Emergent Improvisation Yoga Teacher Training Raleigh, NC Durham, NC Chapel Hill, NC Carborro, NC

Emergent Improvisation relates the act of structuring to natural, complex systems and time-based artistic practice.


The practice and performance of Emergent Improvisation addresses the nature of improvisation in dance and music. In this context, improvisation is understood to mean the spontaneous creation of integrated sound and movement by performers who are adapting to internal and external stimuli, impulses, and interactions. Ordinarily, we think of order and form as externally imposed, composed, or directed. In this case, however, new kinds of order emerge, not because they are preconceived or designed, but because they are the products of dynamic, self-organizing systems operating in open-ended environments.


“There are structuring principles in nature that are fundamental to creativity and growth in living things.”

-Susan Sgorbati, founder


Emergent Improvisation for Dancers + Musicians

with Carson Efird + Joe Westerlund

Essentially, nature, life and creative process are all emergent and improvisational.

Emergent Improvisation, developed by Susan Sgorbati, offers an embodied practice in which you explore what it means to be human in relationship to nature and society, self and collective. Experience your self-organizing instincts and tap into the natural intelligence of your creative process.

In Emergent Improvisation sessions guided by Carson Efird and Joe Westerlund, we practice composing in the moment through solo, duet, trio and group scores inspired by structures found in nature. Open to dancers and musicians desiring to hone their improvisation skills, we will begin each class with solo warm ups and progress into larger group scores. While each individual artist refines their improvisational impulses we will simultaneously form a collective consciousness that invites us to compose spontaneously as an ensemble. Previous dance and/or music improvisation experience encouraged.





SAHAJA  S P A C E, Durham, NC 

125 East Parrish Street (Upstairs from The Zen Succulent, Everyday Magic + Empress Herbs)

Street parking + a city lot are available on Parrish + Church Streets right in front of the building. There is also a city parking garage on the corner of Church + Main Streets one block away.