Special Events — conferences, festivals, regional jams and workshops

Events are listed in chronological order. For historical interest, see also the list of past events.

28 DEC 2012
2 Jan 2013
Bodysurf Scotland, 201 The Park, Findhorn, Forres, SCOTLAND IV36 3TB, United Kingdom

Bodysurf Scotland is proud to present Brand New 12/13, the 10th of its now legendary new year dance events. This year’s event focuses on the dance form Contact Improvisation and is hosted by CI dancers and teachers Karl Jay-Lewin, Robert Anderson and Jovair Longo. It takes the form of a Jam – an unstructured time for dancing together – and is open to both beginners and experienced dancers. There will be led warm ups and optional movement classes to join outside of the event – not to mention a Hogmany party, hot tub, new year’s day ‘polar bear swim’, walking on the beach and time for relaxing.

The venue for the Jam is the magnificent Universal Hall Arts Centre in the Findhorn EcoVillage Community, NE Scotland. The Hall houses two dance spaces, a café and hot tub.

Accommodation: Self catering B&B chalets from £27 per night. Low cost shared rooms in homes of local dancers may be available, as well as local B&Bs. Enquire for details.

For more details and timetable:

£170 includes daily meal & extras.
Day Passes £35.
Optional arrival day dinner and activities from 28 Dec, 6pm.
Weekly tickets include daily meal and extras.

CONTACT: Bodysurf Scotland, +44(0)1309 691661, , http://www.bodysurfscotland.co.uk/brand-new-1213/
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30 DEC 2012
1 Jan 2013
Bristol , United Kingdom

Bristol’s 3 day Contact Improvisation New Year’s Celebration Jam
~ book now for early bird price – ends 21st Dec ~

Dates: Sunday 30th December 2012 – Tuesday 1st January 2013
Times: 30th Dec: 11am-10pm | 31st Dec: 11-1am | 1st Jan: 11-6pm★
Venue: tbc

A celebratory event of contact improvisation to welcome in the New Year, co-created by the community who come, all welcome.

Event highlights to include:
♥ Lots of lush Jam-time
♥ Live music to titillate the senses
♥ Lead warm-ups to ease us in
♥ Silent spaces
♥ Children under 15 welcome for free★★
♥ New Years eve shared feast
♥ Space for attendees to create-your-own sessions
♥ Surprises…

To book: email ny2012-13@contactdance.co.uk or call Claire on 0777 373 8241

★ exact timings may change
★★ please let us know in advance if you plan to bring children, and/or need accommodation.

Price: £40 early bird (before 21st December) then £45 (concs) £50 (full price) for the full event. Day and session rates available, contact organisers. (Includes basic refreshments but not food and accommodation)

CONTACT: Claire Coveney, +44 777 373 8241, , http://www.contactdance.co.uk
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6 JAN 2013
25 Jan 2013
Earthdance, 252 Prospect St, Plainfield, MA USA

a 3-week OPEN training with

January 7 – 25, 2013 (arr. Jan. 6)

Contact Improvisation
Solo Training • Changing States
Improvisation Scores • The Underscore
Composition • Performance

A 3-week residential workshop focused on contact improvisation and other related work: physical training, improvisation and composition scores, jamming, watching, discussion, feedback, labs, contemplative practice, and performance studies. In solo, duet, trio, and group work; in and out of contact; in silence and with live music, we’ll move toward greater clarity and inspiration in our dancing and watching.

Please come prepared for intensive practice (and a bit of fun!). Intermediate level in CI required. Fill out online application form—outlining your background and skill level in contact improvisation, dance, and improvisation, and your reasons for wanting to attend. All registrations must be approved by Nancy.

The workshop will meet Monday–Friday, 10 am to 5:30/6 pm in studios at Earthdance, in Plainfield, MA, (a beautiful dance retreat center located 35 minutes west of Northampton, MA, in the Berkshire Mountains), and in town at an Aikido dojo. There will be some evening and weekend activities.

