Join us Monday, June 20th, 2016 in Victoria, B.C. for:

"Dancing With Horses"           

 An amazing workshop for dancing with 2, 4 or 6 legs! 

Join us for a fabulous WEST COAST PREMIER dance workshop:  "Dancing with Horses!" -- an understanding of how the same lead & follow framework that invites effortless movement on the dance floor between people can be applied across species to learn to connect with and to "dance" with horses, and how the same skills that allow you to commune with horses can be applied to the kind of partnered movement you would experience on the dance floor with people!  

It's a whole new way to appreciate movement and dance -- an amazing & unique experience that is not only incredibly fun, but one that will give you profound insight into the invisible art of inviting effortless movement in your partners, whether they have two left feet or one...

--- A "Roll Up The Rug" & "Mary's Farm" Collaborative --- 


WHEN:   Monday, June 20th, 2016 

  • 6:00pm:  Doors open.  Come early to sign in, register, stretch, relax, etc...
  • 6:30-9:30pm:  Workshop in progress
  • 9:30-10:15pm (or later):  Optional guided dance practice  

Mary’s Farm & Sanctuary, 1128 Finlayson Arm Rd.Victoria, BC V9B 6H7.    Tel: 250-478-4116

    Directions to get to Mary’s Farm & Sanctuary:

The farm is located 25 minutes north of Victoria next to Goldstream Provincial Park. Turn directly into Goldstream Park off the Trans Canada Highway.

Drive over the bridge  and past Mt. Finlayson hiking trail.  This puts you on Finlayson Arm Road.  Finlayson Arm Road runs through the provincial park.  After the park there is a steep hill.  Mary’s Farm is at the top of the steep hill, second property on the left.  There is a large sign.. Mary’s Farm & Sanctuary

If turning back out onto the highway is a concern, there is a back way. Finlayson Arm Road continues on to Millstream Road.

TO BRING:  Bring your play clothes and a change of shoes for outdoors and indoors.  Please bring water and snacks as needed for yourself.

  • Price for the first EIGHT registrants - $25.00 (online payment)/$30 at the door
  • Price for the second SIX registrants - $30.00 (online payment)/$35 at the door

Space is limited to 14 participants, so sign up soon!


Last year, while working at a program for cancer-survivor patients in Baltimore, Ari had a chance to work alongside equestrian therapist, Emma Cruse, and to subsequently compare the kinds of unique therapeutic approaches they were each offering their patients. 

Ari teaches the art of effortless social-partner dancing by using many energy-based blues, tango, and fusion techniques to create amazing non-verbal conversations between partners.  His focus on having dancers simultaneously listen to and invite movement in their partner lays the foundations for not only building trust in their relationship, but for creating a very profound and incredibly satisfying dance experience.  After describing this process to Emma, Ari was amazed to learn how the exact same techniques were being used by her during her equestrian therapy sessions, where participants on foot are literally invited to "dance" with their horses, by simultaneously listening to and inviting weight shifts in the animals, making the lead/follow  connection equally effortless and profound.   With this epiphany, the idea for collaborating together on a "dancing with horses" project was born -- the first of it's kind to be offered anywhere!  Ari launched the first "Dancing with Horses" program in Baltimore in 2015, and is now bringing this unique dance experience to you on the West Coast.

This workshop is perfect for you whether you are a very experienced dancer/rider, or completely non-experienced.  It will profoundly change the way you think about leading or following, listening and inviting, and the ability to create effortless flow.  Moreover, it will show you how the same kinds of techniques used for creating a compassionate collaborative partnership can be applied both on the dance floor between humans, and off the dance floor between humans and horses. 

FORMAT:  We will spend one approximately half of the workshop working with horses as partners, and the other half working with each other as partners

All Welcome.  No partner needed.  No dance or horse experience necessary!


CLICK HERE to register online at Roll Up The Rug, then either
CLICK HERE and pay online (with CC or PayPal), or you can pay with cash/check at the door 15 minutes before the workshop begins.

- OR - 

You can call and book your spot through Mary's Farm & Sanctuary (Victoria, B.C.) at  (250) 478-4116

CLICK HERE to learn more about Mary's Farm                                              CLICK HERE to meet the horses