Special Events — conferences, festivals, regional jams and workshops

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

10 SEP 2012
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17 Jun 2013
155 Brackett st, Portland, ME 04102 USA

This class features guided warm-ups, fundamental exercises and skills, improvisational scores and structures, solo/group/ensemble composition and time for open dancing/jamming. Contact improvisation will be a common element in our palette, but we will also weave many other threads into the fabric of our evenings as well. This is a mixed level class open to drop-ins, appropriate for experienced dancers, but also very beginner friendly, with plenty of grins and giggles!

$15 Drop-in, $12 per class for 4-8 wk multi-class packages, $140 for 14 all weeks *Alternative weekly/monthly payment arrangements may be possible with consent of the teacher.

CONTACT: Carl Rudman, 207.399.3707 , , http://bhaktiinmotion.com/
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31 MAY 2013
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2 Jun 2013
700 Main St (6th floor), Buffalo, NY USA

Come to the first ever Buffalo Weekend jam presented by the Buffalo Contact Community and BCIJPG.

Experience three great days of contact improvisation with your friendly friends from Buffalo.

The weekend will include Jams, classes, performance, underscore and more.

Three day jam to include all meals and snacks.

If you need a place to stay please send an email to timothy.b.greco@gmail.com

Website, registration and performance information coming soon!!!!

Preliminary List of Activities:

Friday: Get to know you, warm-up, jam, linner, more jamming, performance

Saturday: Breakfast, warm-up, lab, lunch, jam, dinner, underscore

Sunday: Breakfast, warm-up, , jam, linner/ goodbyes, community jam
Hope to see you there!!!

Check out the new website
http://bcijpg.weebly.com/buffalo-weekend-jam.html

Meals: This Jam includes all meals and snacks

Cost:
Full Weekend:
65 Dollars if paid by May 1
70 Dollars if paid by May 10
90 Dollars after that

Single Days:
25 dollars if paid by May 10
35 dollars if paid after that

If paying with paypal please add 2 dollars to the total to help defer paypal costs.

CONTACT: Tim Greco, 7164810857, , http://700 Main St
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1 JUN 2013
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3 Jun 2013
417 Bridge St., Mazomanie, WI 53560 USA

Join good company on the shores of the Wisconsin River for dancing and discovery. With somatic exercises, games, some sweat, and the unique physicality of the contact body we will savor and rock the boundaries of our dances. In this three-day intensive we will investigate the relationship of our pelvic floor to the unpremeditated dance. Contact Improvisation reveals to us that instability leads to mobility … and great instability leads to exhilarating mobility. We begin by decelerating our sense of time to enter the details of our pelvic bowl. From here we locate our ground to dance while in the act of falling. And dance we will.

Here’s the workshop flier and registration form: http://mazomac.com/martin2013.pdf

$ 165 for Saturday/Monday, $130 for Saturday/Sunday. Meals and local accommodations are available for an additional cost. Register by May 22, 2013, $10 late fee thereafter.

CONTACT: Marcia Miquelon, 608-669-6403, , http://www.mazomac.com
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2 JUN 2013
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16 Jun 2013
Canada

Explore relationship dynamics through contact dance improvisation

Dates and Times:
Three Sundays
June 2, 9 and 16, 2013
2:00-4:00 pm

Participants:
People in a relationship (romantic or friendship) can register together as a couple.
LGBT friendly.

Registration:
kathleenrea@rogers.com and brad.johnston.coaching@gmail.com
Please send all emails to both Kathleen and Brad as they are coordinating registration together

What the workshop series will be:
Explore your relationship with your partner through contact dance improvisation. Contact dance improvisation is a social dance involving touch, in which momentum between two or more people is used to create and inspire dance movements. The dance form is practiced with or without music. Techniques include rolling point of contact, balancing over a partner’s centre of gravity, following momentum, and “listening” with one’s skin surface. Contact dance improvisation is accessible to people with no previous dance training and to people with physical disabilities.

