About Meshi

With this type of practice there is no such thing as a good or bad move. There is only the exquisite experience of truly inhabiting our bodies.

Radical engagement requires radical attentiveness.

Meshi Chavez focuses on the distillation of movement by a deep commitment to the investigation of what is essential.

Being radically engaged with the body creates a palpable presence in the dancer. This is the foundation from which he approaches both teaching and choreography.

This way of working requires a quieting of the thinking mind, providing greater access to creative intuition. His choreography encourages dancers to step away from preconceived ideas of movement in order to facilitate pure action. This process allows dance to arrive out of what is unknown, creating movement that both peaks curiosity and ushers in a sense of freedom.

Meshi Chavez is a choreographer and movement teacher of 20 years. He has taught and performed across the United States & Europe. His students range from professional dancers to individuals who have never experienced dance  training yet have found dance as a way to enhance the quality of their lives. He began his teaching career in Soul Motion TM, and then got seduced into the pursuit of Butoh. He is a student of Natsu Nakajima (the first female butoh dancer) and Denise Fujiwara.  He presents  Movement as Meditation workshops with renowned author and theologian Matthew Fox and is co-founder of Momentum Conscious Movement in Portland OR, USA.  Meshi has has been a guest teacher in various locations such as Schumacher College and Middlebury College.

“Meshi is an extraordinary teacher who teaches with heart and head and body and from a deep place where Spirit moves and awakens and heals.  Students of course love him!” Matthew Fox


Crossing – A New Solo – Work in Progress
Choreographed and Danced by Meshi Chavez
Music by Lisa DeGrace
Dramaturgy and direction by Denise Fujiwara

Being Moved Intensive with Meshi Chavez- Workshop Participants 2017

Artistic Collaboration to active Portland Art Museum with dance – 2015

Suspended Moment Performance – Hiroshima Remembrance Day 2017


You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.
– Wild Geese by Mary Oliver

There are several opportunities to study with Meshi Chavez. He offers weekly drop-in classes, Inquiry an Independent Study program, and several workshops through out the year.

Weekly classes 

*Covid Update – All Classes have moved to Zoom Online          Email Meshi Here  to sign up for Butoh class or if you have questions

Butoh Foundations (Online Class)
Monday nights, 6p – 715p (PST)
$20 – $0 sliding scale
Held at: Momentum Studio • 1028 SE Water Avenue #250 • Portland Oregon  Now available though Zoom Online Meeting    Sign up

Sanctuary (Online Class)
Wednesday nights, 600p – 715p (PST)
$25 – $0 sliding scale
Held at:
Momentum Studio • 1028 SE Water Avenue #250 • Portland Oregon   Now available though Zoom Online Meeting 
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Sunday Morning Dance
Sundays, Noon- 115p (PST)
$25 – $0 sliding scale
Held at:
N.E.W • 810 SE Belmont • Portland, Oregon  Now available though Zoom Online Meeting 
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Inquiry- Independent Study Program
Personalized Independent Movement Program
Deepen your personal practice, explore your creative desires.
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Where I Stand is Sacred: A Year Long Movement Program
A year long movement inquiry program
Led by Meshi Chavez and Winky Wheeler
Winter of 2021
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Butoh  Workshop with Meshi Chavez
Dates TBA
Butoh is the development of specificity in movement though curiosity, attention, and refinement. During this workshop we will learn to access our bodies in a new, fresh context while exploring techniques of embodied movement and the fostering of creativity.  Here we will take a deeper dive into the wisdom of the body in motion. This workshop is open to movers of all levels.
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Aquinas @ Orvieto 5 day Course with Matthew Fox & Meshi Chavez
June 6- 10 2020 Coming in 2021                                                                   Join Meshi Chavez, Matthew Fox, and friends for a unique opportunity to study and dance the spiritual teaching of Thomas Aquinas in Orvieto Italy.
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