Ongoing Jams/Classes — local classes and jams – "regularly scheduled dancing"
421 5th avenue, Studio B, Brooklyn, NY 11215 USA

This is an all-inclusive jam space for people to practice improvisation and contact improvisation.

BAX (421 5th Ave in Park Slope)
Studio B
(Front door should be open. Go up the stairs, and whoever is at the front desk will point you to studio C. If front door is closed, press the buzzer and you will be buzzed in.)

Long, comfortable clothes that you can move in. Knee pads are always helpful.

Come dance!!!!!!!

$5-$20 sliding scale

7-7:30pm- guided warm-up (rotating community teachers)
7:30-9:30pm- open jam

CONTACT: Lilianna Kane, 9176931367, ,
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Buffalo, NY 14202 USA

A jam for all different contact improvisation experience and movement experience. For now there will be a class or lab for the first hour or so.

$20 monthly rate
$8 for the class + jam
$5 just for the class
$5 just for the jam

Every Sunday from 5p.m.-8p.m. every month
@ Wasteland Studios
700 Main St. (6th floor)
cross street is Tupper

CONTACT: Nancy Hughes, 7165170644, ,
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37-24 24th St. #301, Long Island City, NY 11101 USA

A seasonal event for performers, dancers, sketch artists and musicians to jam, improvise, collaborate and get to know one another!

This is a unique opportunity to explore the combination of visual, motion-based and audio arts. As host, Green Space hopes to provide a relaxed environment for spontaneous, free expression and improvisation between the different forms while encouraging synergy amongst artists.

These sessions are open to artists, dancers, musicians and viewers alike.

$5 at the door

Friday, October 21st 2011 7:00-10:00 pm – Pumpkin Cheesecake

Friday, February 17th 2011 7:00-10:00 pm – Kind Actions at Random

Friday, May 11th 2012 7:00-10:00 pm – Birthday Party! / Everything Yellow!

Friday, July 13th 2012 7:00-10:00 pm – Fool’s Paradise

For each event we are including a theme based on different, unique celebrations that occur on that particular date. The theme will give a focus to the improvisation and sketches. Interpret them as you like!

(Themes subject to change. Stay tuned!)

Also. Artists should bring simple materials: non-messy, acoustic, easy to carry, etc.


2011- 2012 Schedule
7:00-10:00 pm

October 21

February 17

June 15 LAST EVENT!!

CONTACT: Valerie Green, 718-956-3037, ,
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100 Grand Street #2, Bill Young Studio, NYC, NY 10013 USA

Bill Young Studio, 100 Grand Street, 2nd floor, Soho, New York, NY 10013 USA

Introduction to Contact Improvisation Class, Tuesday, 6 pm – 7 pm. Please, arrive 10 minutes before the beginning of the class) Facilitated by Michelle Arieh


Tuesday 6pm-7pm

CONTACT: Michelle Arieh, 917-817-6278, ,
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537 Broadway (between Prince & Spring Streets), 4th Floor, New York, NY USA

Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
These weekly classes are open to people of all levels of movement experience, and are informed by the individual teaching artists. Teaching artists change every month so see for details.

Classes are $13 each; $120 for a ten class card (good for four months); and $60 for a five class card (good for two months). Payment by cash or check. Enrollment begins 30 minutes before class.

Sundays 6:15 to 8:30pm

CONTACT: Movement Research,
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Eden's Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor (between Prince and Spring streets), New York, NY 10012 USA

Contact Improvisation is a partnering dance form. Skills such as rolling, releasing, giving and supporting weight, expanding range of spatial concentration, lifting, catching and falling all help one move with and through gravity, share weight in motion, and use momentum and flow in physical contact. These weekly classes, open to people of all levels of movement experience, are informed by the individual artist faculty.

Teachers chance each month:
May: Margaret Paek
June: Charles Mosey
July: Bradley Teal Ellis

Classes are $14 each; 5-class card $60 (good for 2 months) or 10-class card $120 (good for 4 months). Payment by cash or check. Enrollment begins 30 minutes before class.

