goddess Garden Week long Retreat, Cahuita, Costa Rica
2013 Bhakti in motion Studio,Portland, Maine
2013 Studio Veintinueve Cuatro, San Jose, Costa Rica
2012 Mazopalooza Dance Festival, Mazomanie, WI
2012 Moab Jam Co-Facilitator, Moab, Utah
2011 eSpacioAbierto, Mexico City, Mexico
2011 CONARTE, Monterrey, Mexico
2011 Earthdance - Intro to CI, Plainfield, MA
2011 Academy of Muses Studio, Ithica, NY
2011 Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP)Puebla, Mexico
2011 Studio Libelula, San Miguel De Allende, Mexico
2010 Boston Winter CI Festival, Cambridge, MA
2010 Fairfax, CA Workshop, Fairfax, CA
2009 CONARTE, Monterrey, Mexico
2009 Morelia, Mexico
2009 Lila Lopez Dance Festival, San Luis Potosi, Mexico

2008 Laborarme (sponsored by INBA), Mexico City, Mexico
2008 Contact Improv in Paradise, Villa Sumaya, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala - Week long retreat
Legitimate Bodies Dance Co.,Birr, Ireland
Northumbria University, Newcastle, England
2007 Guthlaxton College, Leicester, England
2007 Dancexchange, Birmingham, England
2007 Bristol, England
2007 Earthdance, Plainfield, MA
2007 Daghdha Dance, Limerick, Ireland
2007 Circuit-Est, Montreal, Canada
2007 Centro El Encuentro, Oaxaca, Mexico
2007 Centro de Investigación Coreográfica, Mexico City, Mexico
2007 Instituto de Psicologia Profunda
Mexico City, Mexico
2007 Conduit Dance Studio, Portland, OR
2007 Grassroots Studio, Seattle, WA
2007 Studio 303, Montreal,Canada
2007 Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
2007 Performática - Foro Internacional de Danza Contemporánea, Puebla/Cholula, Mexico
2007 Contact Improv in Paradise, Villa Sumaya, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala - Week long retreat
2007 Windfall Dance Studio, Bloomington, IN
2007 Strategies for Amazing Dances - Workshop, Madison, WI
2006 Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
2006 Zodiak - Z in Motion Festival, Helsinki, Finland
2006 Studio 303, Montreal,Canada
2006 Earthdance, Plainfield, MA
2006 Writing, Yoga, & Movement, Villa Sumaya,Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
2005 Freiburg Contact Festival, Freiburg, Germany
2005 Western Mass Moving Arts FestivalEarthdance, Plainfield, MA
2005 8th St. Studios, Berkeley, CA, "Tuning-UP: Light Body, Sound Body"
2005 Bard CollegeAnnandale-on-Hudson, NY
2004 Mazopalooza Festival, Mazomanie, WI, Principal teacher
2004 Earthdance Retreat Center,Plainfield, MA. - Falling Leaves Jam Teacher
2003 & 2004 Studio Pauline de Groot, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2004 & 2005 Northampton Center for the Arts, Northampton, MA, "Lifting and Landing"
2003 Centrum Heel en Al, Schoorl, Netherlands, "Dancing in the Dunes"
2003 7th Annual Richmond Contact Improv Jam - Principal teacher
2003 2nd Annual Israeli Contact Improv Festival, Jerusalem, Haifa & Tel-Aviv
2003 1st Annual Portsmouth Jam, Portsmouth, NH - Principal teacher
2003 Hampshire College, Amherst, MA, Visiting Artist
2002 Earthdance Retreat Center, Plainfield, MA "July 4th Jam" Facilitator
2002 Trinity College, Hartford, CT, Visiting Artist
2002 Hampshire Shakespeare Company, Amherst, MA. "Movement for Theater"
2001 & 2002 Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT Visiting Artist
2001 Pioneer Valley Performing Arts High School, Hadley, MA,Visiting Artist
2001 Body, Mind, And Soul Studio, Maui, HI, Visiting Artist
2000 Earthdance Retreat Center, Plainfield, MA "Drawing and Movement"
2000 Emerson College, Boston, MA, "Movement for Theater"
1999 Adventure Games Theater - camp for teens, Earthdance, MA, "Movement for Theater"


