Shel Wagner Rasch has been deeply moved by Contact Improv. It’s held her fascination for 30 years as a dancer, performer, producer, and teacher; and sharing it with other people is one of her favorite things to do! She currently teaches at UCLA and in multiple festival and college settings. She is a co-coordinator of the weekly Eastside Contact Improv Lab Jam in Pasadena, Ca and a recurring teacher at the Santa Monica Jam. Her Contact Improv scores and choreographic works have been well received locally and internationally and she is a recipient of the Lester Horton Award for Excellence in Choreography. Shel has a private practice as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and Alexander Technique teacher and she collaborates with her husband, animator Justin Rasch, making stop motion animated short films and raising their continual motion kids.
Stephanie Nugent has toured internationally, performing, teaching and creating contemporary dance and improvisation since 1991. Artistic Director of Nugent Dance, her creative work is invested in intersections between CI, dance theater performance, and embodied practices designed to promote empathy and socially conscious communication. A recent transplant from Los Angeles to the mid-west, Stephanie was delighted to serve as part of the 2014 GLACIER (Great Lakes Area Contact Improvisation Enthusiasts Retreat) teaching team and has begun to cultivate presence in her new hometown of Indianapolis, through workshops and performances. She facilitates Hourglass (http://www.hourglass-music.com) events with partner composer Robin Cox, has served as guest faculty at The Ohio State University, continues to serve on faculty at Indiana University -Bloomington and Ball State University, and looks forward to teaching at the 2015 Portland Contact Jam this February.