Discover and play with how contact dance improvisation practices can act as metaphors for relationship dynamics and patterns. Learn how non-verbal communication through dance can open up a moving and beautiful “world” that couples can create and share.

What it is not
Relationship in Movement Pilot Workshop is not group couples counseling or group couples therapy. Although your personal relationship issues are welcome to arise, facilitators will not be analyzing these issues or offering solution-based counseling in the way a couples counselor/therapist might. Couples in crisis are welcome to attend the pilot only if they are regularly attending couples counseling or therapy. (i.e. the workshop would be an adjunct to couples counseling or therapy they are receiving).

This is not a workshop in which you will explore sensual or sexual touch. The touch in the workshop will involve appropriate touch for public situations.

What you will do:
- learn contact dance improvisation techniques (at a very accessible level to all who attend)
- practice these techniques with your partner
- discuss, with your partner and with the group (as much as you want to share), relationship issues that arise through dancing
- dance with your partner and sometimes together as a group
- learn specific exercises designed to explore relationship themes that tend to arise between couples.
Please note: as facilitators, Brad and Kathleen will sometimes demonstrate contact dance movement with you to help you and your partner understand an exercise.

Meet the facilitators:
Brad Johnston is a Co-Active Life Coach with training from Coaches Training International (CTI). He earned his B.A. in Psychology and Theatre from Brock University and has a Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation from the University of Waterloo.

Brad has trained in organizational and relationship system coaching, embodied leadership and mindfulness. He is also an Innovation Facilitator with training from Procter & Gamble’s Innovation GYM in Cincinnati and facilitates in the area of complex social system change.

Kathleen Rea is a certified Psychotherapist with the OACCPP. She earned a diploma in expressive arts therapy from ISIS-Canada, a certificate in psychology from Ryerson University and a Master’s degree in expressive arts therapy with a minor in psychology from the European Graduate School. A practicing therapist for the past twelve years, she is also a therapeutic performance facilitator, helping people express their life stories through multidisciplinary performance.

Kathleen teaches contact dance at George Brown College and Niagara College. She founded and runs the Wednesday Dance Jam at Dovercourt House in Toronto. Kathleen has choreographed over forty works for her company REAson d’etre dance productions and for other organizations. Her award winning dance film Lapinthrope aired on Bravo Television and screened at numerous international festivals. Her production Long Live was nominated for three Dora Mavor Moore awards, including outstanding choreography. In 2010, Kathleen was co-winner of the K. M. Hunter Dance Award. Her book The Healing Dance was named by the editor of Canadian Living magazine as one of her Favorite Things in the March 2013 issue.
www.the-healing-dance.com

$240 per couple (for all three sessions)
Payable by cash or cheque

CONTACT: Kathleen Rea, , http://www.the-healing-dance.com
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5 JUN 2013
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16 Jun 2013
Arlequi - can llapart, Barri Sant Maurici, Girona, Camos /Girona E17840, Spain

An introduction to the full spectrum of dance improvisation work that Nancy is currently exploring using contact improvisation as a base. This will encompass CI technique and practice, improvisation scores (including the Underscore), listening practice, compositional awareness, contemplative practice, jamming, and observing.

Through our dancing and watching, we will study physical and energetic changes of state, natural composition, presence, and relationship—in groups, solo, in and out of contact. Please come prepared for intensive practice (6 hours daily) and a little bit of fun!

The course is designed for people with intermediate/advanced level experience in contact improvisation. Please send a brief description of your background with CI and improvisation and your specific interest in this course. Please send directly to Nancy at contactq@aol.com, or fax # 001-413-586-9055. The workshop will be taught in English. Some fluency in English required.