2010 Montreal Jam Performance at Studio 303 - Performed with Catherine Lessard and Andrew Harwood 
2007-2008 Silver Swimmers
2007 Barebones (Benefit Concert for SFADI), Live Music, Velocity Dance Studio, Seattle, WA, May 13
2005 Earthdance Gala - "Up Grow When I?", Solo in Earthdance fundraiser. A.P.E., Northampton, MA Apr.2
2005 Choreographer's Showcase - Northampton, MA, "Up Grow I When?", Jan. 20-21
2005 Fermata Alma-mater Frittata - Mazomanie, WI, Improvised duet and music solo.
2004 We're Going to the Therapist - Lead role in Mini Musical writen and directed by Rene Lewis Phister, A.P.E. Gallery, Northampton, MA. May 4 -6
2004 Israel Dance Festival Showcase - Tzavta Theater, Tel-Aviv, Israel. Jan.1
2003 Dune Improvisation - Findhorn Foundation, Scotland. Outdoor site-specific group improvisation at the annual E.C.I.T.E. (European Contact Teacher's Exchange), July 26
2002 Friendly II - Muiderport Theater & Studio Pauline de Groot, I.D.E.A. (International Dance Exchange Amsterdam), The Netherlands. Week long collaboration of dancers, musicians, and visual artists exploring interdisciplinary improvisation, Dec 1-7
2002 ...And She Cried Wolf - Trinity College, Hartford, CT.& A.P.E. Gallery, Northampton, MA, Dance/theater/femenist intepretation of the popular fairy tale, "Little Red Riding Hood". Directed by Trinity Dance Prof. Lesley Farlow. Oct. 24 - 26
2002 Earthdance Improvisors - Memorial Hall, Shelburne Falls. Mar. 30
2002 Fertile Ground - A.P.E. , Northampton, MA Featured performer Mar. 24

2002 Holyoke Arts Walk Parade, Holyoke, MA, August 19,
2001 Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA, "Endangered Species", , Oct. 18-19,
2001 Noho Center for the Arts, Northampton, MA, Sep. 28-29, Oct. 5-6,
2001 University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA "Endangered Species", Sep 13,
2000 A.P.E. Gallery, Northampton, MA, "Crank It Out" Oct. 30-31 and Nov. 17-18
2000 The Dance Complex, Cambridge, MA, Jul. 21-22

2010 NYC Dance Parade - New York, NY
2007 Jacques Brel, Commonwealth Opera Co., Smith College, Northampton, MA, Jun.1-3
2005-07 First Night, Northampton, MA, Dec.31
2005 Mortal Beasts and Deities, Geer Village Retirement Home, North Canaan, CT

2005 Better World Festival, Northampton, MA, June 18 -19
2005 Set in Motion - M.F.A. Thesis Dance Concert - Northampton, MA, Stiltwalker in Madelyne Camera's thesis piece, "Grande Balancing Act" Feb. 10 -12 
2004 One World Fair, Cummington, MA, Sep..20
2004-05 Taste of Northampton, Northampton, MA, Aug.15 -16

Portland, Maine Jam, Bhakti Studio
Mexico City Jam, Centro de Investigacion Coreografica, DF, Mexico
New Paltz NY Jam, Marblehead Arts Center, New Paltz NY
London Jam, Moving East Center for Dance, London, UK
Montreal Jam, Studio 303, Montreal, Canada
Boston Improv Jam, Cambridge, MA
Northampton Jam,- Northampton, MA
Earthdance Jam - Plainfield, MA
Mazopalooza Festival - Mazomanie, WI
8th Street Studios - Berkeley, CA
Dance New England - Poland Springs ME
Studio Pauline De Groot - Amsterdam, The Netherlands



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