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DANCING WITH HORSES: A Workshop in The Catskills

The Equus Projects teaches a unique workshop 4 times a year at Middlebrook

We work in close collaboration with natural horsemanship trainer Dan McCarthy who brings his wealth of horsemanship experience and his knowledge as a musician into our equine work and into our studio sessions.


Workshop Length : 2-5 days


May, June, August and November


This includes workshop sessions, equine training sessions with Dan McCarthy,

in addition to lodging and meals. The cost will vary with each workshop based on number of participants and length of workshop

Minimum: Two Day Workshop: $500

Produced by The Equus Projects and Body Stories

at the Middlebrook Arts Research + Residency Center in Jefferson, NY

A Workshop for anyone who has always dreamed of dancing with a horse!


Two and a half days of exploration into the interspecies dialogue between humans and equines guided by JoAnna Mendl Shaw in collaboration with Catskill equestrian, equine trainer and musician, Dan McCarthy of Catskill Natural Horse.

Learning to move in tandem with an equine partner, offers rich territory for deepening one's own embodied awareness. Physical Listening focuses on our sensory, physical intelligence  emphasizes exploration in relationship to other sentient beings.


Saturday November 12th, The Equus Projects will perform their dance theater work, 

Interspecies Journey, a merging of live dance, storytelling & film excerpts

from IMPRINTED, A documentary about passion and compassion.

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Studio sessions:

Somatic explorations, improvisational scores and choreographic strategies taught from an interspecies perspective.


Equine Sessions:

Conducted in the pasture & paddocks

Learn basics of leading a horse on a lead line and moving with

a horse at liberty.


For more information contact Teresa Fellion


JoAnna Mendl Shaw

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