Course Fee: 470.– Euros

CONTACT: Anna Borredà, +34 972 57 52 70 , , http://www.arlequi.de
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7 JUN 2013
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9 Jun 2013
Escola Ciutat Jardí. C/ Carmel Fenech, s/n, lleida, catalunya 25002, Spain

INTENSIVE WORKSHOP C.I. IN LLEIDA (CATALUNYA).
WITH
Zita Pavlištová.
7-9 JUNE.

INFO: http://lleidacontact.blogspot.com.es

Motion in the gravitational field, are equipped with clever mechanisms that normally do not use in everyday life. Our body is able to send its material into different directions without having to spend too much effort in it, and thus can be light for our family every move, feel free to maintain attuned, responsive and mobile.

No need to rely on something solid. Instead of static support, learn to trust and support dynamic give it to others. This constantly moving and keeps changing, so we must also maintain our dynamic imagination. Perceive the trajectory of the movement and anticipate its course.

The purpose of this course is to refine the skills of perception of the dynamic forces that operate while moving with a partner, which determine our common movement upfront. We learn to recognize them in its first beginnings, even when they are not visible to the naked eye, even when we can not speak of a clear physical perception, when perhaps we have not come into contact with the couple. However, our body receives a clear message about the direction of the dynamic forces and in which direction will lead to the body. And that perception gives us a choice: follow it, change direction or provide the anticipated movement.

Discover how the shape of the trajectory and operate our own way with our body are related. Step by step, learn how to guide the course of our movement. Do not try to solve what we are body position, but where lies the momentum of the movement that is guided, in what direction is dropping weight, using gravity in various parts of our body, how to draw dynamic impulse from the ground or from of our partners.

Our body learns again to use the full potential. We perceive the space as a constantly changing map of trajectories. We compensate for these trajectories and feel in our body the effects of external forces and internal forces that we ourselves create. Awaken and cultivate new instincts. The movement of our body begins to evoke the movement of a tiger or a bird flying.

95 EUROS. 3 DAYS.

CONTACT: MOU-LO lleida`s c.i. association, , http://www.lleidacontact.blogspot.com
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12 JUN 2013
Dovercourt House , 805 Dovercourt Rd, Toronto, Ontario , Canada

EVENT DESCRIPTION
The inaugural Contact Dance International Film Festival will bring 14 independent dance films from 7 countries to Toronto, Canada, June 12 & 13, 2013. The festival, produced by REAson d’etre dance productions, will highlight films featuring momentum-based dance, created by some of the top choreographers in the field of Contact Dance Improvisation. A unique opportunity for both film 7 dance lovers to experience the joy, chaos & intimacy of human connection through dance from the concrete balconies of Kyoto to a home studio in Sweden to a beach in India.

TICKETS ARE $10
PURCASH THROUGH TICKET WEB
DIRECT LINK http://www.ticketweb.ca/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3527234
OR http://www.ticketweb.ca (SEARCH “CONTACT DANCE”)

WEDNESDAY FILMS
June 12, 2013 @ 8:45 pm, Dovercourt House , 805 Dovercourt Rd, Toronto, Canada

Contact Baby (Kathleen Rea, Canada, World Premiere) – Witness a contact dance pregnancy

Souvenir of a Summer Jam (Neige Christenson, USA, 2011) – A joyful and intimate dance shared by two woman at Earthdance.

Negative Space > Positive Space (Rachel Brown, USA, 2012) – Home studio jam in Brooklyn

Sense-8 (Katrina McPherson and Simon Fildes, USA, 2001) – Explore perception in this seminal dance film that merges contact dance techniques with camera & editing techniques.

Between the Lines (Blake Nellis, USA, 2009) – Filmed in Brussels a dance duet travels to various urban location sometimes blending in & sometimes emerging as an agent of change.

Usual (Yasukichi Suzuki, Japan, World Premiere) – Human connection occurs on concrete balconies and studios in the urban setting of Tokyo, Japan.

In Touch (Johan Planefeldt, Germany, 2012) – Filmed in Goa, India, developmental movement patterns & contact improvisation are poetically explored. The effect is like looking into humanity’s eyes.

