Butoh Workshops

Carriage - Constance Humphries - Butoh Dance
Photo: Audrey Goforth Photography


Contact me to receive updates on workshops or to schedule a workshop. Workshops are also posted on the Events page and at facebook.com/AshevilleButoh.

Butoh is the dance of the soul, the dance of the in-between. Its training encourages the dancer to explore the many layers of existence. Each workshop is a creative investigation based on the teachings of the founders of butoh, Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno as taught to me by those who have followed, as well as my training in contemporary and modern dance, video and sound. The following areas of practice are highlighted as creative points of departure: relationship to time, movement articulation, improvisation, full body engagement, breath, imagination, body/mind states, clarity of consciousness, voice/sound, and costume.

Delivered in an approachable atmosphere which enables groups and individuals to develop and practice in a positive and challenging environment of exploration, the workshops are suitable for everyone, including actors, dancers, live/performance artists, musicians and anyone interested in exploring butoh as a means of creative investigation.

All aptitudes and abilities are welcome. No previous experience required. Participants are encouraged to work at their level.


Constance delivered what I can only describe as a life changing workshop. This workshop opened my eyes to look deep within myself, to learn to understand myself and to really feel. This workshop had me hooked from the beginning, when Constance shared her passion deeply with us for butoh. A kind natured, disciplined professional, Constance allowed us all to be inspired through her guidance, her imagery and her knowledge.

Constance’s butoh workshop made me realize that moving very slowly meant I needed to be so much more aware of my body, it’s articulations and intimations of movements. I could apply this level of concentration to movement when I am dancing at speed.

Constance’s butoh workshop is revealing and riveting, real, powerful, a lot of heart. Mindful to the detail of all aspects of life. The dance is everything that is.

I really enjoyed the butoh workshop. It was a beautiful reminder of how specific intentions when articulating the body can be so powerful and captivating.

Lovely workshop. Great to feel my body and explore movement.

It’s all Butoh, thank you Constance for your constant guidance in this class. Very interesting for me as someone who is always rushing. It’s nice to slow down and listen to my own body, with no right or wrong.