Daniele Sardella

Mechanical Engineering, in 2002 he changes job to circus and street art performer; in 2003, after an injury, he meets the Biotransazionale Method as a patient, and since then it becomes his somatic postural training for circus techniques.
During the following years he attends courses of equilibrism, clown, dance, theatre, and works at the Bellucci Aquatic Circus (2005-2006).
Since 2009 he is developing a somatic method to the practice of handstand named Handstand in Movement.
Since 2013 movement research becomes his main interest, focusing on its acrobatic aspects and in particular on how postural training can support healthy and efficient movement practice.
He holds many workshops in Italy and abroad (India, China, Ukraine, Russia).
In April 2018 he holds a one-week workshop at the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts (Beijing Opera), supported by the Italian Institute of Culture in Beijing (Italian Embassy).
In 2018 – 2019 he is a resident teacher of postural training, floorwork and acrobatic movement at the Roman School of Circus and, for two months, personal trainer of Carolina Kostner, world and olimpic champion of Ice Skating.
In January 2019 he creates DanSoma postural training; then he startes to give long workshops, among which deserves a note a three month residential course led from september to december 2020.

In this workshop we will learn how to get our contact improvisation dance fluid, efficient and acrobatic, and improve our flying skills.
We will start warming up the body with the DanSoma Postural Training (a stretching in movement developed by the teacher that improves both the body's health conditions, its coordination skills and then the movement quality), we will study handstand and acro dance movements in order to enrich our personal movement possibilities and then apply the principles and the tools learned to improve the skill of communicating with other bodies.

We will explore
  1. how to get confidence in putting weight on the hands (handstand) and stand on them in a safe and soft way; different ways to enter and exit from handstand and how to bring it into contact improvisation.
  2. How to use the back space (backbending) in a safe and efficient way and how it helps the flying skills in CI.
  3. How to use the spiral patterns in order to get the movement more fluid and efficient and improve flying possibilities in CI.
  4. Some more important principles of how to support and fly in a safe and fluid way.
Resident Teachers
Christine Cole
Nini Ghibradze
Yu Gen
Gomarduli Zen Garden is a CI based mountain retreat in Georgia. We hold the ongoing contact residency for 30 people and organise educational and research events around contact improvisation, contemporary dance, embodiment and somatic treatments.
What do we eat?

Vegan rustic food, fresh local vegetables and fruits.
Nutritious and delicious.
Guilty pleasures like cheese and fish are also around :)

As for the drinks, we are offering fresh coffee, blackberry tea, wild strawberries tea, chinese teas, cacao and more.


We have rooms with the forest or mountain view.

4 rooms on a second floor of each of 5 houses.
Every room has a bathroom and a balcony.
Ground floor of the cottage is a public space, with kitchenette, fireplace and big windows.

We live in a shared double rooms.
Single room is available by request.
Getting into the country
From March Georgia allows to enter people from the EU, Israel, USA, Switzerland, Norway, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belarus and Turkey
with 72-hours PCR test.

Rest of the world:

Can come having the document about vaccination (any kind of vaccine)

Gomarduli is a Covid-free place. It is a mountain resort, the village is about 1 km away, about 40 families live there. We are about 30-40 people living here, those who arrive, are coming with the test or vaccine.

For questions, please contact us:

+38 050 287 86 10

How to get to Gomarduli!
Gomarduli Village
60 km from Batumi
GPS 41.6639° N, 42.1968° E
(You have to pass Shuakhevi first!)

Detailed guidelines on alternative ways to come including the fares will be sent to your inbox with registration info letter.

Bus website (from Kutaisi)
Train website (from Tbilisi)

Your best friend in Georgia:
+995 591 01 77 22
299 €


- workshop with Daniele
- classes with resident teachers
- accommodation
- 3 meals a day

Dance with us
Summer Contact Workshops
In the beginning of my dancing and dance training, I never was much for working with images or imagination.

But more and more I danced and more and more I taught, I noticed, that I can’t explain some of the qualities of movement I sense in any other way than through imagination.
What's the possible meaning of these terms in dancing CI, in the physical interaction with our own and another person's body?

How can I create a state of relaxed awareness, where every moment is an invitation to learn and grow and every surprise is a gift?
We will start warming up the body with the DanSoma Postural Training (a stretching in movement
developed by the teacher that improves both the body's health conditions, its coordination skills and then
the movement quality), we will study handstand and acro dance movements

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I don't have experience in dance. Can I come?
Yes, we are beginner friendly. We have both, educational and research programs.

While here, you don't have to participate in everything, but you can choose your own rhythm and level of involvement in the center's activities.

Most of the program is designed for all levels.

How long I can stay?
From 1 week to 3 months

If you have been in the residency for 3 months, you will need a one-month break before you can return to the residency again.

There is a possibility to stay for a shorter time in our comfortable hostel. You will be able to attend classes with the resident teachers and to join the most of our activities.

Will there be classes and activities happening in between intensive while I’m there or just freestyle?
Sure, these are our routine, they always happen. We have a base schedule that has morning practices like qi gong , yoga or etc, and then two slots in the day for dance classes or other sharings. Then an open slot at night for jams or parties sometimes. We usually gather in the beginning of each week to decide the specific schedule for the week according to the mood of the group.
Can I bring my pets/children?
Yes, we are children and pet friendly. Children till 12 will get a 30% discount.
Can I buy things around? Any other restaurants?
We are the only restaurant around. We have a bar and a small store with chocolates, lighters and fruits. We don't sell tobacco. Once a week we are getting our supply from the city, you can order things you need and they will arrive on the scheduled day.
Can I offer my class/service?
Yes, we have slots in the schedule for the residents classes/labs.

If you want to offer some service/product in exchange for payment, please let us know. We're not demanding our share, we just want to make sure you're not offering absolution or karma correction.
What do I need to bring with me?
Personal belongings, clothing, knee pads, toiletries, some small presents/yummies from your country for other participants. For the personal mobile card we recommend Geocell, their internet works best here. Also we have a tradition of gift exchange - we give genuine Chinese/Taiwanese tea in exchange for a good book/vinyl plate/house plant.
Are there conditions for remote work?
Yes. We have a coworking space, 25 Mbit/s Wifi, tables, chairs, lamps and inspiring views
What language do you all speak?
We are coming from different countries, so we choose English as a main communication language.

Besides of it you can meet French, German, Spanish, Russian, Ukrainian, Georgian, Turkish and Italian.
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