THERE IS A WINE AND CHEESE MEET THE FILM-MAKER AFTER THE SCREENING

THESE CLASSES, WORKSHOPS AND JAMS ARE AVAIVLABLE FOR FREE WITH ADVANCED PURCHASE OF YOUR TICKET FOR THE WEDNESDAY FILM SCREENING

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2013, DOVERCOURT HOUSE , 805 DOVERCOURT
11:30 am – 1:30 pm Fundamental Contact Dance Skills (Teacher Kathleen Rea)

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm All Levels Contact Dance Workshop (Teacher Suzanne Liska)

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm All Levels Contact Dance Class (Teachers Karen and Allen Kaeja)

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Contact Improvisation Jam with music by Jennifer Gillmor

9:00 pm – 10:00 pm Film Screening $10

10:00 Meet the film-makers wine and cheese

THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2013, DOVERCOURT HOUSE , 805 DOVERCOURT RD
11:00 am – 1:00 pm All Levels Contact Dance Workshop (Teacher Neige Christenson)

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm All Levels Contact Dance Workshop (Teacher Jeremy Finch)

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Afternoon Contact Jam (Music Michelangelo Iaffaldano)

PLEASE NOTE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR WORKHSOPS, CLASSES AND JAMS AS SPACE IN LIMITED.
Please email kathleenrea@rogers.com listing the workshops, classes and jams you want to attend.

FOR MORE INFO
For more information www.reasondetre.com

$10

CONTACT: Kathleen Rea, , http://www.reasondetre.com
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13 JUN 2013
Canada

EVENT DESCRIPTION
The inaugural Contact Dance International Film Festival will bring 14 independent dance films from 7 countries to Toronto, Canada, June 12 & 13, 2013. The festival, produced by REAson d’etre dance productions, will highlight films featuring momentum-based dance, created by some of the top choreographers in the field of Contact Dance Improvisation. A unique opportunity for both film 7 dance lovers to experience the joy, chaos & intimacy of human connection through dance from the concrete balconies of Kyoto to a home studio in Sweden to a beach in India.

SCREENING PROGRAM
The Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Avenue
7:00 pm Meet the film-makers Q & A
7:30 pm – 9:15 pm Film Screening
9:15 pm – 9:30 pm Award ceremony and reception party

TICKETS ARE $12PURCASHED THROUGH TICKET WEB
DIRECT LINK http://www.ticketweb.ca/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3527244
OR http://www.ticketweb.ca (SEARCH “CONTACT DANCE”)

THURSDAY FILMS

Five Ways In (Mike Poltorak, UK, 2013) – A glimpse of the Freiberg Contact Improvisation Festival. This is the “rock star” of all jams. It sells out a few minutes after registration goes on line.

Greyscale (Karen Kaeja and Allen Kaeja, Canada, Premiere) – A woman slipping into a collision of grey, of ash and lead, immediate and in between.

Moments of Practice (Irene Sposetti, Sweden, 2011) – Intimate moments of practice in a home studio in Sweden.

Stumble (Allen Kaeja, Canada, Premiere) – A subtle stumble on route sends three individuals into a collision course of the unexpected.

Groundswell (Suzanne Liska, Kathleen Rea, Lee Walder, Canada, Premiere) – Edges of anger and sensuality saturate the dance.

HASTA DONDE (Sharon Freedman, Spain, 2011) – Highly physical contact dance based choreography is a gem of intensity and nuances that will leave you speechless.

Sketchbook (Jeremy Finch, USA, 2011) – A personal look at a man’s decision to pursue his passion for dance in all its joys and frustrations. The film beautifully combines dance, hand-drawn animation and thoughtful narrative.

