Contact Beyond Contact | Facilitators Training Course (CBC|FTC)

October 09th – 15th Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA


Contact Beyond Contact (CBC), is a dance and healing practice originally created by Vangelis Legakis, the founder and artistic director of Unity Space – an Arts and Healing Organisation based in Hong Kong. CBC is an accumulation of Vangelis’ wealth of experience and research into different movement practices and healing modalities.

All are invited, no movement experience needed.

In CBC, we co-create true connections through the embodied communication of movement and shared energy. The dance is a metaphor for how we are in relationship, a conversation in a deeply human language, and a practice for how we want to dance through life, with ourselves and in community.

Contact Beyond Contact (CBC) is a dance and healing practice that integrates Authentic Movement (AM), Contact Improvisation (CI) and Passing Through (PT) with profound practices of qigong, yoga, healing modalities and energy work, mindfulness and leadership skills, proprioceptive and exteroceptive senses, somatics and principles of behaviorism, as well as the philosophies of Buddhism, Hinduism and Taoism. These practices are well-woven together to create a holistic integration of the Body, Mind, Heart and Spirit. The facilitator’s main focus in this practice is to hold space by creating a safe-boundaries-environment in which people can integrate, transform and heal in body, mind, heart and spirit.

CBC provides a safe container where each individual is able to express, trust and transform by honouring their personal boundaries and the boundaries of others. This practice will allow you to genuinely, energetically connect with yourself, an-other, the space you are working in and with nature; the world beyond the means of physical contact.

The integration of the diverse practices and philosophies have created the Contact Beyond Contact; a holistic and multifaceted practice that unites dance and healing. It is an amalgamation of profound disciplines that in its core value brings a holistic understanding and embodiment to people of all cultural backgrounds, ethnicities, professions, genre and ages. Moreover, it is a practice that focus on how to genuinely hold space, create a safe practice/work environment, as well as lead a group of people to a journey for healing and transformation.

We refer to as “healing” the homeostatic state of fine-tuned and integrated harmony of all ‘bodies’ of the human being, what in Greek is called Soma. This integration creates healthy and holistic relationships with oneself, with an-other, with communities and the world.

CBC Level 1 – May 21st to 27th 2023

CBC Level 1 will offer you the fundamentals of embodied communication: deep listening to self and other, leadership / followship, inviting & being invited, boundaries, yes & no, clear intentions, creating clear beginnings and deciding clear endings, navigating disagreements, co-creation; a focus on the integration of Qigong, Cosmic Healing, Authentic Movement, Contact Improvisation, and Passing Through Level 1.

Upon completion of this 7-day Contact Beyond Contact Facilitator’s Training Course Level 1, you will be able to facilitate CBC Sessions as well as integrate CBC elements into your own offerings.

Many people join the course purely for personal development, for embodied communication and leadership, for growth in relationships, to explore dance & partnering, to introspect in movement, or to deepen spiritual connection and purpose.

More about CBC | FTC Levels 1, 2, 3, & 4 here

Taught by Senior Teacher – Angela Ognev (bio here)

Angela Ognev

I hope to dance with you soon! I best understand CBC as a way of being, a way of living, in connection with self and community, humans sharing one world.

I prided stark independence for a long time. I chose to be alone rather than in teams. Now, I am curious about what we can build together and co-create

If you’re looking at CBC Level 2, here’s my experince of it: Level 2 builds on the fundamentals of embodied communication and connection in Level 1, deepening more into trust, self-trust, supporting another, relying on another, interdependence, perseverance, rejection, non-judgement of self and other, non-affectivity, resilience in the face of challenge and uncertainty; a focus on the integration of Passing Through, Thai Massage, Yoga, floorwork, lifts.

More upcoming courses here

Schedule – Railyard Performance Center:


Sun May 21st: 2:30pm-6pm

Mon May 22nd: 10:30am-1pm & 2pm-5pm

Tue May 23rd: 10:30am-1pm & 2pm-5pm

Wed May 24th: 12:30pm-5pm & 6:30-8:30pm

Thu May 25th: 10:30am-3:30pm

Fri May 26th: 1:30pm-5pm & 6pm-8:30pm

Sat May 27th: 1:30pm-5pm & 6pm-8:30pm

*The day after the training, on Sunday May 28th, there will be a 2-hour CBC session in the afternoon: all are invited, free for CBC facilitators.

**We will have a meal as a whole group – we’ll decide when together later.

Traveling to Santa Fe:

The Santa Fe Airport is a 20 minute drive from the studio, though not many airlines fly there. Most flights go to Albuquerque Sunport, which is an hour drive, or 1.5hr by train. We can coordinate ride sharing and housemates.

We recommend staying a few extra days if you can, as Santa Fe has events every day! Ecstatic Dance, Tools for Play, Tai Chi, 5Rhythms, Embody Dance, Capoeira, Butoh, Pottery, West African Drumming & Dance, SITE Art Museum (free!), and more. Taos is 1.5hr north, Albuquerque is 1hr south.

To register for CBC Santa Fe, email [email protected] and for any questions, you can email either Vangelis at the same email above or Angela [email protected]

Investment: 1090 USD

Early-bird offer for booking by April 24th: 990 USD

To book two together: 890 USD

*The investment does not include food and accommodation. We can connect you with roommates and specific housing options, please ask us.

** We offer payment plans and discounts for people in need of them.

***Please note spots are limited and filled based on registration time.

During the course, you will receive and learn:

For your life:

  • Training in Dance Techniques, Somatics, Embodiment, Energy work and expressivity through movement.
  • Empowerment in who you are and confidence in sharing your gifts to the world.
  • Training in Transpersonal Leadership, facilitation, holding space and compassion for group and collective work.
  • Yoga, Qigong, Thai & Abdominal Massage, Craniosacral, Family Constellation and many other healing modalities throughout Levels 1-4.
  • Four pairs of interpersonal behaviour values for building constructive relationships and clear career paths (8 behaviour values throughout Levels 1-4)
  • Buddhist, Taoist and Hindu philosophies.
  • Experience in leading, opening and closing sessions with rituals for specific purposes of your event.

From the course:

  • A manual, a certificate and a one-to-one post course care.
  • Training in different CBC exercise / tools that you can use for your future sessions, and tips for creating music playlists that weave together sound journeys for your participants.
  • Access to CBC Music playlists designed specifically for any sessions you wish to build.
  • Subscription to our online Contact Beyond Contact | FTC Private Group in Telegram, connecting you with other CBC peers and support on your journey.
  • Registration to our online CBC Facilitators Data Base on our Unity Space Education website, where your profile will be shown and can promote and advertise your upcoming CBC sessions online.

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