College of Embodied Arts

Embodied Art is the knowledge encoded in our bodies and beings, taught and learned through personal contact with teachers and our own embodied experience. Let’s ground ourselves in our bodies, beings, voices and visions to reinforce the full spectrum of our lives. Through these actual, not virtual, experiences, we will find balance, connection, joy and sanity.


The College of Embodied Arts is committed to:

The transmission of knowledge body to body, generation to generation, as in, “I learned it from some — body. A person I know.” Learned what? How to crush garlic, knit, spit a cherry pit, play pat-a-cake, sew a seam, play an instrument, throw a boomerang, sing a song. We accomplish this through transmitting knowledge person to person in the age old tradition of oral cutltures, using methods that include embodied, experiential, and kinesthetic learning.

Jeanne Christopherson (BFA Drama/Dance, Masters in Performance, Culture and Education) has taught, choreographed and performed dance in many formats for 25 years in Montana, New York, and California. She performed with Contact Collective, Nancy Meehan Dance Company, Judy Padow Dance Company and Serge St. Juste’s Nago Dancers in New York City. During her 10 year residency in New York, she founded the Grand Street Settlement Children’s Dance Company and currently directs Nefertiti’s Dozen Performance Group.

In her fourteen years on the faculty of CSU Chico she has served as the advisor of the Chico State’s Acrobatic Club, the African Diaspora Organization (TADO), Envy Hip Hop Club and the Pan African Union. She serves on the Kinesiology Department Diversity Committee, the Board of Trustees for Chico Women’s Club. and Board of Directors for College of Embodied Arts under Ecospirit, Inc. She also teaches community classes for all ages, and directs UNPLUGGED ARTS, a summer performance arts camp for children.

Her classes cover cultural dance and music from the Caribbean and Africa, Yoga classes, Contact Improvisation partnering, dance for children, Reiki attunement trainings, and Massage for Friends and Family workshops, all adapted to the age and experience of each student

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Unplugged Arts Performance Sleepover Camp for Children

Offered by College of Embodied Arts/Ecospirit  UNPLUGGED ARTS! Performance Arts Sleepover Camp                         for Children age 8 to 13 years   At Lake Concow Campground in Concow, California   June 18th through 23rd  / Six days   Monday 9:00 am through Satuday 4:00 pm   Performance Saturday 2:00 pm  This …


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Class will teach dance using contemporary, balletic and ethnic technique, as well as the art of making dances, to combine movement skills with creative expression / taught by Jeanne Christopherson

At Chico Women’s Club 592 E. Third Street

Monday afternoons  from 3:45 to 5:00 pm

Session I – January 22 to March 12 

Session II March 26 to May 14                              

Tuesdays 5:30 to 7:00 pm
at Chico Women’s Club 592 E Third Street, Chico CA

This class will introduce you to folkloric dances from Haiti and Cuba. It is designed to connect you to the rhythm of live drum accompaniment and the feeling of being part of dancing in community. These dances have come from the human impulse to move, express, connect, evolve and . . . . party. Together. Whether you are experienced or just starting out, this is a welcoming place to come to and participate. It will also really get you in shape and open your body up to the “full spectrum” of movement.
Taught by Jeanne Christopherson

Saturdays 12:00 to 1:30 pm
Rafael Street Studio – 2647 Rafael Street, Chico CA

Class teaches technique for the conga drum and Afro-Caribbean percussion while learning folkloric rhythms from Haiti and Cuba. Many of these rhythms accompany specific dances, including Rumba, Salsa, Yanvalou, Congo, Nago and others. Most combine bell patterns and stick parts with hand drumming to create an integrated orchestra.  You may bring your own drum or use ours.
Taught by Jeanne Christopherson