THESE CLASSES, WORKSHOPS AND JAMS ARE AVAIVLABLE FOR FREE WITH ADVANCED PURCHASE OF YOUR TICKET FOR THE THURSDAY FILM SCREENING

WEDESDAY, JUNE 12, 2013, DOVERCOURT HOUSE , 805 DOVERCOURT RA
11:30 am – 1:30 pm Fundamental Contact Dance Skills (Teacher Kathleen Rea)

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm All Levels Contact Dance Workshop (Teacher Suzanne Liska)

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm All Levels Contact Dance Class (Teachers Karen and Allen Kaeja)

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Contact Improvisation Jam with music by Jennifer Gillmor

9:00 pm – 10:00 pm Film Screening $10

10:00 Meet the film-makers wine and cheese

THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2013, DOVERCOURT HOUSE , 805 DOVERCOURT RD
11:00 am – 1:00 pm All Levels Contact Dance Workshop (Teacher Neige Christenson)

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm All Levels Contact Dance Workshop (Teacher Jeremy Finch)

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Afternoon Contact Jam (Music Michelangelo Iaffaldano)

PLEASE NOTE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR WORKHSOPS, CLASSES AND JAMS AS SPACE IN LIMITED.
Please email kathleenrea@rogers.com listing the workshops, classes and jams you want to attend.

FOR MORE INFO
For more information www.reasondetre.com

$12

CONTACT: Kathleen Rea, , http://www.reasondetre.com
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14 JUN 2013
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16 Jun 2013
Zegelstraat 13, 2140 Borgerhout, Antwerp , Belgium

How we use CI ?how we tread when we improvise,as team or as solo’s?
Through the basics which is the technique, how we take weight, how we give, support-supported,
lift-lifted, fall, fluid movement, push and pull,
the workshop is going deeper.
what if there is a jam vocabulary?
which are the must and must not?
how a jam starts?
why ?
do i have to be specific in my movent meanings?means quality of movement =technique=story line
how many can be on stage?and what they do ?do they have relation with the other ones?
how we create a team story?how we create a team session?how we create a team?
actions and interactions
eye contact
contact through the levels
contact through the musicality
contact through the opposite
or the common

Fr 14 June 2013
20.00 – 22.00

Sat 15 June 2013
16.00 – 18.00

Sun 16 June 2013
16.00 – 18.00

Location: t’ Werkhuys
Zegelstraat 13, 2140 Borgerhout
Antwerpen, Belgium

www.laveritadance.com

  • DEADLINE for subscription until Friday 31 May 2013 to info@laveritadance.com (subject: workshop)
    Participation fee: 50 euro
CONTACT: , http://www.laveritadance.com
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16 JUN 2013
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22 Jun 2013
Leviathan Studio, Lasqueti Island, British Columbia , Canada

Come Sunday, stay till Saturday. 5day Intensive with two classes per day and evening jams.

$395 includes tuition, all meals, camping, evening jams, sauna, transportation on Lasqueti.

$270 if you register for any other event this summer at Leviathan Studio.

CONTACT: Mark Young, , http://leviathan.lasqueti.ca
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23 JUN 2013
Actors Fund Arts Center, 160 Schermerhorn, BROOKLYN, NY 11201 USA

Scheduled for June 23, 9-1 EDT at the Actors Fund Arts Center at 160 Schermerhorn between Hoyt and Smith to coordinate with Nancy Stark Smith and Mike Vargas’s Underscore in Lisbon, Portugal.

Global Underscore is a simultaneous practice of the Underscore around the world. The Underscore NYC group has continued the tradition that dancer Claire Filmon began in 2000 of creating and coordinating a global Underscore at the summer solstice.

The Global Underscore practice is a slightly modified Underscore. A special “small dance” stand happens during the skinesphere phase, in which each site faces the next site on the path of Underscores happening around the world. A closing small dance stand, facing the other direction, concludes the Global Underscore.

