Functional Movement Class Series Thu Eve May 5 to June 23 2022

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240 Roncesvalles Avenue, Large Dance Studio, Toronto, Ontario, M6R 2L8, Canada

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Roncesvalles United Church, 240 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M6R 2L8, Canada.



Kathleen is inspired to teach this content as part of her ongoing studies and practice of:

-  The MELT Method system of working with Fascia (certified in hands and foot treatment)

- Buteyko Breath Technique (Certified Teacher). This training influences how Kathleen works with the diaphragm and oral tongue posture to influence core stability.

- Axis Syllabus (of which she is a teacher candidate)

Class series with the teacher Kathleen Rea. Together we will research flexibility, strength, alignment, anatomical attributes and ways of moving that are basically safe and energy conservative. Kathleen will refer to physics, anatomy, and relevant scientific data from various fields.

ALL LEVELS: Those with disabilities are welcome and accommodations are offered. Let’s talk about what you may need to attend.


Thursday Evenings

May 5 - 7:00 to 8:30 pm

May 12- 7:00 to 8:30 pm

May 19- 7:00 to 8:30

May 26 - 7:00 to 8:30 pm

June 1 - 7:00 to 8:30 pm

June 9 - 7:00 to 8:30 pm

June 16 -7:00 to 8:30 pm

June 23 - 7:00 to 8:30 pm

Attendees are encouraged to sign up for the class series and drop-in are also welcome. 

CLASS SIZE LIMIT: Limited to 20 participants

LOCATION: Roncesvalles United Church, 240 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto

ACCESS: Wheelchair accessible studio and washrooms. Please contact us at if you require accommodation or if you have any questions about access.


$150 per person (full eight class series).

$90 Scholarship rate (full eight class series)

Drop-in Class $25

TEACHER: Kathleen Rea danced with Canada’s Ballet Jorgen, National Ballet of Canada & Tiroler Landestheater (Austria). She fell in love with contact improvisation (CI) 21 years ago and has been involved in the CI community ever since. She has choreographed over 40 dance works and been nominated for 5 DORA awards. Kathleen has a Master’s in Expressive Arts with a minor in Psychology. She has a passion for functional movement and is a teacher candidate of  the Axis Syllabus. She is also trained in the MELT method for hands and feet and is a certified Buteyko Breath Practitioner. She is the director of REAson d’etre dance productions a not-for-profit contact improvisation-based dance company that produces a weekly dance jam in Toronto, the Contact Dance International Film Festival, and dance-theatre productions. Being on the autism spectrum she also identifies as being neuro-atypical and works to educate the world about neurodiversity.


- There will be a commercial HEPA filter running during class time.

- The four studio windows will be open.

- Masks will required up until June 1, 2022 after which time they will be optional.

-Everyone is asked to wash their hands prior to class.

- All levels of vaccination and non-vaccinating are welcome

- All government regulations will be followed.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING:  A mask that covers the nose, mouth, and chin (the Roncesvalle United Church where the studio is housed still requires masks in the hallways). You might want knee pads and a bottle of water. You might want knee pads and a bottle of water.

Are you experiencing any of the following COVID-19 symptoms: shortness of breath/breathing difficulties, fever, coughing, loss of smell or taste, sore throat, headache, muscle pain, chills? If so you must not attend the class. We will give you a refund if you have already paid.

Do you recognize that despite these screening, disinfecting, mask-wearing, protocols there is still some risk in meeting socially indoor to practice during a Pandemic? Do you accept this risk as part of your participation?

REAson d'etre dance productions

REAson d'etre dance productions strives to provide artistic expression through movement, inclusive of age, ability, level background. We stage and program works based on Contact Improvisation and functional movement so we can utilize the inclusiveness that can be a part of these movement forms. Our vision is for both professional dancers and everyday people to be inspired and invigorated by Contact Improvisation and functional movement.

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