Early Registration Deadline: October 15, 2012
For details & application form:

CONTACT: Patrick Crowley, , http://nancystarksmith.com/januaryworkshop2013
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9 JAN 2013
27 Feb 2013
3252A 19th St. at Shotwell, sf, CA USA

8 Week Wednesday Night Improvisational Contact Dance Series:
Jan. 9th through Feb. 27th
Shotwell Studio 7:30-9:30pm 3252A 19th St. at Shotwell, SF Series $150, $20 drop in per Class
This Workshop & Series taught by Stuart Phillips will explore unblocking patterned responses, making way for more authentically relating scenarios through dance improvisation. Our approach is authentically shifting our psychological view to more unfamiliar states, ultimately opening our shared dance experience to more poignant unknown realms which are extremely satisfying & nurturing.
A methodical approach consists of simple psychic group guidance, clean physical, mental or emotional foci unblocking patterns into cleaner expression of focus. Solo time hones true alignment with self. Then we move into being real in relationship with other and self, as duet, trio, quartet, quintet, etc., allowing personal truth to become the only excitement. This method of approach to dance Improvisationally changes participants’ dance styles to more personally aligned states, transforming ourselves into deeper pathways from self into manifested Dance.
Stuart has been involved with teaching & performing in the contact improv community for over 25 yrs, & with the improv dance environs for over 31 yrs.
Send checks to: stuart phillips, 1002 59th, oakland, ca, 94608 stulip6.wix.com/stulips

Series $150, $20 drop in per Class

CONTACT: Stuart Phillips, 541-255-3660, , http://stulip6.wix.com/stulips
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13 JAN 2013
18 Jan 2013
The WOW of CONTACT @ Breitenbush Hot Springs
Detroit, OR USA

6th annual winter Contact Improvisation retreat
w/ Touchmonkey, Carolyn Stuart and Patrick Gracewood
@ Breitenbush Hot Springs, retreat center extraordinaire near Detroit, Oregon

This year the theme will be Contact Games.
We’ll investigate our options in Contact Improvisation by focusing on and defining the ‘games’ we play, inside ourselves and in relationship.
The use of games provides a balance of fun and seriousness, structure and freedom. Games bring focus to the vastness of improvisation by creating bite-size pieces for you to study and integrate.
As usual, the purpose is to expand our understanding of and ability for mutual well-being- the gift of Contact Improvisation!

Treat yourself to beginning the new year with this immersion to deepen your skills of self-care, connection and playfulness.
It is an excellent event for those that prefer a smaller size group. The event is limited to no more than 20.
All levels of experience are welcome. We start from where we are and let curiosity and investigation take us where we need to go.
Let the games begin ;~)

We gather three times each day-

In the Mornings we’ll study our inner games by focusing on our ability to witness what is.
Experience is always occurring. How aware of it are we?
We’ll practice noticing what we notice and become more aware of the choices we are making moment by moment.

In the Afternoons we’ll play with the relational games of Contact Improvisation.
We’ll name, claim and expand the possibilities for mutual well-being through improvising in contact.

In the Evenings we’ll explore group games.
We’ll use the evenings to enjoy group activities to apply what we’ve gleaned from studying our personal and relational dancing.

The whole event, on and off the dance floor, is an exercise in co-creation. Simple structures are meant to support the research and discovery of mutual well-being. What happens along the way is dependent upon the interests and expression of everyone present.
Contact Improvisation offers a sustainable paradigm of thriving for all. Join us in the development this way of being, a new way of living!

Touchmonkey is the name Carolyn Stuart and Patrick Gracewood give their on-going thread of investigation in C.I., now in it’s 25th year!
They are delighted and surprised at how the richness continues to pour forth, to unfold, is unending in it’s life enhancing, enchanting ways.

View the event online ~ http://breitenbush.com/events/jan13-18stu.html

Workshop fee of $120 plus lodging

View lodging rates online ~ http://breitenbush.com/reservations/info.html

Register early to reserve your spot and/or to take advantage of the lowest lodging rates of the year!

CONTACT: Carolyn Stuart, 503-282-2938,
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25 JAN 2013
27 Jan 2013
The Avalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe Rd., Boulder, CO USA

A weekend of dancing with the Boulder community!

$70 before 1/1!

CONTACT: http://www.boulderwinterjam.com/
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