TBA

CONTACT: Brandin Steffensen, 8017928100, , http://www.facebook.com/pages/Global-Underscore/143945995727101
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23 JUN 2013
255 Great Arrow Ave, Buffalo, NY 14207 USA

Buffalo’s third year in practice with Global Underscore.

June 23 2013
9am-1pm

The Alt Theatre
255 Great Arrow Ave
Buffalo, NY 14207

a 10-15$ donation is suggested

https://www.facebook.com/events/199285036888539/

10-15$ suggested donation

CONTACT: K. Cornelius, 716 341 2181, , https://www.facebook.com/UnderscoreBuffalo
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24 JUN 2013
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30 Jun 2013
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Come join us for Malaysia’s third international contact improv festival. In this friendly small-scale festival, participants* get to study intensively with experienced teachers from various countries. There will also be jams and a performance event, and participants have the option to live on-site at the venue, which is the beautiful Rimbun Dahan, a residential arts complex situated not far from the city.

Teachers:
Geneviève Cron (France)
David Lim (Malaysia)
Yu Yen-Fang (Taiwan)
Xiaochu Yu (Taiwan)
Vangelis Legakis (UK/Greece)

Also, in conjunction with the 13th annual Global Underscore, Li Yong Wei from Singapore will be facilitating an Underscore practice on June 22 and 23.

*Past festivals were attended by participants from countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Australia, Russia, and the United States.

International participants:
Fee for both Underscore & festival: USD450
Fee for Underscore practice only: USD100
Fee for festival only: USD350

Malaysian participants:
Fee for both Underscore & the festival: RM880
Fee for Underscore practice only: RM200
Fee for festival only: RM680

CONTACT: http://festival.contactimprovkl.com
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28 JUN 2013
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30 Jun 2013
Málaga/Andalucía , Spain

Mobility: Accessing the potential of the poli-directionality.

110 €

CONTACT: Virginia Maldonado, , http://contactimpromalaga.blogspot.com
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29 JUN 2013
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3 Jul 2013
Sawtooth Building, 2525 8th St., Berkeley, CA 94710 USA

The West Coast Contact Improvisation Jam is a five-day JAM the weekend before July 4. That’s June 29 to July 3 at the Sawtooth Building in Berkeley, from 10am to Midnight each day, Saturday Jam until 2am! Join us for the five full days of classes, labs, and jams, or design your own festival schedule.

WCCIJAM is a grassroots contact improvisation festival. It is by us, for us: there will be ample space for participants to investigate, experiment, discuss, present, and above all jam! Whether we are long-time teachers or first-time beginners, the jam is a great opportunity to be immersed in dancing, and gain perspective on the many ways CI is practiced.

The class series will feature a different West Coast CI teacher each day. This years’ incredible teacher line-up includes Keith Hennessy, Scott Wells, Shel Wagner Rasch, Alicia Grayson, Brenton Cheng, and more! There will also be ongoing labs and presentations designed for sharing work and research.

Cost for the full jam is as little as $140 before June 1rst! For more information, additional attendance, pricing, and food options, please visit wccijam.org

Dancer’s looking for a good warm-up to the festival are invited to attend the pre-jam intensives on Thursday and Friday June 27th & 28th from 11 – 6, which will be team taught by a group of the Bay Area’s best contact teachers. All levels welcome.

Price: Sliding scale pricing
$140 – $300 Full Jam Early Registration (before June 1)
$180 – $320 Full Jam (after June 1)
$40 – $95 Single Day
$15 – $45 Single Evening
$110 – $150 Pre-jam Days June 27th & 28th

CONTACT: Miriam Wolodarski, 510-473-7026, , http://wccijam.org
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30 JUN 2013
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6 Jul 2013
Leviathan Studio, Lasqueti Island, British Columbia , Canada

A full week of study and jams with Karen Nelson. Includes all meals, tuition, camping and transportation on Lasqueti.

$395

CONTACT: Mark Young, , http://leviathan.lasqueti.ca
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