Wednesdays 6:00-8:30 pm

CONTACT: Movement Research, (212) 598-0551, ,
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537 Broadway #4, New York, NY 10012 USA

2nd and 4th Sundays at Eden’s Expressway

No Underscore June 23 at Eden’s – see Global Underscore instead

The Underscore is a long-form dance improvisation structure developed by Nancy Stark Smith and practiced worldwide. The form includes contact improvisation and allows for a full spectrum of physical forms and changing states, often including periods of quiet internal activity and other times of higher energy and interactive dancing. The Underscore’s undirected practice affords simultaneously a framework for research, a forum for play, and an opportunity to experience collective improvised composition. Open to all, familiarity with CI and the Underscore suggested. To familiarize new participants, Underscore NYC offers “talk throughs” to introduce the language, glyphs and structures of the Underscore. Stay from start to finish.

$5-15 donation

The second and fourth sunday of every month. We’re part of Movement Research’s calendar of events. See their website for more info.

CONTACT: Brandin Steffensen, 801-792-8100, ,
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100 Grand Street, 2nd floor, Soho, New York, NY 10013 USA

The Open Movement Jam consistently draws many contact and non-contact movement improvisers and dance-friendly musicians, meeting Monday evenings at the Bill Young Studio, 100 Grand Street, Soho, NYC. We are open to all sorts of movers — including those who may be trained in or trying out various dance forms, contact improv, theater, martial arts, yoga and other styles — and welcome participants with all sorts of physical capabilities. We continue to mix many out-of-town visitors and other newcomers with semi-regulars and regular participants, meeting in this enormous, beautiful space.

The jam and its predecessors have 40 years of continuous participation:
> Carrier Pigeon events of the 1960s (conceived by Kenneth King, still the most accomplished and supportive improviser around)
> Robert Wilson School of Byrds of the 1970s (from which more than a dozen of the collaborators still participate, including the great Christopher K.)
> Open Movement at PS 122 from the 1970s-90s (founded by Charles Dennis, who regularly contributes his creative energy and ideas) and
> The Jam at Judson Church 1999-2001 (founded by Bill Jacobson, who brought the jam to the center of the Village and participates whenever in town.)
> Open Movement Jam at the Children’s Aid Society 2001-2011.

Thank you to all who bring the wonderful energy that makes this event.

We now suggest an $5 contribution.

8 till 11 PM every Monday night.

CONTACT: James Dowling, 718-768-3492, ,
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Saturday Jam - NYC
537 Broadway (Between Prince & Spring), 4th floor, New York, NY USA

Weekly Contact Improvisation Jam from 1:30-4:30. Come anytime. Eden's Expressway, 537 Broadway (Between Prince & Spring) 4th floor, $5. All levels welcome.


Saturdays, 1:30 to 4:30

CONTACT: Charlie Mosey,
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New York City, NY USA

All movers and shakers are cordially invited to dance to the sounds of the acoustic improv musicians at the Open Music Circle, now six years old! We meet regularly in Brooklyn and Manhattan. There is no structured agenda and no director. The musicians sit in a circle or semi-circle and start with silence. Then someone begins to play or sing or move. Then we watch, listen to each other and, when we want, begin to play, vocalize or move accordingly, and so it goes. Finally we end the evening with silence.

To attend, first sign up for free on and then join the Circle at and finally rsvp there for the particular gathering you wish to attend. For additional informat0on email

To help pay for on-line fees, supplies, instrument repairs, our Manhattan rent, and other operational expenses, a donation is requested from musicians and dancers alike at the end of the evening in the amount of $ 5 at each Circle in Brooklyn and $10 at each Circle in Manhattan.

In Brooklyn, we meet at the Circle Space, 485 Ocean Avenue; in Manhattan, we meet at the New York Insight Meditation Center, 28 West 27th St.

We meet on Sunday nights: on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month, we meet in Brooklyn from 7 – 9 PM; on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month we meet in Manhattan from 8:15 – 10 PM.

CONTACT: Philip Foster, 212-988-3306, ,
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165 Sachem Way, Rochester, NY 14617 USA

An open jam with led warmup into dancing exercises. When beginners are present, we do a longer class-like warmup.

$5 donation requested

Sundays, 3-5 pm Location rotates, Check Rochester Community Contact Improv on Facebook for locations by date. Contact Roy Wood, for information

CONTACT: Roy Wood, 585-703-4641, ,
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Contact improv class and jam
Troy, NY 12047 USA

This is a class for all levels, learn new skills and practice them, at the Troy arts center, begins January 19th, every Tuesday at 4pm teacher Ione Beauchamp from SUNY. Locals are trying to set up another donation based jam in the Albany area so shoot us an email (thats marce the number 197).


Tuesdays 4pm

CONTACT: Marcelle Urban, 9088841365,
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