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Aaron Brandes

Contact Improvisation Teacher

Aaron Brandes, MSW, M.Ed, loves the art of crafting pedagogy in a non-codified system such as Contact Improvisation and has taught workshops and intensives throughout North America and internationally. He is honored to have shared the stage with Nancy Stark Smith, Chris Aiken, and Angie Hauser among others. In 2016 Brando together with dancers, Shura Baryshnikov, Paul Singh, Bradley Teal Ellis, and Sarah Konner founded a Contact Improvisation Research and Performance ensemble called SetGO. The group has performed at universities and festivals across the United States. Brando’s fascination with the moving body, inspired him to complement his dance training with more anatomical specificity. In 2014, he completed the Anatomy Trains Structural Integration training with renowned anatomist, Tom Myers. Brando has recently earned his Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work. Brando has integrated these aspects of bodywork, movement, and mental health in a practice he calls Body&Being. These elements have become essential to Brando’s healing approach. More information can be found at

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